Monday, May 09, 2005

More Recent Disability Books

In addition to the Kohrman book discussed in the last post, two other recent books of relevance have crossed my desk: Ruth Colker's The Disability Pendulum: The First Decade of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the reissued edition (with a new epilogue) of David and Sheila Rothman's The Willowbrook Wars: Bringing the Mentally Disabled into the Community. I haven't had a time to read these yet, though I read the earlier edition of the Rothman book, and I am familiar with the content of the Colker book (much of which has been previously published in law reviews). The Rothman book is an exceptionally interesting treatment of one of the most important deinstitutionalization cases of the 1970s. Colker literally wrote the book on disability law (she's now written several), and her treatment of the ADA's first decade does a great job of presenting the point of view that the statute's effectiveness has been limited by a harsh reception in the judiciary.


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