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Courting Justice: From NY Yankees v. Major League Baseball to Bush v. Gore, 1997-2000

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David Boies, the man dubbed by The New York Times as "the lawyer that everyone wants" is at the forefront of American legal icons -- his battle defending Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 Florida recount frenzy has earned him the moniker "the Michael Jordan of the courtroom." In his memoir, Boies brings to life his personal details, from an unassuming boyhood in small ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 12th 2005 by Miramax Books (first published 2004)
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Denise
Mar 28, 2009 Denise rated it liked it
This book was alternately too legally detailed (in that it went into all the backs and forths of commercial competition and settlement negotiations) and too simple (in that I didn't really need a basic explanation of anti-trust law, or at least I didn't need it three times). It was also very much like reading a Joan Didion book, which is to say that the author namedrops and makes allusions to being insanely rich but in a totally unself-conscious way, like he has no idea that most people don't ha ...more
Penny
Sep 18, 2007 Penny rated it liked it
An interesting read: more interesting than I anticipated, to be frank. Boies wins cases by telling compelling stories to the jury: here he tells the stories to us. He has some blow-by-blow accounts of interrogating certain witnesses, meeting with opposing council, etc, that are gripping. I have a greater grasp of the legal issues around Microsoft, Bush v. Gore, etc.

The book starts slowly with a chapter all about him, his family and his career: not a good way to start before we have any investme
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Noah
Feb 27, 2009 Noah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boies isn't the best prose stylist, but he does a good job of breaking down complex legal issues, and you can learn a lot about procedures and how lawyers approach a broad, high-stakes case (which are, I realize, things that no one other than myself wants to learn about).
Christine
For law geeks only...
Todd
May 13, 2013 Todd rated it did not like it
While Boies is certainly a brilliant lawyer and has certainly been involved in many interesting cases, he's not exactly an entertaining author. This book needed a serious editing job. Even though I'm a lawyer, I certainly didn't need every excruciating detail and excerpts of deposition and/or trial testimony. This read like a law school case book - not exactly a compliment. It would've been a lot more interesting if he stuck to the essential highlights and discussed the strategy and important de ...more
Channelle
Sep 07, 2008 Channelle rated it really liked it
David Boies is an incredible attorney whose resume is beyond impressive. He has worked on some of the most publicized and most important cases of our time including Microsoft, Bush v. Gore, MLB v. Yankees, etc. Although I am not sure if you would appreciate this book unless you were an attorney intrested in big business, I definitely enjoyed reading about the intricacies of some of the greatest cases of our time. It was fascinating to read about how the court system can be manipulated. I strongl ...more
Stella
Aug 13, 2007 Stella rated it it was ok
David Boies seemed to be on every major cases that made national headline. I was obsessed (no, Colin, I did not have crush on him...) with his cases and naturally wanted to know more about his personal side. The book was disappointing though. His writing is painfully plain and boring. No ghost writer involved here I bet...
Doug
Dec 20, 2007 Doug rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lawyers
Inspiration for anyone thinking about Law. Guy writes with a simple style that is easy to read, and probably makes him a good lawyer. Courtroom tactics in huge anti-trust cases; immensely interesting.
Dave
May 14, 2010 Dave rated it really liked it
The first review said it best, this is a book for law geeks only. As a law geek, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even if the writing was a bit rough. As a literary geek, you may be left wanting.
Matthew
Mar 23, 2010 Matthew rated it really liked it
5 stars for inspiring me to be a lawyer. -1 star for his arrogant writing
Matthew
Jan 21, 2008 Matthew rated it did not like it
I don't believe a word this egotist says.
Denise
Sep 01, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
former boss ... he rocks! (right Jess?)
jeffrey
Apr 24, 2011 jeffrey rated it really liked it
Well written, interesting, informative.
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David Boies (born March 11, 1941) is an American lawyer and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He has been involved in various high-profile cases in the United States.

Boies was born in Sycamore, Illinois, to two teachers, and raised in a farming community. He has four siblings. His first job was when he was 10 years old—a paper route with 120 customers. Boies has dyslexia and
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