|About the Book|
Capital punishment remains a hot-button issue in America. When Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia on September 21, 2011, despite questions about evidence linking him to a murder, it drew wide and angry protests in the United States andMoreCapital punishment remains a hot-button issue in America. When Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia on September 21, 2011, despite questions about evidence linking him to a murder, it drew wide and angry protests in the United States and around the world. And no wonder: The U.S. is the only country in the West that continues to execute dozens of prisoners every year.Why has the death penalty endured in America? And will it now be turned aside, outlawed forever? Greg Mitchells timely new book, Dead Reckoning: Executions in America, explores these questions, as it deeply probes the death penalty and evolving methods of state killing, from noose to needle, right up to the death of Troy Davis.Dead Reckoning is only available as an e-book. It can be used on Kindles, all phones, Blackberrys, PCs and Macs.Mitchell, who writes a popular daily blog at The Nation magazine, is the author of twelve previous books, including the anti-death penalty classic Who Owns Death? (available in print edition only), written with Robert Jay Lifton. That book focused on how various people respond to the death penalty process: prosecutors, judges, jurors, jailers, victims’ families, reporters and the American public.The fast-paced new book, Dead Reckoning, offers a critical overview of capital punishment in America, along with a vivid discussion of current issues central in todays debate, based on many interviews. Along the way, Mitchell turns to a wide cast of notable abolitionists, from Charles Dickens and Mark Twain to Albert Camus and Christopher Hitchens -- and Steve Earle. Its must reading for anyone interested in this increasingly volatile and important issue.Many Americans still embrace the death penalty in theory, but look at it with an increasingly critical eye. This essential book helps explain why, and points to the eventual end of state killing.Mitchells classic Random House book The Campaign of the Century won the Goldsmith Book Prize and has just been published for the first time as an e-book.. His most recent e-book, on the Occupy Wall Street movement, is titled 40 Days That Shook the World.His other recent books and e-books are The Age of WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and The Greatest Movie Never Made. He also wrote Hiroshima in America with Robert Jay Lifton.-- PRAISE FOR Who Owns Death?:Los Angeles Times: In eloquent detail, Lifton and Mitchell indict the randomness and cruelty of executions and the heavy burden they place on the souls of those who participate in the process of putting someone to death.The Economist: Impassioned and informative.The New York Times Book Review: It is a remarkable testimony to the authors skills and the clarity of their writing that whether one is for or against capital punishment by the end of this book the reader will agree that inexorable social forces forces are carrying us to the eventual abolition of the death penalty.