Just MercyBryan Stevenson

Just Mercy

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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Book Summary

#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

Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) Book Reviews

Just mercyEngaging and well written, this is informative and will stay in your heart..Score: 5/5

Outstanding and so emotionalWhile you read you can’t help but put yourself in the story. You’ll cry but also smile. It’s so real and amazing!.Score: 5/5

IncredibleHe is an incredible man who reminds us all that we need change.Score: 5/5

FantasticI read this book so quickly because I was captivated by it. It's an amazing read.Score: 5/5

Awesome Book.I love the book from beginning to end. I’ve also made both my children read it. My 18 year old soon and my 13 year old daughter. Once they’ve read it, it gave them a clear understanding of how our legal system is ran SMDH. We Can’t wait to see the movie. Rashaa Johnson.Score: 5/5

Just MercyThis book was so inspiring but heartbreaking. The brutal truth of the injustice in our justice system made me completely change my mind on the death penalty. Mostly though it taught me the real meaning of mercy. The importance of compassion and the reality that I too am broken, but I'm not ashamed of it anymore now. We are all somewhat broken, and those of us who can admit it can perhaps be there to be a stone catcher, and someone to lean on. Thank you for writing the best and most important book I have ever read. Thank you for your sacrifice, grace, compassion and mercy for the hundreds you have helped and the many more that you have given hope. You will be shocked to know that I am a conservative who has always believed in the death penalty. I am the Mother of a son who was in ICU for eight days after being brutally attacked, and no one was ever held accountable. And yet this book changed everything for me and my belief system. That's quite an accomplishment. Thank you for giving me the gift of peace and mercy. I wish I could meet you one day just to give you someone to lean on for a few moments and give me a chance to say thank you..Score: 5/5

Absolutely amazingThis book was amazing from start to finish. It really brings out how the world views “convicted felons” when they are really innocent. Love the work he is doing and can’t wait to see the movie..Score: 5/5

IncredibleWorth every penny.Score: 5/5

Thank you.Keep beating the drum for justice. You are bringing light and hope to seemingly hopeless situations..Score: 5/5

Just MercyAmazing! It should be required reading in all high schools. For us old folks too..Score: 5/5

Just Fascinating!Very interesting book regarding the abuse and misuse of the American justice system! I am thrill that children and the poor has an office of guardian angels looking out for them! Very good book!.Score: 5/5

Just MercyI loved this book. It was an easy read and told the true story of injustice for so many people especially in the south..Score: 5/5

Not worth the readHorrible..Score: 1/5

A Life Changing Must ReadJust Mercy left me speechless. Bryan Stevenson's journey in and of itself is inspiring. The impact of his passion combined with his brilliance, combine to drive for major change. But what's even more inspiring is the relentless and forgiving spirit of those he represents who have been falsely accused and still found it in their souls to keep going under the most trying and heart wrenching circumstances. "The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice." Powerful..Score: 5/5

What a Page turner.I can't recall the last time I read a book so quick. I was captivated by Bryan's story. I was also amazed how easy and heart felt the book was, I must of cried 5 times or so reading through the book..Score: 5/5

Required ReadingEvery American must read this..Score: 5/5

Astonishing, Inspiring, ImportantThis book will shock you, disturb you, move you, engage you, and then, miraculously, succeed in leaving you inspired and hopeful that our humanity will prevail. They weren't kidding when they said Bryan Stevenson is a "Mandela", "doing God's work". This is certainly one of the best books I've read..Score: 5/5

DisingenuousPopular title, worthless content..Score: 1/5

Powerful pieceThis book is very moving. For many who may be curious as to how some end up on the path to incarceration or even death row this book as answers to many of your questions. This book is both heartfelt and eye watering. Bryan Stevenson perfectly narrates the stories of many people who have fallen victim to an unjust justice system. While taking a look into the side of injustice involving discrimination of race and gender. The author also includes parts of his own personal injustice involving the racist Alabama police department. Adding the connection that even he himself is also a victim to the justice system. I give this book five stars because it truly is a five star story. Steven adds so much passion into his writing it’d be impossible for him not to motivate the reader to become a lawyer for all death row inmates too. He exposes many flaws in the criminal justice system from the past and the present issues it faces today. I’ll also add that I give this book five star because it is educates many readers who are not every enlightened to the many different forms of discrimination. Racism, income, and economic ranking are just a few of the different types of discrimination discussed in this book. He expresses that just about anyone can be failed by the criminal justice system. I’d like to give praise to the author for taking the time to shine light on so many topics that many of us choose to ignore. For opening the eyes of many readers to a reality of criminal injustice that could just as easily be ours. Also to changing the minds of many who may have believed that the death penalty was ok and now do not. There’s always three sides of every story the first side, the second side and the truth, Bryan Stevenson does a very good job at telling all three sides to every story. Narrating as though the reader is there living the story themselves. This is such a great read, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these you’ll never want to put it down..Score: 5/5

Just Mercy’s call for bothThis book was so gut wrenching and very well written. I enjoyed both the book and audio book as Bryan Stevenson is the reader. “I am here!”.Score: 5/5

Incredible, horrible, inspiringWell written, profoundly moving, and an inspiring call to action. I finished reading and immediately donated to Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative..Score: 5/5

Why HollywoodStop trying to make the next forest gump gosh.Score: 1/5

FantasticO my. This such an important read. It should be required by all primary school students as well of their parents. Mr. Stevenson is a true gift to us all. God bless him and his team.Score: 5/5

Wow! What a Privilege to Read and Learn!The movie is amazing and the book even more so. It gives me new knowledge and perspective on the justice system and incarceration. Thanks..Score: 5/5

Heartbreaking and hopefulSad, heartbreaking, and hopeful. This book opens the door to the unjust and shameful behaviors that have gone on too long. I live in Alabama and had no idea these practices exist. Just today the news reported the submission of a bill to reinstate the electric chair. How anyone thinks that is just punishment for any human being baffles and saddens me. I so admire Mr. Stevenson and his commitment for justice and change. I will not forget the words I have read here..Score: 5/5

Powerful and engaging story tellingOne of the most powerful books you can ever read. The story telling by Bryan Stevenson is truly flawless and will keep you engaged..Score: 5/5

Good readsGreat read, give it at shot..Score: 4/5

Read NOWGreat book. So glad I read this. Can’t wait to see the movie 👍🏾.Score: 5/5

Everyone should read thisRelevant, important and eye-opening..Score: 5/5

Great book!!This book make me laughed and cried. It was captivating and emotional.Score: 5/5

Amazing, yet heartbreaking!As an Alabamian born and raised and what is considered to be a minority as well as not being “well off” financially, this story hits hard. I’m so thankful that Mr. Stevenson and his staff work as tirelessly as they do for anyone, regardless of race, income, or background. While I’ve never been on the “wrong side of the law”, Walter McMillan’s tragedy could befall any of us at any time. The way that was treated is an absolute nightmare!.Score: 5/5

Life ChangingThis was by far one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Just as it serves to document the freedom of the innocent, it convicts each of us and the role we play in permitting grave injustice within any legal system..Score: 5/5

OkNot a bad book. I didn’t like the writing style that much but that is the only flaw I found with it..Score: 4/5

CaptivatingJust Mercy is one of the best books I've ever read. I was captivated by the stories of blatant injustice taking place in our judicial system. Some of these stories were so sad, I cried while I was reading them. Stevenson's narrative evoked many emotions within me-mainly the urge to help others that are wrongfully convicted with no one on their side. This book is a must read..Score: 5/5

DifficultThis book was extremely difficult to read because what is written is true. I had to put this book down several times and walk away. The world we live in must be changed for the good and justice should not be something we have to pray for, it should be given freely to all men no matter the race or creed..Score: 5/5

Fighting to LiveIn every sector of American Life we are becoming more and more disconnected from our neighbors. That disconnect finds its way into bad policies that only further widens the gulf. This book illustrates how that disconnect leads to a disastrous human toll and the cruelest injustices in the legal system. This book, The 13th, The New Jim Crow, and many others often leave me gutted of hope at one end, and tearfully joyful for the few stories where things do work out. Everyone needs to hear these stories and truths of where we fail each other. Everyone needs to ask themselves why do we destroy each other so ruthlessly? Everyone needs to ask themselves, am I really safer when a miscarriage of justice is allowed to go unchecked? The sad thing is that Mr. Stevenson’s memoir highlights one key blinding point in modern society. It costs us more to uphold systems of racial and socio-economic divide, then it would if we provided the resources and funding to education, mental health, and social safety nets. If we did those things, then we would be truly safer..Score: 5/5

Just MercyThis is one of the best books I've read! I was so touched by the compassion shared. I'm so in awe of the work that EJI does. Laughed and cried and couldn't put it down..Score: 5/5

A Riveting Story and a Real Page TurnerThis book is a great read. Even though it’s considered a law book it’s written in a personal manner like you’re sitting in the living room hearing the story first hand. It’s an easy read especially for someone who is not acquainted with anything law-related. It is beautifullly written, you learn a lot about how the faults of the criminal justice system affects the accused, the community, and the lawyers themselves representing the case. It’s a story that’s fueled by hope and persistence but most importantly mercy. It’s the kind of book you can’t put down. I managed to read it all within 3 days and I’m very glad I did. Now I understand why Stevenson has been called the Atticus Finch of our time..Score: 5/5

Just mercyA book which should cause each reader to ask, How can we, the USA, reproach other nations and countries of human rights violations, when we as a nation are so guilty of the same crimes? The pot is calling the kettle black..Score: 5/5

Excellent ReadThis novel is thought provoking, profound and a tremendous wake up call to the harsh realities of the American criminal justice system..Score: 5/5

The TruthWritten in 2014, Just Mercy provides a timeless narrative that educates the common public, breaks down walls of bias, and promotes unity among its readers. As a result of recent current events regarding race and equality, there seems to be a growing division among Americans. Polarizing beliefs seem to taint the grandeur of America, causing us to spend more time groveling in our differences rather than discovering ways to overcome clear obstacles. As a Harvard alumni, and practicing lawyer, Brian Stevenson shows clear examples of inequality, racism, and corruption as he details the stories of men, women, and children sentenced to life in prison or worse, death row. Through the stories told, and the genius use of an educational tone, Stevenson captivates readers from all walks of life—black and white, conservative and liberal. As a result, he exposes the uninformed, biased way of thinking so prevalent in society, and enables his readers to see these complex issues through a new light. While it is normal, and in fact important, to develop thoughts and opinions surrounding these topics, Stevenson shows it is also important to consider the other side of the coin. In the end, Just Mercy invites us to reevaluate our stance on race and equality. He invites us to be more understanding, more willing to seek out facts and knowledge that will inform our opinions, and ultimately invites us to be more unified with our fellow man..Score: 5/5

WastePropaganda..Score: 1/5

Very interestingI really enjoyed the read - a fascinating insight into the criminal justice system and those it's not serving well. I had known a lot of the statistics and an overview about juvenile lifers, but seeing it all in one place interwoven with a personal narrative was an entirely new experience..Score: 5/5

Captivating...and sadI just made it through chapter 5 with tears streaming down my cheeks. I can tell you right now, this book will make you mad, sad, and all the emotions in between. It is written with such great detail, you start to feel like you went to law school! (I have not yet finished undergrad...so don’t feel like you need a formal education to understand.) I IMPLORE people of all races, nationality’s, backgrounds and beliefs to please read this book. It will bury its stories deep down in your soul, and leave you harvesting the fruit of its truth for years to come..Score: 5/5

Just MercyPowerful, moving..Score: 5/5

We are all HumanIn Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy", we are reminded that we are all human. That any emotions we might have toward an individual or about a situation, there is another side of that story. He reminds us that every person is worthy of God's grace and mercy, especially those who are the most vulnerable in society. While some see Mr. Stevenson as an apologist for vicious criminals, it is clear that he is devoted to giving everyone their constitutional right to an attorney and a shoulder to lean on in their darkest hours. Many people cannot fathom working so many hours to help someone, only to have them be strapped down and killed in front of you. Mr. Stevenson is an angel from God for these condemned people. This book is a taste of that journey that so few of us would consider ever venturing on. Excellent book.Score: 5/5

JUST MERCYI was really inspired by this book; I support the attorneys who are engaged in finding justice for those who are unjustly incarcerated..Score: 5/5

Really great readI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was engaging, informative, and thought-provoking..Score: 5/5

An absolute “must read”.This story is a deep dive into the struggle of racial inequality. It brings a very human story and very real insight to the discussion of pervasive systemic racism in America. It keeps you fully engaged, at the age of your seat and leaves you somehow both enraged and hopeful. To anyone who has the gall and ignorance to proclaim “racism is dead” - I wish they would read this book..Score: 5/5

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So amazing! A must read!This book was hard to get through. I learned about some hard truths that have corrupted our justice system. I cried.. and I cheered! Thank you Stevenson for all that you have done and continue to do!.Score: 5/5

Powerful TruthI couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. It brings to light the extent of racial injustice in the United States, particularly in the South that humanizes those treated so unfairly in a country that professes equality, yet does not treat everyone as equals..Score: 5/5

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