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Dead Man Walking
Dead Man Walking
Author: Sister Helen Prejean
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana's Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier's death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same ti...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780679751311
ISBN-10: 0679751319
Publication Date: 5/31/1994
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 84 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Prejean, a Catholic nun, has written a moral indictment of capital punishment. This book is the result of her visits to two death-row inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary where she serves as a spiritual advisor. Although she documents the inequalities of the judicial system that has condemned these men, her main point is that if society is to inflict this extreme punishment, it should, itself, be perfect. Needless to say, it is not. Opponents of the death penalty will find reinforcement for their cause here. The general reader, however, will probably find the book too narrow in focus, too self-righteous. Prejean writes well, but her material will not attract the wide audience she wants.
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Profoundly moving and insightful. Sister Prejean writes directly and honestly about the economic and societal costs of capital punishment, drawing from her own experiences as a spiritual advisor to a convicted killer on death row.
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A very quick read, despite the size of the book. I saw Twilight the movie, didn't read the book. Now I've read this book, haven't seen the movie. I'm going to have to get the next book... :)
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Very thoughful book on the death penalty in the US. It has enough supporting data (although that data is now a bit dated) to offer a really compelling argumement against capital punsishment. It is academic, but manages to also tell an interesting story.
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A remarkable book that I read a long time ago--but I should read it again!