Writ Large: Faculty Books


A Wide-Ranging Curiosity

Alan Dershowitz writes the way he thinks

The evidence suggests that Dershowitz is not overstating the case. "Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights" (Basic Books), published in November 2004, was his ninth book since the beginning of 2000--and his 19th since 1982, when Random House published his first popular book about law, "The Best Defense." Continue Reading

Alumni Notes & Newsmakers

  • American Journey

    American Journey

    George Leighton '43 ('46) spent his childhood in Massachusetts summering in Plymouth and wintering in New Bedford. His summer home was a shanty with no running water or electricity near the cranberry bogs, and his winter home was an unheated apartment near the textile mills.

  • Richard Frank '62

    Selling Health to the Third World

    AIDS, malaria and malnutrition claim millions of lives in the developing world every year. One approach to such problems is to provide free health products--condoms, malaria kits and vitamin supplements--to health clinics.

  • Peter Ferrara '79

    26 Years Later

    Twenty-six years ago, Peter Ferrara '79 picked a then obscure topic for his third-year paper: Social Security solvency.

  • Larissa Behrendt

    Family Matters

    Through literature and law, Larissa Behrendt LL.M. '94 S.J.D. '98 speaks for aboriginal rights.

  • Donald Alexander '48

    A Conversation with Donald Alexander ’48

    Donald Alexander '48 is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C., where he has a wide-ranging tax practice.


Crime Pays

For 19th century printers, crime was good business. Brutal murders and other horrific crimes translated into profit when they became the subjects of single-page printings. Today close to 400 of these broadsides, most printed in England from 1820 to 1860, are preserved in an HLS library collection. They highlight acts of wrongdoing, purported confessions from the accused (often set in verse), and accounts of trials and public executions. Many are illustrated with woodcuts. Continue Reading