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Just Mercy : : a Story of Justice and Redemption

Stevenson, Bryan. Book - 2014 353.48 St, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Biography / Political / Stevenson, Bryan None on shelf 4 requests on 6 copies Community Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.


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Well worth a read submitted by jhaberich on June 22, 2016, 11:16am This book is wonderfully written and is an important and timely read. While it is disheartening (to say the least) to read of all the injustices recounted in the book, I highly recommend this book.

Inspiring book submitted by zzumeta on July 11, 2016, 12:01am Bryan Stevenson's story is important, intense and inspiring. He has achieved much with very little, and against great odds. I agree it is disheartening to read about all the injustice, but it is very heartening to read about those who fight it. Stevenson writes well, tells a good story, and leaves us wanting to do more.

A must read submitted by pk on June 27, 2017, 7:03pm This book is well worth your time. The injustice in our justice system is appalling and Bryan Stevenson brings us this news in a very interesting book. He recounts his work over the years with death row inmates and others who have had little access to legal representation. Important, well written, worth the read.

Necessary read submitted by steveiew on June 19, 2018, 9:30am This book opened my eyes to the continued injustices of our justice system, particularly toward people of color. Bryan Stevenson interweaves stories of his work over the years helping prisoners on death row in the deep south with his own personal story. Anyone who thinks racism is a thing of the past needs to read this book.

Injustice Abounds! submitted by thegretch on July 14, 2018, 8:47pm A painful reality exists in our justice system, if you are a person of color the cards are stacked against you. Thank goodness for people like Stevenson who go above and beyond to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Great read!

Read this book! submitted by betsywil on August 9, 2018, 3:22pm Just Mercy tells compelling and powerful stories of individual and systemic injustice in the US. As author Bryan Stevenson writes, too often the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.
The book alternates Stevenson's personal story with the stories of people wrongly condemned to death.

Read this important book.

To become a better citizen submitted by younhee on July 14, 2019, 2:36pm This gave me an eye opening moment to look at widespread injustice in our society. Injustice to the poor, the uneducated, the vulnerable, and the colored is ongoing in our justice system which we expect to be just and fair. As we are more sensitive to injustice, we can be more responsible citizens to make an educated decision in elections.

Essential Read submitted by LauraMarie on August 9, 2019, 8:40pm This book is an absolute must-read. It will call you to anger and action to against a system that oppresses and humiliates. It will call you to honor the people who have been targeted by an unjust system, and support those fighting for mercy and compassion and respect. Thank you, Bryan Stevenson.

Captivating and heartbreaking submitted by Jinxyluis on August 21, 2019, 11:43am Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is a captivating and moving look at the heartbreaking injustice throughout the American justice system. Stevenson lovingly tells the story of Walter McMillan, a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death, and their work to appeal this racist egregious miscarriage of justice. Stevenson doesn’t stop his criticism of the justice system with its impact on wrongful convicted individuals, further arguing against our treatment of people who actually have committed crimes but who are far too often being punished with disproportionately harsh sentences. He brings to light our failure to treat mercifully our most vulnerable populations, focusing especially on children, disabled people, people of color, immigrants and the poor. I learned so much and was deeply impacted by this book, and I highly recommend this flawless book to everyone.

Compelling submitted by saleder on August 28, 2019, 5:38pm Well-written, this book should be required reading for all. The stories of injustice are eye-opening.

Just Mercy submitted by crp on August 30, 2019, 2:27pm Beautifully written book.

Horrifying, inspiring, maddening, necessary, and heartbreaking submitted by sueij on June 17, 2020, 8:27pm Bryan Stevenson started out as a young lawyer who just wanted to make a difference… then he started to learn about the injustices that had accrued to inmates on Alabama’s death row. He tells heartwrenching and infuriating stories of racial and judicial miscarriages of justice, and how they have lead to decades of incarceration and deaths. He ultimately founded the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and tells the story of its inspiring work.

This book is horrifying, inspiring, maddening, necessary, and heartbreaking. Stevenson is at the center of the story, and yet manages to write the book so that it does not feel like HIS story. That’s skill. Every person in this country should read this book… and then write to their reps and demand reform, until justice truly is just.

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New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2014]
Year Published: 2014
Description: x, 336 pages ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Stevenson, Bryan.
Equal Justice Initiative.
Social reformers -- Biography.
Lawyers -- Biography.
Criminal justice, Administration of.