“Just Mercy” -- 2016 DUKE UNIVERSITY COMMON EXPERIENCE SUMMER READING BOOK | Duke Kunshan University

“Just Mercy” -- 2016 DUKE UNIVERSITY COMMON EXPERIENCE SUMMER READING BOOK

“Attorney Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” has been selected as the 2016 Duke University Common Experience summer reading book.”


New York Times Best Seller Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Attorney Bryan Stevenson is known as America’s Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all. “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” relates his fight against racial and economic biases in the U.S. legal system.

The story focuses on one of Stevenson’s most famous cases, in which he helped exonerate Walter McMillian, a black man convicted of killing a white woman in 1986. McMillian was held for six years on death row before the conviction was overturned. The crime took place in Monroeville, Alabama, the same town where Harper Lee grew up and set the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in which a black man is wrongly convicted of raping a white girl.

“Just Mercy should be read by people of conscience in every civilized country in the world to discover what happens when revenge and retribution replace justice and mercy,” said Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

“Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful,” said Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review.

The Duke Common Experience Program is designed to give incoming students a shared intellectual experience with other members of their class, with the summer reading choice as a key focal point.

The book of “Just Mercy” is selected by the committee composed of students, staff and faculty after an extensive review of numerous recommendations. It will be an extremely eye-opening book for freshmen, and will be one to inspire productive conversations among not only the incoming class, but Duke as a whole.

Duke Kunshan Library prepared 2 print copies and 6 kindles for you to check out. You’re welcome to download e-version to read as well. And this book will be the first DKU Library Book Club’s picking book in Fall 2016. Welcome to join Duke Kunshan Library Book Club Wechat Group.


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