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Friday, September 28, 2007

WHAT WE'RE READING







We like to use Fridays for writing about things other than strictly REGJB stuff.
The ever growing pile of tomes by our bedside has led us to ponder the whether summer is really the time that the best books get released? We think that based on our purely unscientific survey, the Fall reading season is when the best books get released.


So what is Rumpole reading?

We are slogging our way through the Reagan Diaries. If you can get past the mundane musings about White House life, every now and then there are some little gems tucked away. Our biggest disappointment is that the diaries have not been edited with commentary. It would have been more helpful and the reading would be more enjoyable if an editor had added some comments on the specific individuals or events of the time when they are mentioned, sometimes just in a fleeting passing comment, in the diaries.

But speaking of enjoyable, any WWII history buff will fly through Agent Zigzag, by Ben Macintyre. Agent Zigzag is the true story of Eddie Chapman, a small time British thief, safe cracker, and adventurist, who while in prison on one of the outlying British Isles, finds himself under Nazi capture (yes, a few of the British Isles were captured briefly by Germany in WWII). Chapman becomes a spy for the German Reich, and upon parachuting back into Britain, promptly becomes one of England's most successful and important double agents.






And speaking of mundane musings, Alan Greenspan's new biography The Age Of Turbulence is similarly possessed of small fed-speak tidbits wrapped around some astounding observations about past US policy and a wonderful chapter on the future economy. You ignore Mr. Greenspan's predictions at your own peril. Another great book requiring a commitment to spending a large amount of time to digest the material.




Author Dennis Johnson gives us his first novel in more than a decade, and it is an ambitious one, in Tree Of Smoke, a twisted labyrinth of a story centering around CIA Officer Skip Sands who is sent to Vietnam in 1967. A large book well worth the required investment of time and energy to digest a wonderful but scattered tale of Vietnam and beyond.

And to steal from Jay Leno, the other night he noted that this is National Book Month. While authors are going around the country expounding on the joys of reading, President Bush has asked for network time to give the rebuttal.

Only if you must: If you're the type of "wonky" guy that spends your weekend reading about federal sentencing, and we're not casting any labels
HERE

then the Denver University Law Review
HERE has several articles on the Booker/Rita advisory guideline sentencing line of cases. But only if you just can't find anything better to do this fantastic fall weekend.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

check out today daily busnisess review article. thanks to rumpole..
lets keep the preasure on.

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Anonymous said...

TO 7:48 AM

NO. But the presumption of innocence aplies to the criminal defendant; not the enemy combatant. Ask John McCain if the North Vietnamese gave him any due process rights. We went to Afganiztsan and fought the Taliban after 911 and these guys were trying to kill our soldiers. They all belong in jail.

The Magna Carta and now our US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are still important, but for keeping the President in check as so he does not trample on the rights of the people here in our country.

Anonymous said...

if you go to dbr online, they but up the joe georges' application. are u kidding me? mang. at micky d's?

WHAT I'M READING said...

I URGE ALL OF YOU TO GO TO THE LINK IN THE FIRST COMMENT HERE AND READ JOE GEORGE'S APPLICATION FOR REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL.

SPEECHLESS

Anonymous said...

Time and time again, Rumpole scoops the media.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been paying attention to what's going on in Bhurma? There are multitudes of people living in Miami who love to preface everything with "In MY country..." and complain about how the US won't go liberate them, etc., etc., etc.

Please watch the monks and other citizens in Bhurma and take a clue.

Anonymous said...

I am a lawyer from north of the border and I have a tip for all private counsel from Miami.... If you do not want the Judge and for that matter all north of the Border lawyers to know that you are clueless about Broward policies and "calender call" thus insuring that the Broward judges single you out for being from Miami- Do Not Tell the Judge " I am a Miami Lawyer and we do things better and different down there". Got that Mishkin?

Anonymous said...

7:48am, you are a dhimmi idiot!!

In a war, you want the PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE for our enemies (and these folks are our-yours and mine-enemies)??

Scary shit.

Anonymous said...

This Conflict Office is just a joke. I read the DBR article, and it sounds like even Crist is ready to back off this dumb idea.

Rumpole said...

Don't playa hate the Mishk- he is a master of psychologicaL warfare. If he said what he said, he said it for a reason and was thinking three steps ahead of everyone else. Just watch- you'll see.

Anonymous said...

Leave the Mishk alone, he is a good man.

Besides, he was just commenting on having to get back south before his work visa and various permits expired.

Another North of the Border Attorney.