Books by Martin Yant

Presumed Guilty: When Innocent People Are Wrongly Convicted (Prometheus, 1991)

Shows how careless investigations cause thousands of mistaken convictions every year. Ranked in The Washington Post as one of the eight most important books on miscarriages of justice ever published.

Desert Mirage: The True Story of the Gulf War (Prometheus, 1991)

Kirkus Reviews describes it as “in the best tradition of contrarian investigative journalism.” Foreword by John Glenn, who called Yant “a craftsman of meticulous research.”

Rotten to the Core: Crime, Sex and Corruption in Johnny Appleseed’s Hometown (Public Eye, 1994)

The story of what Time called a “painful victory” by a “persistent editor” over small-town corruption. Foreword by Steve Allen.

Rotten to the Core 2: More Crime, Sex and Corruption in Johnny Appleseed’s Hometown (Public Eye, 2003)

An updated account of Yant’s investigation of small-town corruption and how it mirrors what he has found across the country.

Tin Star Tyrants: America’s Crooked Sheriffs (Public Eye, 1995)

What Publisher’s Weekly called an “eye-opening exposé” unmasks the lawless lawmen who have tarnished their badge.

Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward

In Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward, the premise is that much can be learned by ”stepping back” from the focus on the direct causes of wrongful convictions and examining criminal justice systems, and the sociopolitical environments in which they operate. Expert scholars examine the underlying individual, systemic, and social or structural conditions that may help precipitate and sustain wrongful convictions, thereby ”moving forward” the related scholarship.

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