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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John A. Farrell Narrator: Danny Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 landmark 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Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow’s divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the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 legendary legal mind.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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