A Saint on Death Row
The life story of a young man who transformed himself – and others – during his 11 years in prison.
Dominique Green, a poor black man from Houston, could easily have ended up like others executed on Texas’s Death Row: buried beneath a headstone sporting nothing but an X and a date. Instead, his ashes are buried in the shadow of a beautiful basilica in Rome.
They are there because of his ingenuity – and the remarkable transformation he brought about in his own life and the lives of others during the 11 years he spent in the most restricted section of state prison.
In A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green, Thomas Cahill pays poignant tribute to a young life that ended at age 30 by lethal injection, but affected almost all who met him. After visiting Dominique in prison, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Green’s hero, called him “a remarkable advertisement for God.”
Cahill, author of the bestselling, seven-book “Hinges of History in the Western World” series – including “How the Irish Saved Civilization” and “The Gifts of the Jews” – came to know Green well and care about him deeply. They met through a retired judge from Chicago, Sheila Murphy, who was working to win the young Texan’s freedom.