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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cahill Narrator: Thomas Cahill Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780739383759
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On October 26, 2004, Dominique Green, thirty, was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Arrested at the age of eighteen in the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery outside a Houston convenience store, Green may have taken part in the robbery but always insisted that he did not pull the trigger. The jury, which had no African Americans on it, sentenced him to death. Despite obvious errors in the legal procedures and the protests of the victim’s family, he spent the last twelve years of his life on Death Row. 

When Cahill found himself in Texas in December 2003, he visited Dominique at the request of Judge Sheila Murphy, who was working on the appeal of the case. In Dominique, he encountered a level of goodness, peace, and enlightenment that few human beings ever attain. Cahill joined the fierce fight for Dominique’s life, even enlisting Dominique’s hero, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to make an historic visit to Dominique and to plead publicly for mercy. Cahill was so profoundly moved by Dominique’s extraordinary life that he was compelled to tell the tragic story of his unjust death at the hands of the state.
A Saint on Death Row will introduce you to a young man whose history, innate goodness, and final days you will never forget. It also shines a necessary light on America’s racist and deeply flawed legal system. A Saint on Death Row is an absorbing, sobering, and deeply spiritual story that illuminates the moral imperatives too often ignored in the headlong quest for justice. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A tremendously moving book—all the more effective because of the tempered voice with which Cahill narrates an unspeakable injustice. Dominique Green’s personal and moral triumph, prior to his execution under the benighted legal processes of Texas, is portrayed with so much sensitivity, and the racial factor that Cahill emphasizes is conveyed so forcefully, that I expect A Saint on Death Row to become a classic in the growing struggle to cleanse this nation finally of the sin of the death penalty. Jonathan Kozol
  • Dominique Green was a wonderful man whose life demonstrated the power of God to heal and transfigure even the most unlikely people and places. Who could have expected that Texas Death Row would be made into an avenue of divine grace?—which is exactly what happened through Dominique’s instrumentation. Though this is a book that ends in death, it does not end in despair. Read it and discover how even the obscenity of capital punishment can be transformed into an occasion of light and peace. Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa
  • There are many ways to tell the tragic story of America’s death rows. Tom Cahill has chosen to show—through the extraordinary life of one man—that God is always working everywhere and can bring the most beautiful soul to maturity in even the most horrifying circumstances. If you read his story, you will never forget Dominique Green, nor will you ever feel the same way about our courts, our prisons, and our criminal justice system. This book is a life-changer. Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
  • This is a deeply moving narrative about a man transformed as he faced an unjust execution. James H. Cone, author of Black Theology and Black Power and Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/18/2014

    " Ironic to compare his growing up life with some of the youth that I work with here...and the absolute need for every child to have ONE person whom they can depend on...and how society loses out and ultimately fails those children that DON'T have that critical person... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kt Thames | 2/14/2014

    " Even though I agree with the author's stance against capital punishment, I found the book took a much too simplistic look at the issue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen Botkin | 1/30/2014

    " another in a long list of books about death row prisoners. a little pretentious. too much legal stuff...too much religious fault finding in people who support death penalty. an easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/20/2014

    " I listened to an audio version read by the author. It moved me to tears, it forced me to think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie Lee | 1/6/2014

    " I had hoped this book would be inspiring and passionate, but I found it plodding and not up to the subject, which is a very compelling story. You will learn something about how unjust our legal system can be, how a man facing execution can find a kind of grace, and who to contact to take a stand against capital punishment, but if you are looking for a good read I'm betting Dead Man Walking is a better choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/29/2013

    " Kevin, you should try this book. Death Row in Texas, pretty interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/26/2013

    " I was not surprised to read that Harris County is basically the death penalty capital of the USA. How depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 12/24/2013

    " This book made you think about laws and the loopholes in some that can be for good or for bad. It brought up some good discussion in our book club about the death penalty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/16/2013

    " An interesting account of how someone with great potential can get totally lost because of bad parenting and problems with the justice system. At the same time, it shows the potential of the human soul to rise to greatness despite terrible circumstances. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen Doherty | 11/13/2013

    " About a guy that gets an unfair trail and gets the death sentence "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 11/12/2013

    " If you are a supporter of the death penalty, this book might very well change your mind. Beautifully written and read by the author (I listened to it on CD), the story of Dominique Green will stay with you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jackie | 10/19/2013

    " Actually not a saint but also deserved better than he got by way of our justice system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/15/2013

    " Through the life (and death) of Dominique Green, the author exposes racism in the U.S. justice system and the inhumanity of death row and the death penalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 10/8/2013

    " A call to action..the cruely, injustice and racism still happening in our country...I'm so happy the author had a list of resources to learn more and to get involved...a real hard eye opener, yet knowing the way in which Dominique handled himself is truly inspiring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 2/28/2013

    " After I read this I thought, If i weren't white, I think I'd be afraid to drive through TX, just i case I was accused of a crime. But then NC's SBI was exposed for all it's corruption and I realized I was in just as much danger here in NC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rabidowitz | 6/2/2012

    " This is a definite read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Parish-butler | 10/7/2011

    " Another wake up call to justice and a true "there but for the grace God..." reminder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 6/13/2011

    " Thomas Cahill is always a favorite of mine - he's prominent on my bookshelf. This book is no exception. Though brief, it is a must read, along with Dead Man Walking, about the death penalty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Ishtayeh | 5/25/2011

    " Ok not exactly what I expected...not much to say about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 9/13/2010

    " undecided on the death penalty? read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/17/2010

    " Kevin, you should try this book. Death Row in Texas, pretty interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/7/2010

    " Ok not exactly what I expected...not much to say about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 4/27/2010

    " This book made you think about laws and the loopholes in some that can be for good or for bad. It brought up some good discussion in our book club about the death penalty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 3/6/2010

    " Thomas Cahill is always a favorite of mine - he's prominent on my bookshelf. This book is no exception. Though brief, it is a must read, along with Dead Man Walking, about the death penalty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 2/2/2010

    " About a guy that gets an unfair trail and gets the death sentence "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 1/13/2010

    " another in a long list of books about death row prisoners. a little pretentious. too much legal stuff...too much religious fault finding in people who support death penalty. an easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/20/2009

    " Through the life (and death) of Dominique Green, the author exposes racism in the U.S. justice system and the inhumanity of death row and the death penalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 'Chele | 10/11/2009

    " A sad story, but makes you think about the death penalty and how "justice" is served in Texas. A really good read.
    A great audio book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/19/2009

    " I was not surprised to read that Harris County is basically the death penalty capital of the USA. How depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/16/2009

    " Ironic to compare his growing up life with some of the youth that I work with here...and the absolute need for every child to have ONE person whom they can depend on...and how society loses out and ultimately fails those children that DON'T have that critical person... "

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About the Author
Author Thomas CahillTHOMAS CAHILL is the author of the best-selling books, How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland 's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, and Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus.  These books comprise the first three volumes of a prospective seven-volume series entitled "The Hinges of History," in which Cahill recounts formative moments in Western civilization. In "The Hinges of History," Thomas Cahill endeavors to retell the story of the Western World through little-known stories of the great gift-givers, people who contributed immensely to Western, culture and the evolution of Western sensibility, thus revealing how we have become the people we are and why we think and feel the way we do today.