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The Best Defense Paperback – May 12, 1983
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The author also writes about the cases he loses. So many books by advocates focus on the success and are about self grandisment.
Overall the impression given is how much of a dogged slog it is to achieve justice in the American System and how much calculation and thought has to go into every strategy and move. One of the amazing things in the book is how the author is so critical of a number of judges and how willing he is to make those criticisms.
It is an excellent book which shows the many flaws and weakness of the American justice system.
1. as an explanation for how our judicial system is setup and operates;
2. putting a face and personal touch behind many famous (porn star harry reams, prince of the city robert leuci, etc. etc.) and less famous, but just as interesting, trials;
3. as a series of engaging human interest stories;
4. as a chronicle of the early careers of now wildly famous people like, for example, rudy guiliani who appears as a young prosecutor in the case involving robert leuci.
this book was written at a time when dershowitz was more focused on trials as opposed to politics, so it reads without the over tones of his later works. this will be good for readers that don't agree with his politics and it's a refreshing change during this time where there are so many books that carry a political agenda.
each chapter averages about 20 pages and discusses a different case. so you can read one a night or a polish off a few while travelling. dershowitz' delivery is completely candid about the the conversations and people involved in each case. i was continually surprised about the intimate details revealed for each case.
i think this book will have great appeal to readers of spy-thrillers because they will be entertained by the stories, plot twists and uncertain endings (dershowitz discusses cases in which he won and lost), while at the same time discovering many realities of our courts and beyond.
All of that aside, he is a true legal scholar, and a great story teller (or at least he was when this book was written) and this is almost certainly his very best book. Compelling, almost riveting, Dershowitz makes the case for civil rights and constitutional defense as well ashe does anywhere else, but here he also tells a story leavened by a partial memoir of growing up orthodox in Boro Park Brooklyn in the 1960s.
This is a great book, not to be missed.
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Good reading just love the law and Alan Dershowitz is one of the very bestPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Written by the greatest legal mind of our time, it truly gives you an insider's perspective of how the justice system actually... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nicole Blake
Read this book in college. Liked it so much I bought it. If I ever needed a lawyer he would be the one!Published 5 months ago by Shannon
Very Interesting, very thought provoking, exposes the underbelly of some portions of our "Justice" system. Very Dershowitz.Published 14 months ago by david rosenthal
interesting,,,,,,legal world complicated.....allan made it easierPublished 16 months ago by albert gianci
I originally read it in the 1980s, and it was even better as a 2014 re-read. Dershowitz is a gifted writer as well as a gifted trial lawyer and teacher.Published 19 months ago by Placido Pasquale
This is another fascinating work from Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz. This book will give the uninitiated a better understanding and a realistic look at the legal system of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer