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Starred Review. Those familiar with the travesty of justice that led to multiple bogus drug arrests in the small Texas town of Tulia only from newspaper accounts will be outraged anew at this eye-opening narrative that bears comparison to such courtroom and litigation classics as A Civil Action. This devastating indictment of the toll taken by the war on drugs, viewed through the prism of one small community, is a masterpiece of true crime writing. Award-winning reporter Blakeslee broke the story for the Texas Observer in 2000 and has produced a definitive account, deftly weaving the history of the growth and decline of Tulia with the stories of those caught up in the racist frame by narcotics officer Tom Coleman. The defendants, their families and their attorneys come across as three-dimensional individuals, consistently engaging the reader despite the wealth of details and the intricacies of the appellate process. Vanita Gupta, the young defense lawyer fresh from law school who made the NAACP Legal Defense Fund take notice with her dedication, is especially memorable. As with Errol Morris's film exposing corrupt Texas law-enforcement, The Thin Blue Line, this haunting work will leave many wondering how many other Tulias there are out there. (Oct. 4)
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"No novelist could have made up such an account and been deemed credible," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Yet every detail in Tulia is true. Expertly researched and written, Tulia offers a shocking portrait of racial profiling and bigotry in rural America. In writing this tale, Blakeslee never fails to put the defendants stories in the context of black-white race relations, drug-enforcement task forces, and corrupt police forces. Nor (to the chagrin of a few critics, who found the characters hard to follow) does he omit a single defendant or lawyer involved in the case. Coleman in particular comes off as an incompetent, despicable man unable to live up to his fathers reputation as a respected Texas Ranger. Though depressing, Tulia is ultimately a story of triumph. Read the bookor wait for the film.
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I thought that the history of the area and the information on the actual drug bust were very interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea Barnes
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this book will be used as a textbook for the fall semester 2014.clean copy with no markings. this book looks brand new!Published 15 months ago by Marae
As a Texan, it was disturbing. I also had a chance to meet Judge Chapman, and he confirmed the completeness and accuracy of the book.Published 15 months ago by Daaron Dwyer
A well-told tale of a horrendous miscarriage of justice and the attempt to set it right. Fascinating characters and keen insight into the culture that allowed it to happen.Published 21 months ago by DYK
Somehow I missed this story when it evidently hit the national news a while back. Corruption running amok in a small east Texas town.Published 22 months ago by Lee Runge