Evan Thomas--coauthor of the acclaimed bestseller The Wise Men--tells the story of Edward Bennett Williams, the legendary lawyer who became Washington's ultimate insider. Like The Wise Men, Thomas's new book captures a Washington that few will see firsthand, a world where information is currency and secrets are rarely revealed. 16 pages of ...
Evan Thomas--coauthor of the acclaimed bestseller The Wise Men--tells the story of Edward Bennett Williams, the legendary lawyer who became Washington's ultimate insider. Like The Wise Men, Thomas's new book captures a Washington that few will see firsthand, a world where information is currency and secrets are rarely revealed. 16 pages of photographs.
When you want to know what's happening in a small town you go to the beauty shop or the barber shop. Evan Thomas gives a glimpse into the machinations of small town DC,the capital of the world to its denizens. Three great lawyers dominate DC from 1932-1990. Tommy the Cork,Clark Clifford,and Ed Williams.Much of the credit or blame for Democratic Rule can be laid at the feet of these titans.They instilled admiration and fear into the enemies of the clubs around the city--Supreme Court,Congress and White House. It's a great read for major characters exhibit all the nuances and pettiness of small town bullies and wealthier members.Drinking,working,and back stabbing seem to blend together.Williams ace in the hole for most Washingtonians was his ownership of the Redskins the only transpartisan element amongst the powerful.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-13 Famed capital trial lawyer Williams provided legal, political, business and personal counsel to government leaders, including U.S . presidents. Superbly capturing his subject's complex, often contradictory personality, Thomas, Newsweek 's Washington, D.C. bureau chief, interviewed hundreds of people who knew the controversial attorney from the 1940s until his death at 68 in 1988. A practicing, Jesuit-educated Catholic, a womanizing hard-drinker devoted to his family, the magnetic Williams made headlines representing Sen. Joseph McCarthy and Mafia don Frank Costello. He challenged abuses perpetrated by the FBI and pressed the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers. Shortly before losing his 10-year battle against cancer, William rejected an offer to head the CIA. Photos not seen by PW. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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