Toobin winning in high court book battle against Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia has had so much publicity for his new book (co-written with Bryan Garner) that I was curious how well it’s been selling.  It turns out that Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts is somewhat less popular that Jeffrey Toobin’s Supreme Court potboiler The Oath, which purports to lift the lid on all that exciting behind the scenes action at One First Street (Disclosure: I have read neither at this point). According to Amazon, The Oath, which only came out this week, is ranked at number 38 in the hardcover bestseller list. Scalia’s tome — published in June, but still getting oodles of publicity — is languishing back in 1,890th place. At this point, he may well be regretting his decision to submit himself to an interview with Piers Morgan.

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Lawrence Hurley

Reporter based in Washington