My colleague Sunil Rao has published a well written book review of The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, by Albie Sachs. It appears on the AALL Spectrum blog.
From the review:
In the process of conceiving this book, Justice Albie Sachs–who served on South Africa’s first Constitutional Court from 1994 until his retirement in 2009–asked himself: “How do I actually make my decisions and write my judgments?”. The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law is a lively and elegantly written exploration of this question; it is a series of interlinking chapters held together by the thread of Sachs’ broad and varied experiences as a lawyer, anti-apartheid activist, participant in the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, co-drafter of South Africa’s constitution, and Justice on the Constitutional Court.