Book recommendation: Anatomy of a Murder

Here’s a book that I recently enjoyed, loosely related to my slavery as an expert witness: Anatomy of a Murder. It was turned into a 1959 film with some added twists (Jimmy Stewart, a combat B-24 pilot in World War II, is the star). Although the subject of the trial in the book/movie is a murder, which is a little more dramatic than the typical patent infringement lawsuit, many of the ideas and concepts are similar.

Due to its age, the book contains no 2SLGBTQQIA+ angle. What if you need a book that is more up to date? The Barnes & Noble in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is ready to meet your needs. Some photos from an August 13, 2022 visit that I think our loyal reader/commenter Mike will appreciate:

Need some tips on Zoom etiquette? The store carries this masterpiece by Jeffrey Toobin:

One book is not enough about our fellow Palm Beach County resident?

Prefer to ponder what happens after a few more years of open borders?

Passionate about the skin color of the person who wrote the text on the page?

Who else has a book to recommend? What have you all been reading?

7 thoughts on “Book recommendation: Anatomy of a Murder

  1. Since we’re less than a month from October, my reading selections for September are:

    “Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China”

    I ordered this one after listening to one of the co-authors (Michael Beckley) being interviewed on NPR “Fresh Air.” I can be fairly sure that he’s a left-of-center analyst just by dint of achieving that interview, but I found of couple of the arguments interesting. Of course, the other co-author is a relatively young man Johns Hopkins SAIS, and I do try to read their stuff from time to time. Hal Brands “….is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).”

    And this one, which I think looks like a lot of fun, and is relevant now – in a whole new way!

    “Politics of Control: Creating Red Culture in the Early People’s Republic of China”

  2. I guess we’ll have to wait for the book about Bed Bath & Beyond CFO Gustavo Arnal falling 18 stories from the “Jenga” building, flattening himself into a pancake. Don’t these guys know about parachutes?

    Suggested title: “Pump! Dump! Jump!”

    It’s going to be a real thriller but will take some time to write, in order to protect the guilty.

  3. I’ve cracked my old copy of Gorbachev’s “Perestroika.” It’s surprisingly interesting, though I don’t know how far into it I’ll get. It is striking how Gorbachev was not only a committed Marxist, but he truly believed the people of the Soviet Union were behind and supportive of the Soviet leadership since the Revolution. He was surprised and forever regretful of the breakup of the Union.

    From the Introduction:

    I assented to the request of the American publishers to write this book. We want to be understood. The Soviet Union is truly living through a dramatic period. The Communist Party made a critical analysis of the situation that had developed by the mid 1980’s and formulated this policy of perestroika, or restructuring, a policy of accelerating the country’s social and economic progress and renewing all spheres of life. Soviet people have both understood and accepted this policy. Perestroika has animated the whole of society. True, our country is huge. Many problems have accumulated and it won’t be easy to solve them. But change has begun and society cannot now turn back.

  4. Most of my reading is freebies from the Libby library app. Just read “Great Circle” by (woman, no pronouns declared) Maggie Shipstead. A Man Booker Award winner, it’s the story of a woman who saw barnstormers in Missoula and got hooked on flying. She married a bootlegger who sponsored her dream of circumnavigating over the North and South poles. Book includes a cameo about Jaqueline Cochran, the hairdresser/famous pilot who once held the absolute speed record in an F-104. (Cochran escaped the piney woods lumber camps of the Florida panhandle, met aviator Floyd Odlum in Miami, who sponsored her dreams.)

    • My review is pretty superficial, the book is a nuanced story of the WW2 era with interesting subplots and “flash-forwards” to an actress making a movie about the protagonist. Worth a read and your SO might like it.

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