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Waiting to Die: Life on Death Row
Written by an inmate condemned to Arizona's death row, this unique work describes in powerful detail the challenging realities for prisoners sentenced to die for their crimes. Through a disturbing narrative and rare glimpses into execution regulations, including prison forms and documents, this account reveals the core issues of one of the most controversial and enduring s...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Vision
(first published September 23rd 2004)
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It's hard for me to rate this book or write a review of it. I think it is a desperate attempt by the author to reach out to someone who might be able to make a difference in a system that seems largely indifferent if not downright cruel. Having said that, the author repeatedly emphasizes the fact that he committed his crime while using cocaine, as if the cocaine committed the crime and he was merely a vehicle. Also, while he's correct that people who commit heinous crimes don't receive the death ...more
The man shot someone, robbed someone else and murdered them in an attempt to sell a typewriter that he stole in order to support a coke habit. After waiting about two decades on death row, he wrote a book. All I can say is the marketing person, the person in charge of the blurb, writing the book would have made better copy. Rossi whines. He talks about how unfair the system is. This book does not provide deep insights into what life on death row is like. It's about how he said "sorry" so that sh ...more
This book looks at the opposite side of a crime, that of the ciminal. Although I agree with many of the author's ideas concerning the dealth penaltyand life without parole, I found this book to be a little self-serving and slow at times. If one can get through the slower parts it is a good book, if for no other reason than to see what it is like to be on Death Row.
As an ardent opponent of capital punishment, I, on many occasions, attempted to give the author the benefit of the doubt regarding experiences on death row. However, I found his accounting to be self-serving and an overly broad assessment of the topic only furthered my opinion. I still oppose the practice, but the author's advocacy did not enthrall me to his plight.
I wasn't able to get through the whole thing. It was really dry and not very interesting. I really wanted to like it, but I found the author whiny and while he claimed he took responsibility for his drug fueled crime, I didn't really find it to be so sincere.