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Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace Hardcover – 1 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476756821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476756820
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A true Texas story of how our system of justice can itself be criminal. Michael Morton's powerful tale will take you with him into mourning, into prison, and finally, thankfully, back out into the light."--Dan Rather --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Morton was born in Texas, grew up in California, and moved back to Texas in high school. While living in Austin, Michael was convicted of murdering his wife-a crime he did not commit. He spent almost twenty-five years in prison before being exonerated through the efforts of the Innocence Project, pro bono lawyer John Raley, and advances in DNA technology. Michael is now remarried and lives on a lake in rural East Texas, relishing and appreciating what others may take for granted. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Getting Life is by far the most inspirational book that I have ever read. A true tale of survival it will be have you gripped from the opening pages.

A remarkable account of Michael's life behind bars for a murder that he did not commit, from the horrific discovery of his wife's body, to the agony of his broken relationship with his son, Michael's tale is tragic.

Yet never once does he feel sorry for himself.

From his arrival in penitentiary through to his meetings with the Innocence Project, Michael never once stopped fighting to prove his innocence. Michael is a truly remarkable and admirable human being who should be proud of what he has achieved with this memoir.

There were times whilst reading, that I had to remind myself that it was a memoir, a work of truth, and not a novel, as some of the things that happen are so disturbing.

It seems incomprehensible that Michael was made to suffer in the (many) ways that he was at the hands of his fellow human beings. He was badly let down by so many, yet never once set out for revenge - although of course it crossed his mind, he is only human after all.

The work of the innocence project, together with Michael's lawyers, prove that amongst the cover ups and conspiracy there were some good people looking out for Michael, who, together with his parents and closest family members helped secure his release.

Michael today is undoubtedly a very different man from the one who was charged with his wife's murder more than 25 years ago, but he should feel very proud of how much he has achieved and just how far he has come.
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By kat on 21 Mar. 2015
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This book takes you on an emotional journey so realistically that you feel the scratching of his prison clothes on your skin, experience the anger, the strength of character, the at times, utter despair and bitterness, to the simple joys of feeling the softness of normal clothing on release from jail. And the heart warming goodbyes from his prison mates. Not least is the devastAting heart break of the loss of bonds with his only son. And the murder of his wife. Not much moves me to tears. This book and the authors ability to convey such complex human emotions so exquisitely takes you on the journey with him. I will never rush to casual judgements again after reading this story. Mud sticks, I wasn't even fully convinced of his innocence until well into the story, simply because I could not believe that prosecutors could deliberately withhold information for the sole purpose of 'winning'. So happy he got his day in court,the truth revealed and Michael now free and happy. God bless him and Eric.
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I would have given a higher star rating but I found the American slang terminology at times difficult to comprehend. I was relieved to find that the author's references to his religion and 'god' were brief and limited. Heart-breaking in parts, especially when Michael Morton writes of his son, his fears for his future and well-being as well as what he had witnessed and possibly physically experienced. Bit nit-picky maybe but I struggled to empathise with the author initially, due to the note he left for his wife. I found it difficult to believe that a man seemingly as in love as he insists would have done such a childish thing. However it does not take away from the outrage I felt at the obscenity of the injustice; highlighting as it does the incompetence and deceit of the prosecution. A well written piece of work and a very good read.
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