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Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Nobody I know is funnier, smarter, or has a wider breadth of references than my friend Jonathan Shapiro. This book is a bit of a miracle: informative, insightful, poetic, and funny. —Paul Reiser, comedian, actor, and bestselling author Using famous real-life court transcripts, television scripts, and story after story, Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling shows the reader how to get their message across and the result they want using the time-tested elements and basic structure of great stories. Part how-to manual, part memoir, always entertaining and never lecture, this book provides storytelling lessons gleaned from years of trial practice and television writing, wrapped in—what else?—great stories.

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Tag: Mission

Tech Workers Try to Take a Playground From Community Kids and Lose

When a group of tech workers from Dropbox tried to evict a group of youngsters from a community soccer field in San Francisco’s Mission district, they probably weren’t expecting to trigger a mini Occupy movement.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE

President Bush
White House photo / Eric Draper

Mission ... Evolving

President Bush capped off his administration’s weeklong campaign to convince America that the “surge” is working with a televised address on Thursday. Nestled among assorted pseudo-announcements and stale slogans was a telling pitch from a president who has repeatedly revised his motive for war: “Our mission in Iraq will evolve.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE

U.N. to Expand Iraq Mission Despite Protest

The Security Council is set to approve an expansion of the U.N.‘s presence in Iraq. Meanwhile, the organization’s staff association, representing thousands of employees around the globe, voted unanimously to oppose the measure and recall U.N. workers already in Baghdad.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE

U.S. troops detain a protester
AP Photo / Adil al-Khazali

The Good American

The former Marine intelligence officer and author of “Waging Peace” takes on Alan Dershowitz, the American Legion and other advocates of the war who have equated “supporting the troops” with continuing the senseless and often brutal occupation of Iraq.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE

Italy Bails Out France

Italy’s prime minister has tentatively offered to take the leadership role in Lebanon’s peacekeeping mission with a deployment of 3,000 troops.  France, which was to lead the mission, has offered only 200 troops after expressing concern over the force’s mandate.

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE

NASA’s Goals Delete Mention of Home Planet

The space agency’s mission statement has been quietly altered to omit mention of the phrase ? understand and protect our home planet.?
Why does George Bush hate Earth?

Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE

jon stewart and anderson cooper

Stewart to Cooper: Where Is CNN’s ‘Sense of Mission’?

Jon Stewart takes Anderson Cooper to task for being part of the CNN-MSNBC junta that seems to want nothing more than to ape Fox News’ graphics and “swoosh” sounds. (h/t: Huff Po)

Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE

Mission Accomlished

‘Mission Accomplished’ by the Numbers

Check out the number of troops killed, the money spent and the rate of insurgent attacks exactly three years after Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Update: Media Matters reminds us of the media’s fawning coverage of Bush that day.

Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


Wolfowitz Packing World Bank With Cronies

Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, has appointed many apparently unqualified Republican loyalists to high positions at the international agency. “The bank is stewing with discontent.” | story

Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE

U.S. Occupation Is Worse Than Hussein

It is time we called a halt to our mindless messing in the Iraqi people’s lives.

Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE

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