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The Man to See

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  138 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Legendary attorney Edward Bennet Williams was arguably the best trial lawyer ever to practice. Now, for the first time, best-selling author Evan Thomas takes us into the courtrooms of William's greatest performances as he defends "Godfather" Frank Costello, Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sinatra, The Washington Post, and others, as well as behind the scenes where the witnesses are coa ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Simon Schuster (first published 1991)
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Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was mentioned by Robert Caro in the book,"Master of the Senate". I have always been interested in where the real power is played. How do some people achieve so much power? The more I read about LBJ the more shocked I become.
As a Irish Catholic Baby Boomer growing up in Minnesota this book touched on most of the characters I grew up learning about in the news. I felt as if I were reading a well told novel. I have read books by David Brinkley, Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Woodward, Ber
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incoming law students are invariably advised to read "One L," but they should be told to read this fascinating biography of a man who rose from obscurity to the absolute pinnacle of power in post-war Washington, D.C. It describes the highs (the courtroom victories, the alcohol-fueled camaraderie) and the lows (the constant stress, the agony of defeat) in satisfying detail. It is a case study of the Washington, D.C. super-lawyer model, which so many law firms and lobbyists have attempted to repli ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best, if not the best, biographies I have ever read. Evan Thomas takes an interesting subject, famous trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, and makes him come alive in this book. The book moves with the speed of a good novel and Thomas paints a portrait of an interesting, charming, complex, and flawed man. This book is as much about D.C. culture from the 1940s through the 1980s as it is about Williams, for Williams was a pivotal figure in D.C.'s growth from a sleepy southern t ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A detailed and thoroughly researched book on the ultimate Washington Insider, Edward Bennett Williams. A Who's Who of DC icons from the 1940s-80s. A great criminal lawyer and owner of the Washington Redskins who brought Vince Lombardi to Washington, Williams had a fascinating life and this was an admirable biography.
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Probably not very interesting if you are not interested in the law. If this strikes your fancy, excellent account of the man considered by many to be the best trial attorney to ever practice and the man who made the practice of criminal law respectable.
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Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great example of an unauthorized biography.
Mark Prak
Great bio of a terrific lawyer.
Frank Palardy
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Important figure and a well written biography.
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Really good read for any litigators, historians, heavy drinkers, or catholics.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent! I read it years ago but still recall some of the fascinating stories and connections that were so evident with EBW.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and honestly written; showing you not only his amazing talents but also his human flaws.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
fascinating lawyer and HC alum.
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Evan Thomas has been assistant managing editor at Newsweek since 1991. He is the magazine’s lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including Newsweek’s special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections and more than a hundred cover stories. Thomas was pivotal in spearheading Newsweek’s award-winning coverage on the war on terror from the Washington burea ...more
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