I haven't finished the book yet, but the thrust is clear. The Koch brothers and their billionaire friends are implementing a plan to take over AmericaI haven't finished the book yet, but the thrust is clear. The Koch brothers and their billionaire friends are implementing a plan to take over American government at every level. Their objectives are purely personal greed: no taxes, no regulation (especially environmental), minimal government for all people and programs except defense and whatever benefits the very wealthy.
The problem is they're succeeding. They can't win the Presidency yet, but at every other level - Congress, Senate, state legislatures, local government and even school boards - they have already made major inroads. Voter suppression, gerrymandered districts and reduced budgets are all part of their agenda. They have created so-called "think tanks" and have infiltrated universities (George Mason is one) in order to fool Americans, especially under-educated Americans, into believing that the billionaires' objectives are good for America.
This is the most insidious, dangerous force alive in America today. They are not looking to take over the Republican Party, but rather to replace it. If we let the Kochs and their ilk continue on their path, it will be a disaster.
Mayer has accumulated an impressive and detailed case to prove her allegations. We should pay attention. So should Hillary. ...more
JUST MERCY is a ringing denunciation of the way prosecutors, police officers and judges conspire to get convictions without having the evidence.
How dJUST MERCY is a ringing denunciation of the way prosecutors, police officers and judges conspire to get convictions without having the evidence.
How do they do this? They cheat.
They make up evidence. They create and intimidate witnesses by threats and bribes. They hide exculpatory evidence they are required by law to give to the defense attorney.
These public officials are a disgrace to American law enforcement and they are almost never punished for their behavior, even when those they wrongly sent to prison are released 10, 20 or more years later, their lives ruined.
Bryan Stevenson writes as well as the top mystery novelists, except his stories are true. He is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. (http://www.eji.org/) which works to help correct the horrors of children sent to prison without possibility of parole, people on death row whose convictions are a travesty of justice, and minorities who do not get anything close to fair and equal treatment. The book presents examples of each of these kinds of cases. Stevenson's cases take place in the south, but the problems he describes are found everywhere in America. Meeting these people will make you cry. It could happen to you.
I have studied and written about these matters in my novel A Good Conviction. John Grisham's Rogue Lawyer covers much of the same territory. Our fiction is based on real cases, but Bryan Stevenson gives it to you straight, from real life, recent cases, still happening....more
As I Yankee fan from 1947 to today, of course I enjoyed the read. The structure of the book, stretching a detailed description the last game of the 20As I Yankee fan from 1947 to today, of course I enjoyed the read. The structure of the book, stretching a detailed description the last game of the 2001 World Series from the beginning to the end, was well-conceived and well-executed.
The Boss (George Steinbrenner) comes off as a heavy, which he was, but I never forgot how much he wanted to win and how willing he was to pend his money to achieve that....more