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The fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education became for many a time to reflect on the wisdom of the Court's decision and to critique its success in desegregating America's public schools. Paul E. Wilson, a law professor at the University of Kansas, has written A Time to Lose not so much to address those issues but a more personal question: why had he argued before the Supreme Court on the wrong side? In his dedication, Wilson sets forth the book's tone and goal: "For Harriet and our children, who believe I was on the wrong side. May this book mitigate their decades of embarrassment."