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The Best Story Wins (and Other Advice for New Prosecutors) Paperback – June 1, 2010

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"A manual for prosecuting cases that should be on the desk of every prosecutor in the country." --Rick Knight, Assistant Prosecutor, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Kansas City, Missouri

"A must read...It is truly one of the best explanations of what it is to be a prosecutor in print today. John Bobo writes with an easy wit and entertaining style about the trials and tribulations of having the most serious job there is. His book thrives because he is sharing the secrets he learned by doing. I only wish that the rest of society could be convinced to pick it up.They would enjoy it and be amazed and better understand the most important role in the criminal justice system today. I am putting it on my law students reading list now ." --Joe McCormack, Bureau Chief, Bronx District Attorney's Office,New York & Adjunct Professor, St. John's School of Law

"In my 20 years with the Justice Department and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, I have had nearly 100 federal trials. I found The Best Story Wins to be an excellent read with incredibly helpful and practical suggestions for those prosecutors (youngand old) who will or have actually tried countless cases before juries.Any trial-large or small-is a unique experience that can be extremely stressful and fraught with indecision, trepidation, and fear; The Best Story Wins is a wonderful talisman for those volatile emotions that cannot alwavs be avoided in the hearty soul of a trial warrior ." --Gene Rossi, Assistant U.S.Attorney, Chief, Specials Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

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"A prosecutor with more cases than she can handle has no time to read a how-to book,yet it's exactly what she needs. And, this book is the answer ! lt's so much fun and the advice is practical:what it's really like day in and day out. It's also a great reminder that being a prosecutor truly is the best job you'll ever have...so enjoy it!" -- Kimberly Fogarty Kinzie, former Massachusetts prosecutor and staff attorney at the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Tower Publishing (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932056955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932056952
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been a prosecutor for over three decades now, more than half my life. I tell folks that when it comes to being a prosecutor, I've seen it all, done most. The author has too. And now he shares what he learned from those experiences with budding prosecutors. This isn't a traditional "how to" trial advocacy book; it's more of a "how-to-survive" book. Each chapter contains sage wisdom from years of experience. There was little that I didn't already know or had figured out on my own. I found myself nodding with approval throughout and wishing that I'd had this book when I first set foot in a courtroom in July 1984. Bobo speaks candidly on subjects such as dealing with judges, cops, victims, and reporters and prosecutor burn-out. He's a terrific, engaging writer. It's like sitting with a drink in a bar, listening to someone who's been there. In today's climate, where prosecutors are constantly under attack and often unfairly maligned, it's refreshing to read a work dedicated to upholding this noblest practice of law. This should be required reading for every new prosecutor.
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This is a great book and a must read for communications professionals. The advice is applicable far beyond the legal profession and I highly recommend it for anyone involved in business, advocacy, public relations, or any other fields that depend on crafting and delivering an effective message.
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This book gives wise advice to young professionals about things that rarely get discussed at the water cooler. It also touches on topics that my dad should have. It is any easy read and is written in a usable format for later reference.
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This book had to be written. John Bobo did it. Now it must be read.

I was a deputy prosecutor and prosecutor for 20 years. I wish I had had this outstanding guide to help me learn in a few days what took me years to figure out.

Decades of experience, wisdom, guidance, tactics, and tips are packed into a little book that could be read in a few hours.

But don't read it that way. This little gem must be consumed slowly and savored. Whether you're a young prosecutor or an old one, be sure to open this book with a highlighter in your hand and a pen behind your ear. Then read, mark, and make notes. You will be better at your job after each chapter.

If you're seasoned, make the baby lawyers read it. You owe it to the young to get them started right. If you're new at the job, share this book with your colleagues.

What about you defense attorneys...do you need to read it? Absolutely. It has stuff for everyone. You'll see what I mean.
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I've been a prosecutor for 10yrs in California and handled everything from shoplifting to murder. I wish I had read this sooner. As an experienced prosecutor I found it to be both instructive and humorous. This book reminded me of why I love my job so much and inspired me to do better. The section on keeping a balanced life was just what I needed at this stage of my career. I'm ready for another 10yr bout. Thank you John
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Mr. Bobo is an exemplar of the prosecutorial ethic. His writing style is accessible, approachable, and unavoidably engaging. This book is an outstanding representation of both the mechanical and personal workings of our criminal justice system that you cannot find in any rule book or law school classroom.

"Five Stars" cannot do this book - nay, manual - justice, and should be required reading by anyone holding even a fleeting thought of becoming a prosecutor.
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