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Book Reviews: Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge

By Lawrence S. Goldman

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Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge

by Frederic Block
NACDL Press - Thomson Reuters (2012)

Most books by federal judges are dry, weighty tomes, rarely read by practicing criminal defense lawyers except perhaps by the relatively few scholars and intellectuals among us. Rather, in my experience, most criminal defense lawyers for their leisure reading prefer books that do not tax the mind, like those of John Grisham, especially if the lead character is a courageous underdog criminal defense lawyer.

Disrobed, a book by Frederic Block, a senior federal judge in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, published under the imprimatur of the newly-established NACDL Press, falls somewhere between Grisham and, say, Judge Richard Posner. It is an easy read (I did not have to look up a single word in the dictionary) — interesting, informative, and sometimes quite humorous. It would make for good reading for criminal defense lawyers, their family membe

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