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Among Murderers: Life after Prison Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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"Notably free of policy jargon, Sabine's work is about real people and the stories they have to tell."--Theodore Hamm"Brooklyn Rail" (03/27/2013)
"It will set readers thinking and possibly wanting to do more research on the subject."--Frances O. Sandiford"Library Journal" (03/15/2013)
"Offers glimpses of a world unfamiliar to most of us and offers the opportunity to begin an honest dialogue about crime, rehabilitation, and reentry."--Marshal Zeringue"Page 99 Test" (05/29/2013)
"Clear, engaging prose throughout the book provides many thought-provoking insights into the nature of rehabilitation, forgiveness, and redemption by looking at real people who have faced the challenges of re-entry from prison to free society . . . aims a fresh spotlight on the problems and challenges faced by the millions of people who have been released from America's prisons."--Joel Freedman"Finger Lakes Times" (06/27/2013)
Notably free of policy jargon, Sabine s work is about real people and the stories they have to tell. --Theodore Hamm"Brooklyn Rail" (03/27/2013)"
It will set readers thinking and possibly wanting to do more research on the subject. --Frances O. Sandiford"Library Journal" (03/15/2013)"
"This book is more than a tribute to the men interviewed: it asks us to test ourselves on our capacity for forgiveness and then to consider penal power s capacity to destroy the self."--Laura Piacentini"Times Higher Education" (06/06/2013)"
"Heinlein puts a face to a population that evokes strong feelings while remaining largely unfamiliar. Among Murderers is an eye-opening look at life after prison and our society s thirst for vengeance."--Amanda Green"Rumpus" (10/17/2013)"
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"With this unsentimental yet deeply empathetic look at the lives of ex-cons struggling to make it on the outside, Sabine Heinlein establishes herself as the Orwell of rehabilitation, American-style."David Samuels, contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and contributor to The Atlantic and The New Yorker.
Sabine Heinlein's Among Murderers is a remarkable, clear-eyed portrait of three men trying to create lives for themselves after serving decades of hard time as punishment for having committed the ultimate crime. Working in the journalistic tradition of Joseph Mitchell and A.J. Liebling, Heinlein brings these men to life as fully-realized, fascinating if flawed characters. Heinlein's readers won't be able to think of crime or punishment in the same way.”Robert S. Boynton, author of The New New Journalism
Among Murderers joins a small but important group of literary books that take an intimate look at murderers. Detailing individuals’ painful steps and difficult quotidian lives as they try to find a place on the outside and come to terms with their crimes, this book has much to tell us about crime and punishment in America today.”Sam Swope, Dean of the New York Public Library's Cullman Center Institute for Teachers
Top Customer Reviews
I knew next to nothing about these topics, and was drawn to the book because of its unique point of view--I was truly impressed by the author's ability to contextualize the rich personal experiences of these three men with scholarly information about the penal system in general. This delicate balance allowed the men's voices to remain the focus of the book, while providing a journey that was as emotional as it was vastly informative and thought-provoking.
The book's impressive journalistic integrity and the compelling stories these men allow us to hear make it an unexpectedly poignant, brave reminder of the myriad factors that can impact individual experience, and I highly recommend this book to anyone.
At the same time, Heinlein balances this empathy with a clear-eyed look at the crimes that these men committed and the difficult journey they must take to accept responsibility for their acts and to understand why they did what they did. It's an amazingly fine line for a journalist to walk -- humanizing murderers while also never letting them off the hook for what they've done -- but Heinlein makes it look easy.
Perhaps the most important thing about "Among Murderers" is that these portraits all serve to give a human dimension to the very serious problem of prison and punishment in the United States. This issue is all too often seen only in the abstract. We live in a country that has five percent of the world's population but 25% of its prisoners, many of them held in conditions that even our Supreme Court has come to regard as cruel and unusual punishment.Read more ›
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In Among Murderers, Heinlein follows three convicted murders in the years immediately after their release. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rachel
As an author of horror and dark suspense, I mostly read speculative fiction. From time to time, I come across a non-fiction book that piques my interest by promising a well-told,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Edward Kenyon
A vivid description of the challenges the "outside" world presents to those who have spent most of their lives behind bars This book also gives an exact description of the... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Isabelle S. Dupuis
This heartfelt book addresses the needs of released inmates in their struggle to survive among a populous that so easily discards them into the system. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Kim Heimbuch
A book sympathizing or even empathizing with guilty and rightfully convicted murderers is not only of no interest to me but an insult to society. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by BM
Heinlein has an incredible ability to weave feelings, facts, and storytelling into a captivating experience. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Christine W. Kuan