Jonathan Harr

Jonathan Harr is an American author best known for his nonfiction work 'A Civil Action,' which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was later adapted into a film. Harr's writing often explores legal themes and is characterized by in-depth research and compelling narratives.


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  1. 1. A Civil Action

    This book is a non-fiction account of a water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts. A determined lawyer fights on behalf of eight families whose children have died from leukemia caused by industrial pollution. The narrative explores the complex legal battle against two large corporations, revealing the intricacies of the American legal system, the sacrifices required for justice, and the impact of corporate power on individual lives.

  2. 2. The Lost Painting

    "The Lost Painting" tells the story of a lost masterpiece by Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio, titled "The Taking of Christ." The book follows the journey of a young art historian, Francesca Cappelletti, as she sets out to uncover the painting's whereabouts. Along the way, she encounters a cast of characters including art dealers, art historians, and even a mafia boss. Through meticulous research and a bit of luck, Cappelletti finally locates the painting in a Dublin Jesuit house, where it had been hanging for centuries, unrecognized as a Caravaggio. The book is a captivating tale of art history, detective work, and the power of obsession.