Christmas-tree-Christmas-gifts-presentsThank you to everyone for the tremendous support of Supreme Ambitions. Due to your support, the book was sold out for a time on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The good news is that the book is now back in stock at Barnes & Noble and soon to be restocked at Amazon (as of December 22). Orders placed with B&N ship immediately; orders placed with Amazon should be filled a few days after December 22.

The book is also being carried in select stores. For those of you in Washington, D.C., you can buy the book at Politics & Prose, one of the nation’s very best independent bookstores (and recently visited by President Obama). I’ll be doing an event at Politics & Prose at 5 p.m. on March 8, and I’d love to see you there.

Politics & Prose can also ship the book to folks not in the Washington metropolitan area. To order, just click here.

Finally, for those of you who prefer electronic formats, Supreme Ambitions is available for your Kindle or Nook.

Thanks again to all of you who have already purchased Supreme Ambitions. If you’ve read and enjoyed the book, please spread the word — and feel free to buy additional copies as presents for friends or family. Happy holidays!

Supreme Ambitions [Politics & Prose]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions [Amazon (affiliate link)]

I woke up this morning to find myself next to a half-naked Bradley Cooper.

I woke up this morning to find myself next to a half-naked Bradley Cooper.

Today’s New York Times contained a great feature story by Alexandra Alter about Supreme Ambitions and its publisher — Ankerwycke, the new trade imprint of the American Bar Association devoted to legal fiction and more accessible nonfiction. As the Times observes, Ankerwycke is a noteworthy departure for the ABA, “whose publishing arm is known for handbooks like the 1,400-page Compendium of State Certificate of Title Laws.”

The Times notes that Supreme Ambitions has been eagerly anticipated within legal-nerd circles: “[F]or an elite niche — consisting largely of federal judges and their clerks — Supreme Ambitions has become the most buzzed-about novel of the year.”

Here are some additional highlights from the article. There are some kind words about me:

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Supreme Ambitions cover high resolutionProfessor Will Baude, writing about Supreme Ambitions over at the Volokh Conspiracy, issued what might just be my favorite verdict on the book so far: “I still can’t decide whether this is a ridiculous book or an insightful one. It might be both.” As you might expect from me as the creator of Underneath Their Robes, a site that I like to think was both ridiculous and insightful, I took this as high praise indeed — an even greater compliment than Baude’s calling Supreme Ambitions “the best quasi-fictional account of law school that I have read (even though much of it is immediately post-law school).”

One thing I’ve enjoyed about reading book reviews is noticing how different reviewers pick up on different things. Rosemarie Yu, reviewing the book for the New York Law Journal, clearly sensed — and shared — the great affection I feel for Judge Christina Wong Stinson, the judicial diva who is my favorite creation. Yu quite aptly described Judge Stinson as “the charming, silver-tongued villainess that you secretly root for.”

Supreme Ambitions is now making its way into the hands of people other than reviewers. Folks who have ordered the book through Politics & Prose, Powell’s, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon have reported receiving their copies or notifications that their copies are about to ship.

If you’re a reader of Supreme Ambitions with feedback on the book, or if you’d like to contact me for any other reason, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Book Review: ‘Supreme Ambitions’ by David Lat [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
Book Review: Supreme Ambitions [New York Law Journal]

Writing in the National Law Journal, Tony Mauro has warm words for Supreme Ambitions. He praises the book as “a thriller that captures the law clerk experience masterfully, with all its intensity, competitiveness, big-bucks allure and prestige.” Mauro also unpacks some of the backstory behind the book, situates it within the larger context of “clerk lit,” and picks up on some of the little details in Supreme Ambitions aimed at SCOTUS obsessives.

Considering that Mauro is one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court correspondents and a longtime chronicler of the SCOTUS clerk phenomenon, I am especially grateful for his praise. Check out his full article via the link below.

David Lat Channels Law Clerk Experience in ‘Supreme Ambitions’ [National Law Journal (reg. required)]

Yale Law School

Yale Law School

As the release date for Supreme Ambitions approaches, a few more reviews and other mentions of the book have appeared in the media.

Most recently, Professor Ilya Somin reviewed Supreme Ambitions for the widely read and highly influential Volokh Conspiracy. Professor Somin praised the book as “an engrossing page-turner that focuses on the seemingly unlikely subject of federal judges and their law clerks…. an impressive first novel, one of the best that has ever been written about the federal judiciary. It is a great read for anyone interested in the world of federal judges and their sometimes overly ambitious clerks.”

Over at Above the Law, the legal website that I founded and still edit, outside columnist Mark Herrmann also wrote a positive review. Herrmann — a former clerk for the Ninth Circuit, the court where the book is set — commended the book for its realism: “Does Supreme Ambitions ring true to me? Absolutely.”

Finally, in an article for the Yale Daily News, reporter Phoebe Kimmelman used Supreme Ambitions as the jumping-off point for an interesting exploration of the current state of clerkship hiring. According to Kimmelman, “[f]or Yalies, the book hits close to home. But it also delves into a topic that both drives and haunts many students at Yale Law School and beyond — judicial clerkships.”

David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
Do You Harbor Supreme [Court] Ambitions? [Above the Law]
YLS students give mixed reviews of clerkship process [Yale Daily News]


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