By John A. Farrell,Julian Burnside

Drawing on untapped files and entire of unpolluted revelations, this is the definitive biography of America’s mythical defence legal professional and revolutionary hero.

Clarence Darrow is the attorney each legislation scholar goals of being: at the aspect of correct, enjoyed by means of many ladies, performed through Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind. His days-long ultimate arguments introduced with no notes received fabulous reprieves for males doomed to hold.

Darrow left a promising occupation as a railroad legal professional throughout the tumultuous Gilded Age in an effort to champion bad staff, blacks, and social and political outcasts opposed to massive enterprise, Jim Crow, and corrupt officers. He turned well-known protecting union chief Eugene Debs within the landmark Pullman Strike case and went from one headline case to the subsequent — till he used to be approximately beaten by way of an indictment for bribing a jury. He redeemed himself in Dayton, Tennessee, protecting schoolteacher John Scopes within the ‘Monkey Trial’, cementing his position in historical past.

Now, John Farrell attracts on formerly unpublished correspondence and memoirs to provide a candid account of Darrow’s divorce, affairs, and disastrous funds; new info of his feud together with his legislations accomplice, the recognized poet Edgar Lee Masters; a stunning disclosure approximately one in all his such a lot arguable instances; and explosive revelations of shady strategies he utilized in his personal trial for bribery.

Clarence Darrow is a sweeping, dazzling portrait of a mythical felony mind.

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