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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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thumbs upEarly reviews for Supreme Ambitions have come in — and so far, so good.

The first review, a capsule review from a librarian and prolific book blogger, described Supreme Ambitions as “[e]xtremely well written and absorbing.” This review was brief, but I was glad to see that a non-lawyer enjoyed the book.

The second review, by Judge Richard G. Kopf (D. Neb.), examined Supreme Ambitions in much greater detail. Reviewing the book for his widely read blog, Hercules and the Umpire, Judge Kopf wrote, “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.”

Finally, writing for the Maryland Appellate Blog, Steve Klepper declared Supreme Ambitions to be “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.”

I thank these reviewers for taking the time to read and write about Supreme Ambitions. I am especially grateful to Judge Kopf and Steve Klepper, prominent commentators within the world of law, for their thoughtful engagement with and kind words about the book. You can read their full reviews — which contain some constructive criticism as well — via the links below.

If you are a member of the media — and yes, of course that includes bloggers — and would be interested in a review copy, please feel free to email me to request one. Thanks!

David Lat’s first novel, “Supreme Ambitions,” deftly dissects judicial power [Hercules and the Umpire]
Book Review: David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions [Maryland Appellate Blog]
Supreme Ambitions by David Lat [Cayocosta72: Book Reviews for Avid Readers]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]

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