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December 19, 2018

Preet’s Book: ‘Doing Justice’

“Doing Justice” is an instant NYT bestseller, debuting at #4



NEW YORK, 3/19/19: Stay Tuned Live Taping: Preet will be interviewed by CBS’ This Morning co-host Bianna Golodryga at the Skirball Center, New York, NY. THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

BOSTON AREA, 3/21/19: Preet Bharara in conversation with Professor Michael Sandel, hosted by Harvard Book Store at the Memorial Church, Cambridge MA. THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

SAN FRANSISCO 3/26/19: Preet Bharara in conversation with Jeffrey Toobin, hosted by City Arts & Lectures at the Sydney Goldstein Theater, San Francisco CA. THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

SEATTLE 3/27/19: STG & Elliott Bay Book Company hosts Preet in a live interview at the Neptune Theater, Seattle WA. THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

LOS ANGELES 3/28/19: Writers Bloc and the Beverly Hills Bar Association present Preet Bharara at the Robert Frost Auditorium in Culver City with Jeffrey Toobin. You can purchase tickets here.

CHICAGO 4/4/19: Preet Bharara in conversation with NPR’s All Things Considered Ailsa Chang, hosted by WBEZ Chicago at the North Shore Center for The Performing Arts in Skokie. You can purchase tickets here.

PHILADELPHIIA 4/10/19: Preet will be joined by National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging conversation. You can purchase tickets here.

WASHINGTON, DC 4/18/19: Politics and Prose hosts Preet in a live interview at Sixth & I synagogue, Washington DC. You can purchase tickets here. SOLD OUT

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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.

Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature.The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He shows why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also shows how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.

Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career–the successes as well as the failures–to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result). 

Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring–it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he writes about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system–and in our society.


Hardcover | $27.95 
Published by Knopf
Mar 19, 2019 | 368 Pages | 5-5/8 x 9-1/4| ISBN 9780525521129


You can reserve a signed copy that ships anywhere via The Strand Bookstore here.


Preet Bharara served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases and supervised an office of more than two hundred Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations. In 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is the Executive Vice President of Some Spider Studios and the host of CAFE’s Stay Tuned with Preet, a podcast focused on issues of justice and fairness. Bharara graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the law review.


Ex-U.S. Attorney Bharara Gets Book Deal with Knopf (Politico, 6/22/17)

Kirkus Review, 01/06/19: (Starred Review) “The former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York skillfully explains how he approached his job, offering a mixture of guiding principles and compelling anecdotes”

Publisher’s Weekly, 02/12/19: (Starred Review) “With its approachable human moments, tragic and triumphant cases, heroic investigators, and depictions of hardworking everyday people, this book is a rare thing: a page-turning work of practical moral philosophy.”

New York Times, 02/28/19: (12 New Books to Watch for in March): “The former chief prosecutor of the Southern District of New York, Bharara was fired by President Trump in 2017. In this book, he outlines how the justice system works, and makes a case for why those bedrock principles are critical to society.”

Lawfare Blog, 03/12/19: (From Stay Tuned guest Chuck Rosenberg) “Doing Justice” is a consistently compelling and important tale, well written and well worth reading.

The Guardian, 03/15/19:”At its most powerful, Doing Justice works as a metaphorical survival guide for the Trump era. As with everything Bharara does, he writes in a tone that is calm and considered, a warm bath after the outrage of Trump’s daily tweets.”

Washington Independent Review of Books, 03/18/19: “Preet Bharara writes that you will not find God or grace in legal concepts or in formal notions of criminal justice. But be assured that you’ll find God and grace in this fascinating book.”

New York Journal of Books, 03/20/18: “Doing Justice is an essential read for every American who cares about the rule of law and the pursuit of justice in the United States, particularly at a time when these ideals are a constant subject of attack for self-serving political purposes.”

Washington Post, 03/22/19: At a time when the president routinely attacks the Justice Department as an organ of the malignant “deep state,” “Doing Justice” does its best to communicate what Bharara sees as the fundamental good faith of many law enforcement officials. The real interest and innovation of the book, though, is in Bharara’s effort to offer that model of engagement with the world as a political theory for his fellow citizens.

BookMarks, 03/22/19 (The Best Reviewed Books of the Week): “He’s tough, smart, and funny. He does not condescend to readers without legal credentials … He tells riveting stories from real-life experience and attributes his near-perfect record as a federal prosecutor to the hard work and preparation that his team invested in achieving convictions in cases such as the Madoff/JPMorgan Chase Ponzi scheme and a scam defrauding a fund for Holocaust survivors … Preet Bharara writes that you will not find God or grace in legal concepts or in formal notions of criminal justice. But be assured that you’ll find God and grace in this fascinating book.”

Media Appearances

Meet the Press, 03/17/19: Watch Preet’s interview with Margaret Brennan on the latest news and his book, Doing Justice. Read the transcript here.

CBS This Morning, 03/18/19: Watch Preet’s interview on CBS This Morning with co-hosts Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Bianna Golodryga.

Morning Joe, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Jonathan Lemire, Susan Del Percio, and Willie Geist.

The View, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on The View with co-hosts Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman.

Ari Melber, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on The Beat with Ari Melber.

Live with Katy Tur, 03/20/19: Watch Preet’s interview on Live with Katy Tur.

KCRW, 03/19/19: Listen to Preet’s podcast interview on All the President’s Lawyers with Josh Barro and Ken White.

PBS Newshour, 3/20/19: Watch Preet’s interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS Newshour.

Barnes & Noble, 3/27/19: Listen to Preet’s interview with Miwa Messer on the Barnes & Noble podcast.

NYT Book Review, 3/29/19: Listen to Preet’s interview with Pamela Paul on the New York Times Book Review podcast.