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No Man Stands Alone.

No Man Stands Alone By Edward M. Ricci

Around the time of his 60th birthday, attorney Edward Ricci began his memoir. A year later, it was finished. Ricci warns that his book is not an autobiography as, "Autobiographies are complete. This memoir only represents some key recollections."

Reminiscences about his childhood in Brooklyn are endearing, such as living in a three and one-half story house with other members of his Italian family or house calls from the family doctor. Ricci said, "During all those busy years of my childhood, we never had much privacy. But we didn't care."

Ricci was educated at the Catholic University of America, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University. He left teaching and real estate sales to turn to law. He and his wife, Mary (later Judge Mary Lupo), moved to Florida in 1973, and he settled into a product liability, auto crash-worthiness career in Palm Beach.

The memoir includes background from a few of the cases he has tried (and some colorful commentary on some of the individuals he has met), reasons for his strong belief in philanthropy, and commentary on the present state of the legal profession. A devout Catholic, he concludes his book with thoughts about religion and faith. Humbly, he concludes a chapter on "Religion and Truth" by saying, "I have lived long enough to know that I don't have the answers. It would be presumptuous to say I have the truth neatly packaged, that I know where I'm going and how to get there. That's a journey I continue to make."

As passionate as he is about his faith and philanthropy, Edward Ricci is also passionate about justice and believes that a practitioner's highest calling is "ensuring that the American economic system must work for everyone, rich and poor, black and white, and that with their skills they can oppose those who would manipulate the system and harm the average citizen."

No Man Stands Alone, A Memoir sells for $31.95 and is published by iUniverse,
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Publication:Florida Bar Journal
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Date:Mar 1, 2007
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