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The Mystery of Flight 427
Inside a Crash Investigation
Written by Bill Adair


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-089-4 (1-58834-089-9)

The immediate human toll of the 1994 Flight 427 disaster was staggering: all 132 people aboard died on a Pennsylvania hillside. The subsequent investigation was a maze of politics, bizarre theories, and shrouded answers. Bill Adair, an award-winning journalist, was granted special access to the five-year inquiry by the National Transportation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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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Class Action
The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law
Written by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49613-1 (0-385-49613-3)

In the tradition of A Civil Action and Erin Brockovitch, Class Action is a story of intrigue and injustice as dramatic as fiction but all the more poignant because it is true.

In the coldest reaches of northern Minnesota, a group of women endured a shocking degree of sexual harassment—until one of... 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 >
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Making Our Democracy Work
A Judge's View
Written by Stephen Breyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39083-7 (0-307-39083-7)

Charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has the awesome power to strike down laws enacted by our elected representatives. Why does the public accept the Court’s decisions as legitimate and follow them, even when those decisions are highly unpopular? What must the Court do to maintain... 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 >
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A Trial by Jury

Written by D. Graham Burnett


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72751-1 (0-375-72751-5)

When Princeton historian D. Graham Burnett answered his jury duty summons, he expected to spend a few days catching up on his reading in the court waiting room. Instead, he finds himself thrust into a high-pressure role as the jury foreman in a Manhattan trial. There he comes face to face... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Mafia Inc.
The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan
Written by Andre Cedilot and Andre Noel


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-36040-3 (0-307-36040-7)

The bestselling exposé about Canada’s most infamous mafia family is finally available in English, updated to include shocking events and revelations that followed its news-making publication in Québec.

Queens, New York, 1981. When Alphonse “Sonny Red” Indelicato and two others are found dead in a vacant lot, police fail to solve their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Murder of Helen Jewett

Written by Patricia Cline Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74075-9 (0-679-74075-9)

A 1998 New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In 1836, the murder of a young prostitute made headlines in New York City and around the country, inaugurating a sex-and-death sensationalism in news reporting that haunts us today. Patricia Cline Cohen goes behind these first lurid accounts to reconstruct the story... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Contempt of Court
The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism
Written by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72082-3 (0-385-72082-3)

In 1906, Ed Johnson was the innocnet black man found guilty of the brutal rape of Nevada Taylor, a white woman, and sentenced to die in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two black lawyers, not even part of the original defense, appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution, and the stay... Read more >

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Girls Lean Back Everywhere
The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius
Written by Edward DeGrazia


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $17.56
ISBN: 978-0-679-74341-5 (0-679-74341-3)

De Grazia, the attorney who argued and won the Tropic of Cancer case before the Supreme Court, offers a narrative history of censorship--from the jailing of Emile Zola's English publisher through the supression of Joyce's Ulysses, down to recent attempts to obstruct works by Miller, Burroughs, Nabokov, and Mapplethorpe. 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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Getting More
How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World
Written by Stuart Diamond


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: December 28, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71689-7 (0-307-71689-9)

World-leading negotiation expert Stuart Diamond, professor of the most sought-after class at Wharton Business School and advisor to companies and governments worldwide on how to negotiate, reveals the real secrets behind getting more in any negotiation. Negotiation is the basic process of all human interaction but, Diamond contends, most people are... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Saboteurs
The Nazi Raid on America
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3042-2 (1-4000-3042-0)

In 1942, Hitler's Nazi regime trained eight operatives for a mission to infiltrate America and do devastating damage to its infrastructure. It was a plot that proved historically remarkable for two reasons: the surprising extent of its success and the astounding nature of its failure. Soon after two U-Boats packed with... 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 >
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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 >
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Ponzi
The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons
Written by Donald Dunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 23, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1499-4 (0-7679-1499-6)

Just who was the man whose name has become synonymous with the classic “rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul” scam in which money from new investors is used to reward earlier ones? In December 1919, he was an unknown thirty-eight-year-old, self-educated Italian immigrant with a borrowed two-hundred dollars in his pocket. Six months later, he was... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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: $17.95
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 and a hardcover.

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


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-52258-8 (0-385-52258-4)

Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, here is the definitive biography of America’s legendary defense attorney and progressive hero.

Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, played by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind. His... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Law in America
A Short History
Written by Lawrence M. Friedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7285-6 (0-8129-7285-6)

Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. In the masterful hands of Lawrence M. Friedman, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Spies
An Anthology of Literary Espionage
Edited by Alan Furst
Introduction by Alan Furst


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75959-8 (0-375-75959-X)

An anthology of the world’s best literary espionage, selected by a contemporary master of the genre, Alan Furst.

Here is an extraordinary collection of work from some of the finest novelists of the twentieth century. Inspired by the politics of tyranny or war, each of these writers chose the base elements of... 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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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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