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The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America's Most Powerful Trial Lawyer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Greed in Mississippi

    Fascinating story of greed and political corruption in the south. A little hard to keep up with the many scum-bag lawyers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    wow!

    good book ,but really disappointed in mississippi politics now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    The Best of the Dickie Scruggs Books

    I was very interested in this book as I had read another recently released book about the downfall of the Mississippi trial attorneys. This book is written by someone who has a background in literature and it shows. It is very well written and throughout it the characters are developed to show their human complexities. There are clearly no heroes or villains, black or white but more importantly tragic figures that allowed greed, arrogance and complacency get ahead of them. If you are an attorney or interested in the law this is a great book. Much better than its contemporary on the same subject.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    a tale of greed, corruption, and power

    "The Fall of the House of Zeus" by Curtis Wilkie tells the story of Dick Scruggs, a lawyer from Mississippi who comes frfom humble beginnings, achieves his wildest dreams, and nearly loses everything in a legal scandal that ends in his imprisonment.

    First off, I was not familiar with Scruggs when I picked up this book, but enjoyed legal thrillers enough to be interested in a real story. And this story pretty much lived up to my expectations.

    Scruggs grows up in Mississippi, an only child who lives with his mother. Early on, Scruggs yearns to succeed and is lucky enough to get accepted into the "right" college, where his social circles are greatly enhanced and he is exposed to kids from wealthier families. Shortly afterwards he spends a couple years as a navy pilot, until he decides to go to law school. After graduating, Scruggs uses a connection-a senator friend of his mother's-to get his first two law firm jobs, but both end badly. Scruggs is fired from his first job, because he stands up to a partner who mistreated him. Then Scruggs quits his second law firm job after it's clear that he will never be fairly compensated for his efforts. And that's when Scruggs decides to start his own law firm.
    His first success comes when he links up the individual asbestos lawsuits-coming from former employees of a local shipyard company-into a class action, which transforms him into a millionaire. Then Scruggs uses his winning strategy to successfully bring a class action law suit against the big tobacco companies, suing on behalf of states whose government healthcare programs financed the medical expenses of ex-smokers. And just when Scruggs seems untouchable and on the brink of a third class action suit, this time against the insurance companies who denied coverage post Hurricane Katrina, disaster strikes.

    If you're a fan of legal thrillers like I am, then you will probably enjoy this book, two thirds of which focuses on behind-the-scenes actions that ultimately lead to Scruggs' indictment. This is not the fairy tale story of Robin Hood, but rather a cautionary tale of too much greed, power, and betrayal.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    A true story of Life, friends and how GREED can mess up a good thing

    A wonderful read of how friends are trying to help each other through their careers, in this case lawyers and law.

    Dickie Scruggs hits paydirt with a couple of tort claims that pay big, big money. Now money has turned him into a "great" lawyer. But the money goes to his head and now he can't have enough. He starts cheating his fellow lawyers and not living up to the agreements he made with them.

    Contempt brews, of course. The not so wealthy want his favor and will do anything to get it. Along the way they mess around with someone honest and you have a perfect recipe for messing up your life.

    Curtis Wilkie does a great job of laying out these complicated happenings in an easy to follow structured read.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Great Read!

    Well worth the effort to persevere to the conclusion of this spell binder.
    Typical of the Curtis Wilkie ability to tell a great story.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Highly recommend!!!!

    This book was excellent!!! I knew almost everyone in the book and I thought the author did an exceptional job with all the players!!! Very well written and researched. I learned a heck of a lot about Mississippi politics and I was raised around most of these politicians and still some of it surprised me. The money that changed hands and the deals that were made was astounding!!!

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