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Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition)
A Story of Justice and Redemption
By (author): Bryan Stevenson
9780593133934 Paperback, Trade English General Trade LAW / Criminal Law / Sentencing Dec 03, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.8 in | 0.61 lb 368 pages Random House One World
Now a Warner Bros. film starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, this is an intimate and unforgettable narrative journey into the broken American criminal justice system.

When Bryan Stevenson graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988, he headed south to Alabama, a state on the verge of a crisis: the state was speeding up executions, but many of the condemned lacked anyone to represent them. On a shoestring budget he started the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. Among the first cases he took on was that of Walter McMillian, a black man from Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case would change Bryan’s life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever. Just Mercy is the story of the education of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It follows the suspenseful battle to free Walter before the state executed him, while also telling other dramatic and profoundly moving stories of men, women, and children, innocent and guilty, who found themselves at the mercy of a system often incapable of showing it. This is a exquisitely rendered account of a heroic advocate’s fights on behalf of the most powerless people in our society and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system.

Publication History: Spiegel & Grau HC (10/14)

MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, COMING IN EARLY 2020, WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST: The Warner Bros. film stars Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx.

NEW MATERIAL: This edition will include a new epilogue-style postscript, written by Stevenson, that delves into the “where are they now” questions about his clients.

NEW ISBN WITH MTI ART; EXISTING TRADE PAPERBACK REMAINS IN PRINT

COMPELLING, INTIMATE, INSPIRING NARRATIVE: Stevenson is a riveting narrator, every story he tells packs an emotional wallop, every heartbreak balanced by a moment of spine-tingling inspiration. This memoir translates brilliantly to the biographical dramatic film.

CONTINUES TO APPEAR ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST NEARLY FOUR YEARS AFTER FIRST BEING PUBLISHED IN PAPERBACK: Just Mercy has been on the Print Paperback list for 151 weeks, and counting.

AUTHOR PLATFORM: Stevenson’s remarkable twenty-minute TED Talk on the subject of injustice has over 5 million views on TED’s website and almost 1 million on YouTube. He is an immensely popular and engrossing speaker who has booked over 200 events since the book’s initial release and continues to tour venues around the country.

HBO DOCUMENTARY AND EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE: Stevenson is the director and founder of EJI, which just celebrated the first anniversary of their Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, on which HBO is scheduled to release a documentary in June 2019. Both EJI and the memorial have garnered significant publicity and drawn crowds from all over the world, contributing to Stevenson’s platform and visibility.

Bryan Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has won received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

Author Residence: Montgomery, Alabama/New York

Author Hometown: Maryland

Marketing: Goodreads giveaways for review consideration and members’ online bookshelf additions

Feature on Biographile

Mailings to lawmakers and office holders

Mailings to Christian organizations

Academic marketing

Feature in Random House e-newsletters and websites



Publicity: Tie-in author lecture schedule

New in paperback attention

Tie-in to film publicity

Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so. . . . [It] demonstrates, as powerfully as any book on criminal justice that I’ve ever read, the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States. But at the same time that [Bryan] Stevenson tells an utterly damning story of deep-seated and widespread injustice, he also recounts instances of human compassion, understanding, mercy, and justice that offer hope. . . . Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once 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

“A searing, moving and infuriating memoir . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both. . . . Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves; that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.”—Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

“Unfairness in the justice system is a major theme of our age. . . . This book brings new life to the story by placing it in two affecting contexts: [Bryan] Stevenson’s life work and the deep strain of racial injustice in American life. . . . You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. Against tremendous odds, Stevenson has worked to free scores of people from wrongful or excessive punishment, arguing five times before the Supreme Court. . . . The book extols not his nobility but that of the cause, and reads like a call to action for all that remains to be done. . . . The message of the book, hammered home by dramatic examples of one man’s refusal to sit quietly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful. . . . Stevenson has been angry about [the criminal justice system] for years, and we are all the better for it.”—Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review

“Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.”—John Grisham

“Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.”—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

“A distinguished NYU law professor and MacArthur grant recipient offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society. . . . Emotionally profound, necessary reading.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review, Kirkus Prize Finalist)

“A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.”Booklist (starred review)

“From the frontlines of social justice comes one of the most urgent voices of our era. Bryan Stevenson is a real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch who, through his work in redeeming innocent people condemned to death, has sought to redeem the country itself. This is a book of great power and courage. It is inspiring and suspenseful—a revelation.”—Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns

“Words such as important and compelling may have lost their force through overuse, but reading this book will restore their meaning, along with one’s hopes for humanity.”—Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains

“Bryan Stevenson is America’s young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all. Just Mercy should be read by people of conscience in every civilized country in the world to discover what happens when revenge and retribution replace justice and mercy. It is as gripping to read as any legal thriller, and what hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation.”—Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

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