• Diary of a DA

  • The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won
  • By: Herbert J. Stern
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Plus plan is $7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
Diary of a DA  By  cover art

Diary of a DA

By: Herbert J. Stern
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Try for $0.00

$7.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $24.04

Buy for $24.04

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A gripping inside account of the mechanisms of law and order.

In 1961, 25-year-old Herbert Jay Stern, fresh from reserve duty, stood in his green army uniform in a New York County courtroom to be sworn in as an attorney. He could only guess what his life as a prosecuting lawyer would be. A dozen years later, in the wake of the national scandal of Watergate, Stern, draped in black robes now, would take the oath of office as a federal judge. In the years between, the idealistic young Stern would sharpen his skills in the realities of the criminal courts of New York City, to emerge as the lead trial attorney for the Justice Department, charged with breaking the back of organized crime in New Jersey. Stern’s highly charged account of his outright war against powerful state government officials and the mafia takes us deep inside the mechanisms of law and order during a time when assassinations came fast and loose, cities were burning in race riots, and racketeering and graft were so prevalent in the Garden State that its own senator called it a "stench in the nostrils and an offense to the vision of the world".

Before Stern and his equally dedicated colleagues on the "strike force" out of Washington, D.C., are finished, they will have successfully prosecuted the mayors of Jersey City, Newark, and Atlantic City for being on the take; a congressman for conspiracy, tax violations, and perjury; and blackened the eye of organized crime.

©2012 The Herbert J. Stern Corp., Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about Diary of a DA

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    51
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    52
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    48
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

good listen

it was a good listen starts a little slow but when he gets into the cases its good. Good if u wanna see the other side of things as far as criminal perspective to US Attorney perspective.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great story! Great performance!!

I purchase this book off of a whim. I was in for a surprise because I hadn't known the author or his story just adjacent stories. the book was very interesting, easy to read, and very worth my while. the narrator's performance was even better. buy this book.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Diary of a DA

Fascinating. For me, growing up in that era, and having worked in law enforcement, I found the detail, pacing and content superior.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting Listen

I cant help wonder listening to this, how many in public service today can say they have satisfied their conscience.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Title is misleading otherwise good book

This books should be titled diary of a prosecutor or diary of an AUSA. The authors district attorney story is a very small part of the book. Otherwise this is an excellent book which I recommend all prosecutors and anyone interested in the criminal legal system read.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

inspiring book

fascinating, interesting book about a good prosecutor. i used a few of his tricks in the courtroom as well. his insights on being a prosecutor, knowing when to prosecute, and why we need to prosecute criminals are lessons i will always take with me through the rest of my life.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant and spellbinding.

One of the modern era’s best trial lawyers give a bird’s eye account of just how corrupt New Jersey was and how he cleaned it up. Well told by a master storyteller. A gem.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent book everyone should hear!

This story is a very interesting take on so many issues that we still battle to this day!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended

I will grant you that I am very interested in law. From my perspective this was an immensely engrossing book and I’m going to keep it in my library and listen to it at least once more.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bill Atkinson
  • Bill Atkinson
  • 11-17-22

Has the USA improved?

A challenging story to write and keep people interested and it was done well. Whilst 50 years ago, it brings to light the problems across the water I heard about in early adulthood and wish was still chased as hard now. Good narration