June 30, 2011
HLS Professor Noah Feldman’s “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices” (Twelve, 2010) was selected as the best legal book of the year by Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, winning its 2011 Book Award. “Scorpions,” the group biography of Felix Frankfurter LL.B. 1906, Robert Jackson, Hugo Black and William O. Douglas, explores the justices’ contentious relationships and their effect on 20th century constitutional law. (See a related story and watch a video of Feldman discussing his book.)
In August, Scribes will honor Feldman during its annual meeting, at the American Bar Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario. In May, the ABA selected “Scorpions” for its own honor, the Silver Gavel Award.
Other books by Feldman include “The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State” (Princeton University Press, 2008), “Divided by God: America's Church-State Problem—And What We Should Do About It” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), “What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building” (Princeton University Press, 2004), and “After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003).
Feldman is a regular contributor to the New York Times and to Bloomberg View. His most recent column for Bloomberg is titled “Obama Plan Makes Victory in Afghanistan a Reality” and appeared on June 27.