Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (August 18, 2015)
Reading Sara Rating: 9/10
Amazon Book Description: 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.
Reading Sara Review: Just Mercy is the type of book that is heartbreaking to read – but everyone needs to read it. As a humanitarian, a responsible adult – frankly, as a human, we must understand the disparity in our criminal justice system. Bryan Stevenson tells this story so well. I warn you: it’s a hard book to read. It is unfair. But it is also inspirational because there are people like Bryan Stevenson fighting for fundamental human rights and justice.
The stories that Bryan tells about his clients, their families and their stories are moving to the core. It is also moving to read about Bryan’s story – his coming of age and creating a career and organization – we watch him grow as the book continues. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a serious read, and something that will inspire you to make this world a better place – for everyone.