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"A deeply compassionate book that poses urgent questions about the end product of imprisonment and the social thirst for vengeance."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"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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Among Murderers is a remarkable achievement, an eye-opening work of journalistic empathy in the best tradition of Katherine Boo, Ted Conover, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In studying the cases of these three just-released convicts, Sabine Heinlein raises significant policy and philosophical questions about crime and punishment and the nature of "rehabilitation." This is a triumphantly humane work of reporting and storytelling.”—Scott Stossel, editor at The Atlantic and author of the award-winning Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.

"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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520272854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520272859
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't often write reviews, but I felt compelled to after finishing Among Murderers because of the exceptional honesty and openness exhibited by both the author and the protagonists. By participating in the daily lives of three men--recently released from prison after serving decades for murder--the author humanizes the abstract and complex impact of society and the criminal justice system on these individuals before, during, and after their crimes.

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.
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Rough justice, brutal truth: Sabine Heinlein's AMONG MURDERERS puts a human face on the prison-industrial complex. In the tradition of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's RANDOM FAMILY, this fastidiously reported, in-the-trenches hybrid of narrative nonfiction and investigative reporting looks at the costs, personal and social, of mass incarceration in the country that cages more of its citizens than any other nation on Earth (yes, including North Korea). Obama's silence on this subject, especially in light of incarceration's disproportionate effects on black men and the poor, is simply criminal, a moral obscenity. Impeccably researched and emotionally shattering, Heinlein's book is an indictment of our criminal justice system.
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I finished reading 'Among Murders' this weekend. It was a thoughtful point of view on individuals that few care to know anything about. The author definitely revealed the emotional aspect of the incarcerated population without getting lost in facts and statistics. It was sad at times but still very witty. This book is much needed in the conversation because the prison population is comprised of many types of people that are outcast to society because of social stigma. Angela Davis's mantra on "liberating minds as well as liberating society" is quite poignant here because ALL people need to be supported in our communities and we need to hear these stories. This perspective is much appreciated. Thank you!
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Wow. Stunningly written, with just the right balance of brilliant observation and spectacular reporting. Heinlein does something extraordinarily difficult: She devotes years to her characters, three men who've been in prison for murder. In other hands, there'd be something over-earnest and too sympathetic in the story, given her friendship with them. But she manages to have found the perfect characters. One of the men is easy to forgive; another is easy to understand; and a third, she has doubts about. And we do, too. Her judgments come in small slices, however, so we can reach our own conclusions. A lot of books about prison and punishment these days are written with a heavy-handed advocacy approach, pushing a reader to feel compassion for the criminals. In this case, we feel compassion if we choose to, and not because it's forced on us. We find out with Heinlein whether the men really, honestly feel remorse, or whether they're proclaiming it just so they can get paroled. Do they deserve to be free? Can they be trusted? Will they hurt Heinlein (she spends time with them in places where most people wouldn't dare to go). The book reads like a novel, and I was very sad when it ended. The writing is that good.
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This book is one of my favorites of the year; Sabine Heinlein's profiles of three men trying to re-enter the world they were banished from years earlier is totally engrossing. Rather than being perps or victims, the men became real people to me, and I thought in ways I never had about the nature of crime and punishment. Highly recommended.
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By Meaghan on February 25, 2013
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This book really grabbed me. I just intended to leaf through the pages but found myself unable to put it down, to coin a cliche, and read it straight through. Sabine Heinlein follows two years in the lives of three people who were convicted of murder, spent decades behind bars and just got released from prison into a world they no longer recognize. You get to see her subjects as human beings, not monsters, although she doesn't mince words about their crimes. She also talks a great deal about the "reentry" system (the programs for recently released prisoners) and its problems and the things it does right. I learned a lot from this book.
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Sabine Heinlein's "Among Murderers" is a remarkable feat in empathy. Far from exploiting her subjects for shock value or amusement, Heinlein presents very nuanced and moving portraits of three men who have committed murder but who are still real people with rich interior lives full of hopes, fears, struggles, confusion, loneliness, remorse, and even moments of profound beauty. Heinlein describes how these men struggle to make sense of their freedom after decades behind bars; even the simplest tasks like crossing a busy street or washing clothes can be daunting and overwhelming. But the author aims to do more than elicit our pity. We also see that these men can write poems, appreciate art, and articulately give shape and sense to their circumstances.

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.
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