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Citizen Lane: Defending Our Rights in the Courts, the Capitol, and the Streets Hardcover – June 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613740018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613740019
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Citizen Lane is at once lighthearted, joyous and suspenseful. Not just a great read, Lane’s unique journey is an essential example in a jaded world of how one man can affect great change. . . . Mark Lane’s life, which he has written over the years with deeds, not words, has been an inspiration to me and the reason that I am an activist for the powerless. For all the struggles and suffering, defeats and victories, Citizen Lane is the magnificent American story of hope. If you read one book this year, even this decade, this is the one.”  Martin Sheen, from the foreword



"Although my views about Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy are well known, I am convinced, and have been for a long time, that had Mark Lane, with his skill and knowledge of the case, represented him at trial, Oswald would have been acquitted." —Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed

"Citizen Lane is a major contribution to the cause of equal justice in America. Lane has risked his life for us on more than one occasion, and even more than that, he has applied his incredible skill to cases and struggles all throughout our country. His work is unparalleled because his life has been."  —Dick Gregory

"Mark Lane’s inspirational life is told here in riveting, page-turning fashion.  Lawyer, prolific author, state legislator, civil rights activist, peace advocate, and lifelong crusader for the kind of justice the courts and the constitution should but often fail to provide, Lane draws together in this autobiography his many previous books as well as his long duels with the CIA and lesser centers of power."  —Paul Gaston, professor emeritus of American history, University of Virginia

 

"Mark Lane has dedicated his life to furthering constitutional principles and admirable ethical standards. With integrity, courage, and righteousness as his shield and passionate rational persuasion as his sword, Mark Lane has confronted evil and demanded justice. Undaunted, he shares with our Founders a commitment to keep our institutions and the marketplace of ideas vibrant, open, democratic, and transparent. Read his fascinating memoir, Citizen Lane.  It is terrific: well documented, dramatic, and brilliantly crafted."  —Robert K. Tanenbaum, director of the Congressional Committee investigating the assassination of President Kennedy

"I regret the attempts to destroy Mr. Lane."  —David Atlee Phillips, Director of the CIA for the Western Hemisphere

“Readers may not recognize the author’s name, but he has been fighting for the rights of underdogs for nearly 60 years … As one would expect of a person of this caliber, Lane’s story focuses on the needs of those he served rather than the extraordinary part he played in so many lives.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Mark Lane is a lawyer, a former member of the New York State legislature, an author, and an activist. He is the bestselling author of Rush to Judgment and Plausible Denial.

 Martin Sheen is a distinguished actor, an activist, and the recipient of many awards, including the Laetare Medal, the most prestigious honor for an American Catholic.


More About the Author

Mark Lane is an author, lawyer and activist. His was the first voice to publicly question the top secret investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and his bestselling book, Rush to Judgment, was one of the first to question the Warren Commission's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. A Citizen's Dissent recounts the vast efforts of our government and the establishment media to suppress his investigation into the assassination of JFK and to silence and destroy him for his work. His later works on the JFK assassination detailed the involvement of the CIA through an actual trial in which Lane cross-examined multiple agents [Plausible Denial] and the role played by the CIA and Secret Service [Last Word]. He crossed the country speaking at countless colleges and other institutions about the murder of the president sparking the creation of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which looked into the assassinations of Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Freedom Rider while he served in the New York Legislature in 1961, he has defended the rights of the voiceless from his beginnings in East Harlem to Wounded Knee, where he successfully defended the leaders of the American Indian Movement. He freed James Joseph Richardson, a black man framed in rural Florida for the murder of his own seven children, from prison after serving over 20 years, many of them on death row [Arcadia]. He is a survivor of Jonestown [The Strongest Poison] and was a leader of the anti war movement during the Viet Nam era [Chicago Eyewitness; Conversations with Americans], Lane's autobiography, Citizen Lane, was published in 2012.

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His story is fascinating!
Ms. Adele L. Abrams
He said, "Every person can make a difference and every person should try".
Stephen Courts
It took a great deal of courage, and Mark Lane was our Hamlet.
Stephen Deasy

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Courts on May 27, 2012
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One of my favorite quotes is from President Kennedy. He said, "Every person can make a difference and every person should try". Mark Lane is whom President Kennedy could have been speaking of, though he was murdered before Mark had the chance to show that one person can make a difference. This extraordinary man, not part of the elite Eastern establishment, not a graduate of Harvard or Yale, has done more for this country than any one person I can think of. This is a fabulous read that takes you from Mark's service in World War Two, to his efforts on behalf of the dispossessed and the powerless. Civil rights, Viet Nam Veterans, Wounded Knee, The New York Legislature, Freedom Rides, Exoneration of an innocent man sentenced to die for a crime he never did. It was never about making money, only about justice. Chicago in 1968. Store front Law Office in Harlem. Jonestown. You name a major event in the last 60 years and Mark Lane was there doing what he could to fight for justice and human rights. This is such a great read that I literally could not put it down. I agree with Martin Sheen. If you only read one book this year, this is the one! Stephen Courts

p.s. There are some very surprising famous people Mark meets while getting Rush To Judgment published in the UK. They will surprise you and stun you. Mark was one of the first dissenters of the infamous "Johnson" Commission decision with the bestseller Rush To Judgment.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay on May 23, 2012
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Mark Lane's work as an attorney and a author over his life has set the bar very high for those of us who treasure the First Amendment and civil rights. His autobiography, "Citizen Lane" demonstrates that he is truly a modern day 'Profile in Courage'. If you read only one book this summer, read this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Deasy on February 16, 2013
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In other countries, he'd be a national hero. Here, you have to explain who he is. Of all the people JFK was pictured with, of all his buddies and pals and counsels, only one, had the chutzpah to say SOMETHING WAS ROTTEN IN THE STATE. It took a great deal of courage, and Mark Lane was our Hamlet. But a Hamlet who survived, indeed flourished.
He was there at the major events of the most explosive times in the last 50 years. With grace and humor he describes it. One's jaw drops more than once.(Lewis Powell wrote that! Jonestown was not a "mass suicide"? James Earl Ray was grabbed out of thin air?).
Talk of having the strength of one's convictions! This is a role model, ladies and gentlemen. Citizen Lane reads like a movie,and it makes a citizen like Kane sound small. What Mark Lane did throughout his career was admirable. What he did in 1964-1966 was transcendent and took guts. All hail our citizen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Bragg on September 1, 2013
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Mark Lane's Citizen Lane is a riveting account of a life well lived. I was blown away by the depth and breadth of his work as a lawyer, community activist. It is amazing that he has packed this much into one short life, from Eleanor Roosevelt campaigning for him as state senator, to the Freedom Rides, to the Jim Jones experiences--what a ride he takes you on. His writing style is easy to read and as would be expected from a bestselling author for many years. A must read!
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