The discount Man to See: new arrival Edward Bennett Williams Ultimate Insider; Legendary Trial Lawyer online

The discount Man to See: new arrival Edward Bennett Williams Ultimate Insider; Legendary Trial Lawyer online

The discount Man to See: new arrival Edward Bennett Williams Ultimate Insider; Legendary Trial Lawyer online

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Describes Williams'' professional relationships with Hoffa, Armand Hammer, Joseph McCarthy, and Sam Giancana and how he advised the Washington Post to print the Pentagon Papers

From Publishers Weekly

Famed capital trial lawyer Williams provided legal, political, business and personal counsel to government leaders, including U.S . presidents. Superbly capturing his subject''s complex, often contradictory personality, Thomas, Newsweek ''s Washington, D.C. bureau chief, interviewed hundreds of people who knew the controversial attorney from the 1940s until his death at 68 in 1988. A practicing, Jesuit-educated Catholic, a womanizing hard-drinker devoted to his family, the magnetic Williams made headlines representing Sen. Joseph McCarthy and Mafia don Frank Costello. He challenged abuses perpetrated by the FBI and pressed the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers. Shortly before losing his 10-year battle against cancer, William rejected an offer to head the CIA. Photos not seen by PW. Major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This action-packed biography of one of America''s best-known trial lawyers moves from case to case with a list of clients that reads like a who''s who among dignitaries, Hollywood stars, underworld figures, and self-made millionaires. Famous clients included Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Hoffa, Hugh Hefner, and Joe McCarthy. Williams''s strategies, from how he chose jurors to his unique theatrics, made him a courtroom winner. At an hourly rate of $1000, he was the highest-paid lawyer in America! Besides portraying Williams the lawyer, Thomas also exposes the man, who was addicted to fame, power, and wealth. He was intolerant of mistakes, hated vacations, and was often preoccupied with work. But he had a soft, kind side and was always available to help a friend in need. Because of the importance and complexity of Williams''s cases, this book is very informative about politics, the legal system, and recent historical events. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
- Teresa Brady, Holy Family Coll., Philadelphia
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Engagingly, Newsweek Washington bureau-chief Thomas tells the colorful story of the controversial criminal lawyer who defended spies, mobsters, demagogues, and even industrialists from legal punishment, but who left moral judgments to the ``majestic vengeance of God.'''' In many ways, Williams''s career was unique. He was a respectable Washington insider whose access to the secrets of the powerful gave him a reputation as a ``fixer'''' of legal difficulties, yet he was a criminal lawyer who willingly defended thugs, Mafia dons, and pornographers and lived a fast life among athletes and other celebrities in bars and nightclubs. Although a devout Catholic who attended mass daily, Williams emerges in Thomas''s account as an amiable, morally ambivalent rogue who thrived on power. Thomas portrays Williams as an aggressive competitor at the game of litigation who would defend anyone ``as long as they gave him total control of the case and paid up front,'''' and for whom defeat was unacceptable. The author shows that Williams was genuinely brilliant as a lawyer--for instance, his successful defense of Jimmy Hoffa, in what initially seemed an unwinnable case, was a stunning display of legal virtuosity. Gradually, Williams''s clients became wealthier, and Williams became one of the first, and most celebrated, specialists in ``white collar'''' crime. Armand Hammer, Marvin Mandel, John Connally, and Robert Strauss numbered among his clients. Williams became so wealthy from his practice that, among other investments, he eventually became owner of the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles. Liver cancer, which struck in January 1987 and eventually killed him, prevented him from accepting an offer from President Reagan to helm the CIA. A skillful and lively portrait of a larger-than-life lawyer. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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KateE
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Mixed feelings
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2019
This bio begins as the story of an earnest, hardworking, extremely intelligent young man who genuinely cares about the accused individual''s right to legal counsel, no matter who that individual might be. The names of some of the individuals whom he represents are well... See more
This bio begins as the story of an earnest, hardworking, extremely intelligent young man who genuinely cares about the accused individual''s right to legal counsel, no matter who that individual might be. The names of some of the individuals whom he represents are well known, so there''s a fine sense of history-from-the-ground-up. At the same time, his pro bono work for the less-well-known is admirable.

But by the middle of the book, there''s nothing but a long list of wealthy, powerful, massively self-interested people whose cases Williams wins not so much by skill and attentiveness to the fine points of the law as by personal connections with politicos and judges. Interspersed are his regular angry outbursts and racist/sexist/just-plain-rude remarks.

The man attended Mass daily. He was loved by his close friends and highly regarded by most of his clients. But his biography doesn''t have much of a change, self-recognition or learning curve to it. It''s impressive in a way, but mostly pitiable. And very repetitive.
(my entry on Goodreads)
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Juan Pablo
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Catching justice
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2017
This lawyer enjoyed the profession, the court, cases, clients, sports, press, politicians, the pubs, going out, the Church, …for that he was the man to see. His ability in court was really outstanding. Should be great to have a serious account from him talking about... See more
This lawyer enjoyed the profession, the court, cases, clients, sports, press, politicians, the pubs, going out, the Church, …for that he was the man to see.
His ability in court was really outstanding. Should be great to have a serious account from him talking about court and jury system.
The real lawyer, like Williams, enjoys his work, to share with colleagues the after-trial moments and memories from the case.
We can breath part of that on this book. The Williams’s life, funny the most part, sad at the end, which is normal, tells us about haw a lawyer feels, “I’m too old for this”…the permanent challenge, coming from a deep sense of duty.
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JB Vick
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This was a fun book
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
A glimpse inside a time gone by. Wasnt a difficult read but it WAS a fun read. EBW lived a life for sure. If you like history, interesting characters and their legal woes you will dig this book. I know I did, especially when I bought it used for about 5 bucks!
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Joseph R. Mullins
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I am a big fan of Edward Bennett Williams
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2021
I read this book years ago when it first came out. He was a figure larger than life. I would like to have known him. I have given this book to others who like to follow current events. Mr Williams was a large personality and had an engaging personality. Very successful as a... See more
I read this book years ago when it first came out. He was a figure larger than life. I would like to have known him. I have given this book to others who like to follow current events. Mr Williams was a large personality and had an engaging personality. Very successful as a Washington Attorney. He was indeed the "Man to See" if you had legal problems during the 1960''s and 70''s
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Rudi Franke
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Insightful and funny too, a Great Read
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2011
I read this book when it was first published and decided that I''d like to have a copy for my library. What Bill Bennett, Ben Bradley, and Art Buchwald did to Phyllis Graham is reason enough to read it; too funny. Learn about the "Golden T*t" award, and who gave it to whom... See more
I read this book when it was first published and decided that I''d like to have a copy for my library. What Bill Bennett, Ben Bradley, and Art Buchwald did to Phyllis Graham is reason enough to read it; too funny. Learn about the "Golden T*t" award, and who gave it to whom and what her reaction was! Some Washington insider stuff too that gives you some idea of what is really going on and who the movers and shakers of that time really were. What Washington hostess had a room in her Georgetown mansion set aside for JFK''s use for clandestine assignations? If such sordid details titillate you, well you''ll find it here too, although I really hope you aren''t that kind of person.
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Diana Hayes
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No Need to LIKE the Man!
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2013
You may not admire Attorney Williams a great deal, but his career certainly warrants a bio and Evan Thomas pulls that off splendidly. He is a gifted writer no matter what subject he has taken on, though ''Sea of Thunder'' trumps them all. For the legal profession Edward... See more
You may not admire Attorney Williams a great deal, but his career certainly warrants a bio and Evan Thomas pulls that off splendidly. He is a gifted writer no matter what subject he has taken on, though ''Sea of Thunder'' trumps them all. For the legal profession Edward Bennett Williams is a standard by which to measure one''s own values, methods and life style. Most lawyers will not be buried with the mind boggling secrets of DC and Mafia luminaries, so why not enjoy a bit of that vicariously?
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RESEARCH AND BOOK NARRATIVE
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
LOT OF RESEARCH LIKED BOOK BUT SOMTIMES FELT CUT N PASTE USED TO MUCH.
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Just Joe
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Good one. Eye opening.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
Great time piece showing how things in courts and govt. were arranged, fixed, done by powerful, connected people in law. Things have changed. I think. At least somewhat. They must have. Good read.
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