I have been remiss in noting that, while I was on vacation, Bill Haltom and Michael McCann’s book Distorting the Law won APSA’s Pritchett Award for the best book published in public law in the preceding two years. (Disclaimer: McCann was my dissertation advisor.) Both Dave and I have mentioned this book before, but it does a terrific job of empirically analyzing the myths that surround tort litigation in the United States, while remaining clear-eyed about the limitations of the existing system. If you don’t want to take my word for it, here’s a review from a more disinterested party.
Congratulations also to frequent commenter JRD, who did a significant amount of heavy lifting on the project!