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Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

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Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 08, 2005 – Those familiar with the travesty of justice that led to multiple bogus drug arrests in the small Texas town of Tulia only from newspaper accounts will be outraged anew at this eye-opening narrative that bears comparison to such courtroom and litigation classics as A Civil Action. This devastating indictment of the toll taken by the war on drugs, viewed through the prism of one small community, is a masterpiece of true crime writing. Award-winning reporter Blakeslee broke the story for the Texas Observer in 2000 and has produced a definitive account, deftly weaving the history of the growth and decline of Tulia with the stories of those caught up in the racist frame by narcotics officer Tom Coleman. The defendants, their families and their attorneys come across as three-dimensional individuals, consistently engaging the reader despite the wealth of details and the intricacies of the appellate process. Vanita Gupta, the young defense lawyer fresh from law school who made the NAACP Legal Defense Fund take notice with her dedication, is especially memorable. As with Errol Morris's film exposing corrupt Texas law-enforcement, The Thin Blue Line, this haunting work will leave many wondering how many other Tulias there are out there.

Customer Reviews


This is an exceptional book! It is obvious that Mr. Blakeslee did his homework; the vividness with which he describes the tragic events in Tulia ; the depth of his characters are simply put, "amazing".

I found myself astonished by my visceral captivation and my vitriolic response to the injustice and the institutional coverup.

Much more so than the Tulia defendants/victims, Americans as a lot owe Blakeslee a tremendous debt of gratitude for his fine work in bringing this travesty to light.

I too live in Austin (a recent transplant from Los Angeles). I hope to run into Mr. Blakeslee, as one of his newest fans, and thank him personally!

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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Sep 12, 2006
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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