Dust Jacket Copy of the Day

George P. Fletcher, The Bond (Hart Publishing 2009):

Adam Gross, philosopher-cum-lawyer, teaches at an Ivy League law school in New York. Good looking, cultivated, bohemian, he was once considered the rising star of his faculty, but that was a decade ago, and times have changed. Doing the job he always wanted, shaping eager, young, minds, showing them what it takes to be a lawyer, Adam has to face the truth that his style is no longer what the students pay for; and his Dean is getting worried about the rising number of complaints. It doesn’t help that he is about to start sleeping with the Dean’s wife…Faced with a struggle for survival, sandwiched between headstrong students and colleagues eager to see him cut down to size, Adam knows no other course than to keep teaching law as he believes it must be taught — as a global, complex and multi-faceted phenomenon in which American law is just one part of the picture. In a world in which the old certainties have been swept away, in which torture happens on our doorstep, and inequalities multiply, more than ever Adam wants his students to understand that they hold the key to a better, more just, future. This novel by acclaimed Columbia Professor of Law, George Fletcher, is at one and the same time a tale of university life and a primer for anyone wanting to understand what studying law is really like. By turns provocative, challenging, shocking and amusing, THE BOND will change forever the way law students (and their teachers) think about the law.

It took me a little while to realize that this was not a description of the author.

There are those times, in this funny old thing we call life, when only the word “perfervid” will suffice.

To be fair, though, I should mention that Fletcher’s book on Bernhard Goetz, “A Crime of Self-Defense” (1988), is one of the best introductions to criminal law and overviews of the criminal justice process that I have ever read.