A provocative exploration of justice in our time through fresh
readings of Shakespeare's greatest plays
Celebrated legal scholar Kenji Yoshino's first book, Covering,
was acclaimed-from the New York Times Book Review to O, The Oprah
Magazine to the American Lawyer-for its elegant prose, its good
humor, and its brilliant insights into civil rights and
discrimination law. Now, in A Thousand Times More Fair, Yoshino
turns his attention to the broad question of what makes a fair and
just society, and he delves deep into a surprising source to answer
it: Shakespeare's greatest plays.
An enormously creative and provocative book, A Thousand Times
More Fair addresses fundamental questions we ask about our world
today: Why is the rule of law better than revenge? How much mercy
should we show a wrongdoer? What does it mean to "prove" guilt or
innocence? As Yoshino argues, a searching examination of
Shakespeare's plays-and the many advocates, judges, criminals, and
vigilantes who populate them-can elucidate some of the most
troubling issues in contemporary life.
With a great ear for Shakespeare and an eye trained steadily on
current affairs, Yoshino considers how competing models of judging
presented in Measure for Measure resurfaced around the confirmation
hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; how the revenge
cycle of Titus Andronicus illuminates the "war on terror" and our
military engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq; how the white
handkerchief in Othello and the black glove in the O. J. Simpson
trial reflect forms of proof that overwhelm all other evidence; and
how the spectacle of an omnipotent ruler voluntarily surrendering
power in The Tempest, as Cincinnatus did before him and George
Washington did after him, informs regime change in our own
A Thousand Times More Fair is an altogether original book about
Shakespeare and the law, and an ideal starting point to explore the
nature of a just society-and our own.
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