Ultimate Punishment

Version: Unabridged
Author: Scott Turow
Narrator: Scott Turow
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Public Policy
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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America's leading writer about the law takes a close, incisive look at one of society's most vexing legal issues

Scott Turow is known to millions as the author of peerless novels about the troubling regions of experience where law and reality intersect. In "real life," as a respected criminal lawyer, he has been involved with the death penalty for more than a decade, including successfully representing two different men convicted in death-penalty prosecutions. In this vivid account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office. Along the way, he provides a brief history of America's ambivalent relationship with the ultimate punishment, analyzes the potent reasons for and against it, including the role of the victims' survivors, and tells the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois' state-of-the art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber.

This gripping, clear-sighted, necessary examination of the principles, the personalities, and the politics of a fundamental dilemma of our democracy has all the drama and intellectual substance of Turow's celebrated fiction.

Reviews (4)

Ultimate Punishment

Written by Anonymous on May 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I rented this audiobook for my husband thinking it was a fiction novel - what a wonderful surprise to find this factual account of Mr. Turow's experiences on a Commission to review the death penalty in Illinois. Written with great candor, and very thought provoking. Mr. Turow does not presume to have all the answers, but certainly has added a great deal of valuable insight for me on this controversial issue.

Ultimate Punishment

Written by Jason Diamond from Hollywood, FL on January 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am a criminal defense lawyer who was ambivilent about the death penalty. After reading this book, I have made a decision. If the death penalty was 100% sure the defendant committed the crime, certain crimes deserve death. However, we can not get such odds, or even close. Thus, so long as persons not guilty of the crimes alleged are put to death. So too should the death penalty be put to death.

Interesting discussion on captial punishment

Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on July 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

An enjoyable discussion by the author of this study of capital cases and his thoughts and opinions about the subject. Really nothing more than his own personal beliefs, but he did provide some interesting perspective, nonetheless.

Ultimate Punishment

Written by Shirley Andrews from Augusta, GA on March 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I could not listen to this book. The man's voice was so droning I had to turn it off.

Author Details

Author Details

Turow, Scott

"You know him best as the author of Presumed Innocent. Critics are raving about Reversible Errors, the latest novel from legal thriller master Scott Turow. Bookreporter.com's Ann Bruns calls Reversible Errors ""a compelling story spun from an astute reflection of those fallible humans that underly the fragile structure of the judicial process.""

With sales of nearly 25 million, the author of Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, The Laws of our Fathers, and Personal Injuries is one of the country's bestselling authors.

In November AuthorsOnTheWeb honors Scott Turow as our Author of the Month. Readers can learn more about Turow's life and his work through trivia, ""fast facts,"" a bibliography, and biographical information."