I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Investigator by Terry Lenzner
Published by Blue Rider Press Pages: 384
The Los Angeles Times once called investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner, one of the most powerful and dreaded private investigators in the world.” In his fifty-year career, Lenzner has worked with politicians, celebrities, governments, and corporations worldwide; with a steadfast commitment to the truth, he has uncovered facts that have shaped policy and influenced major legal battles.
In this captivating memoir, Lenzner speaks about his varied career and high-profile cases for the first time. At the Justice Department in 1964, he investigated the murder of three civil rights workers—an infamous event that inspired the film Mississippi Burning. He led the national Legal Services Program for the poor, prosecuted organized crime in New York, defended peace activist Philip Berrigan, and represented CIA operative Sid Gottlieb. As a counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, Lenzner investigated Nixon’s dirty tricks and followed the money trail that led to the Watergate burglary and cover-up. He was the first person to deliver a congressional subpoena to a sitting U.S. president. He uncovered cost overruns of the Alaska oil pipeline, helped identify the Unabomber, investigated the circumstances of Princess Diana’s death, and cleared Hugo Chavez of false corruption charges. Lenzner also worked with President Clinton’s defense team during the impeachment hearings.
The Investigator is a riveting personal account: Lenzner astounds with anecdotes of scandal and intrigue, offers lessons in investigative methods, and provides an eye-opening look behind some of the most talked-about media stories and world events of our time.
Reviewed by Stormi
I have always found books like The Investigator interesting, so I am glad I got the opportunity to read this book. I can’t say that I am a huge memoir or biography type of person but when it comes to investigative reporting, crimes, etc then I enjoy them.
The name Terry Lenzner doesn’t really ring a bell with me probably because I was never one to watch the news. A lot of the things he talked about in this book I wasn’t even born yet, but I have heard about them from history books, or TV segments on the History channel. I am sure that when most of those individuals who decide to go to law school have big dreams about what they will do, but some settle for what they can get. I am sure that almost all of them would have loved to have the career that Terry had, though there was ups and downs that went with it.
One of Terry’s first jobs was working on what is known and the “Mississippi Burning” case about the two white guys and one black guy who went missing and were eventually found dead. They have a lot of history channel segments on it as well as movies. From there his career gets even more interesting even though he has some ups and downs. From prosecuting organized crime to Watergate and more.
Terry is a really good story teller and keeps you very captivated in his career in investigating Washington D.C. He has had a lot to do with a lot of pivitol historic moments throughout his fifty years working as a lawyer. I learned a lot about a variety of historical news stories that I have read a little about but didn’t really know much about and some I haven’t ever heard off.
If you are a history buff and like reading about a lawyer who do a lot of investigating to get to the truth then you will probably enjoy reading this book.