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Raised in a family that treasured intellectual and artistic accomplishment, Shelly became a young Asst US Atty with a great career to look forward to. When he refused to cover up official wrongdoing at the highest levels of government, he was driven from the fraternity of the privileged and began a new career taking on the powerful on behalf of the little guy with a righteous cause. Not one to retire, he still maintains an active professional life while pursuing his favorite avocation, writing, and his favorite recreation, driving his F-150 Lightning.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461102545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461102540
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,866,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Ledbetter on February 17, 2014
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This is a remarkable book, but not because it is tightly written and well organized. It is not those things. It's personal and opinionated. There's some extraneous name-dropping. It could certainly use an editor's eye to catch those little things that authors miss when reading their own stuff. It meanders.

But in the midst of the meandering you stumble on bright pearls of philosophy and economics. And you get an insiders perspective - a rebel insider's perspective - on the realities of the legal system and its tight relationship with crony capitalism. You get some advice on how court cases are really won and lost.

That's all nice, but that's not what makes the book so remarkable. What's remarkable is the story itself.

Waxman went into the legal profession as a young, naive, hard-charging idealist prone to fits of self-righteous anger (like I said, the book is personal. You learn a lot about the writer!). And he does so at just the right time and place - Chicago in the late 1960s - so that he would unwittingly be brought into a number of high profile cases with political implications. These would open his eyes to the inner workings of "the Man," that intricate web of power holders in local, state, and federal government, in the police, and in the courts.

At the beginning of his career, Waxman was appointed lawyer to defend the spy sent by the FBI to infiltrate Chicago's office of the Black Panther Party, an infiltration that resulted in the murder of rising Panther leader Fred Hampton. The fascist shenanigans of (to coin a phrase) the governmental-judicial complex that Waxman experienced firsthand in this and subsequent Chicago trials are, I think we can safely assume, not taught in law school. And much of it has not been revealed in print.
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I have lived in Chicago, all mly life, except for my farm in Michigan, married to an attorney, with a family full of attorneys, I am used to the system. Sheldon, is the unique person, I;m not saying everything he does makes sense, but he is the unique attorney who had a conscience and cared about people, he genuinely wanted to help him, his bottom line was not the dollar he would make, but more like a crusader in a crooked city would be the way I would label him dana mcgee

I am including my review and I have read Sheldon Waxman's book, grown up in Holland,Mi. my small town experience with attorneys is very different than the big Chicago attorneys, where everyone specializes, here the attorneys have a small specialty, real estate, criminal mainly DUI's and assualt and battery, his book was agenuine eye open opener for the city of Chicago and one attorneys battle to challenge the system, interesting reading thank you Denise Hosta, Holland, Mi
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Waxman provides real life insights into the practice of law. Its ups, downs, frustrations and triumphs. a good read. I strongly recommend it.
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