v. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.95
  • Save: $2.95 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
v. Goliath: The Trials of... has been added to your Cart
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by buyroxy
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Clean, unmarked text. Tight binding. Shelfwear present.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

v. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies Paperback – January 9, 2007


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.00
$9.78 $2.31

Speak Now by Kenji Yoshino
Speak Now by Kenji Yoshino
A nuanced and authoritative account of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the trial that will stand as the most potent argument for marriage equality. Learn more | See related books
$13.00 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

v. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies + Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America
Price for both: $25.34

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375726551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375726552
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As Donovan shows in this insightful biography (a notable counterpoint to Boies's own recently published autobiography, Courting Justice), power attorney David Boies has been at the fulcrum of the culture of legal celebrities for 20 years. Best known as the lawyer who represented the Democratic Party and Al Gore during the 2000 postelection battle, Boies has been involved in other high-profile cases: he represented the U.S. Justice Department in its suit against Microsoft, and CBS when it was sued by Gen. William Westmoreland. Donovan, a former attorney and editor at the National Law Journal, underscores Boies's brilliant mind, his ability to work long hours and his gift for persuasion. But Donovan, who tracked Boies with his approval, also knocks the lawyer off his pedestal, exposing the "myth" that he spearheaded IBM's defense in the 1975 U.S. v. IBM. Tracking Boies's losses as well as victories (and noting some disingenuousness when, in losing the Napster case, he blamed the judge), Donovan highlights such struggles as a bias case brought by several women staffers against his law firm, which was settled. Donovan seems to believe he's too cozy with members of the media who report on him and that he basks rather too much in the media's glow. While sometimes focusing on irrelevant personal details, she offers a sure, skeptical account of Boies's rise to the top of the legal realm. (Feb. 8)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

“A complex portrait. . . . Donovan was given extraordinary access to Mr. Boies, and it paid off.” —The New York Sun

“Incisive. . . . [An] invaluable depiction of a man as complicated and contradictory as he is gifted.” —New York Law Journal

“Insightful. . . . A sure, skeptical account of Boies’s rise to the top of the legal realm.” —Publishers Weekly

“Here a colorful life takes on some color [with Donovan’s] significant access to Boies and his inner circle.” —Los Angeles Times

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
89%
4 star
11%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 9 customer reviews
I highly recommend this book for lawyers and non-lawyers alike!
Conor B. Dugan
The spotlight brighter but this book reveals that David Bois puts his suit pants on, one leg at a time just like the rest of us.
John
This combination helps make Karen Donovan's book such a compelling read, and Boies such a compelling subject.
Legal Writing Pro

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By --S on January 8, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
Karen Donovan's book is something of a biography, a Grisham novel, a history book, and a litigation primer all wrapped into one. (As a litigator, I'm actually thinking that some of the strategies related in the book would be helpful for me in court.) Thoroughly engaging and entertaining, Ms. Donovan has a great deal of respect for her subject's talents but is careful not to gloss over his significant flaws.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By New York Bookie on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this insightful and yeomanly researched book, Karen Donovan paints a vivid picture of a man who has achieved iconic status among America's trial lawyers. Thanks to the access granted the author by David Boies, we get not only a ringside seat for some of the last decade's most high-profile trials, including, of course, the one that put the current occupant of the White House in office, but we're there for pre-trial strategy sessions and post-trial dinners as well. Throughout, Donovan maintains a keen-eyed objectivity and isn't afraid to deflate balloons of bravado when need be. All in all, it's a compelling read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Legal Writing Pro on March 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
David Boies probably has the most varied and storied career of any litigator alive, capped now by his recent work on the California Prop. 8 case. Unlike many top litigators profiled in previous books, who are workaholics with boundless energy but few quirks or outside interests, Boies is also a bit of an eccentric in his career path, world view, hobbies, and even shoe preferences.

This combination helps make Karen Donovan's book such a compelling read, and Boies such a compelling subject. Interspersed with incisive analysis of major cases Boies has handled, particularly the Microsoft antitrust case, are snippets and anecdotes about this colorful figure and about the practice of high-stakes lawsuits today. Donovan's book is thus a must for anyone who aspires to litigate at the top levels, or who just wants to learn more about how one of the greatest litigators of all time manages to pull it off in this conformist world and profession of ours.

--Ross Guberman, author of Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Conor B. Dugan VINE VOICE on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is hard to believe that a profile of one of America's top lawyers could be so engrossing, but Karen Donovan has written a superb book on David Boies. This biography of Boies reads like a novel and really gives one a window into his life and approach to the law. I found it to be, as one reviewer put it, "unputdownable." I highly recommend this book for lawyers and non-lawyers alike!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Debelak on May 11, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This excellent book is best read alongside Boies's own memoir, Courting Justice. I’ve been interested in Boies for a while, after seeing Charlie Rose interview him about the Prop 8 litigation last year and, more recently, after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent (as usual) profile of him in his last book on underdogs. Boies’s career is remarkable—he was already a go-to Wall Street litigator before the DoJ hired him to prosecute the Microsoft antitrust litigation, leading Al Gore’s legal campaign in Florida and eventually to the Supreme Court, and now heading the Prop 8 fight. What makes these two books stand out is not just their subject, it’s that they manage to cover that subject from two perspectives that are independently fantastic. Donovon is a legal reporter who was assigned to cover the Microsoft trial, got to know Boies and pitched the book idea to him. He agreed, and she followed him for the “miracle year” following that, through Bush v. Gore. In the middle of that year, Boies was approached by a book publisher to write a memoir. In Courting Justice, we get a first hand view of Boies and how he thinks. Standing alone, the memoir manages to avoid the self-masturbatory tone that ruins too many other autobiographies. Then, in v. Goliath, Donovon paints an honest picture of Boies with a little distance. Donovon is clearly taken in by his charm, but is also not shy to point out criticisms of his work. If you’re in law, and especially litigation, the books are littered with industry history and practice points. But even if you’re not, the books are accessible, well edited, and interesting. It’s rare to have two first-hand accounts written so well about such a deserving career. I highly recommend them in tandem.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
v. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies
This item: v. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies
Price: $15.95 $13.00
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com