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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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Supreme Ambitions in hardcover

Supreme Ambitions in hardcover

My editor just sent me a hardcover copy of Supreme Ambitions, fresh from the printer. The book is on track for release in the first half of December. Several online outlets estimate release on or about December 7, 2014.

A few days ago, I experienced a bit of a scare: Amazon (mistakenly) changed the estimated release date for Supreme Ambitions to March 2015. And not only that, but people who pre-ordered the book on Amazon received email messages containing this supposedly updated but actually erroneous release date.

Fortunately, the error has been fixed, and the Amazon page now contains the correct estimated release date of December 7. If you pre-ordered Supreme Ambitions from Amazon, perhaps hoping to give the book to someone as a holiday gift, please don’t fret: you should receive the book in the first half of December.

Thank you to Amazon for fixing this mistake, and thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered Supreme Ambitions. If you’d like to learn more about the book, please email me.

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

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bookstore bookshopAs a huge fan and supporter of independent bookstores, I’m pleased and proud to report that two of the country’s best indies will be carrying Supreme Ambitions — and are already accepting pre-orders for the book, which should hit stores early next month.

Supreme Ambitions tells the story of a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I clerked for the Ninth Circuit myself, spending a wonderful year working for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, I spent many a rainy afternoon at Powell’s, an amazingly vast bookstore that sells new, used, and rare books. If you visit Portland, which has much to recommend it, you must make a pilgrimage to Powell’s.

From 2006 to 2008, I lived in Washington, D.C., and today it’s still my second home thanks to frequent visits to my fiancé. One of my favorite Washington spots is Politics & Prose, a bookstore with a remarkable history, deep roots in the D.C. community, and a longstanding commitment to interesting fiction and to books of ideas — in other words, works like Supreme Ambitions (or so I like to think).

You can pre-order Supreme Ambitions from Powell’s or Politics & Prose via the links below. If you’re an independent bookseller interested in learning more about and possibly carrying Supreme Ambitions, please feel free to drop me a line, and I can ask my editor to send a galley your way.

Supreme Ambitions [Politics & Prose]
Supreme Ambitions [Powell’s (affiliate link)]

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