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A Civil Action
by Jonathan Harr | Literature & Fiction
Registered by H2Omelons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on 4/1/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by H2Omelons from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, April 01, 2012

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From the jacket:

This true story begins with a young Boston
trial lawyer awakening on a Saturday morning
in July to find that hs Porsche is being
repossessed. The lawyer had won several
million-dollar verdicts in medical malpratice
cases, but now, in the biggest case of his
career, he finds himself at the limits of his

The lawyer had not wanted the case at
first - it was too big, too complicated, too
risky. It concerned a cluster of childhood
leukemia victims in a small town north of
Boston where the city wells had been
poisoned by industrial chemicals. Two of
the nation's largest corporations, each
with a plant near the wells, stood accused.
Against his better judgment, the lawyer
found himself drawn into the case.

In this book, you will meet the Harvard
Law professor who told the lawyer that
this case was worth a billion dollars, that
it was the sort of lawsuit that would ring
the alarm in corporate boardrooms across
America. And you'll meet his adversaries,
foremost among them a crafty old trial
lawyer, chairman of the litigation depart-
ment at on of the biggest and most feared
law firms in Boston.

The case turned into an epic struggle
that took nine years of the lawyer's life.
At the heart of the legal system, he was
confronted by powerful and well-
connected interests who would do
anything to win. In the end, the
struggle nearly cost the lawyer his
sanity. He sacrificed everything - home,
friends, and reputation - not for money,
but for what he believed to be the truth.

A Civil Action takes the reader deep
into the inner workings of the law, to a place
where few other books have ventured. It
brilliantly dramatizes the way the legal system
is geared to resolving cases - between
contenders of unequal power - rather than
seeking truth or justice. It also shows the
tragic absurdity of leaving it to the victims,
the weakest group, to investigate the cause
of a disaster affecting the whole community.

The author was given unprecedented access
to every meeting, strategy session, and
financial record. Most important of all, the
main characters gave the author access to
their private lives, to their hopes and fears.
From this comes a mesmerizing book that
reads like a novel, a chronicle of a modern-
day odyssey.

Journal Entry 2 by H2Omelons at Panera Bread in Audubon, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, April 01, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (4/1/2012 UTC) at Panera Bread in Audubon, Pennsylvania USA


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Journal Entry 3 by wingNancyNovawing at Audubon, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, April 01, 2012

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from the meetup today for releasing 

Journal Entry 4 by wingNancyNovawing at -- Train, Bus, Public Transport in Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, April 09, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (4/10/2012 UTC) at -- Train, Bus, Public Transport in Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA


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