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Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law

Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law

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By (author) Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Alan M Dershowitz, Read by Ella Dershowitz, Read by Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Alan M Dershowitz

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  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 145mm x 43mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 080412793X
  • ISBN 13: 9780804127936
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,025,616

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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, 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. "From the Hardcover edition."

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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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"One of the most distinguished lawyers of his generation reflects on his life and extraordinary career...The youngest full professor ever at Harvard Law School...more than four decades, he has used this perch to teach, write and speak about the law's intersections with science and psychiatry and especially about matters pertaining to constitutional and criminal law. Most unusually for a law professor, Dershowitz has maintained a highly active appellate practice, and he narrates...his life in the law through the many cases he's handled. Many of these unfailingly interesting tales feature high-profile clients like Leona Helmsley, O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Bill Clinton...Dershowitz has become an important voice with an active role in the evolution of American law, touching on an astonishing breadth of issues, including capital punishment, affirmative action, pornography, national security, academic freedom and human rights. An engaging recounting of a life of serious purpose and splendid flair." "-Kirkus Reviews "(Starred Review) "From his experience on the front lines of so many pivotal cases in recent history, Professor Dershowitz made the law real for his students. He effortlessly translated how our most basic philosophical principles are alive and well in the modern justice system. In doing so, he underscored not just a commitment to equity and integrity, but a deep faith in the power of the law to make our country more honest and fair." - Congressman Joe Kennedy III "I loved this book. If I could trade lives with anyone, Dershowitz would be high on my list, minus the death threats and tchotchkes." -Larry David "Alan Dershowitz's real life use of science to win murder cases rivals anything on CSI and any other fictional drama. Cheers for a riveting autobiography." -Ted Danson Alan Dershowitz's autobiography is a page turning story of a special life. It exposes and explains as only he can important events of the last fifty years ofe