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The Appeal by John Grisham
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Jan 14, 10

bookshelves: audio-books, thriller
Read in January, 2010

The Appeal begins as a story about an enormous liability verdict against a careless chemical corporation. However, its CEO is soon offered the opportunity to ensure the appeal goes in his favor by getting a friendly individual on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Unlike some of other Grisham's novels, The Appeal focus's on the politics of the Appellate Court system, rather than on the lawyers.

I enjoyed this book because it spoke to the tension between the ethical and the realistic in a democratic election. In a society where campaigns need to raise a great deal of money, candidates are always indebted to one special interest or another (especially if they needed to be reelected). Furthermore, candidates may mislead the public by running on issues that have little to do do with the office; such as when Fisk introduced the issue of gay marriage to the campaign. Unfortunately, unless the public take the time to educate themselves on the facts and form their own opinions , such tactics often work quite well. In a society of disinterested voters, special interests rule politics.

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