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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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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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.

Speak Now Against The Day
The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South
Written by John Egerton


Format: eBook, 704 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83457-7 (0-307-83457-3)

Speak Now Against the Day is the astonishing, little-known story of the Southerners who, in the generation before the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation and before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery bus, challenged the validity of a white ruling class and a “separate but equal” division... Read more >

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Clarence Darrow
Attorney for the Damned
Written by John A. Farrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2759-8 (0-7679-2759-1)

The definitive biography of Clarence Darrow, the brilliant, idiosyncratic lawyer who defended John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial” and gave voice to the populist masses at the turn of the twentieth century, thus changing American law forever.

Amidst the tumult of the industrial age and the progressive era, Clarence Darrow became America’s... 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 and a trade paperback.

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Nation of Secrets
The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life
Written by Ted Gup


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7978-0 (1-4000-7978-0)

At work, at the doctor’s office, on campus, in your car, your right to know has been replaced by someone else’s right to keep a secret.

U.S. judges allow businesses to make secret settlement agreements that keep products with life-threatening defects on the market. Intelligence agencies use an ever-widening array of classification... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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World Report 2012
Events of 2011
Edited by Human Rights Watch


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-389-6 (1-60980-389-2)

The world’s pulse in one essential book, Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2012 is a must-read for anyone interested in the fight to protect human rights in every corner of the globe.

The most sought-after report of human rights news, Human Rights Watch’s annual World Report is an invaluable resource for journalists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Right to Privacy

Written by Caroline Kennedy and Ellen Alderman


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74434-4 (0-679-74434-7)

Can the police strip-search a woman who has been arrested for a minor traffic violation? Can a magazine publish an embarrassing photo of you without your permission? Does your boss have the right to read your email? Can a company monitor its employees' off-the-job lifestyles--and fire those who drink, smoke, or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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For Discrimination
Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90737-0 (0-307-90737-6)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher v. University of Texas, For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’ s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice.

What precisely is affirmative action, and why... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Hate Crime
The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas
Written by Joyce King


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72195-0 (0-385-72195-1)

On June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr., a forty-nine-year-old black man, was walking home from a party when three white men in a pickup truck offered him a ride. They drove Byrd out to a lonely country road, tied him to a logging chain, and dragged him three miles to his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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