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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2004
Next to "The Paper Chase",I found Gerry Spence's autobiography to be extremely inspirational, and yet, this time he offered wisdom for the rest of us who do not take up the law. One reviewer missed the point about "country lawyer"(the common man), trying to weaken Spence's building diatribe against corporate America. His vivid, meticulous storytelling ranges as wide as the landscape of his upbringing, where Horatio Alger meets Franklin and finishes with Thomas Paine. In other words, he offers hope for the little guy, the citizen, if men of his cloth would abandon their ways and the rest of us would stop acting like lemmings. This captivating, truth-telling journey to adulthood, runs from the depression to the consumptive new millenium. His many Lincolnian lessons throughout make it a deservedly classic manual for the under-taught. Spence proves Darwin wrong. It's not the fittest, the prepared truth-seekers.
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on February 12, 2001
Telling expose of what he sifts out of his life story. Indicative of his legal approach is the life changing backgournd of this interesting, now national figure.
The road to where he is today of dealing with individuals who contend against big biz and government find their roots in this Wyoming bred and based defense attorney.
Haunting him is the tragedy of his young mom committing suicide at the tender age of 20. Time sure doesn't heal any wounds, just kind of glazes them over. Revealing his comments with grandma about the unanswered prayer for a bicycle.
He asks basic questions, and gets to the core of issues quick. No wonder he's so sought after as trial lawyers are these days.
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on July 19, 2001
Gerry Spence's books have all been favorites of mine and I always enjoy his commentary and personna. This bio is written in his usual compelling style and I loved hearing about his childhood, family and the experiences that helped mold him into the remarkable man he became. Definitely worth the time invested to read this book and I recommend all of his books to anyone interested in the complexities of the legal system in this country.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2000
Although I found this book to be interesting, I still feel it lacked something. Spence tells us of his growing up, his reason for becoming a lawyer, and the trials and tribulations in life. All well and good, but what isn't he telling us? If you over look the fact that one man cannot be this great (at least I don't think so)then the book will give you some insight into his world. The review of his cases are fasinating, and there is no argue from me that he is a fantastic Attorney. Overall an enjoyable book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2000
This was too much Spence for me. Having met an investigator who worked for Spence and saw the man behind the fringe, I must say that his public persona and actual self seem to differ substantially. After learning some of the information that will never be written -- at least not by Spence -- I lost much of my desire to read his crafted memoir.
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on November 22, 2015
As described- seems like new.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2004
Some good lessons in Spence's book, but learn how YOU can be a more effective courtroom advocate with "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers" by Keith Evans, which is also a wonderful book for 3Ls and new lawyers who want to learn how to be effective advocates. However, Common Sense Rules of Advocacy is NOT a book for litigators, but for advocates.
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