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A Civil Action (1995)

by Jonathan Harr

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"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.… (more)

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Whoever thought a book about Civil Procedure could be so exciting! ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
A fascinating non-fiction bird's eye view of one court case and what it does to the people involved. REALLY interesting. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Good read... really shows how a trial is run start to finish. ( )
  armysquirrel | Jan 1, 2018 |
true story Woburn Case

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.
1 vote christinejoseph | Mar 22, 2016 |
A work of nonfiction that explores the circumstances around a civil suit filed in Massachusettes, which alleged that industrial pollution contaminated a town's drinking water supply, leading to an unusually high number of childhood leukemia cases. Fascinating reading. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
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