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A Saint on Death Row

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  316 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
s/t: How a Forgotten Child Became a Man and Changed a World
On October 26, 2004, Dominique Green, thirty, was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Arrested at the age of eighteen in the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery outside a Houston convenience store, Green may have taken part in the robbery but always insisted that he did not pull the trigger. The
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Published March 9th 2010 by Anchor Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Larry Bassett
Dominique Green was on Death Row in Texas until his execution in 2004. (This book was published in 2009.) During his time there he taught himself and learned the skills of life that no one had ever taught him. He had to decide the purpose of his life when his execution seemed to be a certainty. The evident turn around in his life has been obvious to people who had contact with him. If rehabilitation is the goal, he was a success story by most accounts. Green said:
I didn’t know, after being cond
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a curiously tepid account of a compelling story. From my own experience representing a death row inmate in "post conviction" proceedings, I need no convincing of the futility, and ultimately, the barbarity and inhumanity of the death penalty. I need no convincing of the racism inherent in the death penalty as applied. I need no convincing of the inherent unfairness of "the system" in many parts of Texas -- from the appointment of inexperienced or incompetent counsel to defend capital cas ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was short and could have been much longer. It gives a relatively high level explanation of the case surrounding Dominique but doesn't get much into the trial and says very little about appeals aside from the fact they were rejected. This is mostly a political book. While I agree with a lot of what is said and agree that Dominique should not have been executed, this book left me feeling terrible for Dominique and uncomfortable with the author seemingly using him for gain. Overall it was ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw Cahill give a speech on this book and one of the most important things I took from it was how he was still affected by Green's death - he broke down visibly at times during his speech - and his thoughts regarding how irrelevant it is if Green was actually guilty or not. As Cahill said in the book, he believes Green wasn't the shooter but is not certain whether he was there or not, involved or not, and if so how much. These facts for Cahill are not important as he felt Green was not the sam ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow: what happened to Dominique Green was both a tragedy and a true miscarriage of justice. (And yet, sadly, his case is representative rather than unique.) Thomas Cahill's book detailing his sad life and eventual death is both compelling and heartbreaking, so gripping in fact that I stayed up all night and read it in a single sitting.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge fan of Mr. Cahill's prose or, at times, the way he chooses to frame and/or recount some situations, but his storytelling is top
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, audio
One thing I learned is don't mess with Texas. This was a compelling story. Having just read The Green Mile, although fiction; it makes me wonder how many innocent men and women die on death row. My heart really goes out for this young man who was dealt a really bad hand in life. Growing up on the streets of Houston he chose dealing drugs as an alternative to other criminal activities. He had a horrible childhood with a crazy mother who abused him (even shot at him on several occasions) and an in ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, crime
Although I don't like the death penalty (though I will admit that there are some people I have no problem ending their life for egregious, well-documented offenses), and am fully aware of the unfair bias in the American judicial system that is weighed heavily against the poor, especially minority, accused; and that it should be as hard as possible for the state to take a life, providing sufficient time for the convicted to appeal and introduce newly discovered evidence; and that humans being hum ...more
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sonia by: NPR
This is the story of a young man I promise you will never forget after reading his story.

A subject we don't like to think about but must as it is a stain on our nation that is so generous and yet we allow this barbarianism called the death penalty, a severe form of human cruelty.

The first question we should ask is not was he guilty, but did he receive a fair trial? There are no millionaires on death row. Had Dominique Green not been poor and black he would not be on death row.

A slim but power
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fascinating account of the short life of Dominique Green, the lives he touched, his grace, his intelligence and his maturity, and how his life was doomed before it was started. If you didn't like Governor Rick Perry prior to reading this book, you will like him less. Let's hope he never runs for president of the US. If you didn't like George W. Bush prior to reading this book, you will like him less also. Each person, as governor of Texas, wanted to have the most executions to his credit ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very poor, lightweight book which focused more on religion than anything else.

I was hoping to read a book which was a detailed analysis of Dominique Green, and the circumstances surrounding his death sentence. Honestly the crime itself feels brushed over in a rather amateurish way, and the case is given even briefer consideration.

Green's background and family are again given far less attention than would have been desired, with barely any quotes or details from anyone who knew Green in his ear
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Born in New York City to Irish-American parents and raised in Queens and the Bronx, Cahill was educated by Jesuits and studied ancient Greek and Latin. He continued his study of Greek and Latin literature, as well as medieval philosophy, scripture and theology, at Fordham University, where he completed a B.A. in classical literature and philosophy in 1964, and a pontifical degree in philosophy in ...more
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“There are no mental health services offered to Death Row inmates. For whatever healing is done they themselves must be the healers.” 0 likes
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