Poster for The Trial of the Chicago 7: Truth or Fiction?

The Trial of the Chicago 7: Truth or Fiction?

Mon, Jun 21
  • Mon, Jun 21

Run Time: 60 min.

A conversation with Mark L. Levine, co-editor of The Trial of the Chicago 7: The Official Transcript, moderated by Brian Marschauser, Editor of The Katonah-Lewisboro Times.

The Trial of the Chicago 7: The Official Transcript is a collection of verbatim excerpts from the trial that contains – in the parties’ own words – not only the opposing philosophies of each side and virtually all of the significant courtroom confrontations between Judge Hoffman and the defendants (and their lawyers), but also the bitter – and often hilarious – repartee that characterized so much of the trial.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the 50th anniversary edition of The Tales of Hoffman.  It is the authentic record of what happened and what was said at this notorious and historic trial.

This new edition, published concurrently with the release of Aaron Sorkin’s award-winning Netflix movie, adds two sections to the original: one containing post-trial biographies of all defendants (including Bobby Seale), the lawyers and the judge, and another section containing summaries of the post-trial appeals and other legal proceedings.

Aaron Sorkin’s terrific movie wonderfully captures the spirit of the trial and the times.  But it is understandably somewhat fictionalized and, of necessity, leaves a lot out.  If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book.  It has even more of the outrage, the dialogue is plentiful and authentic, and all the events in it actually happened.  It’s the real story.

Mark L. Levine, a lawyer, is co-editor of The Trial of the Chicago 7:  The Official Transcript and has done voter protection work in more than a dozen states.  His books include The Complete Book of Bible Quotations, a “Bartlett’s of the Bible” still in print after 34 years, and Negotiating a Book Contract: A Guide for Authors, Agents and Lawyers.  He is a graduate of Columbia College, NYU School of Law and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  In 1968, the year of the Chicago demonstrations, he worked in New Hampshire and Wisconsin as a volunteer in Senator Eugene McCarthy’s presidential primary campaign against President Lyndon Johnson.

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