Doing Justice

By Preet Bharara

  • Release Date: 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 65 Ratings


By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature.
     The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He shows why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also shows how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.
     Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career--the successes as well as the failures--to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result).
     Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring--it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he writes about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system--and in our society.

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  • Doing Justice

    By nation1234
    A must read. It broadens the understanding of the inner workings of the judicial system in a way the lay person can understand. Nicely sprinkled with personal stories which enhance the narrative.
  • Solid

    By WSox_Mike
    Very readable. Illustrates principles by citing real world examples. Not jargon or legalese as so many lawyers resort to in a book. Good conversation starter. Nice to see a prosecutor so thoughtfully weigh the serious responsibility of administering justice. Consistent with his excellent podcast.