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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
by James Comey

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English

Pages

293

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<p>In his book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.</p><p>Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.</p>
My Brother Jason: The untold story of Jason Corbett’s life and ...
by , Ralph Riegel

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

May 18, 2018

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<p>In August 2014 Limerick man Jason Corbett was murdered by his wife, Molly Martens, and her father, ex-FBI agent Tom Martens, in the bedroom of their luxury North Carolina home. He had been savagely beaten to death with a baseball bat and brick while his children slept nearby. For his sister, Tracey Corbett-Lynch, and the rest of his family in Ireland it was just the beginning of the nightmare that would involve a custody battle for his orphaned children, an online hate campaign by Molly Martens and, ultimately, the gripping trial that would lead to her conviction, alongside her father, for his murder.</p><p><i>My Brother Jason</i> is the story of how this seemingly all-American girl from a picture-perfect family targeted the widowed Jason Corbett, becoming nanny to his children in a desperate bid to create the family and security she craved, thus setting in motion a series of events that would lead to Jason’s brutal killing by the woman he had once loved.</p><p>Here, for the first time, Tracey Corbett-Lynch tells her family’s side of the story in a book that contains shocking revelations about Molly Marten’s history of strange behaviour and the lengths she was willing to go to in order to get custody of Jason’s children.</p><p>With full access to Jason’s letters, emails, keepsakes and photographs, it is the story of how an ordinary, loving family was torn apart by the brutal murder of their beloved brother.</p>
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America
by Timothy Snyder

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries’ longstanding policies and values.<br /><br />But this threat to the West also presents the opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us—between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood—Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

October 21, 2014

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<b><b>#1 <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller | <b>Named one of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the <i>Kirkus Reviews </i>Prize | An American Library Association Notable Book</b></b><br /><br />A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.<br />  <br /> <i>Just Mercy </i>is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Just Mercy</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br />“Every bit as moving as <i>To Kill a Mockingbird, </i>and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”<b>—David Cole, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela.”<b>—Nicholas Kristof, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. <i>Just Mercy</i> will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.”<b>—Ted Conover, <i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br />  <br /> “As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.”<b><i>—The Financial Times</i></b><br />  <br /> “Brilliant.”<b><i>—The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. <i>Just Mercy</i> is his inspiring and powerful story.”<b>—John Grisham</b><br />  <br /> “Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and <i>Just Mercy</i> is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.”<b>—Michelle Alexander, author of <i>The New Jim Crow</i></b>
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and...
by Dave Grossman

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English

Pages

420

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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<DIV><B>A controversial psychological examination of how soldiers’ willingness to kill has been encouraged and exploited to the detriment of contemporary civilian society.</B><BR />  <BR /> Psychologist and US Army Ranger Dave Grossman writes that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to pull the trigger in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion.<BR />  <BR /> The mental cost for members of the military, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The sociological cost for the rest of us is even worse: Contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques and, Grossman argues, is responsible for the rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young.<BR />  <BR /> Drawing from interviews, personal accounts, and academic studies, <I>On Killing</I> is an important look at the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.<BR />  </DIV>
The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

January 16, 2012

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<div>Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. <i>The New Jim Crow</i> is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."<br /><br />Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the <i>Daily Kos</i>, "explosive" by <i>Kirkus</i>, and "profoundly necessary" by the <i>Miami Herald</i>, this updated and revised paperback edition of <i>The New Jim Crow</i>, now with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.</div>
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segre...
by Richard Rothstein

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<p>This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (<em>New York Times Book Review</em>).</p><br />Widely heralded as a “masterful” (<em>Washington Post</em>) and “essential” (<em>Slate</em>) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s <em>The Color of Law</em> offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, “virtually indispensable” study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history (<em>Chicago Daily Observer</em>), <em>The Color of Law</em> forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.
Speed Reading: How to Increase your Reading Speed, Learning Abili...
by Logan G Davidson

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English

Pages

94

Publication Date

May 11, 2018

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Speed Reading: How to Increase Your Reading Speed, Learning Abilities, and Comprehension is your ticket to better reading. By reading this book, you will learn what speed reading is, how to break bad reading habits, techniques on how to successfully speed read, tips on reading effectively, and maintaining good reading comprehension.<br /> <br />The reasons to learn how to speed read are numerous and include:<br />· Better reading comprehension<br />· Better long-term memory of what you read<br />· Get better grades and prepare for tests and projects more effectively.<br />· Better focus<br />· Get organized.<br />· Learn valuable study skills.<br />· Increased productivity in less time<br />· Aid in a new career or getting that promotion<br />· Get back your personal time<br />· Reduce frustration and learn to love reading<br /> <br /> <br />This book will help you in all those ways by showing you how to build a speed-reading toolkit and showing you how and when to use each tool for the most effective speed reading results. If you follow the directions, you should see results in a few days of practice and be well on your way to becoming a master speed reader in just a few months.<br /> <br />You might even be surprised by the ways speed reading will affect your life for the better. Reading quicker will mean less time reading subtitles, labels, phone books, and more. You will be able to organize and find items in notes easier, and you will research more effectively as well. There are no limits to the benefits of speed reading.
Why Honor Matters
by Tamler Sommers

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<div><b>A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality</b></div><div><br /></div><div>To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized society. But for philosopher Tamler Sommers, a sense of honor is essential to living moral lives. In <i >Why Honor Matters</i>, Sommers argues that our collective rejection of honor has come at great cost. Reliant only on Enlightenment liberalism, the United States has become the home of the cowardly, the shameless, the selfish, and the alienated. Properly channeled, honor encourages virtues like courage, integrity, and solidarity, and gives a sense of living for something larger than oneself. Sommers shows how honor can help us address some of society's most challenging problems, including education, policing, and mass incarceration. Counterintuitive and provocative, <i >Why Honor Matters</i> makes a convincing case for honor as a cornerstone of our modern society.</div><div><br /></div>
THE BEAST I LOVED: A Battered Woman's Desperate Struggle To Survi...
by Robert Davidson

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English

Pages

390

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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Before domestic violence hot lines and safe houses were widespread, June Briand shot four bullets into her husband’s head and was sentenced to fifteen years to life. This is the shocking true story of survival—and the intense bond June shared with her pathologically violent husband, a monster who physically and sexually tortured, degraded and dominated her so relentlessly that she refused to believe he was dead even after she killed him.<br /><br />What kind of woman would slay her own husband? What kind of man would drive her to do it? Why didn’t she just leave him? Based on hundreds of hours interviewing June Briand, speaking with her lawyers, and poring over countless pages of court transcripts, police and hospital records, and interviews with virtually every key person involved with this case, the author explores those difficult questions while exposing the twisted dynamics of a relationship that enslaves a woman—and drives her to kill the beast she loved when she was finally out of hope, out of time, and out of her mind. <br /><br />At once terrifying and maddening, heartrending and ultimately exhilarating—including an unforgettable glimpse inside a maximum security prison—THE BEAST I LOVED is a book you won’t soon forget.

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