Just Mercy

Just Mercy 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 Mercyis 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



Book Reviews

JL4reader

JUST MERCY5 star

I was really inspired by this book; I support the attorneys who are engaged in finding justice for those who are unjustly incarcerated.55

dawnisbreaking

Just mercy5 star

Engaging and well written, this is informative and will stay in your heart.55

a kindergardener

Awesome5 star

I think that being black or white isn’t our decision. But, a lot of black and white people, mostly white, are TOO proud, and be racist to others that aren’t that color! I’m Hispanic so I’m in between so I know how it feels! I think this is very well written, and very beautiful, this author has a big point. 👏55

AhmerPalmer

Ok4 star

Not a bad book. I didn’t like the writing style that much but that is the only flaw I found with it.45

Kwasi_pee

Incredible5 star

Worth every penny55

CBibliophile

An absolute “must read”.5 star

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.55

nickname163747271

Disingenuous1 star

Popular title, worthless content.15

Duck lover 27

Why Hollywood1 star

Stop trying to make the next forest gump gosh15

Rashea Johnson

Awesome Book.5 star

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 Johnson55

-Frank-

Not worth the read1 star

Horrible.15



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