Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption

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Book FormatHardcover
AuthorBryan Stevenson
Publication DateOctober, 2014
ISBN-139780812994520
GenreBiography & Autobiography/Lawyers & Judges
<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER - <b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX - A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. <p></p> &quot;[Bryan Stevenson's] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country.&quot;<b>--John Legend</b> <p></p><b>NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN</b> - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times - The Washington Post - The Boston Globe - The Seattle Times - Esquire - Time</i></b><br /></b></b> <br /> Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. <p></p> <i>Just Mercy </i>is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. <p></p> <b>Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction - Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award - Finalist for the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize - Finalist for the <i>Kirkus Reviews </i>Prize - An American Library Association Notable Book</b> <p></p>&quot;Every bit as moving as <i>To Kill a Mockingbird, </i>and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.&quot; <b>--David Cole, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b> <p></p> &quot;Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America's Mandela.&quot; <b>--Nicholas Kristof, <i>The New York Times</i></b> <p></p> &quot;You don't have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. <i>Just Mercy</i> will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.&quot; <b>--Ted Conover, <i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b> <p></p> &quot;Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he's also a gifted writer and storyteller.&quot; <b>--<i>The Washington Post</i></b> <p></p> &quot;As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.&quot; <b><i>--The Financial Times</i></b> <p></p> &quot;Brilliant.&quot; <b><i>--The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b>

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX - A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

"[Bryan Stevenson's] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country."--John Legend

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times - The Washington Post - The Boston Globe - The Seattle Times - Esquire - Time


Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction - Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award - Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize - Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize - An American Library Association Notable Book

"Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields." --David Cole, The New York Review of Books

"Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America's Mandela." --Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

"You don't have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful." --Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review

"Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he's also a gifted writer and storyteller." --The Washington Post

"As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty." --The Financial Times

"Brilliant." --The Philadelphia Inquirer#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time, as seen in the HBO documentary True Justice

“[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country.”—John Legend

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time


Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction • Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction • Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize • An American Library Association Notable Book

“Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.” —David Cole, The New York Review of Books

“Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela.” —Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

“You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.” —Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review

“Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.” The Washington Post

“As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.” —The Financial Times

“Brilliant.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Specifications

Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
352
Author
Bryan Stevenson
Title
Just Mercy
ISBN-13
9780812994520
Publication Date
October, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.50 x 6.40 x 1.10 Inches
ISBN-10
0812994523

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I had higher expectati...
I had higher expectations for this book going in than maybe I should have. It seemed like an interesting topic. However, the author's tone and approach was sometimes very off-putting for me. He came off almost as lecturing. I did really the chapters about Walter McMillan and his wrongful imprisonment and sentencing. I looked forward to getting through the chapters in between to hear more about him. However those other chapters were where I often felt I lost interest. Stevenson resorted to listing case after case where the justice system failed people. While that did serve to show the pervasiveness of corruption within the justice system and the lack of effort to protect and defend those who find themselves trapped in it, I felt a couple of strong examples with more detail could have better served his purpose. Overall, I would give it a 2.5. there were things I liked, and it did make me think. it is a great book for discussion.
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I had higher expectati...
I had higher expectations for this book going in than maybe I should have. It seemed like an interesting topic. However, the author's tone and approach was sometimes very off-putting for me. He came off almost as lecturing. I did really the chapters about Walter McMillan and his wrongful imprisonment and sentencing. I looked forward to getting through the chapters in between to hear more about him. However those other chapters were where I often felt I lost interest. Stevenson resorted to listing case after case where the justice system failed people. While that did serve to show the pervasiveness of corruption within the justice system and the lack of effort to protect and defend those who find themselves trapped in it, I felt a couple of strong examples with more detail could have better served his purpose. Overall, I would give it a 2.5. there were things I liked, and it did make me think. it is a great book for discussion.
Delivery was prompt. Condition of shipping was excellent.
I had higher expectations for this book going in than maybe I should have. It seemed like an interesting topic. However, the author's tone and approach was sometimes very off-putting for me. He came off almost as lecturing. I did really the chapters about Walter McMillan and his wrongful imprisonment and sentencing. I looked forward to getting through the chapters in between to hear more about him. However those other chapters were where I often felt I lost interest. Stevenson resorted to listing case after case where the justice system failed people. While that did serve to show the pervasiveness of corruption within the justice system and the lack of effort to protect and defend those who find themselves trapped in it, I felt a couple of strong examples with more detail could have better served his purpose. Overall, I would give it a 2.5. there were things I liked, and it did make me think. it is a great book for discussion.

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Read from November 29 ...

Read from November 29 to December 11, 2016 A powerful memoir of an attorney's career advocating for those with no voice and no hope. By the end, this book had changed my view on the death penalty. I'm not sure what led me to this book. I saw it in a list? I thought it was fiction--it wasn't until I started reading that I realized it wasn't. The chapters jump back-and-forth between the case of Walter McMillian and other cases and causes Stevenson has worked on. McMillian's story is threaded throughout and ties the work together. All of the stories shared are examples of what is wrong with our justice system. Fans of John Grisham or Jodi Picoult looking for something a little different (and nonfiction) should definitely try this one.

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I will leave it to others to fashion a salient erudite review on the quality and content of the book. Patially because I'm typing on my phone, but mainly because my take away is strange and tangential. I love the horror genre. It gives me a thrill and an energizing spike. WHEN IT'S FAKE! This book was horrifying and disguting. Like the chill when you read some distant horror of medieval times, but it was so long ago that it doesn't quite reach you. But this book is about our justice system now. It reaches you. I don't have many answers, but I know the status quo is very wrong.

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Wow, difficult but exc...

Wow, difficult but excellent book, and the author did a great job as audiobook narrator. Highly recommend, EVERYONE SHOULD READ... it (I hope) will open your eyes to some of the injustices of our legal system and police against people of color. Although there are probably more truly guilty people in the prison system than innocent, the few that are innocent really show a corrupt and sad system. Please read this book - this guy has done a fantastic job and has written a fantastic book about the Equal Justice Initiative.

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Bryan Stevensons Just...

Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, a gripping account of his experiences working with wrongfully convicted death row prisoners, was chosen as the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Go Big Read book in 2015. I had the privilege of facilitating several discussions, both in public libraries and online, about this book. The book had a very strong impact on its readers, and everyone who participated in the discussions was very fired up, awed, or otherwise moved by this reading experience. In Just Mercy, Stevenson, an attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, sheds light on the deeply broken justice system in the United States. The overarching narrative is that of Walter McMillian, a Black man who was sentenced to death for a murder that he did not commit. Stevenson discusses the ways in which the justice system seems determined to convict McMillian: moving his trial to a largely white county, suppressing evidence, turning a blind eye to the corrupt actions of local cops. McMillian fights what at times seems to be a losing battle with Stevenson at his side. Stevenson also shares eye-opening stories and statistics about poor women, mentally ill veterans, and Black and Latino children against whom the system works. Disadvantaged communities suffer disproportionately at the hands of the law. If you don't have money, or if you are already a criminal in the eyes of the court because of the color of your skin, it is next to impossible to get anything close to adequate or just legal treatment. Reading Just Mercy is an incredibly moving experience. I was awed by Stevenson's stories, inspired by his compassion and drive, and enraged by the blatant-and subtle-racism in the justice system. Stevenson, a Black man himself, has been threatened by police for no reason other than that he is Black-he shares terrifying stories that really made me think deeply about my own white privilege, and the relative safety with which I move about the world. These injustices are happening everywhere, not just in the South. A review cannot possibly do justice to Just Mercy. This is an extremely important book that should be widely read and reflected upon.


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