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This book tells the story of Bryan Stevenson's attempts to help those on death row in the US, particularly those in the state of Alabama where he sets up an Equal Justice Initiative. One three through the book is the story of Walter McMillian, wrongly convicted of murder who spends 6 years on death row before he is finally released by the efforts of Stevenson. Other chapters deal with other cases - and the issues around treating juveniles as adults in the US justice system of the day, of making no allowance for mental disabilities, and through it all, ongoing prejudice against black people and poor people built into the judicial system.
I learned much I did not know - that judges in many US states run for office and are elected, for example. This leads to competition to be the toughest on crime in terms of sentencing. And much about US history - Stevenson persuasively suggests there have been four eras of history in the US, that of slavery, that of terrorism (lynching, the Ku Klux Klan etc) following Reconstruction, that of Jim Crow (institutionalised apartheid), and now an era of mass imprisonment. I was also reminded of much that is worst in human nature as well as about much that is best. Stevenson says 'we are all broken' in different ways. There are telling anecdotes from his own life - being stopped by the police for now reason while in his car late at night near his home and having a gun pointed at him and then an illegal search of his car, being mistaken by a judge for a criminal rather than a defence attorney because he is black. Much of the book is very moving. Just possibly the worst is over with several Supreme Court victories, and some decline in the imposition of the death penalty in very recent years...
So: I'd simply recommend this very strongly to all others.
A truly inspiring and moving book. I could not put this book down. What a crusader for justice Bryan truly is. His dedication to redeem innocent people is remarkable. This book will shock you, make you cry and make you feel so grateful for all the lawyers who dedicate their lives to fight for the vulnerable on death row and facing life without parole. His resilience and commitment are truly heart warming. A must read for everyone. We should all try to be stonecatchers.
an exceptional book which can only move one to tears on the one hand while on the other causing elation given the dedication of its author and the magnificent results he and his team have also achieved should be on every high school must read list so much to learn from this
This was ok! Hard going and took ages to fully read as it was slightly repetitive and boring in places. However Brian is an amazing man and what he has done for people is wonderful! Worth a read regardless!
One of the best books written about social inequality. Bryan Stevenson is carrying the torch for the work started by the Rev Martin Luther King. What Stevenson has created and accomplished with the Equal Justice Initiative is nothing short of miraculous. Every person should read this book.
I will keep this short. Please read about the phenomenal work of this courageous man who champions the plight of victims of the most serious injustices. Read about restored dignity and love in the most desperate of circumstances. Read how his work restores justice where it never existed...and saves lives
This book was incredibly enlightening to the injustice so many people face everyday. It not only sheds light on individual cases but parts of our history that we must confront in order to understand and move past racial discrimination within the justice system. The story of Walter McMillian as told by Bryan Stevenson is one everyone must hear as it will spark the anger and sadness that is needed to create change.