"John A. Farrell has once again delivered a rich, precisely written portrait of the past to help us understand the present. He traces the origins and turning points of one of the most complex, complicated and fascinating presidents of the modern age with flair and narrative skill. Each page is a joy to read," writes John Dickerson, moderator of CBS's Face the Nation and author of Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History.
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the Best Biography of 2011 and listed by The NY Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011.
In the early decades of the 20th century, Clarence Darrow lived to take on big, lost, unpopular causes. Murderers. Socialists. Anarchists. The innocent and guilty. Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned is the first full documented life of our greatest defense attorney, who championed the common man and forged the heroic archetype of the American lawyer.
"People want heroes. But history demands truth. This gritty biography demystifies a deeply flawed legal hero, who 'almost assuredly' bribed jurors and witnesses in order to level the playing field against`the rich and powerful.' Darrow was a giant of his corrupt times. His biography is a must read for all Americans who care about both the means and ends of justice!" —Alan M. Dershowitz
Selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2001. Awarded the D. B. Hardeman Prize by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.
When most modern political personas seem to be slick and elusive images fashioned by outside interests and partisan spinmasters, O'Neill's legacy endures as a champion of the common man who never forgot where he came from. A garrulous legislative titan and rogue, he used the force of his personality to persuade his colleagues to work with him at a time when the government's role as a protector of society was changing dramatically.
"John Aloysius Farrell's long, detailed and fascinating book is more than the definitive biography of a flawed but startlingly successful old-fashioned political leader. It's also a guided tour through American governmental history from the beginning of the New Deal through the Reagan years.....An entertaining book and a valuable history of the fifty years that have changed America, probably forever." -- Mario Cuomo, New York Times Book Review