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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John A. Farrell Narrator: Danny Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781452676319
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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   Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow's divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the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. Download and start listening now!

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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stanley Cloud | 2/11/2014

    " A very good biography of one of America's most fascinating figures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Shultz | 2/4/2014

    " The book was very informative and took a very clear perspective on Darrow's actions. The author sought to portray Darrow not as a activist of modern times, but as a legal figure in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Smiley | 1/30/2014

    " Darrow is a gargantuan figure, every bit as amazing as his reputation, and this is a wonderfilled biography. Darrow is skeptical, generous and venal, idealistic and cynical, shrewd and reckless, oversexed and loving, progressive and corrupt: a plethora of personality traits tumbling out upon an amazing event-filled life. But if that just seems like a grab bag of random characteristics, Farrell writes with a deft precision, and a fine attention to detail, as well as allowing ample space for Darrow to unleash his intellect in pure torrents of speech, recreating rich as life the events surrounding his most famous legal cases. Somehow, it all comes together, and all these disparate parts seem to justly form the measure of the man. And despite his near nihilism, the one characteristic that seems to explain him best is a horror of death, which informed him with a terrible pity and compassion for his fellow creatures, a hatred of executions and persecution, greed and prejudice, all of which seem hopelessly vindictive in the shadow of the grave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angeline | 1/15/2014

    " My only complaint is the abruptness of the ending. After such a detailed look at Mr. Darrow's life, it seemed to me that a retrospective or at least some more closing thoughts from the author were warranted. Otherwise, though, I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesuspoet | 1/14/2014

    " A truly fascinating life. I loved all the stories of the events that came to define him. Great book for those who like reading about interesting and influential people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/6/2013

    " Famous for a lot more than the Scopes Monkey trial "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 10/21/2012

    " Clarence Darrow was a hero of mine - famous from the Scopes Monkey trial. This book opens the door to his life. He is no saint, but his fight for the working man was and still is inspirational. Loved learning about turn of the century America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Pastore | 10/14/2012

    " Enjoyed it, though the recounting of the trials can sometimes be a bit confusing -- a jumble of names and facts without a great narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 7/22/2012

    " I cheered for Darrow in one chapter and would hiss at him in the next. I think that's a heckuva sign of a well-balanced biography. Well researched and well written. "

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About the Author

John A. Farrell is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications including the Denver Post and the Boston Globe, for which he served as White House correspondent and Washington editor. Currently a senior writer for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC, he is the author of Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century, which won the Hardeman prize for the best book on Congress.

About the Narrator

Danny Campbell is an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. Winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has narrated Once a Spy by Keith Thomson and read the part of David Foster Wallace in Mike Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, among many others. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the theater arts department at Santa Monica College.