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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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Customer Reviews

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By David on 11-17-13

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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By Allan on 07-14-17

Wrong voice

Any additional comments?

I have no problem with Ella's narration except for the fact that when I hear an autobiography I listen to it as if it is being told to me by the author. Therefore, there should be some similarity in voice and cadence, but, of course, there is none and that makes it hard to end up in the authors shoes. <br/><br/>I rate the book as a 3 star only because I think that the book will be good and I haven't listened to enough of it to provide a fair evaluation. if I am able to overcome this problem I will probably finish the book, otherwise it will have to be reluctantly returned. I would have already done so and bought the hard copy if my vision permitted me to do so. <br/><br/>Though it will not occur it would have been great to listen to the author narrating it. I have heard him speak many times, sometimes silently cheering or booing, but always recognizing it is the Dersh. His narration would make the book come alive and have greater impact.<br/><br/>I must repeat it is not because Ella is bad, she isn't. She is just the wrong narrator for this particular book.

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