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Doing Justice

A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
Narrated by: Preet Bharara
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
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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 teaching style, Preet Bharara describes 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 describes why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also tells us 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 talks 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. 

©2019 Preet Bharara (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York skillfully explains how he approached his job, offering a mixture of guiding principles and compelling anecdotes. Unlike many lawyers who write books, Bharara refreshingly avoids jargon, striking a conversational tone and regularly employing analogies and metaphors that make his points easily understandable. An engaging tour from beginning to end." (Kirkus Starred Review)

"Like the best lawyers (and writers), Preet Bharara tells a good war story. But Doing Justice is a great deal more - a vivid memoir of a critical job, a primer on the toughest questions of prosecutorial ethics, and a reminder of the drama inherent in life in the courtroom arena." (Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst)   

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Thought Provoking and Insightful

I'm turning in to a big fan of Preet. His calm voice and considered thoughts fit well together to make this a great listen.

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  • Deb Talley
  • 22-03-2019

Timely released

This timely released book is worth every penny. It’s informative, educational, interesting, and enjoyable.

Preet Bharara reads the audible with such clarity and distinction it rivals articulate. The cases he writes about are so much more understood than previous reports. He is intelligent and knowledgeable without being arrogant. His ability to be humble and thoughtful is throughout this book.

As with his podcast, his voice is very soothing. There’s a gentleness he possess that he can transfer to his guests.

This book was needed because my mother suffered an aneurysm on the 19th and died March 21st and all I wanted was a sense of calm. Although there are heavy topics Bharara speaks about I was able to breathe through my pain and heartache. I preordered this book and thankfully he did not disappoint my expectations.

Buy the book !! I’m not easily impressed and this book impressed me.

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  • Debbie Marr
  • 22-03-2019

A Must Read

If you are interested in the legal system ad how it works from a prosecutor's perspective or if you just want to read a very good book, this is the one to choose. Mr. Bharara's writing style is down to earth, at times funny, and very insightful. Please write another book soon! There will be unlimited analysis opportunities related to the Trump administration and its negative effect on the United States and the world. I really appreciate Mr. Bharara reading this book himself. I don't think it would have been as impactful if read by someone else.

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  • Todd Sloan
  • 26-03-2019

Extraordinary true stories, beautifully narrated

I have been a great admirer of Preet Bharara's views and analyses since I first heard him speak with Sam Harris on the "Waking Up" (now "Making Sense") podcast in Feb. 2018. After that interview, I immediately subscribed to Preet's podcast and still eagerly await hearing from him and his guests every week. Having listened to him for months, I knew I had to get the Audible edition of this book, narrated by the author.

With my own bias known, I was still surprised how much I loved this book. It is logically organized, detailing key experiences and insight over his legal career. I found it thought provoking, inspirational and full of reverence and love for the rule of law and the dedicated women and men who serve the law. It also devotes time to the limitations and short-comings of our legal system.

Preet is a much needed voice of calm reason, respect and humanity in these troubled times with just the right mix of humor to keep us sane. Thank you, Preet!

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  • TSNE
  • 23-03-2019

Smart person with a kind heart writes a book.

Great book, lots of valuable insights.

But most important for me was the basic fact that such kind and thoughtful people exist in the world.

That knowledge and the feeling this knowing brings is well worth the price of this book.

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  • Carrie Sheridan
  • 23-03-2019

riveting, illuminating, fascinating conversation

about Bad Guys and how to deal with them justly...to get at the truth, the whole truth, and NothingBut th truth...such an interesting read about how top prosecutors at the top of the game make our country better and safer by ensuring thar crime doesnT pay...or doesnT pay for Long Enough...

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  • Hairleftmorningwet
  • 22-03-2019

Superb book.

This a an amazing book composed by a highly intelligent and thought provoking man. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It helps gain insight and understanding to the rule of law and all the intricacies in our pursuit of justice for all of humanity. The stories and information is presented in a straightforward manner accessible to anyone. As a society we would all benefit from reading this book.

If you find this book interesting I highly suggest the authors podcast “Stay Tuned with Preet”.

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  • Suzanne Dallimore
  • 25-03-2019

Bahara: The Soverign Southern District of New York

In a revealing, moving, surprising and funny memoir, Peet Bahara, former U. S. Attorney , SDNY, delivers the human face of federal law enforcement. Bahara marries his devotion to justice and his open, supportive management style to his ability to spot and describe characters worth getting to know. He narrate his war stories well, telling these from a decidedly compassionate point of view. A shame he was fired by President Trump.

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  • Carolyn E. Golding
  • 22-03-2019

Current and Smart

Preet Bharara has a true winner with Doing Justice. He demonstrates all his smarts, compassion, insights, experience with the law, and the teacher within. I found this book completely captivating, educational and inspiring. His narration is natural & like Preet is in the room speaking to you on a personal level. Well well done Preet. I highly recommend Doing Justice to all.

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  • Jean
  • 27-05-2019

Informative

I saw an interview with Bharara on PBS. I found it so interesting, I bought the book. Preet Bharara is a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. The television show Perry Mason inspired a generation to go into the field of law. This book could inspire another generation to do the same.

The book is well written and easy to read. Bharara discusses the law, moral issues, and does so in a conversational tone with interesting anecdotes. The author covers everything from the crime mob to insider trading along with other crimes committed by Wall Street. He also goes into the difficult decisions investigators have to make while conducting an investigation. His key example was the investigation into large scale corruption of New York’s elected officials. It is great to have a book discuss the importance of ethics. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it.

The book is ten hours and thirty-three minutes. Preet Bharara does a good job narrating the book.

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  • Daniel
  • 08-04-2019

Fundamental principles through engaging stories

Excellent narration of people-focused stories that help a lay listener appreciate how justice is produced

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