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The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
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Oct 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, classic, crime, non-fiction, pulitzer-or-nobel-prize, owned, review, 50-states-51-novels
Read from March 19 to June 26, 2012 — I own a copy

This is Norman Mailer's epic account of the story of a petty thief, sociopath and cold blooded killer, Gary Gilmore. The book takes you through his young background, his years of incarceration and the details the murders, his capture, trial and sentencing. The book then spends it's efforts highlighting the media and political circus in Utah when Gilmore refuses assistance on legal appeals and demands to be executed. The acknowledgement of his crime and his acknowledgement of the justice of his execution makes the politicians, the media, the Church, the liberal assistance groups and the State of Utah all look like helpless fools. After all, he only is confessing his guilt and asking for a quick and honerable death. The book delves in to many of Gilmore's personal relationships and highlights his intelligence and his manipulative skills of people associated with him. It is a classic non-fiction novel dealing with the issues of the Death Penalty.

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03/31/2012 page 80
8.0% "Hell of a book so far.........I may still be reading it at Thanksgivig."
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