Ranking the Olympians Before U.S. News: When Vanity Fair and The Bookman Told Their Readers Who Really Mattered

19 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2018 Last revised: 11 Jun 2018

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: June 3, 2018

Abstract

When were the first law-related rankings published? Answering that question would be like determining when the first baseball game was played. You would have to start by settling fundamental and disputable definitional issues: What is a publication (or what is baseball)? What counts as a ranking (or a game)? And so on. Experts, even those who are most eminently knowledgeable and admirably reasonable, sometimes disagree about such things. Then, if you were to miraculously manage to settle all such matters of meaning, you would have to look everywhere that such a ranking might have been published (or such a game recorded). That is too much. Better to work incrementally – to report ever-earlier sightings as you find them and hope that definitional consensuses grow as unexplored territories shrink. That is the spirit in which I offer this report on two sets of rankings published in the early 20th century.

Keywords: Ginsburg, Nixon, O’Connor, Scalia, Supreme Court, Nader, Burger, Ford, Reagan, Weinberger, Meese, Goethe, Flaubert, Voltaire, Bryan, Lodge, Roosevelt, Cicero, Walter Scott, Hughes, Lincoln, Lloyd George, Metternich, Wilson, Fielding, Lenin, Holmes, Hamilton, Frankfurter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mencken

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., Ranking the Olympians Before U.S. News: When Vanity Fair and The Bookman Told Their Readers Who Really Mattered (June 3, 2018). 21 Green Bag 2d 241 (2018); George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 18-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3189564

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