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Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy

By Bryan Stevenson

  • Release Date: 2014-10-21
  • Genre: Law
Score: 4
From 2,173 Ratings


#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


  • Excellent Reading

    By Fishing Preacher
    This is an exceptional book. The only unanswered question is “how can a district attorney and investigators conjure up a false case and not realize that they will have to account for their actions at God’s seat of justice?”
  • Made me cry

    By Duncan Castellano
    I just love books about justice like this
  • Loved it

    By Laura Forbair
    justice for all
  • Very educational and thought provoking

    By ascerichan
    Extremely well written sad stories that can be overwhelming to read, but they also bring up important questions to ponder
  • Eye Opening

    By wss0004
    This book is a must read. I am a privileged white man that is now educated and aware of the racially imbalanced incarceration numbers and the amount of unfair and corrupt imprisonments. I am so thankful for this book and the insight it gave me to transform my eyes and thoughts on these issues.
  • Well done

    Eye opening and inspirational book! Highly recommend.
  • Haunting motivating and inspiring.

    By crich1234
    Just mercy is one of the best books I think I’ve ever read
  • Amazing

    By jrbhairco
    Words can’t express. Everyone should read at least once.
  • Wow! What a Privilege to Read and Learn!

    By GLC2551
    The movie is amazing and the book even more so. It gives me new knowledge and perspective on the justice system and incarceration. Thanks.
  • Powerful and engaging story telling

    By Stanly P
    One of the most powerful books you can ever read. The story telling by Bryan Stevenson is truly flawless and will keep you engaged.