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"The book is a wealth of well-presented information, accessible and intriguing to those with limited legal knowledge as well as more experienced litigators. The text is well organized, with crucial points made lucidly and restated at the end of each chapter. The author clearly shows how the volume's many examples can serve as templates for readers' own work. He does an excellent job of breaking down the cross-examination transcripts into their component parts and explaining how each piece contributes to the lawyer's overall case and how each question succeeds or fails.
 
The book also steers readers through the substantial preparation involved in delivering a triumphant cross-examination rather than simply focusing on courtroom drama . . . . Each chapter delivers actionable tips attorneys can incorporate into their own practices. Read is knowledgeable about courtroom techniques and has done substantial research into the cases he addresses, resulting in a trove of topical information. . . . The winning prose makes the book an enjoyable read as well as an instructive one."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Finally, someone has challenged some of the long-standing myths of cross-examination and brought the art into the 21st Century." 
--Dicky Grigg, Past President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
 
"Shane Read has done it again. Building on his model of teaching through great examples, he has assembled the perfect 'how to' guide."
--Tracy W. McCormack, Director of Advocacy, The University of Texas School of Law 
 
"Winning at Cross-Examination is so full of so many wonderful things that it is almost impossible to do justice to it with simple descriptions. It should be an indispensable resource for young, aspiring trial lawyers, but trial lawyers of any age or experience would do well to refer to it regularly to achieve more focused and meaningful cross-examinations. The author's scholarship and analysis of the many legal writings and articles on the subject of cross-examination are very insightful. He also presents a thorough digest of techniques in a very well organized and thoughtful way. The author also challenges old mistaken certainties related to the 'proper' techniques for cross-examination by providing an understandable critique with a simple and credible cure. No matter whether an attorney practices civil or criminal law, the lessons are valuable to all. Simply stated, this book is a tremendous and indispensable resource for any trial lawyer desirous of truly impactful cross examinations."
--Lewis Sifford, Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates
 
"In this brilliant analysis of spectacular trial successes, Shane Read persuasively focuses on the pivotal role of a unifying theme, a carefully crafted bottom-line message, rooted in virtue and woven creatively into a compelling story. From that indispensable foundation, the trial lawyer's entire house -- particularly the all-important role of effective cross-examination -- is built. No courtroom 'house builder' of our time is more skilled than Mark Lanier, the living embodiment of the author's 'how to' guidance, who repeatedly strides across the pages of this eminently readable, extraordinarily practical book. Not every lawyer can realistically aspire to be the Mozart or Poet Laureate of trial practice, but following the author's stirring examples of Mark Lanier's dazzling performances will help every trial lawyer reach his or her own pinnacle of litigation success with both persuasive power and complete integrity."  
--Ken Starr, Former U.S. Solicitor General

About the Author

Shane Read has tried over 100 trials to verdict. His textbooks have been adopted for use in law schools throughout the country. Two of his textbooks have won the Association of Continuing Legal Education's top honor for Professional Excellence. He is the only author to win this prestigious award twice. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Texas School of Law. In 1989, he began his career at Akin Gump and since 1998 has worked on civil and criminal cases as an Assistant United States Attorney in Dallas, Texas.

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