Taking the Stand

Taking the Stand

My Life in the Law

Book - 2013
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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, homicide 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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307719270
Characteristics: ix, 518 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"In Taking the Stand, law professor and appellate attorney Alan Dershowitz engagingly narrates his childhood and youth and presents in detail his experiences as a lawyer and teacher. His outgoing personality shines through in this entertaining but highly informative memoir as he presents his views on capital punishment, affirmative action, freedom of speech, and national security, among other controversial topics." Biography and Memoir August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/8eb0e96e-4e7c-4814-b1a2-b82c2c4fb064?postId=cf320d09-d1e0-4812-a3ee-65df1ca0d49f


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