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A Story of Friendship and Terror
Written by Jeffrey Goldberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72670-5 (0-375-72670-5)

During the first Palestinian uprising in 1990, Jeffrey Goldberg – an American Jew – served as a guard at the largest prison camp in Israel. One of his prisoners was Rafiq, a rising leader in the PLO. Overcoming their fears and prejudices, the two men began a dialogue that, over more... Read more >
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The Innocent Man

Written by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34091-5 (0-385-34091-5)

Selected for Common Reading at Cazenovia College

In 1982, a 21-year-old waitress in Ada, Oklahoma was raped and murdered. For five years the police could not solve the crime. They wound up charging former local baseball star Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz with capital murder. Despite the fact that the... Read more >

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Cheating Justice
How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law and Plotted to Avoid Prosecution? and What We Can Do about It
Written by Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia Cooper

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0338-1 (0-8070-0338-7)

Holtzman and Cooper reveal how the Bush-Cheney administration broke the law–and why and how the people can bring them to justice.

Deceiving Congress about the war in Iraq, illegal wire-tapping, and torture are only a few of the ways that the Bush-Cheney administration transgressed the law. Yet, they remain unindicted for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Mob and the City
The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York
Written by C. Alexander Hortis
Foreword by James B. Jacobs

Format: Hardcover, 382 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-923-9 (1-61614-923-X)

Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s.  Based on exhaustive research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Legal Lynching
The Death Penalty and America's Future
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bruce Shapiro

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72211-7 (0-385-72211-7)

The death penalty is one of the most hotly contested issues in America today. Evidence continues to mount that many innocent people have been executed or are currently living on death row, and that minority groups and the poor suffer from a shoddy public defense system and discriminatory application of capital... Read more >

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The Book of Matt
Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
Written by Stephen Jimenez

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-214-1 (1-58642-214-6)

Late on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged “strangers,” Aaron McKin­ney and Russell Henderson. Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Race, Crime, and the Law

Written by Randall Kennedy

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1998
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70184-9 (0-375-70184-2)

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize

In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work, Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy uncovers the long-standing failure of the justice system to protect blacks from criminals; engages the debate over the wisdom and legality of using racial criteria in jury selection; analyzes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at... Read more >

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The Skies Belong to Us
Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
Written by Brendan I. Koerner

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88611-8 (0-307-88611-5)

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

In this compelling blend of true crime and history, Brendan I. Koerner tells the forgotten story of the hijacking "epidemic" in the United States during the late 1960s to mid-1970s. Covering dozens of hijackings during this period, the author focuses on one particular case... Read more >
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The Muslims Are Coming!
Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
Written by Arun Kundnani

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-159-6 (1-78168-159-7)

Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltrated the imam’s Detroit mosque. The FBI quickly claimed that Luqman Abdullah was “the leader of a domestic terrorist... Read more >
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Jumped In
What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Written by Jorja Leap

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4481-0 (0-8070-4481-4)

When Jorja Leap began studying Los Angeles gang violence in 2002, she encountered a myriad of proposed solutions to the seemingly intractable “gang problem” and set out to discover what was really going on. The stakes–then and now–could not be higher: a child or teenager is killed by gunfire every three... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Beyond Bogota
Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia
Written by Garry Leech

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6148-0 (0-8070-6148-4)

Independent journalist Garry Leech has spent the last eight years working in the most remote and dangerous regions of Colombia. Unlike other Western reporters, most of whom rarely leave Bogotá, Leech learns the truth about conflicts and the U.S. war on drugs directly from the source: farmers, male and female guerrillas... Read more >

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The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss
Written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98653-5 (0-307-98653-5)

Drawing on a trove of sealed files and previously classified material, Whitey digs deep into the mind of James J. “Whitey” Bulger, the crime boss and killer who brought the FBI to its knees. He is an American original --a psychopath who fostered a following with a frightening mix of terror... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Enemy Within
Terror, Lies, and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr
Written by Ezra Levant

Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: January 9, 2012
Price: $27.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4600-1 (0-7710-4600-6)

A controversial look at the headline-making story of the last Western prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and the larger implications to national security, justice, and international relations.

Omar Khadr is the last Western prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He has been held at the American naval base since October 2002... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Guilty by Reason of Insanity
A Psychiatrist Explores the Minds of Killers
Written by Dorothy Otnow Lewis, Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: May 1, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1887-3 (0-8041-1887-6)

A psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on violence, Dorothy Otnow Lewis has spent the last quarter century studying the minds of killers. Among the notorious murderers she has examined are Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross, and Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon.

Now she shares her groundbreaking discoveries–and... Read more >
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Prisons: Inside the New America
From Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib
Written by David Matlin
Foreword by Ishmael Reed

Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 28, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-549-2 (1-55643-549-5)

This powerful exposè reveals how America's ailing prison system undermines the public trust. For ten years, David Matlin taught at a maximum-security prison, a daily confrontation with the nature of society, crime, and violence. Based on his experiences, this book examines the history of prisons in the United States and shows... Read more >

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Makes Me Wanna Holler
A Young Black Man in America
Written by Nathan Mc Call

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74070-4 (0-679-74070-8)

In this autobiography Washington Post reporter McCall looks back on his journey from troubled youth to professional journalist and shows that the easy answers to why kids go wrong--poverty, terrible home life, lack of education--do not always apply. "The problems among us," he writes of acquaintances who ended up addicted, imprisoned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Banished Knowledge
Facing Childhood Injuries
Written by Alice Miller

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26762-5 (0-385-26762-2)

In direct opposition to the Freudian drive theory, Alice Miller in Banished Knowledge argues that children, at birth, are inherently good, and she traces all forms of criminal deeds to past mistreatments.

Read more >
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Executioner's Current
Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair
Written by Richard Moran

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72446-6 (0-375-72446-X)

In this amazing story of high stakes competition between two titans, Richard Moran shows how the electric chair developed not out of the desire to be more humane but through an effort by one nineteenth-century electric company to discredit the other.

In 1882, Thomas Edison ushered in the “age of electricity” when... Read more >
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Birth of a Nation'hood
Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O. J. Simpson Case
Written by Toni Morrison

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75893-8 (0-679-75893-3)

Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, Birth of a Nation'hood illuminates one of the grimmest--and most revealing--moments of recent American history: the O.J. Simpson case. As they relate to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through the lens of twelve powerful essays, specially... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Serial Killers

Written by Joel Norris

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1989
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26328-3 (0-385-26328-7)

Through extensive research and interviews with five notorious serial killers, author Joel Norris demonstrates that serial killers have specific biological and genetic makeups that can be identified as early as five years of age. A compelling read for both the curious layman and the concerned professional. Read more >

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Last Man Standing
The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
Written by Jack Olsen

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49368-0 (0-385-49368-1)

Geronimo Pratt did not commit the murder for which he served twenty-seven nightmarish years. As a UCLA student, though, he had led the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and became a target of the FBI. Here is the spellbinding saga of Pratt, his heroic lawyers, Johnnie Cochran and... Read more >

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And the Dead Shall Rise
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Written by Steve Oney

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76423-6 (0-679-76423-2)

On April 27, 1913, the bludgeoned body of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga that to this day holds a singular place in America’s collective imagination—a saga that would climax in 1915 with... Read more >

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No Heroes, No Villains

Written by Steven J. Phillips

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1978
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72531-4 (0-394-72531-X)

On June 28, 1972 in a South Bronx subway station, John Skagen, a white off-duty policeman on his way home, suddenly and without apparent provocation, ordered James Richardson, a black man on his way to work, to get against the wall and put his hands up. Richardson had a gun, and... Read more >
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Dead Man Walking
The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate
Written by Helen Prejean
Preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Afterword by Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75131-1 (0-679-75131-9)

In Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean takes the reader inside the United States' death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns.  In 1982, she became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in... Read more >
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