“A sometimes hilarious, often disturbing and always engrossing slice of documentary history.”
– John Leonard, The New York Times
– Chicago Tribune
“Journalism at its best.”
– Boston Globe
“A nearly blow-by-blow account of the principal moments in the proceedings, which are both entertaining and sobering. “
– Kirkus Reviews
A documentary of courtroom confrontations
from one of the most incredible trials in American history
The Trial of the Chicago 7: The Official Transcript is a collection of verbatim excerpts from the trial that contains – in the parties’ own words – not only the opposing philosophies of each side and virtually all of the significant courtroom confrontations between Judge Hoffman and the defendants (and their lawyers), but also the bitter – and often hilarious – repartee that characterized so much of the trial. Aaron Sorkin wrote the book’s introduction.
Published by Simon & Schuster, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the 50th anniversary edition of The Tales of Hoffman, the best-selling edited version of the 22,302-page transcript that Bantam Books published and had in bookstores just 11 days after the 5-month trial ended in February 1970. It is the authentic record of what happened and what was said at this notorious and historic trial.
This new edition, published concurrently with the release of Aaron Sorkin’s award-winning Netflix movie, adds two sections to the original: one containing post-trial biographies of all defendants (including Bobby Seale), the lawyers and the judge, and another section containing summaries of the post-trial appeals and other legal proceedings.
Aaron Sorkin’s terrific movie wonderfully captures the spirit of the trial and the times. But it is understandably somewhat fictionalized and, of necessity, leaves a lot out. If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book. It has even more of the outrage, the dialogue is plentiful and authentic, and all the events in it actually happened. It’s the real story.
The courtroom’s electrifying proceedings come thrillingly to life in this 10-hour unabridged download voiced by J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), Chris Jackson (George Washington in Hamilton) and 18 other acclaimed actors. This dynamic audio program captures the urgency and unpredictability of the courtroom setting, taking listeners back to a turning point in our nation’s history, the outsize personalities at the center of the struggle, and their powerful words that still resonate today.