And Give Up Showbiz?: How Fred Levin Beat Big Tobacco, Avoided Two Murder Prosecutions, Became a Chief of Ghana, Earned B by Josh YoungAnd Give Up Showbiz?: How Fred Levin Beat Big Tobacco, Avoided Two Murder Prosecutions, Became a Chief of Ghana, Earned B by Josh Young

And Give Up Showbiz?: How Fred Levin Beat Big Tobacco, Avoided Two Murder Prosecutions, Became a…

byJosh Young

Hardcover | September 16, 2014

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In the early ’90s, Big Tobacco was making a killing. There was no entity more powerful, and national tobacco-related deaths numbered in the hundreds of thousands each year. The economic loss from smoking-related illnesses was billions of dollars. And yet, Big Tobacco had never paid a nickel in court.

Until one Southern, small-town lawyer figured out how Florida could sue Big Tobacco to reimburse the state for health care costs. The end result? Beyond the $13 billion settlement, hundreds of thousands of American lives have been, and will continue to be, saved.

Meet Fred Levin. Called by his own son “a philanthropist and a cockroach,” Fred Levin is no ordinary attorney, and his remarkable story is far from squeaky clean.

In And Give Up Showbiz?, New York Times bestselling author Josh Young works closely with Levin to give readers a glimpse into the extraordinary and entertaining life of the top trial lawyer who was a pioneer in establishing American personal injury law. Seen as an inspiring innovator by some and a flamboyant self-promoter by others, Levin has not only fought against Big Tobacco, he has won victories for women, African Americans, and workers everywhere.

Levin’s unprecedented legal career is just one aspect of his roller-coaster life story. From managing one of the world’s greatest boxers to avoiding multiple disbarment attempts, and from becoming a chief in the country of
Ghana to even being a person of interest in two separate murder investigations, his story reads like a novel suitable for the silver screen. And Give Up Showbiz? is both shockingly candid and wildly funny.
Josh Young is a bestselling author whose works spans entertainment, business, politics, science and natural history. He has coauthored five New York Times bestsellers and two national bestsellers. He is the coauthor of comedian Howie Mandel's Here's The Deal: Don't Touch Me, You're Only As Good As Your Next One with Mike Medavoy, Dr. S...
Title:And Give Up Showbiz?: How Fred Levin Beat Big Tobacco, Avoided Two Murder Prosecutions, Became a…Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 16, 2014Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1940363187

ISBN - 13:9781940363189


Editorial Reviews

"It’s not a typical biography. Instead, it’s like reading a collection of well-spun yarns. You almost feel as if you’re in the same room with Levin and Young as Levin tells one amazing-but-true story after another."—The National Trial Lawyers Association "Because of what Fred did to bring Big Tobacco to its knees, he likely is responsible for saving 100,000 American lives each year. I’m proud to have him as one of my law partners."—Robert F. Kennedy Jr."A Jewish trial lawyer from a small Southern town is named national boxing manager of the year and then made a chief of Ghana. It could only happen in America, and it could only happen to Fred."—Don King"He makes people feel comfortable with who they are and with what he is doing for them. He has done a lot for the African American community. He also throws amazing parties."—Emmitt Smith III, NFL all-time leading rusher"[The] Fred Levin I knew will always be a superstar in my mind."—Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Winner"[Fred Levin’s] success against the powerful on behalf of those with few champions has earned him election to the Trial Lawyer’s Hall of Fame... Fred wins when most lose because he has true passion for justice."—Morris Dees, founder, Southern Poverty Law Center" of the most fascinating people I have ever met."—Terdema Ussery, Dallas Mavericks President"Fred Levin is one of the most talented lawyers in the history of the state of Florida."—Reubin Askew, former Governor of Florida"Explosive new book . . . Upcoming blockbuster biography about Fred Levin."—GLOBE magazine