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Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones

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English

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383

Publication Date

April 21, 2015

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<b>Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction</b><br /><b><b><br /></b>Named on Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (<i>Politico</i>) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (<i>Bloomberg</i>/<i>WSJ</i>) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (<i>WSJ</i>) Books of the Year--Slate.com's 10 Best Books of 2015--<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>'s 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed's 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast's Best Big Idea Books of 2015--<i>Seattle Times</i>' Best Books of 2015--<i>Boston Globe</i>'s Best Books of 2015--<i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i>'s Best Books of 2015--<i>The Guardian</i>'s The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible's Best Books of 2015--<i>Texas Observer</i>'s Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library's Best Nonfiction Books of 2015</b><br /><br /><b>From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.</b><br /><br />In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of <i>Dreamland</i>. <br /> <br />With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.<br /> <br />Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. <i>Dreamland</i> is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

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English

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338

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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>
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
by , Curt Gentry

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English

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674

Publication Date

December 17, 2001

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<p><strong>The #1 True Crime Bestseller of All Time—7 Million Copies Sold</strong></p><br /><p>In the summer of 1969, in Los Angeles, a series of brutal, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. A famous actress (and her unborn child), an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims. A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LeBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his "family" of devoted young women and men. What was his hold over them? And what was the motivation behind such savagery? In the public imagination, over time, the case assumed the proportions of myth. The murders marked the end of the sixties and became an immediate symbol of the dark underside of that era.</p><br /><p>Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, and this book is his enthralling account of how he built his case from what a defense attorney dismissed as only "two fingerprints and Vince Bugliosi." The meticulous detective work with which the story begins, the prosecutor's view of a complex murder trial, the reconstruction of the philosophy Manson inculcated in his fervent followers…these elements make for a true crime classic. <em>Helter Skelter</em> is not merely a spellbinding murder case and courtroom drama but also, in the words of <em>The New Republic</em>, a "social document of rare importance."</p><br />Some images in this ebook are not displayed due to permissions issues.
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Fa...
by Philip Gourevitch

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

September 04, 1999

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<p><b>An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity.</b></p><p>This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech--largely by machete--it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title.</p><p>With keen dramatic intensity, Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda's "genocidal logic" in the anguish of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa.</p><p>Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society? This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane, habitable political orders, and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity.</p><p><i>We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families</i> is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.</p>
Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers ...
by , Tom Shachtman

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English

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304

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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<p><b>LEARN THE TRUE STORY OF ONE OF THE FBI PROFILERS WHO COINED THE PHRASE "SERIAL KILLER"</b></p><p>Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran Robert K. Ressler learned how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us -- and put them behind bars. In <i>Whoever Fights Monsters</i>, Ressler—<b>the inspiration for the character Agent Bill Tench in David Fincher's hit TV show Mindhunter</b>—shows how he was able to track down some of the country's most brutal murderers.</p><p>Ressler, the FBI Agent and ex-Army CID colonel who advised Thomas Harris on <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose to the way they kill to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them—Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers. And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler goes behind prison walls to hear bizarre first-hand stories from countless convicted murderers, including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy; Edmund Kemper; and Son of Sam. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills is one of the FBI's most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.</p><p>Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for the world's most dangerous psychopaths in this terrifying journey you will not forget.</p>
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
by Johann Hari

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

January 20, 2015

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><b>The Book Behind the Viral TED Talk</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>For the first time, the startling full story of the disastrous war on drugs--propelled by moving human stories, revolutionary insight into addiction, and fearless international reporting.</b><b><br /><br /></b>What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not be able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, unable to know what to do, he set out on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to discover what really causes addiction--and what really solves it.<br /><br />He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories--of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their war on drugs--with extraordinary results.<br /><br />His discoveries led him to give a TED talk and animation which have now been viewed more than 25 million times. This is the story of a life-changing journey that showed the world the opposite of addiction is connection.
Wiseguy: The 25th Anniversary Edition
by Nicholas Pileggi

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English

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306

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September 27, 2011

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Nicholas Pileggi’s vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill—the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was to own the world,” who grew up to live the highs and lows of the mafia gangster’s life—has been hailed as “the best book ever written on organized crime” (<I>Cosmopolitan</I>).<BR><BR>This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece <I>GoodFellas, </I>which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds…with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of <I>Wiseguy </I>and overseeing all the unforgettable action. <BR> <BR>Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob—from one who’s lived it.
Violence of Mind: Training and Preparation for Extreme Violence
by Varg Freeborn

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English

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217

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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A book covering the topic of self-defense from a shocking, first-hand perspective. The subjects of criminal violence, self-defense, lethal force, mindset, firearms training and concealment have never been introduced so comprehensively in one place. Having successfully sold world-wide in its independently published and distributed paperback form, it is now available on Kindle. <br /><br />"A powerful, gripping, and self-reflective roller-coaster that's part cautionary tale, part how-to book on building the counterpart to the high-order predator, Varg makes no apologies for it being an in-your-face look at real violence from the perspective of that rare someone who can speak from deep personal experience, from both sides of the fence. In an industry littered with those often driven by ego, fantasy, and disconnected from reality, there are a vast number of people in this industry that NEED to read this. A book only an authentic leader in the industry could produce, fully-recommended. Read this book if you're serious about personal protection." D.P. Friesen, CLTP, Costa Rica<br /><br />Varg Freeborn is an author, fitness coach, violence educator and lethal force instructor widely known for his unique background in the violent criminal underworld. His breadth of experience is unmatched in criminal violence education and self-defense training.
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by John Grisham

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English

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458

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March 09, 2010

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<p><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • In the vein of <i>Serial </i>and <i>Making a Murderer, </i>John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, it’s a book no American can afford to miss.</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 /> <b>Praise for <i>The Innocent Man</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Grisham has written both an American tragedy and his strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</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>
The Big Book of Serial Killers: 150 Serial Killer Files of the Wo...
by , Rebecca Lo

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 10, 2017

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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us. <br /><br />These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader’s, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community. <br /><br />This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so the range is broad.<br /><br />Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy to follow collection of information on the world’s most heinous murderers.<br />

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