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Book Title: The Old Devil: Clarence Darrow: The World's Greatest Trial Lawyer|
The author of the book: Donald McRae
ISBN 13: 9781847370242
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 776 KB
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Edition: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Date of issue: June 1st 2009
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I first became interested in Clarence Darrow after seeing the film 'Inherit the Wind', and I recall discovering a book on Darrow by Irving Stone. This biography, which appeared in 2009, is much more informed than Stone's book, for I believe that whilst Stone got a lot of help from Darrow's family, he had to give an undertaking that he would not write about certain aspects of Darrow's life. Donald McRae did not have to face such inhibitions and limitations, and this is an enjoyable study of a very human guy.
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Read information about the authorDonald McRae was born near Johannesburg in South Africa in 1961 and has been based in London since 1984.
He is the award-winning author of six non-fiction books which have featured legendary trial lawyers, heart surgeons and sporting icons. He is the only two-time winner of the UK’s prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year – an award won in the past by Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch and Laura Hillenbrand’s Sea Biscuit. As a journalist he has won the UK’s Sports Feature Writer of The Year – and was runner up in the 2008 UK Sports Writer of the Year – for his work in the Guardian.
Donald lived under apartheid for the first twenty-three years of his life. The impact of that experience has shaped much of his non-fiction writing. At the age of twenty-one he took up a full-time post as a teacher of English literature in Soweto. He worked in the black township for eighteen months until, in August 1984, he was forced to leave the country. He is currently writing a memoir based on these experiences.