"America has no more incisive scholar of capital punishment than Austin Sarat, who always has something fresh to say. Gruesome Spectacles offers readers new and provocative insights."Scott Turow, author of Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty
"Austin Sarat's spellbinding book has captured the spirit of his agile mind. Gruesome Spectacles is provocatively written and sure to keep readers keenly interested in the captivating stories of many death row prisoners. This book will hook you from the first chapter and continue to fascinate you throughout its journey. A must-read."Charles Ogletree, author of All Deliberate Speed and The Presumption of Guilt
"We have harnessed the power to annihilate life on earth. Yet we still can't seem to extinguish, quickly, painlessly, and reliability, a single human life. Gruesome Spectacles tells us why. With his bright, clear, and extra-ordinary prose, Austin Sarat raises many disturbing and profound questionsnot only about botched executionsbut about State authorized killings made on behalf of the American people. A gripping and provocative read."Richard Moran, Mount Holyoke College
About the Author
Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Sarat has written for numerous academic and trade publications, and his books include: When the State Kills (2001), Mercy on Trial (2005) and Re-imagining To Kill a Mockingbird: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law (2013).