A Civil Action

A Civil Action

By Jonathan Harr (Editor); Marty Asher (Editor)

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679772675, 512pp.

Publication Date: August 1996


"The legal thriller of the decade." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

Now a Major Motion Picture!

In this true story of an epic courtroom showdown, two of the nation's largest corporations stand accused of causing the deaths of children. Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything, including his sanity. A searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry--one in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice--A Civil Action is also the story of how one determined man can ultimately make a difference. With an unstoppable narrative power, it is an unforgettable reading experience.

About the Author
Jonathan Harr is the author of the national bestseller "A Civil Action," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. He is a former staff writer at the New England Monthly and has written for "The New Yorker" and "The New York Times Magazine," He lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he has taught nonfiction writing at Smith College.

Asher is editor in chief of Vintage Books. His column "20-Minute Gardener" appears monthly in House & Garden.

Praise For A Civil Action

"Whether in truth or fiction, I have never read a more compelling chronicle of litigation." --John Grisham

"A page-turner. Rich and vivid. . . eventful and gripping." --The New York Times

"Once you start A Civil Action, you probably will not be able to put it down." --Washington Post Book World