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Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster
by T. J. English

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English

Pages

482

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p>Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In <em>Paddy Whacked</em>, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations, <em>Paddy Whacked</em> is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history -- and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.</p>
When Police Kill
by Franklin E. Zimring

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

February 20, 2017

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Franklin Zimring compiles data from federal records, crowdsourced research, and investigative journalism to provide a comprehensive, fact-based picture of how, when, where, and why police use deadly force. He offers prescriptions for how federal, state, and local governments could reduce killings at minimum cost without risking officers’ lives.
Spying on Canadians: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security S...
by Gregory S. Kealey

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

February 24, 2017

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<P>Award winning author Gregory S. Kealey’s study of Canada’s security and intelligence community before the end of World War II depicts a nation caught up in the Red Scare in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution and tangled up with the imperial interests of first the United Kingdom and then the United States. </P><I> <P>Spying on Canadians</I> brings together over twenty five years of research and writing about political policing in Canada. Through itse use of the Dominion Police and later the RCMP, Canada repressed the labour movement and the political left in defense of capital. The collection focuses on three themes; the nineteenth-century roots of political policing in Canada, the development of a national security system in the twentieth-century, and the ongoing challenges associated with research in this area owing to state secrecy and the inadequacies of access to information legislation. This timely collection alerts all Canadians to the need for the vigilant defence of civil liberties and human rights in the face of the ever increasing intrusion of the state into our private lives in the name of countersubversion and counterterrorism.</P>
True Crime Stories Volume 6: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases ...
by Jack Rosewood

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English

Pages

136

Publication Date

March 06, 2017

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<h2><b>BIG PROMOTION - Over five Jack Rosewood Bestsellers added as free bonuses</b></h2><br /><br />In the following true crime anthology, you will read about twelve true crime stories that have baffled investigators and captured the imagination of the public for years. Among some of the more shocking stories is a trio of mass murder cases from around the world. You will be intrigued to read about how Ronald DeFeo Junior mercilessly gunned down six members of his family in cold blood and how two other cases of mass murder that although not well-known in the United States, shocked the small countries where they took place. You will also follow the criminal investigations of some high-profile cases, such as that of best-selling author Michael Peterson, and see how they were resolved. <br /><br />Some of the true crime murder cases profiled in this volume can only be described as bizarre. You will be introduced to Elifasi Msomi, a failed Zulu witch doctor who became a notorious serial killer, notorious for keeping some of his victims’ blood for various rituals. You will also read about two potential curses that sent many of the people involved with their respective cases to early graves. Finally, the strange case of Robert Dirscherl is profiled. The authorities initially ruled Dirscherl’s death a suicide, but after several decades it now appears that the death may be a case of true murder and not suicide. <br /><br />If you are interested in learning more about man’s dark side, then open the pages of this book. But be warned, some of the murder stories you will read about will be shocking and disturbing. Despite being disturbed by many of these cases, you will also find this volume extremely intriguing and exciting! <br />
The Evil Within: Murdered by her stepbrother - the crime that sho...
by Darren Galsworthy

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

March 10, 2016

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<p>Previously published as Becky, this is the heartbreaking story behind the murder of 16-year-old Bristol schoolgirl Becky Watts, a crime that shocked the nation and tore a family in two.</p><p>A vulnerable and shy girl, Becky Watts was brutally murdered and dismembered by her own step-brother on 19 February 2015. As her father Darren discovered the horrific details of what happened to his darling girl, his world fell apart.</p><p>Writing about the darkest hours, Darren uncovers what Becky’s relationship with her step-brother Nathan, a child he had raised as his own son, was really like. He recalls the devastation of discovering the truth about the depravity with which Becky was torn from him in the safety of her own home. And he recounts the torment of the legal battle to see his step-son sentenced to life behind bars.</p><p>Both heartfelt and haunting, searingly honest and unflinching, this is the ultimate story of a family tragedy.</p>
John Ransom's Andersonville Diary
by John L. Ransom

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

October 09, 2016

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<b><h2>"An altogether exciting and unique, almost priceless documentary." — <em>Library Journal.</em></h2></b><br /><br />Camp Sumter, more commonly known as Andersonville prison, opened in February 1864. <br /><br />Over the course of the Civil War 45,000 Union prisoners were received at the prison, of which 13,000 would never reach homelands again, as in the abhorrent conditions of the camp they succumbed to malnutrition and disease.<br /><br />John Ransom, Quartermaster of Company A, 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry, had been captured in November 1863. <br /><br />He would remain in Confederate prisons, including the notorious Andersonville, until his eventual escape in December 1864.<br /><br />Recording the day-by-day events of life under guard, Ransom notes how his friends around him fought to stay alive or gave up the struggle.<br /><br />Ransom himself goes through moments of despair when he believes he will not last another day, and only survives through the camaraderie and support of his fellow prisoners.<br /><br />A whole array of characters are noted through the pages of the diary, from the Andersonville Raiders who were ruthless Union prisoners that persecuted those around them to survive, to more benevolent figures like George Hendryx who was always looking for a way to escape and the Native American Battese who helped Ransom through his darkest days.<br /><br />"The Civil War produced many diaries, but few as appealing and readable as this one." — <em>Publishers Weekly.</em><br /><br />"A tale of adventure, of suspense from beginning to end, of fierce hate and great love, of the incredible callousness of man and the incredible warmth of man — with the added knowledge that 'it really happened.'" — Bruce Catton.<br /><br />“As compelling and powerful as a novel” – <em>Los Angeles Times.</em><br /><br />John Ransom was a printer in Jackson, Michigan before the war. He eventually escaped from Confederate prisons and returned to the north. He features as a character in Mackinlay Kantor’s Pulitzer Prize winning book <em>Andersonville</em>. His diary was published in 1881. He died at the age of 76 on 23rd September 1919 in Los Angeles County. <br />
In Cold Blood (Vintage International)
by Truman Capote

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 09, 2001

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<p><b>National Bestseller <br></b><br>On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. </p><p>As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. <b>In Cold Blood</b> is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.</p>
Shakespeare Saved My Life
by Laura Bates

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

April 02, 2013

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<h2><strong>A female professor, a super maximum security prisoner, and how Shakespeare saved them both</strong></h2><p> Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer <strong>Laura Bates</strong> thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before - supermax solitary confinement. </p><p>In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is <strong>Larry Newton</strong>. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. </p><p><strong>A testament to the power of literature</strong>, <em>Shakespeare Saved My Life</em> is a remarkable memoir. Fans of <em>Orange is the New Black</em> (Piper Kerman), <em>A Place to Stand</em> (Jimmy Baca) and <em>I Couldn't Help Myself</em> (Wally Lamb) will be be inspired by the story of the most unlikely friendship, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years-a friendship that would, in the end, save more than one life.</p><h2> <strong>What readers are saying about Shakespeare Saved My Life</strong></h2><p>"I was <strong>tremendously moved</strong> by both the potential impact of Shakespeare and learning on human beings and the story of this one man."</p><p>"This is one of the most <strong>extraordinary</strong> books I've ever read."</p><p>"I have never read a book that <strong>touched</strong> me as much as this memoir."</p><p>"It is a challenging and <strong>remarkable</strong> story."</p><p>"I loved this book so much. <strong>It changed my life</strong>." </p><h2><strong>What reviewers are saying about Shakespeare Saved My Life</strong></h2><p><strong>"</strong>You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book. "Shakespeare Saved My Life" also reveals many important truths ... about the meaning of empathy in our dealings with others"-Finger Lake Times</p><p>"Shakespeare Saved My Life touches on the search for meaning in life, the struggles that complicate the path to triumph and the salvation that can be found in literature's great works ... <strong>An inspiring account</strong>."-Shelf Awareness</p><p>"Opening the mind's prison proves enormously gratifying, not to mention effective ... <strong>brave, groundbreaking work</strong>"—Publishers Weekly</p><p>"<strong>An eye-opening study</strong> reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline, and the Bard of Avon."-Kirkus</p><p>"<strong>A powerful testament</strong> to how Shakespeare continues to speak to contemporary readers in all sorts of circumstances."-Booklist</p>
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones

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English

Pages

385

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, an explosive and shocking account of addiction and black tar heroin 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.
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>

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