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After The Madness A Judge's Own Prison Memoir

Wachtler, Sol *Author SIGNED/INSCRIBED!*

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ISBN 10: 0679456538 / ISBN 13: 9780679456537
Published by Random House, New York, NY, 1997
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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(full book description) Random House, New York, NY, 1997. 1st Edition 1st Printing, VG+/VG+, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x9.5", 369pgs(Index). DJ price clipped, has a plastic scanning device inside of its spine, 3/8" 1/4" and 1/8" (2) coffee? spots on DJ rear cover, ink owner name on front endpaper, o.w. clean, bright and tight. SIGNED, INSCRIBED by author on front endpaper to Mary DeCotis, wife? of person mentioned in inscription. Wachtler Autograph hard to come by. ISBN 0679456538 20% OFF our regular catalogue price. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!. Bookseller Inventory # CONROY201073I

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Title: After The Madness A Judge's Own Prison ...

Publisher: Random House, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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n the course of a year, Sol Wachtler went from being New York's top judge to the very bottom of the criminal justice system, assigned to solitary confinement in a federal prison. Poignant, gripping, and unflinching in its honesty, Wachtler's memoir is a warning from America's most dangerous realm and a revealing account of what prison does to individuals.


In November of 1992, New York's Chief Judge Sol Wachtler, an heir aparent to the governor's mansion, was arrested. He was charged and convicted for a humiliating crime stemming from his manic, obsessive harassment of his former mistress. A prominent New York socialite, the woman happened to be pals with the director of the FBI. Recorded conversations of the judge's threatening phone calls made for an open and shut case and sent the judge to federal prison for a 15-month stint. In After the Madness, the fallen jurist has created a confessional diary that chronicles his prison term. Stories of inmates are interspliced with prison reform recommendations and brief reflections on his crime. He also describes his "illness" and eventual diagnosis as manic-depressive, his incredible appetite (and ability!) to "self- medicate" at the rate of 5,000 pills in an 18-month period while serving on the bench, and the path he has taken to rebuild his name and career. The degree of hubris and the catastrophic fall give this story a classical dimension; the emphasis on psychiatry and self-esteem mark it as a product of our times.

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