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Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law

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Preet Bharara

10 Hours 32 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

March 2019

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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature.
     The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He shows why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also shows how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.
     Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career--the successes as well as the failures--to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result).
     Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring--it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he writes about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system--and in our society.

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  • Denny D.

    This provides a great look at the justice system from its human aspects to its flaws.He provides actual situations he was involved in to provide further details of the system. I am from NY and was interested to hear about the full story of the cannibal cop. I was familiar of several of his stories from the news, but some much more interesting to hear from him. Well written. I enjoyed his dry sense of humor. His narration was excellent. One of the best books I have read in a very long time. Tie this to Andrew McCabe's book and it should instill confidence that we are being protected, given they are left not hindered in the performance of their work.

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  • Michael H.

    He is one of those deep state hacks.

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  • Johan W.

    Awesome words about a prosecutor and a humble person's heart and mind.

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  • Brendon B.

    Preet is a great narrator who tells a captivating story that teaches valuable lessons. The listener's faith in our legal system will only be strengthened after completion of this book.

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