Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
by Richard Kluger
I appreciate the law and its study, but there are not too many books that delve deeply into it that I thoroughly enjoy. Simple Justice is a different case altogether. Written over 50 years ago, this book still resonates today. Kluger does a wonderful job examining not only the legal aspects of Brown v. Board of Education, but discusses the post-Emancipation period and the struggle for civil rights in a way that highlights and emphasizes the social process that led to the groundbreaking case. By positioning the case within its historical context, providing a deep back story of what made it so important, and by highlighting the contributions of so many Americans, some famous, some not so famous, this is a piece of scholarship that stands alone. Highly recommended (although give yourself some time...it's long).