Selected Publications




Books

Nonfiction:
  • REVENGE AND ITS REWARDS (forthcoming) (University of Chicago Press 2012)
  • LAW LIT, FROM ATTICUS FINCH TO THE PRACTICE: A COLLECTION OF GREAT WRITING ABOUT THE LAW (with an Introduction and Editor's Note) (The New Press 2007)
  • THE MYTH OF MORAL JUSTICE: WHY OUR LEGAL SYSTEM FAILS TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT (with an Afterward) (Harper Collins Perennial 2005)

Fiction:

  • THE STRANGER WITHIN SARAH STEIN (Texas Tech University Press 2012)
  • THE GOLEMS OF GOTHAM (Harper Collins 2002)
  • SECOND HAND SMOKE (St. Martin's Press 1999)
  • ELIJAH VISIBLE: STORIES (St. Martin's Press 1996)

Articles

  • “The Myth of the Moral Attourney,” Critical Issues Of Our Time, Centre for American Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Vol. 4, Summer 2010.
  • "A Tribute to Hannah Arendt," 21 Tikkun 81 (2006) [with Omer Bartov et al.]
  • "The Audacity of Aesthetics: The Post-Holocaust Novel and the Respect for the Dead," 27 Poetics Today 489 (2006)
  • "Introduction to The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right," 4 Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal 3 (2006)
  • "The Romance of Nuremberg and the Tease of Moral Justice in Symposium: The Nuremberg Trials: A Reappraisal and their Legacy," 27 Cardozo Law Review 1731 (2006)

Essays in Newspapers

  • “30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every LawyerShould Read,” Franz Kafka, THE TRIAL, ABA Journal, August 2011.
  • “Justice?  Vengeance?  YouNeed Both,” The New York Times, Op-Ed Section, July 28, 2011.
  • “Casey Anthony Verdict: A Jury of Idiotsor Hapless Peers?” The Huffington Post, July 7, 2011.
  • “The Case of the Loopy Lawyers Frat-party antics and self-doubt are the stuff of today's legal dramas; where's Atticus Finch?”Wall Street Journal, Review section, June 18, 2011.
  • “Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, AdolfEichmann—and Revenge,” The Huffington Post, May 6, 2011.
  • “On 50th Anniversary of His Trial,Eichmann’s Case Still Brands Israel: Transformed Young Country Into State With anActivist Holocaust Agenda,” Forward, April, 27,2011. 
  • “Sidney Lumet: The Prince of New York City,” TheHuffington Post, April 12, 2011.
  • “Why SidneyLumet Fought the Law,” Wall Street Journal, SpeakEasy blog, April 11, 2011.
  • “Egypt: The Days of Rage and The Days After,” The Huffington Post, February 17, 2011.
  • “True Grit” and the Truth about Revenge,” The Huffington Post, January 27, 2011.
  • “A Boycott Spreads,” Forward, December 8, 2010.  
  • “Jews in the Crosshairs: From Riverdale to Chicago: Diaspora Jew as ‘Marked Man,’” The Jewish Week, November 3, 2010.
  • “Ground Zero Mosque and the Freedom from Pain,” The Huffington Post, August 3,2010.
  • “Farewell, Atticus,” ABA Law Journal, August, 2010.
  • “RememberingThe Wrong Thing: The new obsession with Jewish vengeance and what it suggests,”The Jewish Week, April 8, 2010.
  • “Obama’s Muddled Message to Terrorists,” Forbes.com, Opinions, April 5, 2010.
  • “Obama’s Passover Seder,” The Huffington Post, March 30, 2010.
  • “‘Measure for Measure’ = ‘Law & Order,’” The Huffington Post, February 28,2010.
  • “iPad, I am,” The Huffington Post, January 29, 2010.
  • “Goldman Brazilian Nightmare Over: Father and Son Finally Reunited,” The HuffingtonPost, December 25, 2009.
  • “David Mamet’s ‘Race’ Against the Cultural Clock,” The Huffington Post, December 9, 2009.
  • “Evening the Score in Afghanistan: Revenge is a just motive for finishing a war they started,” The Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed Section, October 20, 2009.
  • “Find Israel Guilty: The U.N’s anti-Semitic M.O.,” Forbes.com, Opinions, September 25, 2009.
  • “In the Courtroom: Torment and Dante’s Hell, Essay: Madoff’s Sentencing Provided Emotion, But Sadly, No Remorse,” Forward, July 1, 2009.
  • “Obama at Buchenwald and Beyond,” The Huffington Post, June 6, 2009.
  • "The Empathy Seat on the Supreme Court," The Huffington Post, May 29, 2009
  • “Guantanamo: Redux,” The Huffington Post, May 21, 2009.
  • "A Tale of Two Holocaust Travelers," The Huffington Post, May 15, 2009.
  • “The 100 Days of Swine and Roses,” The Huffington Post, May 2, 2009.
  • “Durban the Sequel: Send Out the Clowns,” The Huffington Post, April 25, 2009.
  • “Rx for Toxic Economy: Immigrants,” The Huffington Post, April 16, 2009.
  • “Unlike Madoff, European Insurers Remain At Large,” The Huffington Post, April 7, 2009.
  • “For Israel, every day is Groundhog Day,” The Jerusalem Post, Op-Ed Section, January 15, 2009.
  • “The Conning of Jewish America: Madoff, Rosenblat and a communal trust betrayed,” The Jewish Week, January 8, 2009.
  • “The War on Terror Has Not Gone Away: Despite economic woes, this is no time to let our guard down,” The Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed Section, December 29, 2008.
  • “Mazel Tov, Mr. President-Elect! Now Do We Have Some Advice For You . . . ,” Forward, Op-Ed Section, November 6, 2008.
  • “He Beat Us To It: Blacks, Jews and the House on Pennsylvania Avenue,” The Jewish Week, November 4, 2008.
  • “All You Need Is . . . Hate: The moral contradictions behind the effort to pressure Paul McCartney not to play in Israel,” The Jewish Week, September 24, 2008.
  • “Victory is an Orphan in Iraq,” The Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed Section, September 18, 2008.
  • “The President Has Kept Us Safe,” The Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed Section, May 30, 2008.
  • “Holocaust survivors silence far too long,” Verbatim (excerpt from Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee), The Miami Herald, May 17, 2008.
  • “Balance Still Due on Holocaust,” The New York Sun, Op-Ed Section, May 5,2008.
  • "Sarkozy's Brave Move," The New York Sun, Op-Ed Section, February 25, 2008.
  • "Augie March, In The Flesh: Norman Mailer could throw a punch, but as a writer he bobbed and weaved around his Jewishness, The Jewish Week, November 14, 2007.
  • "The Counterterrorism Club," The Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed Section, July 18, 2007.
  • "Gunter Grass' Skeletons: On the eve of his N.Y. reading, question about morality, concealment and truth," The Jewish Week, June 22, 2007.
  • "Losing Count," The New York Times, Op-Ed Section, June 14, 2007
  • "Anne, Still At Center Of Shoah Universe" The Jewish Week, February 22, 2007
  • "Detecting Deeper Meaning," Theater ("The Merchant of Venice" and "The Jew of Malta") The New York Sun, February 21, 2007
  • "Iran's Caricature of a Contest" Los Angeles Times, Op-Ed Section, August 20, 2006
  • "Looking Back At a Musical Milestone" Theater ("Les Miserable"), November 8, 2006.
  • "Passion of Mel Gibson: The Acting" The New York Sun, Op-Ed Section, August 1, 2006
  • "Red State Jews" The Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed Section, August 9, 2006
  • "Security is Necessary for Freedom to Exist" The Australian, Op-Ed Section, September 1, 2006
  • "We The Jury Find We Can't Get Enough: American Jurisprudence Makes for Some Mighty Fine Entertainment" Los Angeles Times, Op-Ed Section, April 12, 2007.

Book Reviews

  • THE NOVICE: A STORY OF TRUE LOVE, by Thich Nhat Hanh, LosAngeles Times Book Review,September 4, 2011.
  • WHEN THEY COME FOR US, WE’LL BE GONE, by Gal Beckerman, “A Modern David and Goliath tale,” Los Angeles Times Book Review, December 26, 2010.  
  • AN AMERICAN TYPE, by Henry Roth, “Navigating a very human landscape; "Henry Roth's'last' novel to hit print is both self-analysis and restless study of hiscountrymen,”Los Angeles Times Book Review, June 28,2010.
  • GOD IS NOT ONE, by Stephen Prothero, “The Many Faces of God,” Los Angeles TimesBook Review, June 9, 2010.
  • INNOCENT, by Scott Turow, “ScottTurow Returns With “Innocent” (“Presumed Innocent” II), The Huffington Post,May 3, 2010.
  • WORSE THAN WAR: GENOCIDE, ELIMINATIONISM, AND THE ONGOING ASSAULT ON HUMANITY, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, “Worse Than War,” The Huffington Post, November 17, 2009.
  • THE CASEBOOK OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, By Peter Ackroyd, “Some of the literary titans of British Romanticism join the scientist in a mystery that also explores the wonders of the creative process," Los Angeles Times Book Review, October 30, 2009.
  • Review of "The Future of Liberalism," By Alan Wolfe, “Will the Real Liberals Please Stand Up?: Alan Wolfe argues that the future of liberalism is bright,” The Washington Post, March 1,2009.
  • Review of "What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire?", By Antonio Lobo Antunes, “Mind Games and Memories,” Los Angeles Times Book Review, October 5, 2008.
  • Review of "A Tranquil Star Unpublished Stories of Primo Levi, by Primo Levi,” Los Angles Times Book Review April 22, 2007, pg. 5
  • Review of "The Avenger, The Golem: a New Translation of the Classic Play and Selected Short Stories, by Joachim Neugroschel” Los Angeles Times Book Review, August 13, 2006, pg. 12.