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Nebraska Anthropologist (2024) 30


Copyright 2024, Mack Cristino. Used by permission


Review of Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains by Alexa Hagerty. 2023. Crown Publishing Group, New York. xvi + pp. 228. $28.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-593-44313-2. Review by: Mack Cristino, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexa Hagerty pours her entire heart into this book in both recounting her own personal experiences and passions in contributing to the repatriation of these victims and in bringing about awareness of such governmental corruption. Millions of innocent people are dead at the hands of greedy figureheads, and it is in the marriage of forensics and empathy that we will solve these crimes and bring these people back to their families. Hagerty’s work pleads for the continued growth of empathetic attitudes and a sense of humanity in the forensic sciences.

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