The Fall of the House of Zeus by Curtis Wilkie audiobook

The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America's Most Powerful Trial Lawyer

By Curtis Wilkie
Read by Sean Runnette

Tantor Audio 9780307460707

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200100484

  • ISBN: 9798200100477

  • ISBN: 9798200100491

Runtime: 13.70 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The Fall of the House of Zeus tells the story of Dickie Scruggs, arguably the most successful plaintiff's lawyer in America. A brother-in-law of Trent Lott, the former U.S. Senate majority leader, Scruggs made a fortune taking on mass tort lawsuits against "Big Tobacco" and the asbestos industries. He was hailed by Newsweek as a latter-day Robin Hood and portrayed in the movie The Insider as a dapper aviator-lawyer. Scruggs's legal triumphs rewarded him lavishly, and his success emboldened both his career maneuvering and his influence in Southern politics—but at a terrible cost, culminating in his spectacular fall, when he was convicted for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi state judge. Here Mississippi is emblematic of the modern South, with its influx of new money and its rising professional class, including lawyers such as Scruggs, whose interests became inextricably entwined with state and national politics. Based on extensive interviews, transcripts, and FBI recordings never made public, The Fall of the House of Zeus exposes the dark side of Southern and Washington legal games and power politics: the swirl of fixed cases, blocked investigations, judicial tampering, and a zealous prosecution that would eventually ensnare not only Scruggs but his son, Zach, in the midst of their struggle with insurance companies over Hurricane Katrina damages. In gripping detail, author Curtis Wilkie crafts an authentic legal thriller propelled by a "welter of betrayals and personal hatreds," providing large supporting parts for Trent Lott and Jim Biden, brother of then-senator Joe, and cameos by John McCain, Al Gore, and other D.C. insiders and influence peddlers. Above all, we get to see how and why the mighty fail and fall, a story as gripping and timeless as a Greek tragedy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A remarkable illustration of how far the mighty can fall. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"The Fall of the House of Zeus is a riveting American saga of ambition, cunning, greed, corruption, high life and low life in the land of Faulkner and Grisham. These are good ol’ boys gone bad with flair, private jets, and lots of cash to carry. Curtis Wilkie, a child of the South and a reporter’s reporter, is the perfect match for this wild ride.” Tom Brokaw
“Reads like a John Grisham novel…An epic tale of backbiting, shady deal-making and greed…Masterful.” Wall Street Journal
“Riveting…a remarkable illustration of how far the mighty can fall.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Curtis Wilkie

Author Bio: Curtis Wilkie

Curtis Wilkie has been a staff writer for The Boston Globe since 1975. Now based in New Orleans, Wilkie covers the South and national politics for the Globe. He has written for George, the Nation, the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, Playboy, and other publications.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 13.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English