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Every Californian's Guide To Estate Planning: Wills, Trust & Ever...
by Liza Hanks

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English

Pages

360

Publication Date

January 18, 2018

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Estate planning books often fall into two categories: Those that are overwhelming and full of jargon, focusing on strategies to avoid taxes, or those that provide a general overview of wills, trusts, and estate planning tools and issues at a basic level. <i>Every Californian's Guide to Estate Planning</i> is different: It focuses on estate planning issues that are unique to people who call California home. California is different from almost anywhere else, people come from all over the world to live here, less than 25% of our families fit the traditional model, property is subject to community property rules, and our property tax rates are kept low until a property changes hands. No other estate planning book on the market addresses international issues, how to plan for blended families, how and why community property matters in an estate plan, or how to pass low property taxes on to your children. Written by an estate planning attorney with more than 15 years of experience, complex issues are explained in clear and concise language with lots of examples based on real life stories.
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 Retreat of Western Liberalism
by Edward Luce

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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"Insightful and harrowing . . . lucidly expounds on the erosion of the West's middle classes, the dysfunction among its political and economic elites and the consequences for America and the world."<b>—Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i></b><p><br /><br /><br /><br />In his widely acclaimed book <i>Time to Start Thinking</i>, <i>Financial Times</i> chief US columnist and commentator Edward Luce charted the course of America's relative decline, proving to be a prescient voice on our current social and political turmoil.<p> <br /><br />In <i>The Retreat of Western Liberalism</i>, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracy—of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a terrifying symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's economic losers, and complacency about our system's durability—attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. The West's faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different.<p> <br /><br />Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent synthesis of the literature and economic analysis, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration, the rise of European populism, and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them from the multiple onslaughts they face in the coming years.
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
by , Mark Olshaker

Language

English

Pages

444

Publication Date

November 26, 1998

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<b>Now a Netflix original series</b><BR> <BR>Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.<BR><BR>In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.<BR> <BR> During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.<BR> <BR> As the model for Jack Crawford in <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
by Jill Leovy

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

January 27, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, USA TODAY, </i>AND <i>CHICAGO TRIBUNE</i> • <b>A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America</b></b><br /><b><br /><b>NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • </b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe <b><b><i>•</i></b></b> The Economist • The Globe and Mail <b><b><i>•</i></b></b> BookPage <b><b><i>•</i></b></b> Kirkus Reviews</i></b></b><br /><br /> On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.<br /><br /> But as soon as the case is assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shift.<br /><br /> Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential, but mostly ignored, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. <i>Ghettoside </i>is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Ghettoside</i></b><br /><br />“A serious and kaleidoscopic achievement . . . [Jill Leovy is] a crisp writer with a crisp mind and the ability to boil entire skies of information into hard journalistic rain.”<b>—Dwight Garner, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />“Masterful . . . gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it.”<b>—<i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br />“Moving and engrossing.”<b>—<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><br /><br />“Penetrating and heartbreaking . . . <i>Ghettoside</i> points out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black men’s lives.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br />“Functions both as a snappy police procedural and—more significantly—as a searing indictment of legal neglect . . . Leovy’s powerful testimony demands respectful attention.”<b>—<i>The Boston Globe</i></b><br /><br />“Gritty, heart-wrenching . . . Everyone needs to read this book.”<b>—Michael Connelly</b><br /><br /> “<i>Ghettoside</i> is remarkable: a deep anatomy of lawlessness.”<b>—Atul Gawande, author of <i>Being Mortal<br /></i></b><br />“[Leovy writes] with grace and artistry, and controlled—but bone-deep—outrage in her new book. . . . The most important book about urban violence in a generation.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b> <br /><br />“Riveting . . . This timely book could not be more important.”<b>—Associated Press<i><br /></i></b><br />“Leovy’s relentless reporting has produced a book packed with valuable, hard-won insights—and it serves as a crucial, 366-page reminder that ‘black lives matter.’ ”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br />“A compelling analysis of the factors behind the epidemic of black-on-black homicide . . . an important book, which deserves a wide audience.”<b>—Hari Kunzru, <i>The Guardian</i></b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Ag...
by , Kevin Maurer

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English

Pages

364

Publication Date

October 23, 2017

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<b>THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />The explosive memoir of a Muslim American FBI agent fighting terror from the inside.</b><br /><br />It’s no secret that federal agencies are waging a broad, global war against terror. But for the first time in this memoir, an active Muslim American federal agent reveals his experience infiltrating and bringing down a terror cell in North America.<br /><br />A longtime undercover agent, Tamer Elnoury joined an elite counterterrorism unit after September 11. Its express purpose is to gain the trust of terrorists whose goals are to take out as many Americans in as public and as devastating a way possible. It's a furious race against the clock for Tamer and his unit to stop them before they can implement their plans. Yet as new as this war still is, the techniques are as old as time: listen, record, and prove terrorist intent. <br /><br />Due to his ongoing work for the FBI, Elnoury writes under a pseudonym. An Arabic-speaking Muslim American, a patriot, a hero: To many Americans, it will be a revelation that he and his team even exist, let alone the vital and dangerous work they do keeping all Americans safe.
Blockchain: The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Technology B...
by Artemis Caro

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English

Pages

59

Publication Date

August 15, 2017

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<h2><i>"What the Internet did for communications, Blockchain will do for trusted transactions".</i>- Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO</h2><br /><br /><h2>Get the Kindle version for <b>FREE</b> when you purchase the paperback!</h2><br /><b>Cryptocurrency and it's disruptive architecture, Blockchain, is now making the biggest revolution in the Finance sector for the last 100 years.<br /></b><br />There is a lot of hype surrounding the concept of the blockchain, but what does this term actually mean? What is blockchain technology? Why does it matter? <br /><br />These questions are not always answered with due diligence in the sea of headlines that deal with digital currencies using blockchains.<br /> As a result, many people are left with an incomplete understanding of this transformative new technology and its massive implications for the future. <br /><br /><b>The goal of this book is not to plumb the depths of the mathematical wizardry used to code blockchain-based applications, but rather to serve as an introduction to the broader architecture and conceptual background behind blockchain technology. <br /></b><br /><h2>We will take a practical approach, examining how Blockchains are used in the real world.</h2><br /><b>In this short, concise guide you will learn:<br /></b><br /><ul><li>A Brief History of Blockchain Technology</li><li>Blockchain Basics: Managing Digital Transactions</li><li>What is a Distributed Ledger? </li><li>Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin </li><li>Implications Of Blockchain: Big Data, Privacy & Personal Data</li><li>Profiting from Blockchain Technologies </li><li>Limitations & Challenges of Blockchain</li><li>The Future of Blockchain </li></ul><b>For Centuries, people have relied on corrupt Centralized Institutions like banks and Governments to serve as intermediaries when it comes to storing and transacting financial assets. <br /></b><br /><h2><i>This is ALL About To Change...</i></h2><br /><b>Make sure you take action and join the Financial Revolution by reading this book!<br /></b><br /><br />
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>
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segre...
by Richard Rothstein

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<p>A <em>Publisher's Weekly</em> Top 10 Best Books of 2017<br /><br />Long-listed for the National Book Award<br /><br /><br /><br />"Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation." —William Julius Wilson</p><br /><p>In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through <em>de facto</em> segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, <em>The Color of Law</em> incontrovertibly makes clear that it was <em>de jure</em> segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.</p><br /><p>Through extraordinary revelations and extensive research that Ta-Nehisi Coates has lauded as "brilliant" (<em>The Atlantic</em>), Rothstein comes to chronicle nothing less than an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how this process of <em>de jure</em> segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the south to the north.</p><br /><p>As Jane Jacobs established in her classic <em>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</em>, it was the deeply flawed urban planning of the 1950s that created many of the impoverished neighborhoods we know. Now, Rothstein expands our understanding of this history, showing how government policies led to the creation of officially segregated public housing and the demolition of previously integrated neighborhoods. While urban areas rapidly deteriorated, the great American suburbanization of the post–World War II years was spurred on by federal subsidies for builders on the condition that no homes be sold to African Americans. Finally, Rothstein shows how police and prosecutors brutally upheld these standards by supporting violent resistance to black families in white neighborhoods.</p><br /><p>The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited future discrimination but did nothing to reverse residential patterns that had become deeply embedded. Yet recent outbursts of violence in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and Minneapolis show us precisely how the legacy of these earlier eras contributes to persistent racial unrest. “The American landscape will never look the same to readers of this important book” (Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund), as Rothstein’s invaluable examination shows that only by relearning this history can we finally pave the way for the nation to remedy its unconstitutional past.</p>
Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars
by Juan Martinez

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English

Pages

499

Publication Date

February 16, 2016

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<p>Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation.</p><p>Through two trials, America watched with baited breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of Murder One for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death. What emerged was a story wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit that stunned the public at every turn. Arias, always playing the wronged and innocent woman, changed her story continually as her bizarre behavior surrounding the crime and its aftermath came to light. Unwavering, Arias and her defense team continued to play off the salacious details of the case, until she was finally found guilty and—controversially—sentenced to life behind bars.</p><p>Now, speaking openly for the first time, prosecutor Juan Martinez will unearth new details from the investigation that were never revealed at trial, exploring key facts from the case and the pieces of evidence he chose to keep close to the vest. Throughout the trials, his bullish and unfaltering prosecution strategy was both commended and criticized, and in his book, Martinez will illuminate the unique tactics he utilized in this case and how they lead to a successful conviction, and-for the first time-discuss how he felt losing the death penalty sentence he’d pursued for years.</p><p>Going beyond the news reports, Martinez will explore the truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias. Sparring with her from across the stand, Martinez came to know Arias like no one else could, dissecting what it took for a seemingly normal girl to become a deluded, cunning, and unrepentant murderer.</p><p>With new stories from behind the scenes of the trial and Martinez’s own take on his defendant, the book takes you inside the mind of Jodi Arias like never before. Complete with 16 pages of photos from the case and trial, this book is the definitive account of the case that shocked America.</p>

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