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The Mafia
History and Legend
Written by Marco Gasparini
Translated by Brian Eskenazi

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $17.98
ISBN: 978-2-08-030150-5 (2-08-030150-0)

An illustrated history of the Mafia, focusing on this highly developed criminal organization both as a cult subject and an important social phenomenon. Movie classics like The Godfather epitomize our fascination with the underworld of the Mafia, conjuring images of cigar-smoking dons and shoot-outs in pizzerias. But behind the romantic myths... Read more >

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Gone Boy
A Father's Search for the Truth in His Son's Murder
Written by Gregory Gibson

Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-959-9 (1-55643-959-8)

On December 14, 1992, Gregory Gibson’s eighteen-year-old son Galen was murdered, shot in the doorway of his college library by a fellow student gone berserk. The killer was jailed for life, but for Gibson the tragedy was still unfolding. The morning of the shooting, he learned, college officials had intercepted but... Read more >
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Playing the Whore
The Work of Sex Work
Written by Melissa Gira Grant

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-323-1 (1-78168-323-9)

Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Going Up the River
Travels in a Prison Nation
Written by Joseph T. Hallinan

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6844-6 (0-8129-6844-1)

The American prison system has grown tenfold in thirty years, while crime rates have been relatively flat: 2 million people are behind bars on any given day, more prisoners than in any other country in the world — half a million more than in Communist China, and the largest prison expansion... Read more >
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The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers
Written by Anabel Hernandez
Introduction by Roberto Saviano

Format: Hardcover, 304 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: 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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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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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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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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You Got Nothing Coming
Notes From a Prison Fish
Written by Jimmy A. Lerner

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0919-8 (0-7679-0919-4)

An inside look into the abyss of the American prison system, You Got Nothing Coming provides readers with a firsthand retelling of Jimmy Lerner's sudden descent from middle-class family life and white-collar society to living in a Nevada penitentiary's cell shared with a neo-Nazi skinhead.

This powerful work offers one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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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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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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 >
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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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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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Turning Stones
My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story
Written by Marc Parent

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91235-5 (0-449-91235-3)

These are the riveting and disturbing true stories of a child welfare caseworker's years on the job. For four years, Marc Parent was a respected case worker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children. Parent was devoted, and witnessed bravery as... 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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