Kersten book wins praise for fresh look at Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow: An American Iconoclast, a new book by award-winning UW-Green Bay historian Andrew Kersten, was released this week by Hill & Wang, a division of Macmillan publishing. The book is described as the first full-length biography of Darrow in decades. It draws upon new archival records and goes well beyond the familiar story of the socially conscious lawyer and legal legend. While it covers the famous Scopes monkey trial and Leopold-Loeb case, among others, the biography also documents Darrow’s influence beyond politics and the courtroom. Reviews have been positive. Noted civil rights attorney Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center says “Kersten’s well-written book reveals Darrow as an early crusader against corporate abuse of human rights.” Kersten is a full professor with the Social Change and Development academic unit, and holds the distinguished Frankenthal Professorship. Read more.

Book signing for Darrow biography is May 12

History Prof. Andrew Kersten of Social Change and Development will be featured author at a  book signing Thursday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Green Bay’s Reader’s Loft Bookstore.  He’ll be signing copies of his new book, Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast, now available for sale.

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