Taking the Stand

  • by Alan M. Dershowitz
  • Narrated by Ella Dershowitz, Alan M. Dershowitz
  • 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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The reader

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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- DJS

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.

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio