- Author Bio
Now in paperback, with new material by the author on his life and on the confirmation hearings for the new justice to the Supreme Court. Alan Dershowitz, America’s most prominent legal mind and the #1 bestselling author of Chutzpah and The Best Defense, 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.
Alan Dershowitz, author of such acclaimed bestsellers as Chutzpah, The Best Defense, and Reversal of Fortune, for the first time recounts his legal autobiography, describing his struggles academically while growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; his successes at Yale; clerking for Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg; and his appointment to full professor at 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 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.
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, homocide, and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense.
ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED AND CONTROVERSIAL LAWYERS IN HISTORY: Alan Dershowitz has defended and/or advised everyone from President Clinton to Mia Farrow, from Mike Tyson to Patty Hearst. His appellate defense of Claus Von Bulow resulted in a major bestseller (Reversal of Fortune) and a major motion picture. He was part of the legal team that defended O.J. Simpson; his defense of the first amendment rights of porn star Harry Reems changed first amendment practices throughout America.
BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Dershowitz’s memoir of his Jewish roots, Chutzpah, was a #1 New York Times bestseller; now he is writing his legal memoir, showing how his thinking on the legal issues in American life evolved and how the cases he has helped advise on and defend helped to transform American jurisprudence.
MEDIA STAR: Dershowitz has been featured on every news show and appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Huffington Post, etc.
Marketing: Social media promotion
Publicity: National print attention
Author Website: AlanDershowitz.com
Author Social Media: Twitter.com/AlanDersh
Praise for Taking the Stand:
“Overflowing with fascinating and funny vignettes involving his cases and clients, and probing and provocative insights into contemporary legal controversies.”—Glenn C. Altschuler, Boston Globe
“From beginning to end, this memoir is both entertaining and enlightening.”—Library Journal