The truest book ever written about America. As our greatest author of both the non-fiction and the novel genres, Norman Mailer’s non-fiction novel hybrid, The Executioner’s Song, is American literature at its finest. It tells the story of Gary Gilmore, the first man to receive the death penalty after it was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. He was shot through the heart—a rather ruthless method that’s only allowed in Utah. But this story is also about Mormons and the ACLU, fanaticism and justice. You don’t understand anything at all until you have read this. You must.