Memorable Titles

The titles of academic books can run toward a string of verbiage studded with a colon amounting to nothing memorable.  Scholars must fantasize about writing a reputable book with the perfect title:  both apt and unforgettable.  One of my favorites is Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization.  Historian Robert Darnton scored with The Great Cat Massacre, about an episode in French history.   Now here is a brand-new book with a title that may be a bit too vivid for its own good, because a title should make readers open the book, not hold it by one corner like a loaded mouse trap.  Cambridge University Press has published this work by law scholar Allan C. Hutchinson:  Is Eating People Wrong? – Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World.

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