“The Secret” by New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Wright is a highly entertaining and insightful look into how the legal world functions today. He explains how attorneys, judges, prosecutors, juries and other attorneys interact in ways that often remain hidden to the public.
When I first read this book, I was immediately struck by the similarities between what I was doing as a lawyer and what M&A associates are constantly doing. I was actually surprised that it is not something that I was taught in law school.
This is especially true when you consider that the book covers a subject that is highly specialized and that only a very select few lawyers actually go into on a daily basis. It is simply not something that we are taught in law school. I am surprised by the many similarities I see with what I was doing in my own law practice and my interactions with clients.
Wright also offers up some very useful insights for lawyers who wish to become more effective communicators. If you are looking for information about the ways you can improve your communication skills, this book is an excellent guide.
While “The Secret” is a highly entertaining and enlightening read, there are also some things that Wright says that is troubling. For example, he says that there are cases where a judge's recommendation is more influential than that of the jury. If this were the case, then perhaps judges should be required to get more votes from the jurors before they are allowed to sentence someone to death.
Overall, I thought this was a very interesting and informative read. It may even help you think outside the box when it comes to some of your own interactions in the legal arena.