Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Abuse Excuse: And Other Cop-Outs, Sob Stories, and Evasions of Responsibility” as Want to Read:
The Abuse Excuse: And Other Cop-Outs, Sob Stories, and Evasions of Responsibility
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Abuse Excuse: And Other Cop-Outs, Sob Stories, and Evasions of Responsibility

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews

According to renowned defense attorney and Harvard law professor Alan M. Dershowitz, "abuse excuses" are enabling people to get away with murder - literally. From the Menendez brothers to Lorena Bobbitt, more and more Americans accused of violent crimes are admitting to the charges, but arguing that they shouldn't be held legally responsible. The reason: they're victims -

Hardcover, 341 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Little Brown and Company
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Abuse Excuse, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Abuse Excuse

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 92)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jason Margolis
Jun 07, 2009 Jason Margolis rated it really liked it
One of my heroes, a brilliant lawyer and law professor with an impressive Jewish Afro writes about the various cockamamie excuses used by the likes of Dan White and the Menendez brothersto evade responsibility for their wrongs. Interesting points of view for a criminal defense attorney to share so openly.
Feb 20, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part One was the book I wanted to read - snappy analysis of a significant trend in our courtrooms, as perceived by one of the best legal minds of our times. Parts Two and Three meandered in the realm of 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney-esque thoughts, oftentimes feeling out of context to the title and Part One.
Feb 06, 2016 Fishface rated it really liked it
Not just about the abuse excuse, this book covers all kinds of queasy legal issues like censorship, civil-rights violations, and self-defense vs. revenge. But it keeps returning to the absurd defenses people use in court, like Joel Rifkin saying that being an adopted child made him a serial killer. Draws on all the big cases of the early- to mid-90s including Menendez, Bobbit, and OJ. A great read.
Jul 31, 2010 Rebekkila rated it it was ok
I read almost half of the books, but I don't feel like I have gained any great insight. The author rehashes some high profile crimes and the excuses people used to defend themselves. I agreed with him for the most part. It is interesting at first but gets a bit repetitive.
Feb 18, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
If you are looking for an overview of how the elites manipulate and the dysfunctional abuse our legal system, then this is the book for you.
DW rated it liked it
Sep 25, 2016
BookDB marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2016
Jason Fitzgerald
Jason Fitzgerald marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2016
Ralph Clements
Ralph Clements rated it really liked it
Jul 09, 2016
Adam marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2016
Tee Bylo
Tee Bylo is currently reading it
Jun 15, 2016
Tara marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2016
Janpiercenv marked it as to-read
Mar 16, 2016
Mary-Lynn Bristow
Mary-Lynn Bristow marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2016
Ria Snoek
Ria Snoek marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Sarah Elizabeth Hall
Sarah Elizabeth Hall marked it as to-read
Dec 01, 2015
Steven Harbin
Steven Harbin marked it as to-read
Nov 19, 2015
Christina West
Christina West marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2015
Catherine Schenck-Yglesias
Catherine Schenck-Yglesias rated it really liked it
Oct 21, 2015
Alyssa Hargrove
Alyssa Hargrove marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2015
MARYANN A. PARRIS rated it really liked it
Aug 03, 2015
Lou added it
Mar 30, 2015
Yolande marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2015
Ashley marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2015
Elise rated it it was amazing
Feb 26, 2015
Julie Gulliford
Julie Gulliford marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2014
Romina marked it as to-read
Nov 20, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, and political commentator. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is known for his career as an attorney in several high-profile law cases and commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

He has spent most of his career at Harvard, where, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full professor in its history, until No
More about Alan M. Dershowitz...

Share This Book