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Texas Death Row

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A chilling catalog of the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for their crimes The death penalty is one of the most hotly contested and longest-standing issues in American politics, and no place is more symbolic of that debate than Texas. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1977, Texas has put more than 390 prisoners to death, far more than any other ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Plume Books (first published January 28th 2006)
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Mar 29, 2008 Kent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Criminal Justice majors or those who study Inmates or the Penal System
Very interesting read covering the crimes committed, last words, meals and I find it very interesting how many of these career criminals actually find, or profess to have found, God in their last days. I'm very certain that when it would come time for me to make the long walk, I'd be finding peace in God as well.
Apr 09, 2008 LBJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am fascinated by this book. The way it is presented, with unembellished stats, makes it creepier and cooler. There isn't any commentary or judgement. Just what they did, when they were executed, and what they ate.
Feb 17, 2009 Kirsty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book really interesting and even my boyfriend who isnt a major book reader enjoyed it, however my boyfriend said that reading the list of last meals made him hungry
Apr 03, 2012 Lizzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
catalogue of last words and last meals. best bathroom reader of all time.
May 07, 2013 Myund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this a while ago, being fascinated with Law and the American Justice System as well as having a morbid curiosity, I picked this up in Smiths.

It was extremely interesting, thought I was no doubt disgusted at many of the stories. I was surprised at some of the stories and some really blew me away in absolute horror at what human beings are capable of.

I wouldn't read it whilst walking alone in the dark, bad bad move, I was bad enough in broad day light in my back yard. Word of warning fo
Jul 23, 2011 Kiran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was pretty disturbing even just having it sat on my coffee table unnerved me! I tried dipping into it, had to stop and then would try again - mainly out of sheer morbid fascination, which is the real reason most people would read this I'm sure. The book was lent to me by someone, and needless to say I very quickly gave it back!
WOW what a weird book. It's weird what it's about, it's weird that someone wrote a book on the subject and it's weird that I read it.

I found the lists of last requests to be very very sad. They scream about lives of no eduction, deprivation, discrimination, protest and courage.

That the jails would restrict what can be asked for but not the quantities seems petty and mean.
Erin Brice
I found this quite fascinating, but at times frustratingly short on details. It was quite tedious & lengthy at times, so perhaps more detail wasn't really practical....but it would've been handy to know who an inmate was referring to in their last statements and such.
Sep 18, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book is a great time waster with a ton of information. The 1page summaries give you all the needed information. I found some of the last meals very interesting
Lisa Bennett
Aug 02, 2011 Lisa Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Fascinating book. It's shocking some of these crimes, and I can't help but think that many of these people are actually innocent. Good read though, and really easy to read too.
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