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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nate Blakeslee Narrator: James Boles Publisher: Audio Evolution Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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Early one morning in the summer of 1999, authorities in the tiny west Texas town of Tulia began a roundup of suspected drug dealers. By the time the sweep was done, over 40 people had been arrested and one of every five black adults in town was behind bars, all accused of dealing cocaine to the same undercover officer, Tom Coleman. Coleman, the son of a well-known Texas Ranger, was named Officer of the Year in Texas. Not until after the trials, in which Coleman's uncorroborated testimony secured sentences as long as 361 years, did it become apparent that Tom Coleman was not the man he claimed to be.

Tulia is the story of the town, the bust, the trials, and the heroic legal battle to reverse the convictions that caught the attention of the nation in the spring of 2003. With a sure sense of history and of place, a great feel for the characters involved, and showdowns inside the courtroom and out.

Blakeslee's Tulia is contemporary journalism at its finest, and a thrilling read. The scandal changed the way narcotics enforcement is done in Texas, and has put the national drug war on trial at a time when incarceration rates in this country have never been higher. But the story is much bigger than the tale of just one bust. As Tulia makes clear, these events are the latest chapter in a story with themes as old as the country itself. It is a marvelously well-told tale about injustice, race, poverty, hysteria, desperation, and doing the right thing in America. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/20/2014

    " good book, shocking story. incredible how negligent the oversight was in the criminal investigation and prosecution. down side was, it was one of those books taht seemed to me like it woudl have made a great in depth New Yorker article- but as a book it went a little long. That said, the insight to small town texas, race relations and lower middle class politics and economics makes it a worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jonanna | 2/14/2014

    " You'd think it'd be good, esp. with Blakeslee, but god it got really tedious in the middle. Tension enough--obviously these people got fucked over bad. But your investment dwindle-he can't keep up the narrative. Or somethin'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/9/2014

    " A gripping, gristly account of a tragic series of events that never should have taken place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 2/7/2014

    " The actual court proceedings weren't as interesting to me, and they were a significant portion of the book. The story overall, however, was really engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Koester | 2/1/2014

    " Amazing and scary book. A must-read for anyone interested in our justice system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/25/2014

    " Powerful, heartbreaking, frustrating, but ultimately inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great book. Great reporting, great writing. I have tremendous respect for Nate Blakeslee as well as for everyone on the defense team--they really gave of themselves to make sure that a very important story got an audience, both in the courtroom and in the world at large. I'm amazed, too, that Blakeslee was able to explain the intricacies of law so clearly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 1/20/2014

    " Better than a fictitious legal thriller could ever be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/17/2014

    " This is an eye-opening book that demonstrates to me that racism is "alive and well". Fascinating account of our justice system. Fortunately, those who were framed and put in prison were eventually exonerated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/10/2014

    " This painstaking accounting of a small Texas town and the drug busts and trials that occurred in 2003 is a chilling tale of corruption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/27/2013

    " Great book, worrisome that it can happen this way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meeta Anand | 12/4/2013

    " Well-written, riveting, and disturbing insofar as it is a true account. Should be a must-read for every criminal law class (and a few Supreme Court justices). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 12/3/2013

    " This is an important book, and one that is extremely satisfying to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hayash | 12/2/2013

    " This story is one of the most incredible modern history accountings I've ever read. It's surreal that such race issues still exist. We trust and rely on law enforcement as upholding the truth, but do we do so too much and too often? The accounting is fair, reasonable and fairly non-biased. Wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 11/11/2013

    " This book was fascinating and appalling and I could not put it down even though I knew what happened in the end. It's hard to believe that something like this happened so recently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/31/2013

    " A must-read for public interest lawyers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/26/2012

    " Outstanding journalistic account of drug-war and law-enforcement corruption out in West Texas. Don't know whether to be optimistic because these clowns were caught, or to be depressed because I know it's going on in thousands of other towns daily, yet the bad guys aren't being hunted or stopped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Doherty | 11/25/2012

    " about a town with corruption mostly aganist the blacks and how the blacks won in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid Grant | 11/6/2012

    " That's Texas justice for ya'. Especially if you're Black. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 3/19/2012

    " no such thing as a "little lie". amazing story of what can go wrong when too much power lies in the hands of one man. Especially one who has a racist bent "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 R | 10/20/2011

    " This was a hard read. Too many people to keep track of and lots and lots of detail. Read like a law case. It was way too technical. I only liked reading the courtroom scenes and that started on page 300! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 10/17/2011

    " Excellent read. Lots of interesting detail. A very insightful portrayal of a Texas town and a horrible legal disaster. It's hard to believe this stuff still goes on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/17/2011

    " Great book that tells the story of racism and drugs in a small Texas town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/9/2011

    " i have a little left in the book, but at this point would put it on my must-read list. well-written and something we should all be aware of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshaferz | 3/16/2011

    " I wish this had been better constructed - the first half drags. But the second half is well-written and fascinating. A good read for anyone interested in small town politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chester | 3/5/2011

    " Really well written investigative journalism into a huge drug scandal in a small Texas town. I thought it was a wildly interesting topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 3/1/2011

    " Starts slow, but ends well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/12/2011

    " The level of corruption, ignorance and incompetence in the law enforcement community in Tulia in this day and age was shocking to me (although I'm not sure why). This is a good book to read if you want to get your blood boiling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 7/25/2010

    " no such thing as a "little lie". amazing story of what can go wrong when too much power lies in the hands of one man. Especially one who has a racist bent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/14/2010

    " I wish this had been better constructed - the first half drags. But the second half is well-written and fascinating. A good read for anyone interested in small town politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 4/13/2010

    " This is an eye-opening book that demonstrates to me that racism is "alive and well". Fascinating account of our justice system. Fortunately, those who were framed and put in prison were eventually exonerated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 3/16/2010

    " Well written, interesting account of big "drug bust" in small West TX town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chester | 9/9/2009

    " Really well written investigative journalism into a huge drug scandal in a small Texas town. I thought it was a wildly interesting topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/6/2009

    " My name is in thur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 5/20/2009

    " Outstanding journalistic account of drug-war and law-enforcement corruption out in West Texas. Don't know whether to be optimistic because these clowns were caught, or to be depressed because I know it's going on in thousands of other towns daily, yet the bad guys aren't being hunted or stopped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/20/2009

    " Great book that tells the story of racism and drugs in a small Texas town. "

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About the Narrator

James Boles is an accomplished audiobook narrator whose work includes such titles as Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town by Nate Blakeslee and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus. He is also an award-winning stage actor. He lives in Stratford, Connecticut.