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Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save ...
by , David Fisher

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<strong>THE </strong><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em></strong><strong> BESTSELLER<br />A </strong><strong><em>Mental Floss</em></strong><strong> Book to Read in Summer 2019</strong><br />“Gripping.… <em>Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense</em> is a must-read.” <strong>—NPR<br />A President on Trial. A Reputation at Stake.</strong><br /><strong><em>ABC News</em></strong><strong> legal correspondent and host of </strong><strong><em>LIVE PD</em></strong><strong> Dan Abrams reveals the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s last stand—an epic courtroom battle against corruption—in this thrilling follow-up to the </strong><strong><em>New York Times</em></strong><strong> bestseller </strong><strong><em>Lincoln’s Last Trial</em></strong><strong>.</strong><br />“No more dramatic courtroom scene has ever been enacted,” reported the <em>Syracuse</em> Herald on May 22, 1915 as it covered “the greatest libel suit in history,” a battle fought between former President Theodore Roosevelt and the leader of the Republican party. <br />Roosevelt , the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, had accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him. The spectacle of Roosevelt defending himself in a lawsuit captured the imagination of the nation, and more than fifty newspapers sent reporters to cover the trial. Accounts from inside and outside the courtroom combined with excerpts from the trial transcript give us Roosevelt in his own words and serve as the heart of <em>Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense</em>. <br />This was Roosevelt’s final fight to defend his political legacy, and perhaps regain his fading stature. He spent more than a week on the witness stand, revealing hidden secrets of the American political system, and then endured a merciless cross-examination. Witnesses including a young Franklin D. Roosevelt and a host of well-known political leaders were questioned by two of the most brilliant attorneys in the country. <br />Following the case through court transcripts, news reports, and other primary sources, Dan Abrams and David Fisher present a high-definition picture of the American legal system in a nation standing on the precipice of the Great War, with its former president fighting for the ideals he held dear.
Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in...
by Peter Houlahan

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

June 11, 2019

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<b>“[An] alarming account of a bank heist that rocked the country in 1980 and reflected ‘the peculiar zeitgeist of that decade’ in all its cockeyed drama . . . For a first-time writer, Houlahan sure knows how to dramatize a scene. His cinematic treatment of the robbery itself reads like wildfire, the fatal shootout with the police ends in colorful chaos, and the huge manhunt through San Bernardino National Forest conducted by ‘Hunt & Kill Teams’ is a nail-biter.” —Marilyn Stasio, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><br /><br /><i>Norco ’80</i> tells the story of how five heavily armed young men—led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian—attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U.S. history, forever changing the face of American law enforcement. Part action thriller and part courtroom drama, <i>Norco ’80</i> transports the reader back to the Southern California of the 1970s, an era of predatory evangelical gurus, doomsday predictions, megachurches, and soaring crime rates, with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all.<br /><br /> <br /><br />In this riveting true story, a group of landscapers transformed into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons. Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones. When it was over, three were dead and close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky, and thirty-two police vehicles were destroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo. The resulting trial shook the community to the core, raising many issues that continue to plague society today: from the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder within law enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of local police forces.
The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.
by Evan Ratliff

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English

Pages

446

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<b>The incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux—the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur</b><br /><br /><b><b>“A tour de force of shoe-leather reporting—undertaken, amid threats and menacing, at considerable personal risk.”—<i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br /></b>It all started as an online prescription drug network, supplying hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of painkillers to American customers. It would not stop there. Before long, the business had turned into a sprawling multinational conglomerate engaged in almost every conceivable aspect of criminal mayhem. Yachts carrying $100 million in cocaine. Safe houses in Hong Kong filled with gold bars. Shipments of methamphetamine from North Korea. Weapons deals with Iran. Mercenary armies in Somalia. Teams of hit men in the Philippines. Encryption programs so advanced that the government could not break them.<br /><br /> The man behind it all, pulling the strings from a laptop in Manila, was Paul Calder Le Roux—a reclusive programmer turned criminal genius who could only exist in the networked world of the twenty-first century, and the kind of self-made crime boss that American law enforcement had never imagined.<br /><br /> For half a decade, DEA agents played a global game of cat-and-mouse with Le Roux as he left terror and chaos in his wake. Each time they came close, he would slip away. It would take relentless investigative work, and a shocking betrayal from within his organization, to catch him. And when he was finally caught, the story turned again, as Le Roux struck a deal to bring down his own organization and the people he had once employed.<br /><br /> Award-winning investigative journalist Evan Ratliff spent four years piecing together this intricate puzzle, chasing Le Roux’s empire and his shadowy henchmen around the world, conducting hundreds of interviews and uncovering thousands of documents. The result is a riveting, unprecedented account of a crime boss built by and for the digital age.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Mastermind<br /></i></b><br />“<i>The Mastermind</i> is true crime at its most stark and vivid depiction. Evan Ratliff’s work is well done from beginning to end, paralleling his investigative work with the work of the many federal agents developing the case against LeRoux.”<b>—<i>San Francisco Book Review </i>(five stars)</b><br /><br />“A wholly engrossing story that joins the worlds of El Chapo and Edward Snowden; both disturbing and memorable.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews </i>(starred review)</b>
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by John Grisham

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English

Pages

458

Publication Date

March 09, 2010

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<p><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence.</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>“Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br />In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free.<br /> <br />Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, <i>The Innocent Man</i> reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.<br /> <br /><b>Praise for <i>The Innocent Man</i></b><br /> <br />“Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.”<b>—<i>The</i> <i>Boston Globe</i></b><br /> <br />“A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.”<b>—<i>Time</i></b><br /><i> </i><br />“A triumph.”<b><i>—The Seattle Times</i></b><br /><br /><b>BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham’s <i>The Litigators.</i></b></p>
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and th...
by Gilbert King

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English

Pages

453

Publication Date

March 06, 2012

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<div></div><div><b></b></div><div><b>* </strong><strong><strong>Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction</strong></strong></div><div><b>* Nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award </b><br /><b>* Book of the Year (Non-fiction, 2012) <i>The Boston Globe</i>, <i>Christian Science Monitor</i></b></div><div><b><i> </i></b></div></b>In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day's end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as "the Groveland Boys." <br /><br />And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," and the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual threats that he would be next. <br /><br />Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as "one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.
Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed Am...
by Chris DeRose

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<b >"There may be no two more addicting topics to people right now than politics and true crime. <i>Star Spangled Scandal </i>delves into both of these—with a heavy dose of sex added in."</b><BR> <BR> <b > — NPR book review</b><BR> <BR> <i >“… and sir I do assure you he has as much the use of your wife as you have.”</i><BR> <BR> — From an anonymous note delivered to Congressman Daniel Sickles on February 24, 1859<BR> <BR> It is two years before the Civil War, and Congressman Daniel Sickles and his lovely wife Teresa are popular fixtures in Washington, D.C. society. Their house sits on Lafayette Square across from White House grounds, and the president himself is godfather to the Sickles’ six-year-old daughter. Because Congressman Sickles is frequently out of town, he trusts his friend, U.S. Attorney Philip Barton Key—son of Francis Scott Key—to escort the beautiful Mrs. Sickles to parties in his absence. Revelers in D.C. are accustomed to the sight of the congressman’s wife with the tall, Apollo-like Philip Barton Key, who is considered “the handsomest man in all Washington society… foremost among the popular men of the capital.”<BR> <BR> <b >Then one day an anonymous note sets into motion a tragic course of events that culminates in a shocking murder in broad daylight in Lafayette Square.</b> <BR> <BR> This is the riveting true story of the murder and trial that sparked a national debate on madness, male honor, female virtue, fidelity, and the rule of law. Bestselling author Chris DeRose (<i >The Presidents’ War</i>) uses diary entries, letters, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness testimonies to bring the characters to thrilling life in this antebellum true crime history. 
First: Sandra Day O'Connor
by Evan Thomas

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English

Pages

455

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives—by the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Evan Thomas.</b><br /><br /><b>“She’s a hero for our time, and this is the biography for our time.”—Walter Isaacson</b><br /><br /> She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her law school class in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O’Connor’s story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings—doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness.<br /><br /> She became the first ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the United States Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the Court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer’s, O’Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise.<br /><br /> Women and men who want to be leaders and be first in their own lives—who want to learn when to walk away and when to stand their ground—will be inspired by O’Connor’s example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family, who believed in serving her country, and who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for all women.<br /><br /><b>Praise for </b><i><b>First</b></i><br /><br />“Cinematic . . . poignant . . . illuminating and eminently readable . . . <i>First</i> gives us a real sense of Sandra Day O’Connor the human being. . . . Thomas gives O’Connor the credit she deserves.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> “[A] fascinating and revelatory biography . . . a richly detailed picture of [O’Connor’s] personal and professional life . . . Evan Thomas’s book is not just a biography of a remarkable woman, but an elegy for a worldview that, in law as well as politics, has disappeared from the nation’s main stages.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
by , James A. Robinson

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English

Pages

556

Publication Date

March 20, 2012

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<b>Brilliant and engagingly written, <i>Why Nations Fail </i>answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? <br /><i><br /></i></b>Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? <br /><br />Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? <br /><br />Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. <br /><br />The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions—with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories. <br /><br />Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: <br /><br />- China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West? <br /><br />- Are America’s best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority? <br /><br />- What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson’s breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions? <br /><br /><b><i>Why Nations Fail </i>will change the way you look at—and understand—the world. </b>
Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas
by Stephen Budiansky

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English

Pages

587

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<p><strong>The extraordinary story of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most influential justice.</strong></p><br /><p>Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Antietam. He lived ever after with unwavering moral courage, unremitting scorn for dogma, and an insatiable intellectual curiosity.</p><br /><p>Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for nearly three decades, writing a series of famous, eloquent, and often dissenting opinions that would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and ending the Court’s reactionary resistance to social and economic reforms.</p><br /><p>As a pioneering legal scholar, Holmes revolutionized the understanding of common law by showing how the law always evolved to meet the changing needs of society. As an enthusiastic friend and indefatigable correspondent, he wrote thousands of personal letters brimming with humorous philosophical insights, trenchant comments on the current scene, and an abiding joy in fighting the good fight.</p><br /><p>Drawing on many previously unpublished letters and records, Stephen Budiansky’s definitive biography offers the fullest portrait yet of this pivotal American figure, whose zest for life, wit, and intellect left a profound legacy in law and Constitutional rights, and who was an inspiring example of how to lead a meaningful life in a world of uncertainty and upheaval.</p>
Discrimination and Disparities
by Thomas Sowell

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English

Pages

312

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<div><b>An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparities</b></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><div>Economic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics. Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate.</div><div><br /></div><div><i>Discrimination and Disparities</i> gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision--from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.</div></div>

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