Synopses & Reviews
The Making of a Country Lawyer
is the firsthand account of a beloved American attorney, a modern-day folk hero, a man who has devoted his life's work to the downtrodden and damned. It is the story of a wayward son who, at the age of twenty, suffered an immense and tragic loss. It is this single dark moment in Spence's life that transformed him, preparing him to be a trial lawyer, eventually handling such landmark cases as the defence of Randy Weaver and the vindication of Karen Silkwood.
This is the stirring memoir of a man who has captured the American imagination at a time when our belief in our values and in ourselves has been shaken to the core, told as only Gerry Spence can.
"A penetrating look into the heart of a youth torn between the lure of the flesh and the evangelicalism of his mother, between the emotional pull of helping the downtrodden and the intellectual realization that in our society power lies with the rich...A major bit of Americana."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[Spence's] book is a chronicle of a self-discovery, as well as the account of how a superstar learned his trade."-- Los Angeles Times
"Filled with wonderful yarns about [Spence's] boyhood and early career as a fledgling country lawyer. It is that rare autobiography that devotes little space to bragging."-- Seattle Times
About the Author
, writer, renowned trial attorney, and author of the national bestseller How to Argue and Win Every Time
and From Freedom to Slavery
, lives and practices in Wyoming.