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Attorney for the Damned

By John A. Farrell

Narrated by Danny Campbell

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EAN: 9781452606316
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Publication Date: 02/27/2012 Running Time: 21 hrs
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Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, John A. Farrell's Clarence Darrow is the definitive biography of America's legendary defense attorney and progressive hero.


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"With his straightforward Midwestern accent and slightly husky voice, reader Danny Campbell gives a fine performance, which complements the subject's fascinating life." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"[Darrow's] life is so interesting that it would make for engaging listening under most circumstances. But when you add an adept reader, you have a production that will keep commuters listening in the driveway after returning home from work." ---AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

"A completely engaging portrait of a flawed man of noble ideals." ---Booklist Starred Review

"A warts-and-all portrait that leaves readers lamenting Darrow's private failings, while still in awe of his immensely consequential career." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Compelling." ---Library Journal

"Farrell's biography finally does him justice." ---Publishers Weekly


Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, played by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind. His days-long closing arguments delivered without notes won miraculous reprieves for men doomed to hang.
Darrow left a promising career as a railroad lawyer during the tumultuous Gilded Age in order to champion poor workers, blacks, and social and political outcasts against big business, Jim Crow, and corrupt officials. He became famous defending union leader Eugene Debs in the land-mark Pullman Strike case and went from one headline case to the next—until he was nearly crushed by an indictment for bribing a jury. He redeemed himself in Dayton, Tennessee, defending schoolteacher John Scopes in the "Monkey Trial," cementing his place in history.
Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow's divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the famous poet Edgar Lee Masters; a shocking disclosure about one of his most controversial cases; and explosive revelations of shady tactics he used in his own trial for bribery.
Clarence Darrow is a sweeping, surprising portrait of a leg-endary legal mind.


Clarence Darrow

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