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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nate Blakeslee Narrator: James Boles Publisher: Audio Evolution Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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