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.
About The Author
JOSH YOUNG is a best-selling author whose works spans entertainment, business, law, politics, science and natural history. He has co-authored five New York Times best sellers and two additional national best sellers.
He is the co-author of America’s Got Talent host Howie Mandel’s HERE’S THE DEAL: DON’T TOUCH ME; of YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR NEXT ONE with movie mogul Mike Medavoy; of Dr. Sam Parnia’s ERASING DEATH: THE SCIENCE THAT IS REWRITING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, and of THE LINK: UNCOVERING OUR OLDEST ANCESTOR with Colin Tudge, which has been translated into five languages. He is the co-writer of Bob Newhart’s landmark comedic memoir I SHOULDN’T EVEN BE DOING THIS, and the co-author of Fox News commentator/entrepreneur/actor Wayne Rogers’ MAKE YOUR OWN RULES: A RENEGADE GUIDE TO UNCONVENTIONAL SUCCESS.
Josh is the author of the recently released AND GIVE UP SHOWBIZ?: HOW FRED LEVIN BEAT BIG TOBACCO, AVOIDED TWO MURDER PROSECUTIONS, BECAME A CHIEF OF GHANA, EARNED BOXING MANAGER OF THE YEAR, AND TRANSFORMED AMERICAN LAW, and of DINO GANGS, an “Indiana Jones” journey of renown paleontologist Phil Currie’s quest to uncover the mystery of how dinosaurs behaved.
Among the other books he co-wrote are Jay Mohr’s GASPING FOR AIRTIME: TWO YEARS IN THE TRENCHES OF ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’, and Jim Belushi’s “guy’s guide to life” REAL MEN DON’T APOLOGIZE. He contributed to the No. 1 New York Times best-seller THE RIGHT WORDS AT THE RIGHT TIME, edited by Marlo Thomas. Additionally, he is the co-author of PURE IMAGINATION: THE MAKING OF ‘WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY’, and of DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S FIRST LIFE: A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME with Matt Kaplan. On the film side, Josh served as Production Consultant on WHITE HOUSE DOWN, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
As a journalist, Josh served as a Contributing Editor at George magazine and a contributing writer to Entertainment Weekly and LIFE magazine. Prior to that, he was the movie writer for Esquire and a contributing writer to the New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section. His writing has appeared in numerous other publications, including Talk, The New Republic, Details, The (London) Sunday Telegraph, The Independent (London), and Los Angeles. He started his career in college covering professional tennis for USA Today, Reuters, and The Washington Times. He has appeared on several national and international television programs, including ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s The Today Show, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, Entertainment Tonight, CNBC’s Rivera Live, and the MSNBC Morning Show.