The Trials of David Boies
By Karen Donovan
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375726552, 384pp.)
Publication Date: January 9, 2007
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David Boies, the star trial lawyer in a country obsessed with legal drama, proves endlessly fascinating in this compulsively readable account of his extraordinary career.A man of almost superhuman accomplishment, Boies argued a string of headline-making cases before being catapulted to international prominence when he represented Al Gore before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. Brash, reckless, and prideful, he is also charming, charismatic, unerringly articulate in the courtroom, and supremely comfortable in the public eye. Legal journalist Karen Donovan, herself a lawyer, had unprecedented access to Boies for nearly two years. In v. Goliath she gives us a scintillating chronicle of the legal dramas in which Boies has played a crucial role and a riveting, up-close portrait of a singularly gifted lawyer.
Benjamin Lebert was born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1982. He is the author of Crazy, a best seller in Germany, which was published when he was sixteen years old.
“A complex portrait. . . . Donovan was given extraordinary access to Mr. Boies, and it paid off.” —The New York Sun
“Incisive. . . . [An] invaluable depiction of a man as complicated and contradictory as he is gifted.” —New York Law Journal
“Insightful. . . . A sure, skeptical account of Boies’s rise to the top of the legal realm.” —Publishers Weekly
“Here a colorful life takes on some color [with Donovan’s] significant access to Boies and his inner circle.” —Los Angeles Times