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About the Author

Alan M. Dershowitz is a professor at Harvard Law School and a noted appellate lawyer and columnist. He has represented such clients as Claus von Bülow, O. J. Simpson, Anatoly Shcharansky, Michael Milken, Mia Farrow, and Mike Tyson. He lectures widely on legal and religious issues, appears frequently on television and radio, and is the author of the number one bestseller Chutzpah, as well as Supreme Injustice, Reversal of Fortune, The Abuse Excuse, Just Revenge, The Genesis of Justice, The Advocate's Devil, and Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O. J. Simpson Case.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446602914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446602914
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,550,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ is a Brooklyn native who has been called 'the nation's most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer' and one of its 'most distinguished defenders of individual rights,' 'the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,' 'the top lawyer of last resort,' and 'America's most public Jewish defender.' He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg. While he is known for defending clients such as Anatoly Sharansky, Claus von B'low, O.J. Simpson, Michael Milken and Mike Tyson, he continues to represent numerous indigent defendants and takes half of his cases pro bono. Dershowitz is the author of 20 works of fiction and non-fiction, including 6 bestsellers. His writing has been praised by Truman Capote, Saul Bellow, David Mamet, William Styron, Aharon Appelfeld, A.B. Yehoshua and Elie Wiesel. More than a million of his books have been sold worldwide, in numerous languages, and more than a million people have heard him lecture around the world. His most recent nonfiction titles are The Case For Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved (August 2005, Wiley); Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights (November 2004, Basic Books), The Case for Israel (September 2003, Wiley), America Declares Independence, Why Terrorism Works, Shouting Fire, Letters to a Young Lawyer, Supreme Injustice, and The Genesis of Justice. His novels include The Advocate's Devil and Just Revenge. Dershowitz is also the author of The Vanishing American Jew, The Abuse Excuse, Reasonable Doubts, Chutzpah (a #1 bestseller), Reversal of Fortune (which was made into an Academy Award-winning film), Sexual McCarthyism and The Best Defense.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mango Joey on November 7, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am so glad I decided to read this book. I read some of the ratings and was reluctant to do so. I picked it up last night, boy am I glad I did, and read the whole thing in one sitting!!! How could someone NOT like this book??? It is all so believable and educational. It helped me to understand why the law is so confusing to the average person with common sense and morals. Interpretations of the law are so very screwy and this book helps the layman to understand it a little.
The author's references to the Talmud and Jewish/Hebrew customs and practices were delightful. I will never forget the 3 responsibilities of a father to his children: Teach them the Torah (God's Laws), Teach them a trade (that they may contribute to the quality of life) and Teach the to "swim". If you want to know in more detail exactly what this means then pick up a copy and read and reflect on this "jewel" of a book.
Another fascinating part of the book was how he explains the perverse and immoral lifestyles of many NBA players and the groupies that are too available for their pleasure and subsequent debauchery.
I can't wait to pick up a copy of "Chutzpa". This book was thoroughly informative, exciting, and possesses great wisdom and knowledge for the reader. You will understand the dilemmas and moral challenges faced by attorneys and judges much better after reading this book. Shalom and Mazel Tav to all!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After attending several of mr. Dershowitz's lectures I had expected better. The dialouge in this book is almost too painful to read. To think that this book came from the mind of such an eloquent orator. Mr Dershowitz should stick to the spoken word!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dennis on March 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As novels go, this book is a bum, hiding out in disquise as a lawyer's day dream. As a former member of the legal system, and I not say what, this a classic "what if" my client or the man I am prosecuting is guilty or innocent?" From where I sat in the real world such elevated notions are never a practical matter. The courtroom is a battleground between two opposing sides, and the truth, or more particularly, the facts mean less than the technical arguments and decisions of the process. It is too bad, that a famous jurist wouldn't write a fictional book that shows the realities of our court system, starting with the simple fact that most "civil rights" are meaningless because, hardly anyone gets a trial before his peers. If one is lucky enough to actually get a trial, and it would probably be one that is going to helps someones career or pocket book, if the jury actualy stays awake, and its doubtful that it will actually be comprised of ones peers, the verdict has as much to do with how long the deliberations are, whether there is one juror who was picked who has a mental problem, and wants to be Henry Fonda. I was hopefull that when I decided to read this, that it would be extrordinaryly refreshing. Its not.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
The Advocate's Devil is a well written piece of fiction that condenses several important legal issues and ethical conficts into one fast-paced narrative. Dershowitz occasionally challenges his readers' powers of logic as so many dilemmas present themeselves in fast succession, all with reasonable solutions, but that is one of the purposes of poetic license.
His female characters are not entirely believable, but they are addressing issues of equality and sexual politics that no one has resloved yet. Furthermore, Dershowitz's female characters are cerebral and independent which is more than one can say for many current authors. I enjoyed the story thoroughly and read it in a very short period of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. P. F. Lafferty on October 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In his inimitable way the complexities of this legal drama unfold.Another exciting tale from the master.His strength is not to let his legal training clog or bore the reader. Rate it highly.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on May 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Alan Dershowitz is a well known figure both in a courtroom and classroom. As a professor at Harvard University's elite law school, Dershowitz has been known to defend clients from sensational cases in the public eye. Some of his more newsworthy clients have been have been Claus Von Bulow, OJ Simpson and Mike Tyson. And while Dershowitz may be in a position to write a legal brief or scholarly work about the law, after reading this book, I seriously questioned his ability to write a compelling piece of ficiton. While The Advocate's Devil moves along at a quick pace,it's as if Dershowitz lifted it from the front page of a newspaper describing a sensational rape or murder case. Either he tried hard to write a worthwhile book or possibly wrote this book to explain to an unkowing public how and why he as a lwayer could defend the clients he has in the past.
With a superior knowledge of both the actions of defense lawyers, prosecuting attorneys and the ins and outs of the court system itself, one would have expected a more worthwhile read.
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