The Man to See

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  • ISBN13: 9780671792114
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Legendary attorney Edward Bennet Williams was arguably the best trial lawyer ever to practice. Now, for the first time, best-selling author Evan Thomas takes us into the courtrooms of William’s greatest performances as he defends “Godfather” Frank Costello, Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sinatra, The Washington Post, and others, as well as behind the scenes where the witnesses are coached, the traps set, and the deals cut.

In addition to being a lawyer of unprecedented influence, Williams was also an important Washington insider, privy to the secrets of America’s most powerful men. Thomas tells the truth behind the stories that made Williams one of the most talked about public figures of his time, including Williams’ role in the publication of the Pentagon Papers and the possibility that Williams may have been Watergate’s Deep Throat. Based on Thomas’s exclusive access to Williams’s papers, “The Man to See” is an unprecedented look at the strategies and influence of this exceptional man.

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    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    A Magnificent Biography of a Fascinating Man, December 13, 2001
    By 
    “thayslit” (New York

    New York, USA) –

    This review is from: The Man to See (Paperback)

    Take a fascinating subject– Edward Bennett Williams. Add a highly-skilled author with remarkably deep interviewing and archival research skills– Evan Thomas. Put in a lot of hard work. And presto– you have Thomas’ “The Man To See,” one of the most thorough biographies ever written (I have read many hundreds).

    Edward Bennett Williams was one of the most dynamic men of the 20th Century– a great figure of destiny whose life would have seemed emptier had not Evan Thomas been his biographer. EBW was a self-made man in the days where one could still achieve that accolade. He was no spoiled yuppie of family money. Bright, hard-working, forward-thinking, compassionate and disciplined– and a wonderful rogue!– this was Edward Bennett Williams. Warts and all, Evan Thomas presents the larger-than-life lawyer who pioneered criminal law practice in postwar America, bringing the constitution into the 20th Century. He sought power for the purpose of doing good, after doing well. Thomas interviewed practically every living person with whom EBW had a conversation or situation.

    I am re-reading “The Man to See” for the fourth time in ten years. It remains fresh and fun. What a brilliant book!

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  2. Stephen McMorrow, CPA, CBA
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Excellent, Excellent book, September 4, 2001
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    Stephen McMorrow, CPA, CBA (Ventura, CA United States) –

    This review is from: The Man to See (Paperback)

    This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. It is a great story about a great man. I read a lot of biographies and I can tell when the author is fauning over his subject – just read some of Robert Slater’s books on Jack Welch. Thomas book did none of that. Thomas made you feel that he was giving an accurate and true account of Williams life. Of couse Thomas was helped by selecting a subject that was larger than life, a one of a kind person both in legal talent and raw personality. This book is right up there with “Vince”, Michael O’Brien’s biography of Vince Lombardi. Interestingly, Lomardi and Williams were very much alike – both very religious yet profane, and above the rest of their competitors in their chosen fields. They were also both like to drink, were emotional and quick to say exactly what they thought or felt about something. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read biographies about great men.

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  3. Schmerguls "schmerguls"
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    A tremendous book, November 26, 2000
    By 
    Schmerguls “schmerguls” (Sioux City, Ia USA) –
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    This review is from: The Man to See (Paperback)

    I have never been more absorbed by a book than by this one. Admittedly my interest was heightened by the fact that Williams was my criminal law teacher at law school, but I found this a fantastic book. Evan Thomas (did you know he is Norman Thomas’ grandson?) paints Williams warts and all, and I found it a searing read. The account of Williams’ deathly fight with cancer is most poignant. Anyone at all interested in law should read this book, and anyone interested in an amazing life will be enthralled by this account.

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