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Doing Justice

A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
Written by: Preet Bharara
Narrated by: Preet Bharara
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences, and his own inviting teaching style, Preet Bharara describes the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature. 

The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He describes why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also tells us how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives. 

Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career - the successes as well as the failures - to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result). 

Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring - it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he talks about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system - and in our society. 

©2019 Preet Bharara (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"The former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York skillfully explains how he approached his job, offering a mixture of guiding principles and compelling anecdotes. Unlike many lawyers who write books, Bharara refreshingly avoids jargon, striking a conversational tone and regularly employing analogies and metaphors that make his points easily understandable. An engaging tour from beginning to end." (Kirkus Starred Review)

"Like the best lawyers (and writers), Preet Bharara tells a good war story. But Doing Justice is a great deal more - a vivid memoir of a critical job, a primer on the toughest questions of prosecutorial ethics, and a reminder of the drama inherent in life in the courtroom arena." (Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst)   

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  • Hairleftmorningwet
  • 2019-03-22

Superb book.

This a an amazing book composed by a highly intelligent and thought provoking man. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It helps gain insight and understanding to the rule of law and all the intricacies in our pursuit of justice for all of humanity. The stories and information is presented in a straightforward manner accessible to anyone. As a society we would all benefit from reading this book.

If you find this book interesting I highly suggest the authors podcast “Stay Tuned with Preet”.