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Description: "Lubeta]tackles a series of subtle and thorny ethical questions that lawyers and judges face each day. These questions can challenge their integrity, determine their effectiveness and affect how the public views the legal professiona].Lubetas central concern, which he mines adeptly, is with actions that are arguably legal but may also be strategically or morally wrong. Lubetas writing is a great strength: straightforward, funny, intelligent and devoid of legalese. Like a good color analyst, he conveys an insideras knowledge in an entertaining and informative way. " --Publishersa Weekly aThe Importance of Being Honest is both funny and dangerous. In pulling the lid off the hypocrisy and delusions at virtually every level of the legal profession, he is in danger of touching off a chain reaction that could result in the average Americanas understanding and thus his and her ability to reform the legal system.a --Allen Barra, "Wall Street Journal" aLubet probes some of the thorniest ethical and legal questions facing us, and respects both his reader and the law enough to avoid simplistic answers. Whether heas scrutinizing Bill Clinton's relationship to his lawyer, reassessing what we know about the Scopes Monkey trial, or evaluating the demotion of Pluto, Lubetas book offers a fresh lens through which to view legal questions.a --Dahlia Lithwick, "Slate.com" aLubet is so witty and entertaining that you may not even notice how much you're learning about the dangers of ahonesty-deficient lawyers and judges.a A real eye-opener!a --Rachel Maines, author of "The Technology of Orgasm: aHysteria, a the Vibrator, and Womenas Sexual Satisfaction" Popular author Steven Lubetbrings his signature blend of humor, advocacy, and legal ethics to The Importance of Being Honest, an incisive analysis of how honesty and law play out in current affairs and historical events. Drawing on original work as well as op-ed pieces and articles that have appeared in the "American Lawyer," the "Chicago Tribune," and many other national publications, Lubet explores the complex aspects of honesty in the legal world. The Importance of Being Honest is full of tales of questionable practices and poor behavior, chosen because negative examples are much richer, and often more remarkable, in their ultimate lessons. Wyatt Earpas shootout with Billy Clanton, Bill Clintonas disastrous decision to lie under oath, Oscar Wildeas self-destructive perjury in a 1896 libel trial, and the dubious resolution of Justice Scaliaas duck hunting trip with Dick Cheney are only a few of the cases Lubet use to illustrate that law is a vague and boggy realm where truth, and falsehood, is seldom absolute. With his lively, insightful, and sometimes hilarious prose, Lubet takes readers on a tour of the law in our everyday lives, and forces us to rethink how we really feel about honesty and truth.