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Business brain stormingSince my last round-up of reviews, a few more outlets have written about Supreme Ambitions — favorably, as it turns out.

In a review for HuffPost Books, former Supreme Court clerk Aaron Zelinsky read Supreme Ambitions against the backdrop of one of the fall’s most buzz-generating books, William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. This was a brilliant move given the books’ shared themes, such as the nature of ambition and the young overachiever’s search for self. As for his views on Supreme Ambitions, Zelinsky declared it “a fun read…. Lat has created a character that the reader feels attached to…. [F]or those eager to see what happens when the organization kids grow up, when the excellent sheep must leave the farm, Supreme Ambitions is for you.”

Over at Simple Justice, prominent legal blogger and noted criminal-defense attorney Scott H. Greenfield ingeniously used Supreme Ambitions as a vehicle for revisiting the early days of law blogging, back when the legal blogosphere was smaller, less commercial, and (arguably) more fun than it is today. His bottom line on Supreme Ambitions: “I absolutely loved this book. It was funny, fascinating and taught me about a world that [outsiders] would never know, or have reason to know…. If you take any pleasure in the secret sauce that makes the judicial hotties hot, then you will adore Supreme Ambitions.”

Finally, in the Indiana Law Blog, Marcia Oddi declared that Supreme Ambitions “will appeal to readers of Lat’s blog, Above the Law, as well as readers of other law blogs such as How Appealing and SCOTUSblog — those interested in the inner workings of the federal courts…. I would recommend it particularly to those interested in pursuing federal clerkships.”

As I’ve mentioned before, if you’re a book reviewer or journalist and would like an advance reader copy, please just email me to request one. Thanks!

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up [Huffington Post Books]
Book Review: David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions [Simple Justice]
Courts – Supreme Ambitions: A Novel by David Lat [Indiana Law Blog]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]

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blurbIn a few weeks, hopefully around early December, Supreme Ambitions should arrive in bookstores (and get shipped to folks who pre-ordered it). Some time ago, we finalized the back cover, featuring these five wonderful blurbs (some from early reviews and some from recipients of advance reader copies):

“So realistic, it makes your teeth hurt. So much fun, you can’t put it down. A sprightly, gripping novel with a serious message about the rewards and dangers of unbridled ambition.”

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

“This fine novel by a leading Internet commentator and analyst of the courts provides disquieting insight into the secretive world of federal judges and their brilliant anxious young law clerks.”

Judge Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

“Lat’s novel is a cross between a serious look into the heart of darkness and an insouciant study of Manolo Blahnik footwear…. This is legal realism at its finest but told in the highly unusual and difficult form of a well-crafted novel.”

Judge Richard G. Kopf, Hercules and the Umpire (book review)

“An interesting and revealing look at the lives of law clerks — bright young lawyers who give up sleep, sex, and happiness so that someone else can take credit for their work.”

Ed Hayes, author of Mouthpiece: A Life in — and Sometimes Just Outside — the Law

“Supreme Ambitions is a legitimate page-turner. Lat knows the story he wants to tell, and he tells it well. He makes no secret of the themes he wants to convey, and he conveys them effectively. Overall, it’s a smashing success.”

Steve Klepper, Maryland Appellate Blog

I thank Chief Judge Kozinski, Judge Posner, Judge Kopf, Ed Hayes, and Steve Klepper for their most generous praise. Positive reactions from readers, especially readers who are leading figures within the legal profession, make the many solitary hours I spent in front of my MacBook all worth it.

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

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