A Civil Action

A Civil Action

Book - 1995
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This true story of an epic courtroom showdown, where two of the nation's largest corporations were accused of causing the deaths of children from water contamination, was a #1 national bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Described as "a page-turner filled with greed, duplicity, heartache, and bare-knuckle legal brinksmanship by The New York Times , A Civil Action is the searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry--one in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice. Yet it is also the story of how one man can ultimately make a difference. 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. With an unstoppable narrative power reminiscent of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood , A Civil Action is an unforgettable reading experience that will leave the reader both shocked and enlightened.

A Civil Action was made into a movie starring John Travolta and Robert Duvall.
Publisher: New York : Random House ; Vintage Books, c1995
ISBN: 9780679772675
Characteristics: 500 p. : map ; 25 cm


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Nov 14, 2018

Second time reading, but the first time was long ago and I'd forgotten the outcome. i actually expected the outcome to be different than it was. My anticipation of what the outcome would be was the sole reason for this book not being quite as good as I remember. It is still a (long) page-turner but oh how I wish for a more satisfying ending.


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