Dead Man Walking
An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States
By Helen Prejean
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679751311, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 31, 1994
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Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly moving spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment. Here Sister Helen confronts both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the fears of a society shattered by violence and the Christian imperative of love. On its original publication in 1993, "Dead Man Walking" emerged as an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty. Now, some two decades later, this story--which has inspired a film, a stage play, an opera and a musical album--is more gut-wrenching than ever, stirring deep and life-changing reflection in all who encounter it.