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The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

Language

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>
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.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

Language

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>
Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
by Gary Noesner

Language

English

Pages

242

Publication Date

September 21, 2010

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<b>The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves as a basis for the upcoming series <i>Waco</i>.</b><br /><br />In <i>Stalling for Time, </i>the FBI’s chief hostage negotiator takes readers on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI’s nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines. Whether vividly recounting showdowns with the radical Republic of Texas militia or clashes with colleagues and superiors that expose the internal politics of America’s premier law enforcement agency, <i>Stalling for Time</i> crackles with insight and breathtaking suspense. Case by case, minute by minute, it’s a behind-the-scenes view of a visionary crime fighter in action.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Stalling for Time</i></b><br /><br />“Riveting . . . the most in-depth and absorbing section is devoted to the 1993 siege near Waco, Texas.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />“Captivating . . . an electrifying read . . . No Hollywood movie can top this story for thrills, suspense, or action.”<b><i>—New York Journal of Books</i></b><br />  <br /> “Certain to fascinate true crime readers . . . The compelling centerpiece of the book is Noesner’s analysis of ‘what went wrong at Waco’ with the Branch Davidians.”<b><i>—Publishers Weekly</i></b><br />  <br /> “An intense, immersive narrative . . . vicariously entertaining.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br />  <br /> “Engrossing . . . The book is also an intimate history of contemporary American militia movements.”<b>—<i>New Republic</i></b>
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and...
by Dave Grossman

Language

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>
American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Ag...
by , Kevin Maurer

Language

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.
The Isotoner Ordeal
by Christopher Leibig

Language

English

Pages

237

Publication Date

February 18, 2018

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Two murders. Two trials. And two kids who were not exactly guilty. The odd part is that the defendant in the first case is the lawyer in the second, which occurs in the same courtroom against the same prosecutor fifteen years later.<br /><br />When young defense attorney David Stillman takes an alcohol-fueled hiatus from his law practice, he meets Michaela, an exotic older woman who gradually pulls the story of David’s haunted and past out of him as a romance develops. While the relation by David of the childhood saga of he and his violent group of teenage friends proves cathartic, his relationship with the eccentric Michaela leads David down a bizarre path that leads him to question everything he thought he knew about his life – and the murder for which he narrowly escaped conviction years ago.
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
by Jill Leovy

Language

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>
You Have the Right to Remain Innocent
by James Duane

Language

English

Pages

154

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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<p><b>An urgent, compact manifesto that will teach you how to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future when talking to police.</b></p><p>Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the police—especially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of trouble with the law. In this timely, relevant, and pragmatic new book, he expands on that presentation, offering a vigorous defense of every citizen’s constitutionally protected right to avoid self-incrimination. Getting a lawyer is not only the best policy, Professor Duane argues, it’s also the advice law-enforcement professionals give their own kids.</p><p>Using actual case histories of innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison because of information they voluntarily gave to police, Professor Duane demonstrates the critical importance of a constitutional right not well or widely understood by the average American. Reflecting the most recent attitudes of the Supreme Court, Professor Duane argues that it is now even easier for police to use your own words against you. This lively and informative guide explains what everyone needs to know to protect themselves and those they love.</p>
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
by Jr., James Forman

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p>In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In <i>Locking Up Our Own, </i>he seeks to understand why. </p><p>Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness—and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.</p><p>A former D.C. public defender, Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims. He writes with compassion about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas—from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency. <i>Locking Up Our Own </i>enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.</p>

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