Letters to a Young Lawyer by Alan M. Dershowitz

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As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land. Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice. In this meditation on his profession, Dershowitz writes about life, law, and the opportunities that young lawyers have to do good and do well at the same time.We live in an age of growing dissatisfaction with law as a career, which ironically comes at a time of unprecedented wealth for many lawyers. Dershowitz addresses this paradox, as well as the uncomfortable reality of working hard for clients who are often without many redeeming qualities. He writes about the lure of money, fame, and power, as well as about the seduction of success. In the process, he conveys some of the "tricks of the trade" that have helped him win cases and become successful at the art and practice of "lawyering."

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Alan Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Known as a defense lawyer, he is also a litigator, columnist, lecturer, book reviewer, and prolific author. His recent books include Sexual McCarthyism, on the Starr investigation, and Reasonable Doubts, on the O. J. Simpson case. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published July 31, 2008 by Basic Books. 236 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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An extended graduation speech by America's leading legal gadfly.

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Over a short span, Hitchens sounds off on a variety of topics—irony, radicalism, anarchy, socialism, solitude, faith and humor, to name a few—propelling readers through both time and space, from the Bible to Bosnia.

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Dershowitz helps inaugurate a new series called the Art of Mentoring with this volume of advice and reflection on practicing law.

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Like many spouses of major media figures, Alan Dershowitz's wife doesn't always recognize the guy who looks like her husband but says such strange things on television.

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