Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away with It

Harper: HarperCollins. Jan. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9780063241503. $28.99. POL SCI
In his second book, CNN legal analyst Honig (Hatchet Man) sets out to highlight how powerful people are rarely prosecuted and convicted for criminal activity. The author considers various criminal charges, cases, and convictions of the Gambino family, Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, and others prosecuted by the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s NY (SDNY) office in comparison with allegations and court actions against Donald Trump. The author compares Trump to mafia bosses and convicted criminals who often control the actions of subordinates without saying a word. Despite Trump being the focus of the book, there are some interesting stories about cases tried by SDNY prosecutors. Chapter 16 comes the closest to really examining what the title promises, as it looks at politicians who were convicted and then let off. There are also many tidbits toward the end of the book that say some judges and prosecutors are part of the problem. It would have been nice to have more chapters like these two sections to balance the focus.
VERDICT This type of book is geared for public libraries more than academic ones.
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