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Conviction at any Cost has been featured in a number of media outlets.
Please explore interviews and features, and go behind the scenes of the book's creation with author Maurice Possley and with Michael Segal himself.
Press & Praise
For the Work of Maurice Possley
"Here's a captivating tale of valor and devotion ---to God, to spouse, to country---woven with newly disclosed details of an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. A masterful piece of historical detective work!"
"Maurice is one of the best investigative journalists in the nation, and one of the most thorough reporters I have ever met."
Chief Legal Editor and Analyst, CBS News
"In a city full of good stories, Maurice Possley and Rick Kigan have chosen to tell one of the truly great ones. Teh characters are fascinating as they fall through the looking glass into the murky moral wonderland that is Chicago."
Film Director & Screenwriter
"Kogan and Possley give us the best Chicago crime story since the St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
Award Winning Investigative Reporter, CBS News
"This is a finely muscled tale. Kogan and Possley know firsthand the gritty inner workings of American crime and justice."
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright and Filmmaker
"This is the real-life story of a mob hit man and how he was brought to justice, principally through the courage of an average guy willing to say, 'I saw what I saw.' It is an amazing tale, beautifully told, and riveting from its opening sentence to the final page."
Reactions to Conviction at Any Cost
"The lesson--don't buck the feds, they hold all the cards. Don't complain publicly for egregious violations of the law and misrepresentations by prosecutors. They have long memories and longer blacklists. They stick together and cover each other's tracks. What a shame that Segal did not see that. Perhaps he was so used to winning by dint of hard work and charm, by dint of deep intelligence masked by an easy going manner--he could not conceive of the consequences of calling out prosecutorial misconduct.
Segal built an insurance brokerage that rivaled any in the nation. It took him 40 years to do so. Then he underwent 15 years of hell, ridicule, incarceration, separation from a family that suffered as much as he did. Possley's book is a meticulously researched account of the fall of a business titan. He has examined the workings of our criminal justice system for years. He writes with passion but above all insight. Some might complain about the detailed account of so many adverse rulings over so many years in courts-- but lawyers won't.
Was his defense mishandled? Were adverse witnesses coerced and self-interested witnesses coddled and defended--protected from civil and criminal wrongs of their own? I found it shocking. I suggest reading it yourself. Make your own judgment on the facts presented. I think you will find that human failings--whether prosecutors or defendants--paint a bleak picture but one worth understanding. The laws made in legislatures and courts must still be implemented--and suffered--because implementation is the work of human beings."
Thomas A. Volini
“A fascinating, disturbing and timely story about the potential for abuse of power by federal prosecutors. Maurice Possley’s book will make you question the legitimacy of our system of justice – and it should.”
John F. Hollway
Associate Dean, Penn Law Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice
"After reading this book I am speechless. It is incomprehensible to me that this sordid story could have played out in this country. We are supposed to be a country that has checks and balances between the 3 branches of government and indeed within each branch. It is shocking to see that in each case where there were opportunities to right wrongs, the checks and balances failed or were ignored. If a movie had been made with this plot people would have said it was good fiction. Sadly this book is real."