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America's Constitution
A Biography
Written by Akhil Reed Amar


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7272-6 (0-8129-7272-4)

In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution... Read more >
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From the Closet to the Courtroom
Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation
Written by Carlos A. Ball and Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0153-0 (0-8070-0153-8)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

Engaging and largely untold, From the Closet to the Courtroom explores how five pivotal lawsuits have altered LGBT history. Beginning each case narrative at the center–with the litigants and their lawyers–law professor Carlos Ball follows... Read more >
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The Shadow Factory
The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America
Written by James Bamford


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27939-2 (0-307-27939-1)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

James Bamford has been the preeminent expert on the National Security Agency since his reporting revealed the agency's existence in the 1980s. Now, Bamford describes the transformation of the NSA since 9/11, as the agency increasingly turns its high-tech gaze within America's borders... Read more >

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Declaration of Independence
A Study in the History of Political Ideas
Written by Carl L. Becker


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1958
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70060-1 (0-394-70060-0)

Becker's classic analysis of the political theories formulated in the Declaration examines both ideological origins and successive modifications. Read more >
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Choices Under Fire
Moral Dimensions of World War II
Written by Michael Bess


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27580-6 (0-307-27580-9)

World War II remains a celebrated event in our collective memory—a time of great high-minded clarity, patriotic sacrifice, and national unity of purpose. It was the quintessential “good war,” in which the forces of freedom triumphed over the forces of darkness. Now, in his provocative new book, historian Michael Bess explodes... Read more >
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Helpless
Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us
Written by Christie Blatchford


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $18.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-67040-1 (0-385-67040-0)

It officially began on February 28, 2006, when a handful of protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve walked onto Douglas Creek Estates, then a residential subdivision under construction, and blocked workers from entering. Over the course of the spring and summer of that first year, the criminal actions of the... Read more >
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The Shield of Achilles
War, Peace, and the Course of History
Written by Philip Bobbitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72138-7 (0-385-72138-2)

“We are at a moment in world affairs when the essential ideas that govern statecraft must change. For five centuries it has taken the resources of a state to destroy another state . . . This is no longer true, owing to advances in international telecommunications, rapid computation, and weapons of... Read more >
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Courtroom 302
A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse
Written by Steve Bogira


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75206-6 (0-679-75206-4)

Steve Bogira’s riveting book takes us into the heart of America’s criminal justice system. Courtroom 302 is the story of one year in one courtroom in Chicago’s Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country.

We see the system through the eyes of the men and women who... Read more >
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Secrets
On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation
Written by Sissela Bok


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72473-5 (0-679-72473-7)

In this "distinguished and necessary book" (The New York Times Book Review) Bok discusses the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in government, science, public affairs, family life, psychotherapy and the confessional.

Under what circumstances is it wrong to pry into secrets?
Are there times when a promise of secrecy must be... Read more >
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Anatomy of Injustice
A Murder Case Gone Wrong
Written by Raymond Bonner


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94854-0 (0-307-94854-4)

From Pulitzer Prize winner Raymond Bonner, the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Anatomy of Injustice
A Murder Case Gone Wrong
Written by Raymond Bonner


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-70021-6 (0-307-70021-6)

From Pulitzer Prize–winner Raymond Bonner, the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded black... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Active Liberty
Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution
Written by Stephen Breyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27494-6 (0-307-27494-2)

A brilliant new approach to the Constitution and courts of the United States by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

For Justice Breyer, the Constitution’s primary role is to preserve and encourage what he calls “active liberty”: citizen participation in shaping government and its laws. As this book argues, promoting active liberty requires... Read more >
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Making Our Democracy Work
A Judge's View
Written by Stephen Breyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39083-7 (0-307-39083-7)

Charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has the awesome power to strike down laws enacted by our elected representatives. Why does the public accept the Court’s decisions as legitimate and follow them, even when those decisions are highly unpopular? What must the Court do to maintain... Read more >
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The New Thought Police
Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds
Written by Tammy Bruce


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: January 28, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7615-6373-0 (0-7615-6373-3)

Our freedom to speak our minds is under attack. Like the Thought Police of George Orwell's 1984, powerful special interest groups on the Left are mounting a withering assault on our rights in the name of "social equality." Liberty has been turned on its ear as the rights of the few... Read more >
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Mafia Inc.
The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan
Written by Andre Cedilot and Andre Noel


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-36040-3 (0-307-36040-7)

The bestselling exposé about Canada’s most infamous mafia family is finally available in English, updated to include shocking events and revelations that followed its news-making publication in Québec.

Queens, New York, 1981. When Alphonse “Sonny Red” Indelicato and two others are found dead in a vacant lot, police fail to solve their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Beyond the Burning Cross
A Landmark Case of Race, Censorship, and the First Amendment
Written by Edward J. Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74703-1 (0-679-74703-6)

Does our abhorrence of racism allow us to ban certain forms of speech? This is the simple yet subversive question that Edward J. Cleary posed to the U.S. Supreme Court when, in 1991, he defended a white teenager who had burned a cross on a black family's lawn in St. Paul... Read more >
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The Student Loan Scam
The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back
Written by Alan Collinge


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4231-1 (0-8070-4231-5)

Named one of CNN Money’s financial heroes, Alan Michael Collinge argues that student loans have become the most profitable, uncompetitive, and oppressive type of debt in American history. In an unprecedented analysis of this $85-billion industry, Collinge covers the history of student loans, the rise of Sallie Mae, and how universities... Read more >

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The Case Against Lawyers
How the Lawyers, Politicians, and Bureaucrats Have Turned the Law into an Instrument of Tyranny--and What We as Citizens Have to Do About It
Written by Catherine Crier


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0505-3 (0-7679-0505-9)

A dire prediction of Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America may have come true: Americans have ceded their responsibility as citizens to resolve the problems of society themselves to a lawyer-controlled authority—an authority which has curtailed and taken their precious democratic freedoms as well. Catherine Crier, a former district attorney... Read more >
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The Secret Way to War
The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History
Written by Mark Danner
Preface by Frank Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-207-0 (1-59017-207-8)

Winner, 2006 Carey McWilliams Award, given by the American Political Science Association

At the beginning of May 2005, just before the British elections, the London Times published the so-called Downing Street memo, the leaked secret minutes of a July 2002 meeting of senior British foreign policy and security officials. The memo suggested... Read more >

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A Country With No Name
Tales from the Constitution
Written by Sebastian De Grazia


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74422-1 (0-679-74422-3)

This groundbreaking work intends nothing short of a revolution in how we think about the "American" constitution and government. In A Country with No Name, Claire St. John, a stylish and mysterious Englishwoman who is completing her university studies, spends two weeks tutoring a young American, Oliver Huggins, in American history.

St... Read more >
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Madame Prosecutor
Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity
Written by Carla Del Ponte and Chuck Sudetic


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-302-6 (1-59051-302-9)

Carla Del Ponte won international recognition as Switzerland’s attorney general when she pursued cases against the Sicilian mafia. In 1999, she answered the United Nations’ call to become the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. In her new role, Del Ponte confronted genocide... Read more >
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The Best Defense

Written by Alan M. Dershowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1983
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71380-9 (0-394-71380-X)

The author presents his most famous, and infamous, cases and clients, and in the process, takes a critical, informed look at a legal system that he regards as deeply corrupt.

“Anyone interested in the true merits of criminal law and very fine writing must read Alan Dershowitz’s book.” –Truman Capote

“[A] marvelous... Read more >
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Executed on a Technicality
Lethal Injustice on America's Death Row
Written by David Dow


Format: Trade Paperback, 268 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4419-3 (0-8070-4419-9)

When David Dow took his first capital case, he supported the death penalty. He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him, and as he came to witness the profound injustices they endured: from coerced confessions to disconcertingly incompetent lawyers; from racist juries and backward... Read more >
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Life's Dominion
An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom
Written by Ronald Dworkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73319-5 (0-679-73319-1)

Examining the presence of abortion and euthanasia as two of the most deeply divisive moral issues of our time, Dworkin presents a brilliantly original view of these crucially related acts and their meaning in an ethically committed society. Life's Dominion offers as well the most complete and persuasive statement yet of... Read more >
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Unruly Women
The Politics of Confinement & Resistance
Written by Karlene Faith


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-137-3 (1-60980-137-7)

Winner of the VanCity Book Prize, Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance is the seminal book about women’s imprisonment that helped spark examinations around the world into the special circumstances women face in prison, as well as the sex and gender crimes that get them there.
Most women who... Read more >
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