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Republished 50 years later to coincide with the release of the Academy Award-nominated film of the same title written and directed by Aaron Sorkin with an all-star cast, this is the classic account of perhaps the most infamous, and definitely the most entertaining, trial in recent American history.

In the fall of 1969 eight prominent anti-Vietnam War activists were put on trial for conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. One of the eight, Black Panther cofounder Bobby Seale, was literally bound and gagged in court by order of the judge, Julius Hoffman, and his case was separated from that of the others.

The activists, who included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Tom Hayden, and their attorneys, William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass, insisted that the First Amendment was on trial. Their witnesses were a virtual who’s who of the 1960s counterculture: Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Norman Mailer, among them.

The defendants constantly interrupted to protest what they felt were unfair rulings by the judge. The trial became a circus, all the while receiving intense media coverage. The convictions that resulted were subsequently overturned on appeal, but the trial remained a political and cultural touchstone, a mirror of the deep divisions in the country. The Trial of the Chicago 7 consists of the highlights from trial testimony with a brief epilogue describing what later happened to the principal figures.

©1970, 2020 Mark L. Levine, George C. McNamee, and Daniel L. Greenberg Foreword ©2020 Aaron Sorkin. The complete trial transcript in the case of United States vs. Dellinger, et al., is in the public domain. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Reminiscent of current discourse

This was an entertaining as well as educational dramatization. I enjoy full cast Audible productions and this doesn't disappoint. It reminds me of our current political national discourse. on one hand you have a generation questioning the old guard and bashing at the foundation of the establishment. Then you have the old conservative guard. Frightened that this new thing might destroy life and security as they've known it. Willing to use hyperbole and any other means to maintain what they see as The sacred American Way.

Now for the cons: While I feel the actions of Judge Hoffman were a flagrant violation of the defendants right to a fair trial. Also his intimidation of the attorneys which he should have known would be a slam dunk for successful appeal. Still the actor voicing the judge did make him sound like a Simpson's cartoon character and I wonder if that was intentional. probably not. But, still. Also I do imagine that constantly being laughed at and name called in a court of law was unsettling and infuriating to the aging judge.

This has caused me to go back and explore a little history and that's a good thing. Full disclosure: I am a 63 year old white Southerner from Alabama. A moderately (which means left wing in the South) left of center Democrat. Yes America there are still Democrats left in the South. All in All a highly recommended production.

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A look into the past

The book, beautifully performed by a stunning cast, gives you a look into the trial of the Chicago 7. I especially loved the performance of J.K. Simmons, trying to show an unbiased reading with words that were clearly biased. Jeff Daniels made me really feel for Weinglass' issues with the Judge. I suggest this book highly.

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massively editted

This book is the trial transcript so massively editted the reader (listener) has no idea if this is a basis perspective or a realistic version of the trial. Terrible

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enter the sorkinverse

aaron sorkin is a hack and a neoliberal propagandist and he ruined this beautiful comedy for his abomination of a movie

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This is a bonkers trial.

This performance was an excellent look into a strange court in a trial that had me laughing throughout as the persons inside the court were part of an insane proceeding.

I was unaware of this incident before watching the Movie about it on Netflix and seeing the YouTube channel’s Legal Eagle’s review. I’m coming away more informed but perhaps less enlightened, as this didn’t present the prosecutions arguments in a convincing manor, and the jury didn’t find the defendants innocent.

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Maybe the Best Book in My Library

This book is so riveting I could not stop listening. It makes proud of the defense lawyers, especially Bill Kunstler.

It also made me a little sad to think we are no better off today than we were in 1968. With Trump, all the old evils were legitimized. It once again became cool to be a racist. Corporations are more powerful than ever. America has no soul today.

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The perfect audiobook for a rainy day

After seeing the film "The Trial of the Chicago 7" , I was interested in knowing if there was a book about and I stumbled upon this audiobook and I have listened to it a few time and it is one of the best audiobooks out there. It is almost like being there and a great cast that makes the experience of listening to these transcripts really cool .

I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes true stories and audio drama recreations !

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Utter insanity

I genuinely can’t believe that the whole trial just went like this, and that not many people know about it. At least I didn’t know about it, and I grew up in a Chicago, public school and high school. It’s just insane to me with how Miss managed the judge was, and how bad things went down, and eventually got corrected, this 10 hour long audiobook really is just a work of miracles in the worst way possible. What you’re listening to is American history, and the way that it is not hidden by the victors who write history, but the way that everyone saw the case from the plaintiff from the judge, to the bailiff, the jury and much more, you get to see the trial for what it is and the mismanagement that came with it although in transcript form, it still offers in great detail as to what happened shows you what many people don’t want to show you I would definitely recommend this as someone who doesn’t find themselves reading, or listening to audiobooks to take a listen to real unfiltered American history asked to show all of us that there are people who are above the law, and how we must fight against them.

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Very Badly Edited

I get the transcript is 22k long but this could have been done much better.

Performance is well done though.

Serious history here.

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Astounding

Great cast and mind-blowing content. Astounding American history well presented, even for the layman.

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  • 05-17-21

Great transcript and great performance

loved it! if you watched the netflix movie and want more context go for it!

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  • Ross McAtasney
  • 05-16-21

Great listen

Inspired the movie, but goes more in depth, leaves you wondering how the case continued, be prepared to be shocked at how bad it gets

Narration has top level of performance, highly recommend

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  • 03-22-21

Would recommend

A great experience, unique in terms of quality of performance by an all-star cast. Not terribly easy to follow due to (what I feel is) some very severe and disjointed editing (the cast must have been paid by the minute!), but each short section on its own is fascinating enough to justify a careful listen. Really appreciated the final section informing us what everyone did next. Will listen again sometime.

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  • 07-21-22

Just Astounding....

Brilliant reading and incredible edit. A perfect companion piece to the film which is stella.

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