Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took On the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won

Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took On the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won

by Herbert J. Stern

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A gripping inside account of the mechanisms of law and order.See more details below


A gripping inside account of the mechanisms of law and order.

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Publishers Weekly
This is one of the finest chronicles of the prosecutor in the service of big city justice. Stern examines the hard-fought journey from a New York City rookiein the Manhattan district attorney’s office to U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, a trial attorney at the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering section, and finally the federal bench. Beginning his career in 1962, he rose through the ranks to become an accomplished staffer handling the prosecution of small-time heroin addicts, homicides, and complex financial crimes. “Expressing no interest in anything but a courtroom,” the author pulls no punches about his ambition to advance from handling cases in front of a judge to trying cases before a jury,. but a detour to handling homicides lands him in the middle of the infamous Malcolm X killing. This legal memoir’s greatest achievement is his determined persistence as a gangbusting lead trial attorney for the Justice Department, taking down mob fronts, labor foul play, and the mayors of Jersey City, Atlantic City, and Newark. Extremely well written, Stern’s account of his personal and professional quest to uphold the law and justice is finely realized and quite impressive. (Sept.)
“Stern draws a sharp distinction between "doing law and doing justice"… packed into [the book] are triumphs that explode from the page like firecrackers, chronicling one of the great law enforcement records of the past half-century.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

Stern is a fascinated observer, thoroughly honest in both his job and his writing about it....It details the gritty realities of a prosecutor's office that few people witness.

The Star-Ledger

An honest examination of how the justice system really works in the minor criminal courts of New York City. . . .more than a page-turner of a true crime story.

Tribune Observer
“A rare look inside the world of the federal prosecutor....“Diary of a DA” is for any fan of the loosely, fictional Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire television shows.”

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Skyhorse Publishing
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5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Judge Herbert Stern is considered one of the most famous district attorneys in the history of the United States. He helped catch the killers of Malcolm X, indicted the head of the French CIA for shipping 100 pounds of heroin into the United States, prosecuted the real-life Tony Soprano, and convicted the mayors of Newark , Jersey City, and Atlantic City.

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