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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608462943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608462940
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Essential for those interested in the U.S. justice system in general and the death penalty in particular." —Library Journal

“Here is a shout for human rights and for the abolition of the death penalty. This book, I Am Troy Davis, should be read and cherished. It will inspire courage in the heart of those who are willing to use their efforts to save lives and increase the quality of life for all people.”
—Maya Angelou

“Martina and Troy are heroes from a family of heroes. This story of their lives is also a call to action. It asks each of us to pick up where they left off by ending the death penalty once and for all so the risk of executing an innocent person is finally eliminated in America.”
—Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP

"Read this book, about Martina Davis-Correia and Troy Anthony Davis. The lives of this sister and brother were tragically cut short, one by cancer, the other through a cruel injection of a lethal, chemical cocktail in the final act of a profoundly unjust criminal justice system. This book captures their unflagging courage in confronting the challenges thrust upon them. More than history, more than eulogy, I Am Troy Davis is an urgent call to action."
—Amy Goodman

"Like Trayvon Martin's monumental murder, the execution of Troy Davis was a historic awakening for this country -- an awakening of the deadly consequences of white supremacy. Don't miss this book!"
—Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

"In this moving and intimate portrait of Troy Davis and his courageous family, Jen Marlowe restores to Troy his humanity, and reminds us why every life matters, and why capital punishment makes this country a pariah among the world's democracies."
—Gloria Steinem

"I Am Troy Davis is a painful yet very important book, one that will bring you face to face with the human impact of the death penalty system, prompt you to think deeply about the flaws in our criminal justice system, and inspire you to stand with all those who have been wrongfully placed on death row."
—Susan Sarandon

“Martina Correia’s heroic fight to save her brother’s life while battling for her own serves as a powerful testament for activists.”
—Liliana Segura, the Nation

"I Am Troy Davis is heart stopping proof that the death penalty didn't just kill an innocent Troy Davis and break and bury his gorgeous family, but it charred the soul of America. This book will devastate you, piss you off and then inspire you to work with your life to the end the death penalty forever."
—Eve Ensler, Author and Playwright

"I Am Troy Davis, takes readers on the journey of a remarkable family whose faith, love, integrity and convictions propelled their fight for their loved one and a larger cause. Jen Marlowe’s careful and sensitive collaboration with the Davises has yielded a narrative that will surely inspire readers to pick up the torch that Martina Davis Correia so bravely carried for social justice and human dignity with every ounce of her being and every day of her life."
—Laura Moye, Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Director Emeritus

"A Must Read Book – the searing, heartbreaking story of a strong and loving family caught in the vortex of a dysfunctional criminal justice system."
—Anne Emanuel, Georgia State University Law Professor and ABA Georgia Death Penalty Assessment Chair

About the Author

Martina Davis-Correia, the sister of innocent death-row prisoner Troy Davis, was Amnesty USA’s co-Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator for Georgia. She served on the boards of Georgia’s NAACP branch, The Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Martina was also a leading advocate for women with breast cancer. She was twice named Savannah’s “Unstoppable Woman.”

Troy Anthony Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the murder of a Savannah policeman, despite an international outcry due to his strong case of innocence. Troy worked tirelessly while on death row to prove his innocence and to abolish the death penalty. TIME magazine named Troy one of 2011’s most influential people.

Jen Marlowe, a human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker, is the author of The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. Jen’s award-winning documentary films include One Family in Gaza, Rebuilding Hope: Sudan’s Lost Boys Return Home and Darfur Diaries.

Sister Helen Prejean wrote the internationally acclaimed book Dead Man Walking, describing her experiences as spiritual advisor to Louisiana death row inmates, now a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sister Helen’s second book is The Death of Innocents. She educates about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing.

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Jen Marlowe brought such humanity to this painful and inspiring story.
jessica devaney
This is a story about Troy Davis's legal battle, and the flaws in the legal system that led to this miscarriage of justice.
Mary Shaw
Very good book, a must read for those interested in seeing why the death penalty should be abolished.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Cummings on September 13, 2013
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Jen Marlowe and Troy Davis' late sister have collaborated on a wonderfully tragic, detailed account of his murder at the hands of the State of Georgia. The book comprises an accurate, if not comprehensive review of his case from the moment of the murder, of which he was innocent, to the aftermath of his state-sanctioned killing. I was moved greatly by the dignity and perseverance of Troy and his family in the face of a rigid, clearly biased juducial system that thwarted them every step of the way. It is an unusually personal account of Troy's relatives, especially De'Jaun, who has matured into an abolitionist activist as a result of his identification with his uncle's plight. It remains unbelievable that in 21st century USA, an absolutely innocent man can be killed when the real murderer's identity is known.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By selene luz on February 10, 2014
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This is a story of Troy Davis, who was legally killed by the state of Georgia in September 2011, and of the heartwrenching struggle by devoted family and friends to save his life.

But it's not just the story of one man. It sheds light on one of the most barbaric practices occurring today in a supposedly enlightened and compassionate country...something called, innocuously enough, the Death Penalty.

Troy Davis entered my life several years ago, when I read an article written by his beloved sister. It evoked so many questions, about a subject of which I knew nothing at the time...could the U.S. really execute an innocent person?! It was as if something exploded inside me, and I was unable to get it off my mind for days afterward. Finally, I decided to write this man who was imprisoned in some place called Death Row. As an English major, I thought I would do this one small act of kindness and that would be it...good deed for the day.

Within 5 days I received a letter back from Troy. Everything about this event was new, and a little scary...beginning with the envelope telling me that I was opening a letter from a correctional institution stamped in red letters, the return address identifying the sender by a 6-digit number, to the feeling I had as I read the letter. All I could think, as my insides began to expand(and my breath to I think), was that here was a man, a human being, who wrote a letter like any friend, inquiring about my family and expressing much gratitude for my letter.

Ultimately, Troy and I corresponded for 5 years, during which time I began to learn the complex, inhumane and often corrupt intricacies of what I'd known as the 'justice system.' I had just always assumed that the law did it's thing and did it properly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Williams on January 25, 2014
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I AM TROY DAVIS is a clear, moving account of the early life, arrest, conviction, & long-time incarceration on Georgia's death row of Troy Davis and the heroic efforts made my his family, especially his late sister Martina, to save his life. I learned a lot from this book about the way criminal investigations & trials are carried out (or "miscarried") in this country, and how, once a guilty verdict is rendered & a sentence of death is passed down, the system lurches -- slowly, but inexorably -- toward completion rather than toward justice. The book made me think hard about the wider & deeper ramifications of capital punishment in our society -- so many people besides the convicted person are damaged by this system. But I also had the heartbreaking privilege of getting an intimate look at the Davis family -- an amazing group of people who stood together through unimaginable tragedy & never let each other go. Troy Davis's commitment to remaining an integral member of his family despite spending decades on death row and his sister's determination to do whatever it took to keep him alive, even as she battled cancer, is incredibly moving. I AM TROY DAVIS is a beautiful & beautifully written portrait of an ordinary American family facing extraordinary challenges with faith and grace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Robbins on September 19, 2013
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Although I usually like to read books that end "Happily Ever After", this book was phenomenal. I felt like I was living this all over again from the inside. We are all better people because of Troy, DeJaun and Martina. What a remarkable story of family! Even though we didn't get the happy ending any of us were looking for, Troy lives in all of us. Together we will continue his fight! Thank you Jen for sharing this story. We are Troy Davis!
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I’d like to thank the Davis family for allowing us a glimpse into the nightmare that was their lives for 22 years. I’d also like to thank Jen Marlowe for seeing this project through until the end. I cannot imagine what it was like for her to become a part of the Davis’ lives, beginning this project with Martina and Troy, and having to finish it alone. I couldn’t fathom what it was like for the Davis’ fighting for Troy’s life; hoping that the system that has sworn to protect their citizens, would protect Troy. While reading this book, I shared some of the sentiments held by some of the Savannah residents affected by this case. Although we are supposed to believe that the law is designed to protect us, the acts committed against minorities prove otherwise.

I am angry. Not only for what happened to Troy, but what has happened to other victims of our unjust system. I am angry that the callousness for human life has victimized not only those who have died at the hands of our system, but the families and friends who will never get another glimpse of their loved one, a kiss, a hug, nor another moment. I am afraid that something like this could happen to someone I love or even me. I am saddened to know that there are children who will grow up and very well likely be another casualty. But I am also proud; proud that through it all, this family stuck together and have brought attention to this cause like no other movement before it. I am proud that instead of becoming bitter, the Davis family chose love and that love was exemplary in their activism

I am forever changed by the Davis’ story.
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