THE DEATH OF PUNISHMENT: Searching For Justice Among the Worst of the World’s Worst (Palgrave Macmillian, November 2013)
“A truly remarkable and deeply moral book — an eloquent, unsparing, often counterintuitive, and sometimes painful meditation on why, whom, and how a decent society should decide to punish, and what those questions can teach us about universal truths of morality and justice. A philosophically and legally sophisticated page-turner is a rare thing to behold, but Robert Blecker has produced just that. If you think you already know what you believe about the death penalty, think again and read this book. If you care deeply about questions of right and wrong, read it twice.” —Laurence H. Tribe, University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School, and author of The Invisible Constitution and American Constitutional Law
“Arresting fusion of memoir and jeremiad, arguing for a punitive approach toward the worst perpetrators of social violence, amid a general overhaul of attitudes toward criminality… While many will dismiss his viewpoint, Blecker presents a strong case with legalistic rigor on some of the darkest questions facing society.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Written in a breezy, conversational style, the [book] contains Blecker’s commentary about the administration of punishment and his conversations with prisoners about it. This is a valuable addition to the literature, written for a popular audience.”—Library Journal
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