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American Bar Association Guide to Resolving Legal Disputes
Inside and Outside the Courtroom
Written by American Bar Association


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Random House Reference
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72141-0 (0-375-72141-X)

This book, written in easy-to-read language with dozens of real-life examples, includes tips on how to be a better negotiator. It also provides important information about mediation, arbitration, small claims court, and civil court procedures, and includes a chapter on working with a lawyer, with tips on how you can save... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unnatural Death
Confessions of a Medical Examiner
Written by Michael M. Baden


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 28, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0599-6 (0-8041-0599-5)

In determining the causes of tens of thousands of deaths, from those of presidents and rock stars to victims of serial killings, exotic sex rituals, mass disasters, child abuse and drug abuse, Baden has come to the unavoidable conclusion that the search for scientific truth is often sullied by the pressures... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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God of the Rodeo
The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison
Written by Daniel Bergner


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43553-8 (0-345-43553-2)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

God of the Rodeo
, by journalist Daniel Bergner, takes readers inside a world where no writer before has ventured so deeply–the life of a maximum-security state penitentiary. Bergner first traveled to Angola State Prison in Louisiana to cover the prison’s inmate rodeo, a... Read more >
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The Lost Children of Wilder
The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care
Written by Nina Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75834-1 (0-679-75834-8)

National Book Award Finalist

In 1973 Marcia Lowry, a young ACLU attorney, filed a controversial class-action suit that challenged New York City’s operation of its foster-care system. The plaintiff was an abused runaway named Shirley Wilder, who had suffered from the system’s inequities. Wilder, as the case came to be known, was... Read more >
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My Face Is Black Is True
Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
Written by Mary Frances Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27705-3 (0-307-27705-4)

“My face is black is true but its not my fault but I love my name and my honest in dealing with my fellow man.”
~Callie House (1899)

In her groundbreaking new book, My Face Is Black Is True, historian Mary Frances Berry resurrects the forgotten life of Callie House (1861–1928), ex-slave, widowed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice
Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present
Written by Mary Frances Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70746-9 (0-375-70746-8)

From the head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and noted professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, a groundbreaking book that examines both civil and criminal court cases from the Civil War to the present, to reveal the impact of stereotyping--race, class, gender--on the American legal system... 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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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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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
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Undocumented
How Immigration Became Illegal
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0167-7 (0-8070-0167-8)

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores... Read more >
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Newjack
Guarding Sing Sing
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72662-0 (0-375-72662-4)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction

Ted Conover, the intrepid author of Coyotes, about the world of illegal Mexican immigrants, spent a year as a prison guard at Sing Sing. Newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in American journalism: a book that casts... 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 Money and the Power
The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America
Written by Sally Denton and Roger Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70126-9 (0-375-70126-5)

Award-winning reporter Sally Denton bestselling presidential biographer Roger Morris here give us an eye-opening portrait of Las Vegas–a city that has become emblematic of America’s future.

Exposing the city’s surprising links to Mormon bankers, the CIA, and several presidents, they reveal a dangerous relationship between politics, business, and crime. And through this... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bush Versus the Environment

Written by Robert S. Devine


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7521-8 (1-4000-7521-1)

In his first months as president, George W. Bush yanked America out of negotiations over the Kyoto Accords, signed a bill seeming to allow more arsenic into our water supply, and secretly met with industry executives in preparing an energy policy. He has pursued a number of other policies and objectives... Read more >
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v. Goliath
The Trials of David Boies
Written by Karen Donovan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72655-2 (0-375-72655-1)

In a society ever more obsessed with legal drama, David Boies, the star of a thousand press conferences, stands head and shoulders above the rest. The most prominent trial lawyer in the United States, Boies was catapulted to international prominence when he represented Al Gore before the Supreme Court in Bush... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hot House
Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
Written by Pete Earley


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1993
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56023-7 (0-553-56023-9)

The most dreaded facility in the prison system because of its fierce population, Leavenworth is governed by ruthless clans competing for dominance. Here Earley unabashedly explores the characters and forces at work in Leavenworth, nicknamed 'The Hot House' for its lack of proper ventilation, and, as a result, reveals the state... 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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The War on Choice
The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back
Written by Gloria Feldt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38292-1 (0-553-38292-6)

Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights.

As Feldt... Read more >
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On Truth

Written by Harry G. Frankfurt


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26422-0 (0-307-26422-X)

Having outlined a theory of bullshit and falsehood, Harry G. Frankfurt turns to what lies beyond them: the truth, a concept not as obvious as some might expect.

Our culture's devotion to bullshit may seem much stronger than our apparently halfhearted attachment to truth. Some people (professional thinkers) won't even acknowledge "true"... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Divided We Fail
The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation
Written by Sarah Garland


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0177-6 (0-8070-0177-5)

In 2007, a court case originally filed in Louisville, Kentucky, was argued before the Supreme Court and officially ended the era of school desegregation– both changing how schools across America handle race and undermining the most important civil rights cases of the last century. Of course, this wasn’t the first federal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Defense of Women
Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate
Written by Nancy Gertner


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1148-5 (0-8070-1148-7)

From a “Human Rights Hero,” a memoir of her illustrious career litigating groundbreaking cases

In the boys’ club climate of 1975, Nancy Gertner launched her career fighting a murder charge on behalf of antiwar activist Susan Saxe, one of the few women to ever make the FBI’s Most Wanted List. What... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Errors and Omissions

Written by Paul Goldstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27489-2 (0-307-27489-6)

An astonishing novel of legal and moral suspense from Paul Goldstein, a stunning new legal literary talent.
Meet Michael Seeley, a take-no-prisoners intellectual property litigator–and a man on the brink of personal and career collapse. So when United Pictures virtually demands that he fly out to Hollywood to confirm legally that they... Read more >
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