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Download Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (276 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Scott Turow Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Scott Turow is known to millions as the author of peerless novels about the troubling regions of experience where law and reality intersect. In real life, as a respected criminal lawyer, he has been involved with the death penalty for more than a decade, including successfully representing two different men convicted in death-penalty prosecutions. In this vivid account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office. Along the way, he provides a brief history of America's ambivalent relationship with the ultimate punishment, analyzes the potent reasons for and against it, including the role of the victims' survivors, and tells the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois' state-of-the art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber.

This gripping, clear-sighted, necessary examination of the principles, the personalities, and the politics of a fundamental dilemma of our democracy has all the drama and intellectual substance of Turow's celebrated fiction. 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 Ryan Miller | 2/13/2014

    " A good general discussion of the major issues surrounding the death penalty. The author weighs heavily on his personal experience, and most examples and specific policies are taken from Illinois (to the exclusion of other states with different issues). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katrina | 2/2/2014

    " Even if you are not a lawyer this is a great book about the death penalty if you have ever been interested in the costs and effect and why it's so controversial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth Dary | 1/14/2014

    " I felt that this argument could have been summed up much quicker than the author presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clifford | 1/9/2014

    " This book didn't change my mind because I was already firmly opposed to the death penalty, but I did appreciate the close examination of the issues by a lawyer who has examined them closely and thoughtfully. "

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