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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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Justice at Dachau
The Trials of an American Prosecutor
Written by Joshua Greene


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0879-5 (0-7679-0879-1)

The Nuremberg trials, which brought charges against top Nazi brass after World War II, have been well documented, but few know of the courtroom drama that unfolded sixty-five miles south at Dachau. The trial held there found individual concentration camp workers, hundreds of Nazi guards, officers, and doctors, personally responsible for... Read more >
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Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

Written by Malvina Shanklin Harlan
Afterword by Linda Przybyszewski
Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6744-9 (0-8129-6744-5)

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833–1911), played a central role in some of the most significant civil rights decisions of his era, including his lone dissenting opinion in Plessy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Civil Action

Written by Jonathan Harr


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77267-5 (0-679-77267-7)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a National Book Award nominee

Winner of the Scribes Book Award from the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects


“Jonathan Harr’s 1995 book about the lawsuit over the leukemia deaths of Woburn children is playing an extraordinary role in what some legal educators... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Narcoland
The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers
Written by Anabel Hernandez
Translated by Iain Bruce and Lorna Scott Fox
Introduction by Roberto Saviano


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-073-5 (1-78168-073-6)

The product of five years’ investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico.

The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0321-3 (0-8070-0321-2)

President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney deceived Congress and the people to drive us into a war in Iraq; they claimed the right to wiretap illegally and to eavesdrop on citizens; and they authorized torture, unilaterally upending laws and violating international treaty obligations. Yet, both Bush and Cheney are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Collapse of the Common Good
How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom
Written by Philip K. Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 29, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43871-3 (0-345-43871-X)

Examining the U.S. legal system's efforts to protect individuals against unfair decisions, lawyer, author, and social commentator Philip K. Howard shows how citizens of the United States have inadvertently been stripped of much of their individual freedom. Arguing the need to reintroduce the concepts of authority and hierarchy, he reveals that... Read more >
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Let the Students Speak!
A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools
Written by David L. Hudson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4454-4 (0-8070-4454-7)

From a trusted scholar and powerful story teller, an accessible and lively history of free speech, for and about students.

Let the Students Speak! details the rich history and growth of the First Amendment in public schools, from the early nineteenth-century’s failed student free-expression claims to the development of protection for students... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Final Exit (Third Edition)
The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying
Written by Derek Humphry


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 26, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33653-6 (0-385-33653-5)

The original publication of Final Exit stunned the nation by offering people with terminal illness a choice on how--and when--to end their suffering. It helped thousands by giving clear instructions to doctors, nurses, and families on how to handle a patient’s request for euthanasia.

In the wake of court cases and... Read more >

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-226-4 (1-58642-226-X)

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 hardcover.

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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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American Dreamers
How the Left Changed a Nation
Written by Michael Kazin


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27919-4 (0-307-27919-7)

An intimate history of the reformers, radicals, and idealists who fought for a different America, from the abolitionists to Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky.

While the history of the left is a long story of idealism and determination, it has also been a story of movements that failed to gain support... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4475-9 (0-8070-4475-X)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
 
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Simple Justice
The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3061-3 (1-4000-3061-7)

“The definitive account...of the struggle for black equality in America.” —The Nation


The 1954 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Brown v. Board of Education (of Topeka, Kansas) brought centuries of legal segregation in this country to an end. It was and is without question... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51101-0 (0-345-51101-8)

Selected for Common Reading at :

Colorado Mountain College
Evergreen State College
Frank Phillips Community College
Hood College
University of Illinois at Springfield


"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock... Read more >
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Our Guys

Written by Bernard Lefkowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70269-3 (0-375-70269-5)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Prize Finalist
An Edgar Award Finalist


Glen Ridge, New Jersey--a town most people would call perfect: a town proud of its prosperity and community ties, a town most proud of its high school athletes who served as community heroes. But in... Read more >

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Gideon's Trumpet

Written by Anthony Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72312-7 (0-679-72312-9)

A history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel that changed "the whole course of American legal history" (Robert F. Kennedy).

"A warm, intimate and moving account of a lowly man's case that became a Constitutional landmark." —Paul A. Freund, Harvard Law School Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Make No Law
The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment
Written by Anthony Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73939-5 (0-679-73939-4)

The Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times columnist, and author of Gideon's Trumpet interweaves a powerful account of the landmark Sullivan Case that revolutionized First Amendment law. In 1960 a city official in Montgomery, Alabama, sued The New York Times for libel—and was awarded $500,000 by a local jury—because the paper... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thieves of Bay Street
How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians
Written by Bruce Livesey


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35964-3 (0-307-35964-6)

Beneath the veneer of stability that saw Canada’s banking sector through the financial crash of 2008, investigative reporter Bruce Livesey has uncovered a rampant failure of epidemic proportions. Though no large financial institution has recently gone bust in this country, white-collar criminals, scam artists, Ponzi schemers and organized crime, from the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections

Written by Marie Malaro


Format: Trade Paperback, 508 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1998
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-787-1 (1-56098-787-1)

This book offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums as they acquire, use, and refine their collections. This second edition is completely revised, expanded, and updated, incorporating into the original format the many legal developments that have occurred during the past 13 years. Read more >

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The Journalist and the Murderer

Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73183-2 (0-679-73183-0)

Using the strange and unprecedented lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of a book about crime, Malcolm explores the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject. Malcolm's view is that neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasses that is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Long Exile
A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic
Written by Melanie McGrath


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3288-4 (1-4000-3288-1)

In 1932, the Canadian government forcibly relocated three dozen Inuit from their flourishing home on the Hudson Bay to the barren, arctic landscape of Ellesmere Island, the most northerly landmass on the planet. Among this group was Josephie Flaherty, the unrecognized, half-Inuit son of filmmaker Robert Flaherty, director of Nanook of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Marina and Lee
The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald's Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Written by Priscilla Johnson McMillan
Foreword by Joseph Finder


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-216-5 (1-58642-216-2)

The inside story of Lee Harvey Oswald’s path to killing John. F. Kennedy. Reissued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Marina and Lee is an indispensable account of one of America’s most traumatic events, and a classic work of narrative history. In her meticulous, at times even moment... Read more >
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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5115-3 (0-8070-5115-2)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system

Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of queer experiences--as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal... Read more >
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