You may remember Preet Bharara as the Attorney General who refused to voluntarily step down when Trump asked him to. He immediately earned my respect because any middle finger to this administration is a good thing. I was worried that the book would just be about Trump and I’d have to be angry in my literature time as well. Thankfully, it’s not.
Doing Justice, while definitely a “thinly veiled” book long dig at an administration that views justice as optional, is actually a rather hopeful and basic guide to morality and trust in the system. Bharara relates his extensive career experience with humility and wisdom. It’s not just him talking at the reader though, he shares a lot of stories of very interesting cases. Sometimes coming to conclusions and other times letting the reader come to their own conclusions about what was right and what was wrong.
While I have an extreme suspicion of all prosecutors (their power in the justice system is insane) Bharara’s plea is a good one. Simple things like put yourself in other’s shoes, admit when you’re wrong, be humble. But the ultimate point is that the law is not perfect. It is only a guide and it’s good people who keep the world sane and safe. Doing Justice is a quick read but it is nice to hear from a life long man of the law that you should trust in the system. That doesn’t mean you can’t make it better, but trust in its ability to point in the correct direction.
3 out of 4 stars