A Civil Action

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Jonathan Harr
Vintage Books, 1995 - Law - 502 pages
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"The legal thriller of the decade." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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.

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Insight into an important environmental justice case. - Goodreads
VERY compelling story; slightly overwrought prose. - Goodreads
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The ending was somewhat of happiness and sadness. - Goodreads
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Account of how justice is often unfair. A lawyer fights big business over water quality. Good story of how one man can make a difference.

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An in-depth look into a fascinating chunk of legal history, but one that ultimately depressed and disillusioned me, and much of the time felt as slow-going as the progress Schlictmann made in trial. Read full review



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About the author (1995)

Jonathan Harr lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he has taught nonfiction writing at Smith College. He is a former staff writer at New England Monthly and has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.

Harr spent nine years researching and writing A Civil Action, which was published in 1995, subsequently nominated for a National Book Award, and awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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