The true story of a death row inmate, awaiting execution, whose case could help kill capital punishment.
Surviving Execution is the inside story of Richard Glossip, a death row inmate who has always maintained his innocence, and who did not kill anyone. Convicted largely on the word of the self-confessed killer, who escaped the death penalty in return for implicating Glossip, the state of Oklahoma is still intent on executing him for murder.
It is also the story of Ian Woods, a Sky News reporter, who came across the case one quiet afternoon, and who has tirelessly campaigned ever since to bring the injustices Glossip has faced to the world's attention. Three times during 2015, Richard Glossip came within hours of being put to death, postponed each time from last minute stays, and Woods was with him in prison, as a witness to the execution, every time.
This is the true story of life on death row, written by a man with unparalleled first-hand knowledge, access and understanding of the case. It is a history of execution, a moral examination of the arguments against it, and a call to arms to end this most barbaric forms of American justice. But first and foremost, it is the tale of the growing friendship between the reporter, and the man he believes to be wrongly convicted of murder.
About the Author
Ian Woods was born and educated in Belfast. He moved to England to study at Warwick University, and started work as a journalist in 1984, later joining BBC TV where he presented East Midlands Today in Nottingham. Since 1995 he's worked for Sky News, including spells as Sports Editor, United States Correspondent, Australia Correspondent, and is currently a Senior Correspondent reporting both domestic and international news. Surviving Execution is his first book.
Compelling... Richard Glossip's case stands for everything that is wrong with the death penalty in the United States today. This is a captivating account of his fight for truth. * Sir Richard Branson *
A must read. Ian Woods' work is what objective journalism is all about - telling difficult truths about the barbarism of capital punishment, and telling them brilliantly. * Clive Stafford Smith OBE, Death Penalty campaigner and author of Bad Men *
I believe Richard Glossip really is innocent. There is an integrity and simplicity in him. -- Sister Helen Prejean * Author of DEAD MAN WALKING *
He's clearly innocent. Once a mistake has been made within a judicial system, people just do not want to admit that mistake has been made.
-- Susan Sarandon * Oscar-winner: Best Actress for DEAD MAN WALKING *