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The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The Los Angeles Times once called investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner “one of the most powerful and dreaded private investigators in the world.” In his fifty-year career, Lenzner has worked with politicians, celebrities, governments, and corporations worldwide; with a steadfast commitment to the truth, he has uncovered facts that have shaped policy and influenced major lega ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Blue Rider Press
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Mike Gabor
Oct 13, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-events
The author, Terry Lenzer, a Harvard law school graduate, has been involved in some of the most interesting investigations of the past fifty years. He started his career working for the Justice Department in the deep South during the 1960's investigating the murder of three civil rights workers. He then headed up the Legal Services Program for the poor. He was a prosecutor for the Federal government in New York and he then went on to help defend Phillip Berrigan and also at one time represented f ...more
Sanjeev
Feb 03, 2014 Sanjeev rated it really liked it
There is little new information in this book, that is not already public. But Terry Lenzner tells us what it was from inside the major investigations that he was involved in and how he turned from a Lawyer to an investigator.

In early 60's he starts out as a lawyer investigating Civil Rights abuses, particularly by the law enforcement in Mississippi. Then he goes on to tell us about work as assistant US Attorney for Morganthau, his firing from Nixon White House and ironical involvement in the Wat
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Gwendolyn St.Clare
May 16, 2017 Gwendolyn St.Clare rated it it was amazing
Great book for those who enjoy more recent history. Discloses all the angles of the inside information of Nixon's fall from one of the investigators. Learned many matters I had no idea about, and that when he was removed from office it wasn't for reasons he was originally being investiaged.
Christine
Jun 07, 2017 Christine rated it liked it
DNC- while it was an interesting topic just was a little too try for my taste.
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
I have always found books like The Investigator interesting, so I am glad I got the opportunity to read this book. I can’t say that I am a huge memoir or biography type of person but when it comes to investigative reporting, crimes, etc then I enjoy them.

The name Terry Lenzner doesn’t really ring a bell with me probably because I was never one to watch the news. A lot of the things he talked about in this book I wasn’t even born yet, but I have heard about them from history books, or TV segments
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Jb
Jun 07, 2014 Jb rated it really liked it
Book's focus is on practices and attributes that constitute successful legal investigation and of the people who do the work. Reinforces what I knew intuitively. Author speaks from wide-ranging experience, first with governmental entities and then after establishing his own private firm. For private practice he initially hired newspaper reporters: "Reporters are agile and effective at getting information from people in an informal setting. In contrast, lawyers asking questions in depositions or ...more
P.e. lolo
Sep 06, 2013 P.e. lolo rated it really liked it
This was a very good story. The beginning part for me was sad because he was investigating the civil rights movement in the 60's. He begins with one of the first murders of three workers. The sad part of the whole 60's thing was that the so called police in some of these areas were the problem. Then these investigators would bring cases to grand juries but they would not find enough evidence to bring charges. So many of these people got awat with murder and some were not brought to court until t ...more
Evan
Jun 13, 2014 Evan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
I am torn about how to rate/review this book. The first part of the book, about the civil rights movement and Watergate were spectacular. The rest of the book, while sometimes interesting, was... not so great.
Lenzner is kinda of all over the place at times. He digresses a lot. Anyway, what irritated me the most was how he framed the partisanship that has emerged in our government. Apparently, all fault lies with the GOP, and the Democrat party has never done anything to deserve criticism. I won'
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John Machata
Started off strong, tailed off into Inside the Beltwayisms.
Michael
Dec 05, 2013 Michael rated it did not like it
Fancies himself just a workaday guy trying to do the right thing. But I sense a partisan hack.
Rick Edwards
It's pretty good read with lots of good history from some significant investigations in U.S. public life.
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