Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law

Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law

By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.
Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature.
     The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He shows why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also shows how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.
     Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career--the successes as well as the failures--to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result).
     Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring--it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he writes about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system--and in our society.

Title:Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
Edition Language:English
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  • Petra Eggs

    The first third of the book didn't thrill me.> But the rest of the book was ace! (view spoiler)[There were chapters I loathed, like the hagiographic one a policeman who had really done his duty to the...

  • Trish

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) tries cases that originate in New York’s financial centers, but also covers high-profile cases that have national and in...

  • Tom Mathews

    Of all the books written recently by people who have been fired by President Donald Trump, the one written by former chief prosecutor for the SDNY Federal Court Preet Bharara is the only one that does...

  • Sarah

    I read this because I have enjoyed and admired Preet Bharara's public presence as an anti-Trump voice. He's thoughtful and intelligent and the kind of man who is everything Trump isn't. This book wasn...

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  • ?Marie Gentilcore

    This was a very informative look at the federal prosecutor’s office as experienced by Preet Bharara. What I enjoyed most about this book was the cases Mr. Bharara used to illustrate his message. He ...

  • David Quinn

    The clunky title sounds like something out of a Family Guy! episode and the cover art is bland and unimaginative but getting past these shortfalls is easy with Bharara's talent for storytelling. His i...

  • Kathi

    I love Preet Bharara. I never miss his podcast each week, "Stay Tuned," and I think he is one of the most credible and measured voices in the American landscape today. I was prepared throughout most o...

  • Karen

    Interesting observations and anecdotes about law and justice, largely based on Bharara's legal career. My favorite chapter was about the value of asking questions.... even "dumb" questions are useful....

  • Landon

    I listen to Preet Bharara's podcast every week. We have a lot of differences politically, and I don't agree with him on everything, but he is intelligent, respectful, and articulate. He's principled, ...