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B O OKS TO READ Hidden gems every lawyer should take the time to read 4 A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by James Melvin Washington. There is so much more than “I have a dream” worth considering. Much, much more. 8 Georgia Odyssey, 2nd Edition by James C. Cobb. An eminently readable and entertaining history of the state. 5 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. The book takes place in Savannah with commentary on society, especially the workings of lawyers, that can by applied universally. The story of the Williams trials is masterfully written. 1 The Evidence of Things Not Seen by James Baldwin. Baldwin took on the child murders that plagued the city from 1979 to 1981, four years after the conviction of Wayne Williams, detailing significant flaws in the case, a momentous argument now that the case is being re-opened. 2 Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution by Anne Emanuel. An outstanding biography of one of the people who transformed the way the country perceived civil rights, this book documents the life of not just great lawyer, but a great Atlantan. 9 Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South by Roy Blount, Jr.. Blount grew up in Decatur. He discovered that you can’t exactly leave the South by moving North. This book delightfully contrasts the two regions. 6 And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank by Steve Oney. The murder of Mary Phagan and the subsequent lynching of Leo Frank. The crime marks what some say is one of the lowest points in Atlanta history. 10 Atlanta Noir edited by Tayari Jones. The Atlanta edition of Akashic’s Noir series features short stories depicting every part of the city. Kenji Jasper's "A Moment of Clarity at the Waffle House" is a scattered, smothered, covered, and chunked piece of writing. 7 The Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene. The dynamite blast at The Temple resulted in a fusion of black and Jewish leaders that enabled the civil rights movement in the city. 3 Slavery by Another Name: The Re- Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackmon. A detailed and disturbing examination of the convict lease system that rebuilt a good part of Atlanta post- Sherman, Blackmon demonstrates that slavery did not end with the adoption of the 13th Amendment. MICHAEL JABLONSKI Law Office of Michael Jablonski mkj@mkjablonski.com Not only do lawyers have to keep up with changes in the law, but they must develop an understanding of the cultures with which they work. A major component of persuasion, if not advocacy in general, includes the realization that not everyone thinks in the same way, or acts consistently, or possesses the same view of history. We set about to list books that we feel are essential reading for anyone practicing law in Atlanta. The list is by no means exhaustive. We welcome suggestions of additional titles that should be included in future lists. Each list will include 10 new selection of titles - the order in which a book appears in the list does not necessarily indicate a preference. The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 33