Dancers on a Dark Street
It was the fifth day of a midsummer heat wave: one of those days when the air seems to stand still, an almost solid thing laden with the faint, almost fruity smell of garbage and decay; when the heat seems to settle on the sidewalks and roadways, while your shirt is sweat-plastered against your back before you’ve walked a block, and everyone you see moves slowly.
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"Known to the world primarily as a brilliant divorce attorney, Raoul Felder is also the author of a warmly engaging memoir...and this new collection of sharply-observed, evocative and moving stories that constitute, in essence, 'reflections' of urban life of 20th-century New York."
—Joyce Carol Oates
Reflections in a Mirror: Of Love, Loss, Death and Divorce
In his witty memoir, Reflections in a Mirror: Of Love, Loss, Death and Divorce...Mr. Felder channels Neil Simon, recalling a childhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (and visiting his grandparents in Brighton Beach).
“This is a haunting, touching, and moving book. It is about love and family, death and discord. Felder has an enormous footprint in his world, but a gentle and considerate touch when it comes to the wrenching and heartbreaking realities of life’s work. Though probably the country’s best known divorce lawyer, there is no ego in this book, no boastfulness or bragging; the narrative proceeds with a humility and respect for a world made by God but often bewildering to men. And to this reader, a former resident of Brooklyn, the sights and smells came back to me poignantly, as did the account of loss and the story of the hope of each man’s future.”
—William Bennett, Former Secretary of Education and Author of The Book of Virtues
“This is a helluva read. His is a life worth living and reliving in a memoir, filled with fascinating and horrible people only a first rate attorney would encounter. His descriptions of his law cases, his meanderings with Broadway personalities, political celebrities, and others are breathtakingly rendered. He writes with a style and insight rarely seen in literature today.”
—Leslie H. Gelb, Former New York Times columnist and now President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
“A fascinating memoir of an intriguing life—in and out of court. Felder’s client list is a Dickensian lineup of characters, and his approach to law, though controversial, makes his “reflections” well worth reading.”
Alan M. Dershowitz, author of Trials of Zion
Bare-Knuckle Negotiation: Savvy Tips and True Stories from the Master of Give-and-Take
“Negotiation is an art form, pure and simple, and Raoul Felder has it down. Reading this book will enhance anyone’s understanding of what negotiation is and how powerful it can be. A great read all the way.” – Donald J. Trump
"Negotiation is an art form, pure and simple, and Raoul Felder has it down. Reading this book will enhance anyone's understadning of what negotiation is and how powerful it can be. A great read all the way."
—Donald J. Trump
"Life is a series of negotiations—Raoul Felder shares his secrets and savvy."
"Bare-Knuckle Negotiation is essential reading for anyone preparing for a serious negotiation or simply planning the climb up the next rung of their career ladder. Felder's keen observations and fascinating exchanges with brand name clientele over the past decades provide priceless insights into why practically everything in life is negotiable—if you have the right skills."
"Raoul Felder is the finest matrimonial attorney I know. He has written a wise and humane book. It is as engrossing a read as one would expect from this subtle, disarming lawyer."
Getting Away With Murder
There is a war being waged on women in America. Every eighteen seconds, somewhere in the United States, a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend. In 1994, nearly half the women murdered in America were killed by their spouse or lover.
"The reality is that women leave all the time. Often they give up their homes, friends, family, and jobs, all in an attempt to be safe and far from their abusers. And most of the time, leaving doesn’t protect them or make them safe.
There are millions of women from many different social, racial, ethnic, religious, Economic, and intellectual backgrounds, who call the police, testify in court, swear out orders of protection, seek care at hospitals or at the offices of private physicians, detail their injuries, allow their injuries to be photographed, flee to shelters, to friends or family, and even, trusting of the system, bravely name and identify their abusers for police to arrest, prosecutors to prosecute, and judges to sentence. These are the same women who depend on the system to protect them, rely on the good advice and instructions of law enforcement officers and on the judicial process, and in the end are brutally and violently disappointed, if not brutally and violently injured or killed.
Domestic violence is a crime. For this reason alone, it must be stopped. To stop it however, takes courage, not only courage on the part of the victims to report it but courage on the part of every one of us to condemn it for what it is—a crime. We have approached this issue as a journey, taking everyone—victims and batterers, as well as men and women who believe they have never suffered abuse at the hands of an intimate partner or have never inflicted it—through the process of this crime, from the beginning of a relationship to the beginning of abuse, to the actual physical assaults, to the police, hospitals, social service agencies, shelters, batterers’ intervention programs, offices of lawyers and prosecutors, judges, and into the private lives of the-victims and their children. This is the only way that we can see to find the weapons needed stop it from happening again and again, before there is nothing left but shattered lives."
— From Gerring Away with Murder