One might call Alan Dershowitz is a devoted friend of controversy. This very vocal and able legal advocate has, after all, defended O.J. Simpson, Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley, and, most recently, Julian Assange. In Taking the Stand, he offers compelling briefs on his cases, his legal strategies, and changing philosophy on issues including free speech and censorship; abortion; firearms and the Second Amendment; civil rights; and science in the courtroom. Certain to attract rapt attention.
Taking the Stand: My Life in the Lawby Alan M. Dershowitz
America's most prominent legal mind and the #1 bestselling author of Chutzpah and The Best Defense, Alan Dershowitz, recounts his legal autobiography, describing how he came to the law, as well as the cases that have changed American jurisprudence over the past 50 years, most of which he has personally been involved in.
In Taking the Stand, Dershowitz reveals the evolution of his own thinking on such fundamental issues as censorship and the First Amendment, Civil Rights, Abortion, homocide and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense. Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University, and the author of such acclaimed bestsellers as Chutzpah, The Best Defense, and Reversal of Fortune, for the first time recounts his legal biography, describing his struggles academically at Yeshiva High School growning up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, his successes at Yale, clerking for Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, his appointment to full professor at the Harvard at age 28, the youngest in the school's history. Dershowitz went on to work on many of the most celebrated cases in the land, from appealing (successfully) Claus Von Bulow's conviction for the murder of his wife Sunny, to the O.J. Simpson trial, to defending Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley, Patty Hearst, and countless others. He is currently part of the legal team advising Julian Assange.
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Alan Dershowitz is one of the most famous and celebrated lawyers in America. He is the youngest full professor in school history at Harvard, where he is now the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law. The author of numerous bestselling books, from Chutzpah to The Best Defense to In Defense of Israel to Reversal of Fortune, Dershowitz has advised and defended many of the most famous legal cases of the past 50 years.
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It's a privilege to be able to read about Alan Dershowitz's life in his own words. His autobiography reads like a real life superhero's story, reflecting his inexhaustible energy and tenacity to take on seemingly impossible challenges and wrestle with difficult moral dilemmas. His passion for writing and teaching is evident in the way he tells his story. I was taken into his private inner world filled with amazing characters and historical events. Professor Dershowitz doesn't deal with anything simple, and his iconic presence in the contemporary International arena is a distinguishing calling for one man who overcame persistent discouragement in his early years. Taking the Stand is a fascinating read, and I highly recommend it.
More excrement from the man that does his utmost to usurp justice and ensure that the guilty go free.