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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Turow Narrator: Scott Turow Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/8/2014

    " Interesting, but I already knew a lot of what happened with the commission Gov. Ryan appointed from watching "Deadline." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari margolies | 12/12/2013

    " its greatest weakness is that it is too short "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annalisa | 11/15/2013

    " I read this book because I received a free copy when I worked at the same firm as Mr. Turow. It's not as dry as I thought it would have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lell | 10/14/2013

    " Previous to this book, I hadn't given the death penalty much thought. Now I know where I stand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marik Casmon | 8/18/2013

    " A compassionate and logical book of essays about the death penalty, one which examines the issue from many, perhaps all, sides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 8/15/2013

    " Read it if you want to have an informed opinion about the death penalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 7/23/2013

    " Thoughtful, fair, profound. Read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Shields-Szostak | 4/13/2013

    " 1st edition, signed by author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 4/6/2013

    " Very thought provoking and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 2/26/2013

    " Interesting look on the problems of capital punishment in Illinois. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 2/9/2013

    " Really interesting stuff. I listened to the audio version. One point that Turow makes is that our founding fathers recognized slavery and capital punishment. While we no longer agree with slavery, has our opinion on capital punishment changed as well? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Doucette | 12/18/2012

    " Considerably better than I thought it would be. I didn't expect it to change my views on the subject but it did slightly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kecia | 10/24/2011

    " This book forced me to challenge all preconceptions I had about the death penalty and ask myself if I could pull the lever. I could not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 8/16/2011

    " Whatever reasons one might have for supporting the death penalty in the US, Turow ably explains why it has to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/30/2011

    " Concise discussion of the death penalty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothea | 5/6/2011

    " If you wanted someone to shed light on the complexities and debate on capital punishment, read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/19/2011

    " A book that helped me clarify and articulate my own vague beliefs about the death penalty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 4/6/2011

    " This book definitely opened my eyes to many issues surrounding the death penalty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/1/2011

    " Kind of interesting how it is decided who gets life in prison & who gets a death sentence. This was research done for a report & recommendation by over 20 lawyers & others for the state of Illinois when their death penalty was put on hold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari | 3/27/2011

    " its greatest weakness is that it is too short
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothea | 10/1/2010

    " If you wanted someone to shed light on the complexities and debate on capital punishment, read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 6/28/2010

    " Whatever reasons one might have for supporting the death penalty in the US, Turow ably explains why it has to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 10/25/2009

    " This book definitely opened my eyes to many issues surrounding the death penalty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annalisa | 9/10/2009

    " I read this book because I received a free copy when I worked at the same firm as Mr. Turow. It's not as dry as I thought it would have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 8/21/2009

    " Really interesting stuff. I listened to the audio version. One point that Turow makes is that our founding fathers recognized slavery and capital punishment. While we no longer agree with slavery, has our opinion on capital punishment changed as well? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marik | 8/8/2009

    " A compassionate and logical book of essays about the death penalty, one which examines the issue from many, perhaps all, sides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifford | 7/19/2009

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kecia | 12/5/2008

    " This book forced me to challenge all preconceptions I had about the death penalty and ask myself if I could pull the lever. I could not. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a practicing attorney and the author of many novels, as well as nonfiction works such as One L and Ultimate Punishment. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Playboy and the Atlantic. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Time magazine’s Best Work of Fiction. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, sold more than twenty-five million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. Turow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 with top honors, was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and served as president of the Authors Guild. He lives outside of Chicago.