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'Theodore Roosevelt For The Defense' Makes A Libel Case Into Gripping Reading

Gifted writers Dan Abrams and David Fisher, who previously brought us Lincoln's Last Trial, are clearly fascinated by how Teddy Roosevelt's court case played out — bringing an enthusiasm to readers.

There are some trials that naturally lend themselves to dramatic recounting in books or movies. They're usually the same ones that get called "trials of the century." Cases, for example, involving John T. Scopes, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Adolf Eichmann and O.J. Simpson all captured the public imagination and inspired writers and filmmakers to take a shot at depicting the courtroom drama that ensued.

None of those were civil cases that involved the tort of, which formed the basis for MiloĹĄ Forman's 1996 film , few have been the subject of books or movies intended for general audiences.) But in their new book, , authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher prove that the story of a libel case can indeed make for gripping reading.

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