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History: General

Invitation to an Execution: A History of the Death Penalty in the United States
Gordon Bakken
ISBN-13: 9780826348562 (cloth)
University of New Mexico Press, 2010

The Death Penalty: An American History
Stuart Banner
ISBN-13: 9780674010833 (paper)
Harvard University Press, 2003

The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence
Frank R. Baumgartner, Suzanna L. De Boef, Amber E. Boydstun
ISBN-13: 9780521715249 (paper)
Cambridge University Press, 2008

Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders’ Eighth Amendment
John D. Bessler
ISBN-13: 9781555537166 (cloth)
ISBN eBook: 9781555537173
University Press of New England, 2012

Murder and Its Consequences: Essays on Capital Punishment in America
Leigh Buchanan Bienen
ISBN-10: 0810126974 (cloth)
ISBN-10: 0810128349 (paper)
ISBN-13: 9780810126978 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780810128347 (paper)
Northwestern University Press, 2011

The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber
Scott Christianson
ISBN-13: 9780520255623 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780520271210 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9780520945616
University of California Press, 2010

America’s Death Penalty: Between Past and Present
David Garland, Randall McGowen, Michael Meranze, editors
ISBN-13: 9780814732663 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780814732670 (paper)
New York University Press, 2011

Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition
David Garland
ISBN-13: 9780674057234 (paper)
Harvard University Press, distributed for Belknap Press, 2010

The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America
Marie Gottschalk
ISBN-13: 9780521682916 (paper)
Cambridge University Press, 2006

Against Capital Punishment: The Anti-Death Penalty Movement in America, 1972-1994
Herbert H. Haines
ISBN-13: 9780195088380 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780195132496 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 1996

Executing Democracy: Volume 2: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1835–1843
Stephen John Hartnett
ISBN-13: 9781611860474 (cloth)
ISBN eBook: 9781609173456
Michigan State University Press, 2012

Executing Democracy: Volume I: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1683–1807
Stephen John Hartnett author info
ISBN-13: 9780870138690 (cloth)
ISBN eBook: 9781609172077
Michigan State University Press, 2010

Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865
Louis P. Masur
ISBN-13: 9780195066630 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 1991

Life without Parole: America's New Death Penalty?
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Austin Sarat, editors author info
ISBN-13: 9780814762479 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780814762486 (paper)
New York University Press, 2012

Torture and State Violence in the United States: A Short Documentary History
Robert M. Pallitto, editor author info
ISBN-13: 9781421402482 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9781421402499 (paper)
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011

The Death Penalty: America’s Experience with Capital Punishment
Raymond Paternoster, Robert Brame, Sarah Bacon
ISBN-13: 9780195332421 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 2007

Rough Justice: Lynching and American Society, 1874-1947
Michael J. Pfeifer
ISBN-13: 9780252074059 (paper)
University of Illinois Press, 2006

The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture
Austin Sarat, editor author info
ISBN-13: 9780195146028 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 2001

Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, 400-1500
Karl Shoemaker
ISBN-13: 9780823232680 (cloth)
Fordham University Press, 2011

Punishment and Culture
Philip Smith
ISBN-13: 9780226766096 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780226766102 (paper)
University of Chicago Press, 2008

Among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture of Capital Punishment
David Von Drehle
ISBN-13: 9780472031238 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9780472026982
University of Michigan Press, 2006

History: By State and Region

Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota
John D. Bessler
ISBN-13: 9780816638109 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780816638116 (paper)
University of Minnesota Press, 2006

America Without the Death Penalty: States Leading the Way
John F. Galliher, Larry W. Koch, David Patrick Keys, Teresa J. Guess
ISBN-13: 9781555536398 (paper)
University Press of New England, 2002

The Death of the American Death Penalty: States Still Leading the Way
John F. Galliher, Larry W. Koch, Colin Wark
ISBN-13: 9781555537807 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9781555537814 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9781555537821
University Press of New England, 2012

The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut
Lawrence B. Goodheart
ISBN-13: 9781558498464 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9781558498471 (paper)
University of Massachusetts Press, 2011

Rebel and a Cause: Caryl Chessman and the Politics of the Death Penalty in Postwar California, 1948-1974
Theodore Hamm
ISBN-13: 9780520224285 (paper)
University of California Press, 2001

Bad Boy from Rosebud: The Murderous Life of Kenneth Allen McDuff
Gary M. Lavergne
ISBN-13: 9781574410723 (cloth)
University of North Texas Press, 1999

Worse Than Death: The Dallas Nightclub Murders and the Texas Multiple Murder Law
Gary M. Lavergne
ISBN-13: 9781574411676 (cloth)
ISBN eBook: 9781574414219
University of North Texas Press, 2003

The Rope, The Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990
James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Jonathan R. Sorensen
ISBN-13: 9780292752139 (paper)
University of Texas Press, 1993

The Man Who Emptied Death Row: Governor George Ryan and the Politics of Crime
James L. Merriner
ISBN-13: 9780809328659 (cloth)
Southern Illinois University Press, 2008

Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas during the Modern Era
Jon Sorenson, Rocky LeAnn Pilgrim
ISBN-13: 9780292713017 (paper)
University of Texas Press, 2006

No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States
Andrew Welsh-Huggins
ISBN-13: 9780821418338 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780821418345 (paper)
Ohio University Press, 2009

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Justice and Morality

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Justice and Morality: Legal Analysis

Dead Certainty: The Death Penalty and the Problem of Judgment
Jennifer L. Culbert
ISBN-13: 9780804757461 (paper)
Stanford University Press, 2007

Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases
David DeMatteo, Daniel C. Murrie, Natalie M. Anumba, Michael E. Keesler
ISBN-13: 9780195385809 (cloth)
Oxford University Press, 2011

Executed on a Technicality: Lethal Injustice on America's Death Row
David R. Dow
ISBN-13: 9780807044209 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780807044193 (paper)
Beacon Press, 2005

Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment
Robert A. Ferguson
ISBN-13: 9780674728684 (cloth)
Harvard University Press, February 2014

Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong
Brandon L. Garrett
ISBN-13: 9780674058705 (cloth)
Harvard University Press, 2011

Beyond Repair?: America’s Death Penalty
Stephen P. Garvey, editor
ISBN-13: 9780822329602 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780822330431 (paper)
Duke University Press, 2002

The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System
Jon B. Gould
ISBN-13: 9780814731796 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780814732267 (paper)
New York University Press, 2007

Death by Design: Capital Punishment As a Social Psychological System
Craig Haney
ISBN-13: 9780195182408 (cloth)
Oxford University Press, 2005

Death Investigation in America: Coroners, Medical Examiners, and the Pursuit of Medical Certainty
Jeffrey M. Jentzen
ISBN-13: 9780674034532 (cloth)
Harvard University Press, 2009

Dead Wrong: A Death Row Lawyer Speaks Out Against Capital Punishment
Michael A. Mello, with a foreword by David Von Drehle author info
ISBN-10: 0299153401 (cloth)
ISBN-10: 0299153444 (paper)
ISBN-13: 9780299153441 (paper)
University of Wisconsin Press, 1997

Law, Violence, and the Possibility of Justice
Austin Sarat
ISBN-13: 9780691048451 (paper)
Princeton University Press, 2001

The Collapse of American Criminal Justice
William J. Stuntz
ISBN-13: 9780674051751 (cloth)
Harvard University Press, distributed for Belknap Press, 2011

Litigating in the Shadow of Death: Defense Attorneys in Capital Cases
Welsh S. White
ISBN-13: 9780472099115 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780472069118 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9780472021598
University of Michigan Press, 2005

Justice and Morality: Ethical Questions

The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies
Hugo Adam Bedau
ISBN-13: 9780195122862 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 1998

Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have Capital Punishment? The Experts on Both Sides Make Their Case
Hugo Adam Bedau, Paul G. Cassell, editors
ISBN-13: 9780195179804 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 2005

Killing as Punishment: Reflections on the Death Penalty in America
Hugo Adam Bedau
ISBN-13: 9781555535957 (cloth)
University Press of New England, 2004

The Problem of Punishment
David Boonin author info
ISBN-13: 9780521709613 (paper)
Cambridge University Press, 2008

Why I Am Not a Secularist
William E. Connolly
ISBN-13: 9780816633326 (paper)
University of Minnesota Press, 2000

The Death Penalty, Volume I
Jacques Derrida, Peggy Kamuf, translator
ISBN-13: 9780226144320 (cloth)
ISBN eBook: 9780226090689
University of Chicago Press, 2013

From Noose to Needle: Capital Punishment and the Late Liberal State
Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn
ISBN-13: 9780472112913 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780472088904 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9780472022908
University of Michigan Press, 2002

The Ethics of Capital Punishment: A Philosophical Investigation of Evil and its Consequences
Matthew H. Kramer
ISBN-13: 9780199642182 (cloth)
Oxford University Press, 2012

Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment
Kelly Oliver
ISBN-13: 9780823251087 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780823251094 (paper)
Fordham University Press, 2013

Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution
Austin Sarat
ISBN-13: 9780691133997 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9781400826728
Princeton University Press, 2007

States of Violence: War, Capital Punishment, and Letting Die
Austin Sarat, Jennifer L. Culbert, editors author info
ISBN-13: 9780521699761 (paper)
Cambridge University Press, 2009

When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition
Austin Sarat
ISBN-13: 9780691102610 (paper)
Princeton University Press, 2002

The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment
Franklin E. Zimring
ISBN-13: 9780195152364 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780195178203 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 2004

Justice and Morality: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity

Proof of Guilt: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing Women in America
Kathleen A. Cairns
ISBN-13: 9780803230095 (cloth)
University of Nebraska Press, 2013

Contentious: Immigration, Affirmative Action, Racial Profiling, and the Death Penalty
Anthony Cortese
ISBN-13: 9780292743564 (cloth)
University of Texas Press, 2013

Jurors' Stories of Death: How America's Death Penalty Invests in Inequality
Benjamin Fleury-Steiner
ISBN-13: 9780472068609 (paper)
University of Michigan Press, 2004

The Interpreter
Alice Kaplan
ISBN-10: 0226424251 (paper)
ISBN-13: 9780226424255 (paper)
University of Chicago Press, 2005

John Brown’s Trial
Brian McGinty
ISBN-13: 9780674035171 (cloth)
Harvard University Press, 2009

From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Austin Sarat, editors author info
ISBN-10: 0814740227 (paper)
ISBN-13: 9780814740217 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780814740224 (paper)
New York University Press, 2006

Murder, the Media, and the Politics of Public Feelings: Remembering Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.
Jennifer Petersen
ISBN-13: 9780253223395 (paper)
Indiana University Press, 2011

The Martinsville Seven: Race, Rape, and Capital Punishment
Eric W. Rise
ISBN-10: 0813915678 (cloth)
ISBN-10: 0813918308 (paper)
ISBN-13: 9780813915678 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780813918303 (paper)
University of Virginia Press, 1995

"The Penalty Is Death": U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions
Marlin Shipman
ISBN-13: 9780826213860 (cloth)
University of Missouri Press, 2002

The Fairer Death: Executing Women in Ohio
Victor L. Streib
ISBN-13: 9780821416938 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780821416945 (paper)
Ohio University Press, 2006

Local Matters: Race, Crime, and Justice in the Nineteenth-Century South
Christopher Waldrep, Donald G. Nieman, editors
ISBN-10: 0820322474 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780820322476 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780820340814 (paper)
University of Georgia Press, 2001

Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynchings, Mob Rule, and "Legal Lynchings"
George C. Wright
ISBN-13: 9780807120736 (paper)
Louisiana State University Press, 1996

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Personal Perspectives

In the Shadow of Death: Restorative Justice and Death Row Families
Elizabeth Beck, Sarah Britto, Arlene Andrews
ISBN-13: 9780195179415 (cloth)
Oxford University Press, 2007

Death At Midnight: The Confession of an Executioner
Donald A. Cabana
ISBN-13: 9781555533564 (paper)
University Press of New England, 1996

Last Words of the Executed
Robert K. Elder
ISBN-13: 9780226202686 (cloth)
ISBN eBook: 9780226202693
University of Chicago Press, 2010

In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America
Bruce Jackson, Diane Christian author info
ISBN-13: 9780807835395 (cloth)
University of North Carolina Press, 2012

Exit to Freedom
Calvin C. Johnson Jr., Greg Hampikian
ISBN-10: 0820325597 (cloth)
ISBN-10: 0820327840 (paper)
ISBN-13: 9780820325590 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780820327846 (paper)
University of Georgia Press, 2003

Capital Consequences: Families of the Condemned Tell Their Stories
Rachel King
ISBN-10: 0813535042 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780813535043 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780813555614 (paper)
Rutgers University Press, 2004

Don’t Kill in Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out against the Death Penalty
Rachel King
ISBN-13: 9780813531823 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780813555997 (paper)
Rutgers University Press, 2003

Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens, and the Death Penalty
Jeff Kunerth
ISBN-13: 9780813039817 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780813049328 (paper)
University Press of Florida, 2013

The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution
James S. Liebman, the Columbia DeLuna Project
ISBN-13: 9780231167222 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780231167239 (paper)
Columbia University Press, 2014

Texas Death Row: Photographs
Ken Light
ISBN-13: 9780878059515 (paper)
University Press of Mississippi, 1997

Execution’s Doorstep: True Stories of the Innocent and Near Damned
Leslie Lytle
ISBN-13: 9781555536787 (cloth)
University Press of New England, 2008

Deathwork: Defending the Condemned
Michael Mello
ISBN-13: 9780816640881 (paper)
University of Minnesota Press, 2002

The Wrong Man: A True Story of Innocence on Death Row
Michael Mello
ISBN-13: 9780816637836 (cloth)
University of Minnesota Press, 2001

Writing for Their Lives: Death Row USA
Marie Mulvey-Roberts, editor
ISBN-13: 9780252027932 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780252070990 (paper)
University of Illinois Press, 2007

Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas
Todd C. Peppers, Laura Trevvett Anderson
ISBN-13: 9781555537135 (cloth)
University Press of New England, 2009

Hidden Victims: The Effects of the Death Penalty on Families of the Accused
Susan F. Sharp
ISBN-10: 0813535840 (paper)
ISBN-13: 9780813535845 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9780813537870
Rutgers University Press, 2005

Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys
Susannah Sheffer
ISBN-13: 9780826519115 (paper)
Vanderbilt University Press, 2013

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International Perspectives

Abolition: One Man’s Battle Against the Death Penalty
Robert Badinter, Jeremy Mercer, translator
ISBN-13: 9781555536923 (cloth)
University Press of New England, 2008

When the State No Longer Kills: International Human Rights Norms and Abolition of Capital Punishment
Sangmin Bae
ISBN-13: 9780791472071 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780791472088 (paper)
State University of New York Press, 2007

The Bitter Fruit of American Justice: International and Domestic Resistance to the Death Penalty
Alan W. Clarke, Laurelyn Whitt
ISBN-13: 9781555536824 (cloth)
University Press of New England, 2007

Rituals of Retribution: Capital Punishment in Germany, 1600-1987
Richard J. Evans
ISBN-13: 9780198219682 (cloth)
Oxford University Press, 1996

Seeing Justice Done: The Age of Spectacular Capital Punishment in France
Paul Friedland
ISBN-13: 9780199592692 (cloth)
Oxford University Press, 2012

Confronting Capital Punishment in Asia: Human Rights, Politics and Public Opinion
Roger Hood, Surya Deva, editors
ISBN-13: 9780199685776 (cloth)
Oxford University Press, 2014

The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective, Fourth Edition
Roger Hood, Carolyn Hoyle
ISBN-13: 9780199228478 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 2008

The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia
David T. Johnson, Franklin E. Zimring
ISBN-13: 9780195337402 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780195382457 (paper)
Oxford University Press, 2008

The Practice of Execution in Canada
Ken Leyton-Brown
ISBN-13: 9780774817530 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780774817547 (paper)
University of British Columbia Press, 2010

The Cultural Lives of Capital Punishment: Comparative Perspectives
Austin Sarat, Christian Boulanger, editors author info
ISBN-13: 9780804752336 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780804752343 (paper)
Stanford University Press, 2005

Is the Death Penalty Dying?: European and American Perspectives
Austin Sarat, Jürgen Martschukat, editors author info
ISBN-13: 9780521763516 (cloth)
ISBN eBook: 9780511985676
Cambridge University Press, 2011

The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law, 3rd Edition
William A. Schabas
ISBN-13: 9780521814911 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780521893442 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9780511058653
Cambridge University Press, 2002

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Capital Punishment in Literature and the Arts

Literary Executions: Capital Punishment and American Culture, 1820–1925
John Cyril Barton
ISBN-13: 9781421413327 (cloth)
Johns Hopkins University Press, June 2014

The Shadow of Death: Literature, Romanticism, and the Subject of Punishment
Mark Canuel
ISBN-13: 9780691129617 (cloth)
Princeton University Press, 2007

Sentenced to Death: The American Novel and Capital Punishment
David Guest
ISBN-13: 9780878059171 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9781604730159 (paper)
University Press of Mississippi, 2007

Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment
Paul Christian Jones
ISBN-13: 9781609380489 (paper)
University of Iowa Press, 2011

Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism in the United States
Katy Ryan
ISBN-13: 9781609380885 (paper)
ISBN eBook: 9781609381035
University of Iowa Press, 2012

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