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Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law | [Alan Dershowitz]

Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law

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.
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Publisher's Summary

America's most prominent legal mind and the number-one best-selling 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 growing 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 Happy, 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.

©2013 Alan Dershowitz (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"One of the most high-profile lawyers in America, known for his work on newsworthy cases...raises provocative questions about the many dilemmas in modern American jurisprudence, including those related to the separation of church and state, affirmative action, human rights, and the right to privacy. Dershowitz offers much of interest...." (Publishers Weekly)

"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)

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    Fred Milton, MA, United States 01-31-14
    Fred Milton, MA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Relentlessly self-aggrandizing"
    What would have made Taking the Stand better?

    It would be better if written by an honest biographer. It is hard to know what is the truth when the author is so bent on self-promotion.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance was good although the narrator seemed to emphasize the author's boasting, which probably made the book even more difficult to take.


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    Carolyn New Jersey 12-23-13
    Carolyn New Jersey 12-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Skip the audio--read the book"
    Would you try another book from Alan Dershowitz and/or Ella Dershowitz and Alan Dershowitz ?

    I would read anything by Dershowitz, but the reading here is not appealing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Firstly, the decision to have a female relative narrate the book is peculiar. You don't relate to a woman speaking in the first person as if she is Dershowitz. Secondly, her voice lacks mellowness and each sentence disappears into a rasp.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I have not enjoyed an audio book. I think most books are enhanced by good audio performances.

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    David Myersville, MD, United States 11-17-13
    David Myersville, MD, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Professor, you need to do the narrative! Please!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Taking the Stand to be better than the print version?

    No, it would be a lot better if Professor Derhowitz did the audio reading himself. He is so well know and admired for his talent as a lawyer and a teacher. I really like to listen to him not his daughter. He always teaches me something especially when he is on T.V. Why would Audible devalue this audio book by not having him read it. The daughter should have read the forward and he should have read the book. Big mistake. I can't take hours of a women's voice and trying to remind myself I am listening to Alan Dershowitz words.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    ALL OF IT! What a life!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ella Dershowitz and Alan Dershowitz ?

    Alan Dershowitz should be the only one doing the narrative.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tremendous book! Thank you for writing it counselor!


    Any additional comments?

    Please re record with Alan for us! He is a brilliant lawyer. I want to hear him not his daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Freeport, NY, USA 11-15-13
    Donald Freeport, NY, USA 11-15-13 Member Since 2004
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    Would you listen to Taking the Stand again? Why?

    No. Having the a male author's daughter read his autobiography just doesn't make it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A female voice reading the autobiography of a male author is totally distracting.


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    Jazz USA 10-18-13
    Jazz USA 10-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fabulous writing"
    Where does Taking the Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best autobiographies I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt I was 'there' throughout...totally engaged. The vignettes throughout were delightful and interesting.


    Did Ella Dershowitz and Alan Dershowitz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was quite disconcerting to have a female narrator for a male's story. And she has that somewhat typical vocal pattern so common to young females these days. Her expresssion and pronounciations were good. But having heard the author read his own intro...I would have much preferred he read the entire book..or at least have a male narrator. Knowing Ella was his daughter, I had to keep reminding myself she was reading it as Alan and not as herself.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure wish narrator was male. Quite disappointed.

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