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Publisher's Summary

Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases - from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case - Benforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society's weakest members. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the problem and proposes a wealth of reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.
©2015 Original Material by Adam Benforado, c/o Lippincott Massie McQuilkin (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"As gripping as a Grisham novel, only it isn't fiction. With captivating ease and razor-sharp science, Adam Benforado puts the justice system on trial and makes a bulletproof argument that it's fundamentally broken. This extraordinary book is a must-read for every judge, lawyer, detective, and concerned citizen in America." (Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take)
"Systems of justice are built by human brains. As such, they're subject to all the foibles of human psychology, from biased decision-making to xenophobia to false memories. With the eye of a scholar and the ear of a storyteller, Benforado marshals the burgeoning research to illuminate the nexus between law and the mind sciences." (David Eagleman, PhD, Neuroscientist, Director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, New York Times best-selling author of Incognito)
"Adam Benforado's Unfair is a beautifully written book that manages to be both engrossing and important - a fascinating blend of psychological insight, legal know-how, and compelling storytelling. If you've ever wondered why the legal system doesn't work as well as it should, Benforado's intelligent take on the relationship between human psychology and the law will enlighten you - and leave you hopeful that we're capable of doing better." (Adam Alter, New York Times best-selling author of Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business, Affiliated appointment, NYU psychology department)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica Kyler on 09-09-15


I was recommended this book via the Cracked podcast, and I fully appreciate the recommendation. I cannot say I enjoyed it, as the truths shared are harsh, painful even. Despite that I believe this an excellent work: truly it must have required great effort to amass the information within. If you have any interest in the legal system, believe in the justice of American courts or, like myself, have doubts as to their efficacy, I would strongly suggest this book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 04-24-16

Really interesting and important, but too long

This book, about the fairness and unfairness of our criminal justice system, starts out with a bang. I was riveted. Every hour, though, and I felt the book drag a little more. Too much repetition with not as many fascinating anecdotes. Even though I stopped when I was about two-thirds of the way through this, the good parts were so good that I still recommend this. It is important and interesting material. It just suffered from a lack of good editing, so I just self-edited it. This book did succeed in getting me to look at criminal justice in a new way. Very good narration.

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