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Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition): A Story of Justice and Redemption

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Bryan Stevenson

11 Hours 12 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2014

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

“[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country.”—John Legend

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction • Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction • Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize • An American Library Association Notable Book

“Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”—David Cole, The New York Review of Books

“Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela.”—Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

“You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.”—Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review

“Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.”—The Washington Post

“As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.”—The Financial Times

“Brilliant.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

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  • Anonymous

    Very eye opening and powerful book. Forever changes the way I view the Justice system and how it's not designed to be just and fair but unjust and unfavorable to those most vulnerable. Hats off to Bryan Stevenson for his life long commitment to Justice.

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  • Kathy K

    I will never forget Bryan Stevenson and the good this man has done during his lifetime. It’s incredibly humbling to read this book and consider the topics he and his team champion and battle everyday. This is a story that will stay with you long after you finish digesting the last chapter. I’m so grateful to have met Bryan through this book...he is a hero to many, myself included.

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  • Kathleen S.

    A beautiful book that gives me hope for this country that is so troubled. The hope- there are people like Bryan Stevenson working for justice with compassion and love for the most vulnerable members of our communities. What an inspiration!

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  • Jeffrey B.

    Amazing, disturbing, touching.

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  • Randa S.

    Amazing compilation of life and career experiences. The author does a great job at narrating a story that is obviously very meaningful to him. This is a very important read/listen given our current climate. It’s very easy as you read or listen to assume that these situations are from a far past time. I encourage everyone that picks up this book to always refer back to the time markers that the author references. This is not long lost history but a very eye opening account of our current criminal justice system.

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  • Marty M.

    A must listen in this day and age. Heartbreaking and inspiring.

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  • Madison P.

    Loved this book and the author was an AMAZING narrator

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  • Susan Rollenhagen

    This wasn't what I expected, thought it would be written like a novel, instead was more of a narrative of stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Not expecting a narrative history lesson but a story a novel. Topic is important and compelling.

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  • Catherine S.

    A remarkable story - actually stories. So grateful for Mr. Stevenson's dedication and tireless work to help so many people whose voices would have never been heard. I can't stop thinking about the people in these stories and wondering where they are now. I was very moved - and want to do something more than just listen to these stories. Thank you Mr. Stevenson!

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