Law professor Dale Carpenter's new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, is one of the rare nonfiction law books on my "to read" pile. Dahlia Lithwick wrote a fascinating summary of Carpenter's book for the New Yorker. The New York Times (joining many others) gave it a rave review this weekend. Other reviewers have compared it to another favorite of mine, Simple Justice, by Richard Kluger. From the New York Times review:
Dale Carpenter’s “Flagrant Conduct” is a stirring and richly detailed account of Lawrence v. Texas, the momentous 2003 decision that overturned Bowers. Carpenter, who teaches at the University of Minnesota Law School, tells the story through the eyes of the major players — the plaintiffs, arresting officers, attorneys, judges and prosecutors — most of whom were interviewed at length. The result is a book that turns conventional wisdom about Lawrence on its head. Indeed, the readers most likely to be surprised by “Flagrant Conduct” are those who think they already know the basic outlines of the case.