With Passion

An Activist Lawyer's Journey

by Michael Meltsner

Tags: Civil Rights/Race and the Law, Twelve Tables Press

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456 pp  $38.95

ISBN 978-1-94607-412-6

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Growing up in a Depression-battered family, one tangled by a mortal secret, With Passion tells the improbable story of an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who thought of himself as a "miscast" lawyer but ended up defending peaceful protesters, representing Mohammad Ali, suing Robert Moses, counseling Lenny Bruce, bringing the case that integrated hundreds of Southern hospitals, and being named "the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States." More than a meditation on often-frustrating legal efforts to fight inequality and racism, Meltsner—also a novelist and playwright—vividly recounts the life of a New York City kid, struggling to make sense of coming of age amidst the tumult of vast demographic and cultural changes in the City.

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