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Surviving Execution: A Miscarriage of Justice and the Fight to End the Death Penalty Paperback – 4 Jan 2018
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Compelling... Richard Glossip's case stands for everything that is wrong with the death penalty in the United States today. This is a captivating account of his fight for truth. - Sir Richard Branson
A must read. Ian Woods' work is what objective journalism is all about - telling difficult truths about the barbarism of capital punishment, and telling them brilliantly. - Clive Stafford Smith OBE, Death Penalty campaigner and author of Bad Men
There's no doubt in my mind that Ian Woods played a part in saving the life of Richard Glossip. This is a revealing insight into American injustice, and a powerful human story too. - Sister Helen Prejean, Author of DEAD MAN WALKING
'An important book.--Susan Sarandon, Oscar-winner: Best Actress for DEAD MAN WALKING
About the Author
Ian Woods was born and educated in Belfast. He moved to England to study at Warwick University, and started work as a journalist in 1984, later joining BBC TV where he presented East Midlands Today in Nottingham. Since 1995 he's worked for Sky News, including spells as Sports Editor, United States Correspondent, Australia Correspondent, and is currently a Senior Correspondent reporting both domestic and international news. Surviving Execution is his first book.
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There are revelations along the way about the horrors of judicial killing as we join author Ian Woods on a journey of discovery that turns him from a highly regarded and objective reporter into a friend and confidant of the man about to die - and a campaigner. Through it all he maintains a clear ethical commitment to the truth - even when it reflects badly on his friend. When he agrees to be one of the witnesses to the execution the torment between revulsion at what he's about to see and his commitment to telling the story is chilling.
There's so much demonstrably wrong with the US justice system, much of it explained in these pages, that the only negative observation I can make about this book is disappointment that it's not in every bookshop in the USA . Maybe US publishers don't like the idea of the barbarity of their capital punishment system being exposed by a visitor as perceptive as Ian Woods. I hope US readers will buy it here.
The story is told through the eyes of Ian Woods, a Sky New Senior Correspondent, who followed the story for many years and became a friend to Richard Glossip. The author was persuaded to abandon his usual objective stance in order to get the full nuances of the story across - and hopefully to ultimately make a difference by helping to further Richard's case and the wider case against the death penalty itself.
It's a great book and one which I wouldn't hesitate in recommending anyone to read - regardless of your viewpoint on the death penalty. I hope there will be a positive update to this story in the weeks and months to come.
I was horrified by the real life stories over the years of botched executions, truly upsetting and quite an eye opener.
The book is written by Sky News journalist Ian Woods - who was personally involved in the story by being asked if he wished to view the execution - he covers the intricate and very intriguing story of the murder of motel owner Barry Van Treese and Richard Glossip the man condemned to death for his murder even though his prosecutors admit that he didn't kill anyone. I loved how the whole crime was covered, from the actual murder, all the people involved, the investigation, the trials to the appeals against the scheduled execution dates.
A huge amount of research has been carried out for this book with transcripts of the trial, investigation and newspaper reports, showing just how much work has gone into writing this book.
There's also some photos in the middle of the book which allows you to put faces to the names in the story and helps you picture the crime better in your mind.
With arguments for and against capital punishment this makes an interesting read and I was surprised at the celebrities/big names involved in either trying to help Richard's case or speaking up for abolishing capital punishment and although I have my own views on this argument I did find this book compelling and informative.
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Surviving execution is the true story of Richard Glossip, a man who is on death row for a crime he never...Read more