The Los Angeles Times once called investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner one of the most powerful and dreaded private investigators in the world. In his fifty-year career, Lenzner has worked with politicians, celebrities, governments, and corporations worldwide; with a steadfast commitment to the truth, he has uncovered facts that have shaped policy and influenced major legal battles.
In this captivating memoir, Lenzner speaks about his varied career and high-profile cases for the first time. At the Justice Department in 1964, he investigated the murder of three civil rights workers an infamous event that inspired the film Mississippi Burning. He led the national Legal Services Program for the poor, prosecuted organized crime in New York, defended peace activist Philip Berrigan, and represented CIA operative Sid Gottlieb. As a counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, Lenzner investigated Nixon s dirty tricks and followed the money trail that led to the Watergate burglary and cover-up. He was the first person to deliver a congressional subpoena to a sitting U.S. president. He uncovered cost overruns of the Alaska oil pipeline, helped identify the Unabomber, investigated the circumstances of Princess Diana's death, and cleared Hugo Chavez of false corruption charges. Lenzner also worked with President Clinton s defense team during the impeachment hearings.
The Investigator is a riveting personal account: Lenzner astounds with anecdotes of scandal and intrigue, offers lessons in investigative methods, and provides an eye-opening look behind some of the most talked-about media stories and world events of our time.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if that friend were interested in learning more about some of the most important and fascinating events of our times.
Any additional comments?
Terry Lenzner had a knack for being there to investigate many major events. Some great insights into what happened and why it did can be found here.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Family members and proteges of the author might enjoy this biography. The author uses this book to recount and reflect on how he was influenced by his environment, his parents, his mentors and the VIPs he's interacted with along the way.
What could Terry Lenzner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I anxiously purchased the book because the marketing portrayed it as a reflection of how the author learned, experienced, and executed investigative procedures in very important cases. I expected to learn how the author/investigator navigated through various obstacles (politics, difficult people, circumstances, and the law) to successfully complete investigations.
It would have been more valuable to me if the author focused more on the specifics and challenges of each case, rather than what the outcomes meant for him.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?
No one else. He's always an excellent story teller.
What character would you cut from The Investigator?
Any of the characters--if their exclusions provided an opportunity for the author to elaborate in detail about how he managed, confronted, and overcame particular investigative problems.
Any additional comments?
If you could sum up The Investigator in three words, what would they be?
Informative, interesting, wanting
Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Lenzner? Why or why not?
Yes...He has a fascinating background with exposure to many memorable events.
What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?
He can make any book rise to an occasion it was not destined for.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The second half of the book was more moving and interesting than the first half. In retrospect Terry's earlier career gave him the background for the second half of his career.