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"Simply by presenting excerpts from the state's own internal files, this book offers some of the most compelling evidence against the death penalty."
-Mario Cuomo,former Governor of New York
"This is a rare book—haunting fragments from the lives of men and women on their way to the electric chair. A moving and troubling epitaph for the guilty and perhaps the innocent."
-William Kennedy,author of Ironweed
"Unusually intimate and powerful."
-New York Times,
"A haunting experience. Combining the clinical virtuosity of an exhumation with the fascination of an archeological dig, it delivers a powerful intellectual message about the death penalty. Among the most vicious features of capital punishment are the veils of secrecy and forgetting with which we shroud the rituals of execution. Condemned tears away those veils and makes us take a hard, cold look at the human realities they try to hide."
-Anthony G. Amsterdam,Professor of Law at New York University School of Law
"A slim volume of indelible impressions. . . . Highly recommended."