Benjamin Welton, New York Journal of Books

Seligman writes with speed and interest about the often dry world of criminal law. The Third Degree is a fascinating and easy read that can be consumed in one sitting. You will end the day much smarter, for this book is highly informative. MORE

Mara Bovsun, New York Daily News

Although no one could predict it at the time, the grisly scene would one day contribute to a sweeping change in U.S. justice, wrote Scott Seligman in his book The Third Degree. This triple homicide is one reason Americans know, by heart, the words, 'You have the right to remain silent. MORE

叶君, 上海美国研究

在苏思纲看来,宦祥生虽然遭遇了司法不公,但他的故事对美国司法制度的完善改进起到了积极作用。他说:宦案的重要性并不在于被告是否真的有罪,而是让我们认识到,一个人在被证明有罪之前都应被假定为是无罪的,我们应该对嫌疑人提供必要的保护,防止冤假错案的发生,哪怕这意味着偶尔会有罪犯逃脱法网. MORE

Ashley Harunaga, International Examiner

The Third Degree is a call to remind us of the bias against immigrants and minorities especially in regards to treatment by the police, which is especially relevant to contemporary times. I leave this book wishing that others will read this and educate themselves on institutional biases that existed back then and still need to be addressed now and in the future. MORE

Dinah Rokach, The Beacon

This book addresses issues of racism against minority defendants, coercive police tactics (the third degree) and forced confessions, the morality of the death penalty, and the importance of skilled legal representation from trial through the appellate process. MORE


Meredith Grahl Counts, Foreword Reviews

This is a book with real crime-noir appeal and serious implications. Braiding together the stories of the crime, the accused and the legal consequences highlights the significance of the grisly events, bringing potboiler intrigue to legal matters. Seligman deftly investigates the steps taken to protect others from the cruelty and oversight Wan suffered at the hands of the American policing and legal systems. MORE

Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A dramatic and insightful read for anybody who cares about human rights. MORE

John Kelly, Washington Post

Ziang Sung Wan v. United States was referenced in a later court case, one called Miranda v. Arizona. If that sounds familiar, it's because it inspired the dialogue in a thousand police procedurals on TV: You have the right to remain silent.‘“ MORE

Sheri Hoyte, Reader Views

An intense and compelling narrative. Seligman provides thorough education and history in his text that does not bog down the actual telling of the story. MORE

Mary Welek Atwell, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

It tells a fascinating story and raises some significant questions about the rights and protections of people - especially those regarded as 'outsiders' - who are brought in contact with the criminal justice system. MORE

Seth Ferranti, Vice

Scott Seligman breaks down the true crime saga that shocked the nation and helped shape police interactions in the legal system and American popular culture. MORE

Paul French, Author of the Bestselling Midnight in Peking

Scott D. Seligman has recovered from history a ghastly true crime from 1919 that had a significant impact on the direction of the U.S. justice system. Seligman’s deep knowledge of China, the history of America’s Chinese communities and the U.S. legal system combine to reveal this story of how we protect minorities and the weak within the law.


Professor Ira Belkin, New York University School of Law

In the tradition of such classics as Gideon’s Trumpet, The Third Degree provides the human story behind a seminal Supreme Court decision. Scott D. Seligman, a meticulous researcher and an excellent writer, fills gaps in our knowledge with a story that has never been told before. Anyone interested in modern American history, the lives of early immigrants or the justice system in its formative years will find this book of interest.

Nancy Yao Maasbach, President, Museum of Chinese in America

With The Third Degree, Seligman finds himself the bonafide creator of the Chinese American sublime. One marvels at Seligman's ability to weave complex, nuanced, unpublished research - often found in multiple dialects - into a moreish masterpiece.

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