America’s most prominent legal mind, 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 fifty 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, homocide, 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; and his appointment to full
professor at the Harvard at age twenty-eight, 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. Download and start listening now!