“Why do we want to kill all the broken people? What is wrong with us, that we think a thing like that can be right?” If you feel called to learn about criminal justice, but don’t necessarily have a firm understanding of how the legal system operates, Just Mercy is exactly the book to read. Not only is it totally accessible, but the stance from which Bryan Stevenson writes is so utterly compassionate that, as he sheds light on example after example of wrongful imprisonment, the question of whether criminals deserve mercy completely dissolves and instead becomes a summons for a more humane and equitable society. Recommended By Aubrey W., Powells.com
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES
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
"A distinguished NYU law professor...offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society....Emotionally profound, necessary reading." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review, Kirkus Prize Finalist)
"A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South." John Grisham
About the Author
Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.