A Thousand Times More Fair by Kenji Yoshino

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“Fascinating....Loaded with perceptive and provocative comments on Shakespeare’s plots, characters, and contemporary analogs.”
—Justice John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court of the United States

“Kenji Yoshino is the face and the voice of the new civil rights.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickled and Dimed

A Thousand Times More Fair is a highly inventive and provocative exploration of ethics and the law that uses the plays of William Shakespeare as a prism through which to view the nature of justice in our contemporary lives. Celebrated law professor and author Kenji Yoshino delves into ten of the most important works of the Immortal Bard of Avon, offering prescient and thought-provoking discussions of lawyers, property rights, vengeance (legal and otherwise), and restitution that have tremendous significance to the defining events of our times—from the O.J. Simpson trial to Abu Ghraib. Anyone fascinated by important legal and social issues—as well as fans of Shakespeare-centered bestsellers like Will in the World—will find A Thousand Times More Fair an exceptionally rewarding reading experience.

 

About Kenji Yoshino

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Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Prior to that appointment, he was the Deputy Dean of Intellectual Life at Yale Law School. He has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, and he is the author of the award-winning memoir Covering. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 325 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Each chapter features an exegesis of the play and, usually, a look at a contemporary issue in the light of Shakespeare’s views.

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The New York Times

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Shylock himself has brought scales for exact measurement, and Yoshino spells out in another essay in the book the exact terms of the lex talionis: “If someone takes my eye, I am entitled to his eye, but no more.” In the law review, Yoshino says that Portia is out for vengeance, and in th...

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The New York Times

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He concludes that the play is not drama but “propaganda,” since Shakespeare was just flattering King James with an attack on the Gunpowder Plot — which means that “Duncan, Macbeth and Banquo are more complex characters in Holinshed” (the source) “than in Shakespeare.” Can anyone think this deepen...

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Publishers Weekly

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Yoshino, a constitutional law professor at NYU, looks at the concepts of justice in Shakespeare's major plays as they relate to the role of law in modern society and to particular events in today's world.

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New York Journal of Books

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In the enlightening and readable A Thousand Times More Fair, author Kenji Yoshino opens a window on Shakespearean dramaturgy and scholarship and lets in a breath of fresh air.

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New York Journal of Books

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Specifically, he is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University.It probably takes a lawyer to make the arguments set forth here, and Mr. Yoshino devotes each of the nine chapters in the book to the one play that he thinks best illustrates specific points o...

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The New Republic

THE LAW PLAYS an unacknowledged role in much of Shakespeare’s work.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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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