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The Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11

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Richard Ben-Veniste hates being lied to. He especially hates it when the American people are lied to. Widely respected as a trial lawyer, Ben-Veniste delivers a fascinating insiders tale in his memoir of a career spent fighting hypocrisy and seeking accountability among the highest ranks of government.

 

A legal wunderkind, Ben-Veniste was hired at age thirty by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to investigate the Watergate cover-up. As chief of the Watergate Task Force at the time of the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” the author played an important role in prosecuting the case and revealed the extent of Richard Nixons involvement with his top lieutenants in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and commit perjury.

 

Prior to Watergate, Ben-Veniste had investigated and prosecuted corruption in the office of Speaker of the House John W. McCormack. In 1980 the author served as a defense lawyer in the controversial Abscam case, delving into a flawed sting operation that pushed the boundaries of legality and tested due process of law. In the Senate Whitewater hearings, Ben-Veniste helped expose the partisan agenda behind the effort to take down President Clinton. The author gained further national prominence as a member of the 9/11 Commission, in which his artful questioning of Condoleeza Rice revealed how ill-prepared the Bush Administration had been in the weeks leading up to 9/11. 

 

A lifelong devotee to the principles of an open democracy, the author argues that the pursuit of truth is not one that should depend on party affiliations—that we should all seek to be partisans for the truth. Ben-Veniste recounts a remarkable career spent at the center of the most poignant public investigations of the last half century, fighting the abuse of power by those who wielded it most.

Richard Ben-Veniste is a partner in the international law firm Mayer Brown LLP.  Among his many distinctions, he served as a member of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, as Minority Chief Counsel for the Senate Whitewater Committee, as Chief of the Watergate Task Force of the Watergate Special Prosecutors Office, and as Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section of the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York.  He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and younger daughter. 

Richard Ben-Veniste hates being lied to. He especially hates it when the American people are lied to. Widely respected as a trial lawyer, Ben-Veniste delivers a fascinating insiders tale in his memoir of a career spent fighting hypocrisy and seeking accountability among the highest ranks of government.

A legal wunderkind, Ben-Veniste was hired at age thirty by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to investigate the Watergate cover-up. As chief of the Watergate Task Force at the time of the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” the author played an important role in prosecuting the case and revealed the extent of Richard Nixons involvement with his top lieutenants in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and commit perjury.

Prior to Watergate, Ben-Veniste had investigated and prosecuted corruption in the office of Speaker of the House John W. McCormack. In 1980 the author served as a defense lawyer in the controversial Abscam case, delving into a flawed sting operation that pushed the boundaries of legality and tested due process of law. In the Senate Whitewater hearings, Ben-Veniste helped expose the partisan agenda behind the effort to take down President Clinton. The author gained further national prominence as a member of the 9/11 Commission, in which his artful questioning of Condoleeza Rice revealed how ill-prepared the Bush Administration had been in the weeks leading up to 9/11. 

A lifelong devotee to the principles of an open democracy, the author argues that the pursuit of truth is not one that should depend on party affiliations—that we should all seek to be partisans for the truth. Ben-Veniste recounts a remarkable career spent at the center of the most poignant public investigations of the last half century, fighting the abuse of power by those who wielded it most.

“In the small world of towering giants of the legal profession who could do it all—investigate exhaustively, handle the written and spoken word at the highest levels, and prowl the courtroom with skill, cunning, and an ineluctable quest for truth—Richard Ben-Veniste is a very special lawyer. He has written a very special book. You should read it.  You will be palpably richer for having done so.”—F. Lee Bailey, author of When the Husband Is the Suspect

“Richard Ben-Veniste has played a critical role in exposing the most important national scandals of our time.  His candid and compelling account of five of the most consequential investigations in recent history makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding.”—Senator Tom Daschle, author of Critical

“Super lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste has played a major role in the most interesting and challenging scandals in Washington over the last forty years . . . Ive been trying to get the real story from him for years—and here it is!”—Terry McAuliffe, author of What a Party!

“Richard Ben-Veniste is as tough and as smart as they come.  In this new book he inspires us with his commitment to justice, fairness, and the truth.”—Paul Begala, author of Third Term

“Ben-Veniste punches like a heavyweight, attacking hubris and hypocrisy in a career that spans four decades of major scandals.  A knockout!”—Roger Cossack, ESPN legal analyst

“Richard Ben-Venistes fascinating narrative highlights his pursuit of the bad guys through the legal system and his service to the American public and the Constitution.”—Daniel Schorr, National Public Radio, and author of Come to Think of It

“Richard Ben-Veniste has written a compelling book that recounts his five-decade pursuit of truth and transparency from successive American administrations.”—Valerie Plame Wilson and former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson

“Reading Richard Ben-Venistes book gave me a sense of eavesdropping on the history of the late twentieth century and the new millennium with all of its mendacity, nobility, and folly.  Ben-Veniste is that rare attorney who can combine first-rate legal acumen with riveting storytelling.”—Eric Dezenhall, CEO of Dezenhall Resources and author of Damage Control

“Richard Ben-Veniste dismantles and exposes with rapier-like precision the mechanics of disinformation, once considered the monopoly of totalitarian societies.”—Arnaud de Borchgrave, director of the Transnational Threats Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

“Richard Ben-Veniste has been at the center of many of Washington's most historic brawls. His entertaining history is told truly from inside the eye of the storm.”—Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side

“Richard Ben-Veniste is one of the most distinguished lawyers in the United States.  His leading roles in the Watergate, Whitewater, Abscam, and 9/11 Commission investigations showed him to be both a highly effective investigator and a guardian of civil liberties.”—Bob Woodward, author of The War Within

“War stories from the professional career of a Washington power lawyer. Few attorneys can claim a role in as many high-profile cases as Ben-Veniste, who began as a hard-charging prosecutor under the guidance of revered U.S. Attorney Robert Morganthau. In his mid-20s, having already prosecuted a number of Mafia cases, Ben-Veniste headed a corruption investigation that led to the office of House Speaker John McCormack. From there he went to work for the Watergate special prosecutor's office. After Nixon resigned, Ben-Veniste entered private practice, specializing in criminal law and notably defending an attorney involved in the FBI's infamous Abscam sting operation which, despite its overly aggressive, questionable tactics, ended up convicting five congressmen, a senator and members of the Philadelphia city council—and Ben-Veniste's client. His next star turn came as chief counsel to the Democrats for the Senate Whitewater Committee examining the Arkansas land transactions of the Clintons and their business associates. Over a third of this memoir covers his service as a member of the 9/11 Commission, where his most memorable contribution centered on the cross-examination of Condoleezza Rice. Throughout, Ben-Veniste portrays himself as a challenger of authority, a wave-maker determined to ask tough questions and to expose venality and hypocrisy . . . Whether he's recounting his repeated attempts to nudge an uncooperative bureaucracy, describing intra-office rivalries, remembering a shady confidential informant from the Abscam case or dishing tidbits about scores of political luminaries, Ben-Veniste fascinates with his tales of legal maneuvering and political bickering among the powerful and famous. A colorful reminiscence from one of the handful of attorneys, who, when he phones the White House, may be assured of a call-back.”—Kirkus Reviews

Review:

The Washington memoir tends to fall into one of two categories. The first consists of tales of harmony and bipartisanship; such books teem with stories of "coming together" and friendships that "reach across the aisle." Just think of Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill sitting down in the Oval Office after a long day and — party labels be damned — enjoying the well-stocked White House liquor cabinet. The... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Ben-Veniste has devoted his life to exposing the abuses of power by those who wield the most. In his insightful memoir, he dramatically recounts a remarkable legal career spent in the pursuit of truth and accountability in the federal government.

Synopsis:

Richard Ben-Veniste hates being lied to. He especially hates it when the American people are lied to. Widely respected as a trial lawyer, Ben-Veniste delivers a fascinating insiders tale in his memoir of a career spent fighting hypocrisy and seeking accountability among the highest ranks of government.

 

A legal wunderkind, Ben-Veniste was hired at age thirty by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to investigate the Watergate cover-up. As chief of the Watergate Task Force at the time of the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” the author played an important role in prosecuting the case and revealed the extent of Richard Nixons involvement with his top lieutenants in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and commit perjury.

 

Prior to Watergate, Ben-Veniste had investigated and prosecuted corruption in the office of Speaker of the House John W. McCormack. In 1980 the author served as a defense lawyer in the controversial Abscam case, delving into a flawed sting operation that pushed the boundaries of legality and tested due process of law. In the Senate Whitewater hearings, Ben-Veniste helped expose the partisan agenda behind the effort to take down President Clinton. The author gained further national prominence as a member of the 9/11 Commission, in which his artful questioning of Condoleeza Rice revealed how ill-prepared the Bush Administration had been in the weeks leading up to 9/11. 

 

A lifelong devotee to the principles of an open democracy, the author argues that the pursuit of truth is not one that should depend on party affiliations—that we should all seek to be partisans for the truth. Ben-Veniste recounts a remarkable career spent at the center of the most poignant public investigations of the last half century, fighting the abuse of power by those who wielded it most.

About the Author

Richard Ben-Veniste is a partner in the international law firm Mayer Brown LLP.  Among his many distinctions, he served as a member of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, as Minority Chief Counsel for the Senate Whitewater Committee, as Chief of the Watergate Task Force of the Watergate Special Prosecutors Office, and as Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section of the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York.  He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312357962
Subtitle:
Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Author:
Ben-Veniste, Richard
Subject:
Lawyers
Subject:
Watergate affair, 1972-1974
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Lawyers & Judges
Subject:
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090526
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

Richard Ben-Veniste hates being lied to. He especially hates it when the American people are lied to. Widely respected as a trial lawyer, Ben-Veniste delivers a fascinating insiders tale in his memoir of a career spent fighting hypocrisy and seeking accountability among the highest ranks of government.

 

A legal wunderkind, Ben-Veniste was hired at age thirty by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to investigate the Watergate cover-up. As chief of the Watergate Task Force at the time of the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” the author played an important role in prosecuting the case and revealed the extent of Richard Nixons involvement with his top lieutenants in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and commit perjury.

 

Prior to Watergate, Ben-Veniste had investigated and prosecuted corruption in the office of Speaker of the House John W. McCormack. In 1980 the author served as a defense lawyer in the controversial Abscam case, delving into a flawed sting operation that pushed the boundaries of legality and tested due process of law. In the Senate Whitewater hearings, Ben-Veniste helped expose the partisan agenda behind the effort to take down President Clinton. The author gained further national prominence as a member of the 9/11 Commission, in which his artful questioning of Condoleeza Rice revealed how ill-prepared the Bush Administration had been in the weeks leading up to 9/11. 

 

A lifelong devotee to the principles of an open democracy, the author argues that the pursuit of truth is not one that should depend on party affiliations—that we should all seek to be partisans for the truth. Ben-Veniste recounts a remarkable career spent at the center of the most poignant public investigations of the last half century, fighting the abuse of power by those who wielded it most.

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