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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

by Edward E. Baptist, Basic Books, 2014

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.

As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence.

Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery’s end—and created a culture that sustains America’s deepest dreams of freedom.

Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer

edited by Sharon K. Sandeen, ABA Publishing, 2014

This book is a valuable and practical go-to reference for general practitioners, business lawyers, and corporate counsel who need to quickly learn and understand the intellectual property (IP) issues that arise in various business contexts. This third edition is updated and expanded to include two new chapters; updates to existing chapters to reflect recent changes, including the significant changes brought by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act; and contributions from 20 peer-reviewers. The book contains 20 chapters that are short and readable and include "Traps for the Unwary" and practice tips from over 50 experienced attorneys, two law professors, and a judge.

Flawed Convictions: "Shaken Baby Syndrome" and the Inertia of Injustice

by Deborah Tuerkheimer, Oxford University Press, 2014

The emergence of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) presents an object lesson in the dangers that lie at the intersection of science and criminal law. As often occurs in the context of scientific knowledge, understandings of SBS have evolved. We now know that the diagnostic triad alone does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an infant was abused, or that the last person with the baby was responsible for the baby's condition. Nevertheless, our legal system has failed to absorb this new consensus. As a result, innocent parents and caregivers remain incarcerated and, perhaps more perplexingly, triad-only prosecutions continue even to this day.

Flawed Convictions: "Shaken Baby Syndrome" and the Inertia of Injustice is the first book to survey the scientific, cultural, and legal history of Shaken Baby Syndrome from inception to formal dissolution. It exposes extraordinary failings in the criminal justice system's treatment of what is, in essence, a medical diagnosis of murder. The story of SBS highlights fundamental inadequacies in the legal response to "science dependent prosecution." A proposed restructuring of the law contends with the uncertainty of scientific knowledge.

Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner's Guide to Key Issues and Developments

edited by Lelia Mooney, ABA Publishing, 2014

The twelve chapters and three appendices in this book offer a broad array of perspectives on the promotion of the rule of law in today's world. Some of the authors are themselves practitioners, and their contributions offer revealing perspectives on the challenges and opportunities encountered in the field. Other contributors are members of the academic community that seeks to give practitioners the conceptual tools with which to work effectively in developing countries and societies trying to recover from conflict. Whatever their backgrounds, all the authors seek to get to the heart of how to make efforts to promote the rule of law more effective, more responsive, more inclusive, more coordinated, more humane, and more enduring. 

Religious Offence and Human Rights: The Implications of Defamation of Religion

by Lorenz Langer, Cambridge University Press, 2014

Should international law be concerned with offence to religions and their followers? Even before the 2005 publication of the Danish Mohammed cartoons, Muslim States have endeavoured to establish some reputational protection for religions on the international level by pushing for recognition of the novel concept of 'defamation of religions'. This study recounts these efforts as well as the opposition they aroused, particularly by proponents of free speech. It also addresses the more fundamental issue of how religion and international law may relate to each other. Historically, enforcing divine commands has been the primary task of legal systems, and it still is in numerous municipal jurisdictions. By analysing religious restrictions of blasphemy and sacrilege as well as international and national norms on free speech and freedom of religion, Lorenz Langer argues that, on the international level at least, religion does not provide a suitable rationale for legal norms.

The Little Book of Horse Racing Law

by Charles Palmer, ABA Publishing, 2014

The horse racing crowd is comprised of colorful, passionate people; where else can you find a mixture of farmhands, jockeys, old money, and gamblers? And when you force such an unruly world of disparate and singular people into the structure and formality of the legal system, you get a fascinating array of events and decisions. In twenty-one chapters covering everything from drugs to syndicates to cloning, The Little Book of Horse-Racing Law thoroughly covers the intersection of law and racing.

The Innocent Killer: A True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and its Astonishing Aftermath

by Michael Griesbach, Cambridge University Press, 2014

The story of one of the nation’s most notorious wrongful convictions, that of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent eighteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. But two years after he was exonerated of that crime and poised to reap millions in his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Steven Avery was arrested for the exceptionally brutal murder of Teresa Halbach, a freelance photographer who had gone missing several days earlier. The “Innocent Man” had turned into a cold blooded killer. Or had he? This is narrative non-fiction at its finest. A true crime thriller.

Collateral Issues in Franchising: Beyond Registration and Disclosure

by Kenneth R. Costello, ABA Publishing, 2014

In addition to counseling their clients on disclosure, registration and other basic franchising concepts, franchise attorneys must handle a wide variety of "collateral," but essential, areas of law on a daily basis. These can range from Internet communications to advertising programs to supply chain issues. In this book, each chapter addresses a particular category of concerns and offers insightful analysis of important aspects of the franchisor-franchisee relationship.

Topics include social media, search-engine optimization and other Internet concerns; franchise sales relationships; third-party financing; the franchisor's corporate and business structure and intellectual property; real-estate issues such as zoning, permits, building code compliance, signs, environmental issues and due diligence, and real estate financing; regulation of advertising and telemarketing; and supply chain management and logistics; among others.