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A More Apt Title Couldn’t Be Written

This is the story of a lawyer who tried to right a wrong. He tried to help uneducated, very poor people in another country (Equador) navigate the U.S. legal system and the Equadorian legal system against one of the world’s biggest corporations. The end result? A gigantic mess in which nobody won.
I work in the legal field (though on nothing this complex) and when I first received a copy of this book, I thought it would only appeal to people who work in the profession. I thought it was going to be dry and boring story of this lawsuit. I was entirely wrong. The writing is compelling and the battle epic. There were times when I white-knuckle gripped the book out of frustration for the process, the injustice and the people that got completely screwed.
Steven Dozinger spent 20 years fighting Texaco (later merged with Chevron) to get compensation for the Equadorian peasants whose land was damaged by oil drilling. He eventually, through controversial tactics, obtained a $19 billion judgment against Chevron. But Chevron fought back and attached Dozinger’s tactics. The book is fraught with tension as you read about how one man took on one very large corporation and lost more than a judgment.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in true-life legal thrillers. It will not disappoint.
Disclaimer: I received this book through Blogging for Books and received no other compensation in exchange for my review. This review reflect my feelings and impressions of the book and no one else’s.

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