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"Steven Lubet—lawyer, teacher, and raconteur—has written a great book. He makes us think about how we can use trials to advance justice—the most important of human pursuits."
-Michael E. Tigar,Professor of Law and Edwin A. Mooers, Sr. Scholar in Law, American University, Washington College of Law
"Lubet has managed to spin an engaging tale that includes a Pope, gunslingers, and lawyers. Most of the time, the lawyers are actually the good guys. This book will serve those who already practice the law, plan to do so, watch Court TV, or like a story well told."
-Christopher Harper,Roy H. Park Distinguished Chair, School of Communications, Ithaca College
"Lubet's ability to downplay advocacy techniques while emphasizing the rich context of facts, story, and personalities is superb."
"A delightful and insightful book [that] entertains as it instructs."
"This excellent set of essays, both scholarly and imaginative, offers a rare bridge between the parallel universes of legal scholarship and courtroom practice. There is no better guide to the enterprise of storytelling in the law than Steve Lubet."
-Marianne Wesson,Professor of Law, University of Chicago
|Introduction: Storytelling Lawyers||1|
|Ch. 1||Biff and Me: Stories That Are Truer Than True||11|
|Ch. 2||Edgardo Mortara: Forbidden Truths||27|
|Ch. 3||John Brown: Political Truth and Consequences||51|
|Ch. 4||Wyatt Earp: Truth and Context||93|
|Ch. 5||Liberty Valance: Truth or Justice||135|
|Ch. 6||Atticus Finch: Race, Class, Gender, and Truth||161|
|Ch. 7||Sheila McGough: The Impossibility of the Whole Truth||183|
|About the Author||219|