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BOOKS: "Capital Punishment On Trial"

A new book by David Oshinsky entitled "Capital Punishment on Trial: Furman v. Georgia and the Death Penalty in Modern America" takes a closer look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that stopped the death penalty in 1972. The author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who is the holder of the Jack S. Blanton Chair at the University of Texas and a visiting professor at New York University, discusses the debates and controversy surrounding the case of Furman v. Georgia, including a focus on the issues of racial prejudice and arbitrariness. Austin Sarat called the book "A meticulously researched and elegantly written account by a masterful storyteller.... Filled with striking insights."  The book will be published by University Press of Kansas on April 14, 2010.