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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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“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
"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
"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.
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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!
Over the decades, friends, cohorts, allies, and accomplices include Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Gregory, Jim Garrison, Jane Fonda, Paul McCartney, and Marlon Brando.
His inadvertent journey into the heart of the JFK assassination darkness authored: Rush to Judgment, Plausible Denial and Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” (Ratified on December 15, 1791)
Learned life details of him and his time period
related to him that are historically significant and
interesting. An award winning screenwriter might
consider applying this book for his/her next big movie project.
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.