Monday, September 29, 2014

Powerful - Must Read!

This book was powerful and riveting.  It was hard to put down.  Bryan Stevenson has written a real winner in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.  The main focus is on the unjust imprisonment of Walter McMillan.  He was convicted of murdering a white woman in Alabama.  He was given the death penalty even though witnessing could account for his whereabouts and no evidence pointed toward his guilt. 

Stevenson writes about the trial and all the events leading up to this trial.  He also wrote about many other situations in which people fell through the legal cracks and were sent to prison for crimes they did not commit.

This is a powerful story about justice and truth.  There are many stories that make your stomach turn as you realize there is much more discrimination than we would like to admit in our country.  They prejudices are still too high. 

While I would like to say I enjoyed the book, which I did, I was also moved by the book, the personal nature of Stevenson's writing was great.  I highly recommend this book for people interested in social reform or who just want to read an excellent non-fiction book.  This would be an excellent choice!!

I received this book through Netgalley.com and Random House Publishing.

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