Boy Steals Books from Library, Becomes Influential Lawyer

Catching up on StoryCorps podcasts this morning, I heard this fabulous (and amusing) story about a young man who wanted to read books, but feared being seen reading would ruin his tough reputation. He stole some books from a library, read them, and returned them. Years later, he learned the librarian had a surprising role in his thefts.

This fellow went on to have a landmark career in law. I can’t help wondering if being able to secretly read some books when he was a teenager made a difference in his choice to go into a profession with a lot of reading.

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