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Relive the days of JFK, LBJ and Vietnam, Richard Nixon and Watergate and Tip's great showdown with Ronald Reagan in a book that one Boston journalist calls the best political biography...ever.
"In Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century, Jack Farrell has captured the larger than life quality of his subject brilliantly. The stories are fabulous and the writing is first-rate. The reader will love this reminder of a time when politics was fun and politicians were large and colorful." - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the Best Biography of 2011
Listed by The NY Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011
Available wherever books are sold.
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 whocare about both the means and ends of justice!" —Alan M. Dershowitz
"It is almost impossible to conceive how so much living could have come in just one life, and Jack Farrell's masterful new biography makes Clarence Darrow come alive. This is a wonderful, at times heart-pounding story, which is told with precision, sympathy and insight." —Ken Burns
About the Book
In the early decades of the twentieth 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.
At 36, in tumultuous Gilded Age Chicago, Clarence Darrow
left a promising career as a railroad lawyer and made a name for himself
defending the nation’s outcasts. His days-long closing arguments delivered
without notes won miraculous reprieves for men doomed to hang. He became famous
defending union leader Eugene Debs, in the landmark Pullman Strike case, and Big
Bill Haywood, the brawling, one-eyed labor leader on trial for assassinating
Idaho’s governor. He defended the McNamara brothers, charged with bombing the Los
Angeles Times building, and the notorious young
thrill killers, Leopold and Loeb. And in one mythic week in 1925, he cemented
his place in history defending John Scopes in the famous Monkey Trial, facing
off against William Jennings Bryant in the classic showdown over the teaching
In Darrow’s lifetime, America made its transformation from agrarian
innocence to the sins of industrial capitalism. Darrow stood for the working
men and women being crushed by relentless economic forces. In the courtroom, he
forged an American archetype, speaking with plain, emotional conviction of the
nobility of mankind and the threat to liberty posed by men of wealth and their
legal guns-for-hire. In his private life, too, Darrow challenged
conventionality. He had no faith in God, or religion, or right and wrong - and
said so. At mid-career, he found himself fighting for his reputation, his law
license and his freedom when he was put on trial himself, for bribing two
For this first full biography of Darrow to appear in thirty years, John A. Farrell
has drawn on archives and collections never tapped by a biographer, including hundreds
of Darrow's private letters. In Farrell’s hands, Darrow is a Byronic figure, a
renegade whose commitment to liberty led him to heroic courtroom battles and
legal trickery alike. Farrell offers a thrilling and revelatory account of Darrow’s
headline-making trials, his love affairs and disastrous finances; his feud with
his law partner, poet Edgar Lee Masters; his representation of mobsters,
psychopaths, crooked pols, and murderous scorned women; and his final defiance
of fascism and totalitarianism.
Chronicling decades in which America was virtually remade, Clarence
Darrow is a sweeping, turbulent portrait of
an American legend.
Also by John A. Farrell...The definitive account of House Speaker Tip O'Neill and his times.
Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century
Selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2001!
"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
"Beautifully written, lively and highly informative, this book excels not only as the best available biography of O'Neill but also as the most readable book for those who want to understand the modern Congress. Political junkies will savor it, the public will learn from it, and academics will want to use it in their classrooms." -- Library Journal