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The Art of the Steal
How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud, America's #1 Crime
Written by Frank W. Abagnale


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0684-5 (0-7679-0684-5)

"I had as much knowledge as any man alive concerning the mechanics of forgery, check swindling, counterfeiting, and other similar crimes. Ever since I'd been released from prison, I'd often felt that if I directed this knowledge into the right channels, I could help people a great deal. Every time I... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Belly of the Beast
Letters From Prison
Written by Jack Henry Abbott


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73237-2 (0-679-73237-3)

While writing The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer received a letter from Jack Henry Abbott, a convict, in which Abbott offered to educate him in the realities of life in a maximum security prison. This book organizes Abbott's classic letters to Mailer, which evoke his infernal vision of the prison nightmare.



"Astonishing...a work... Read more >

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Best Intentions
The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
Written by Robert Sam Anson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75707-0 (0-394-75707-6)

Anson explores how Edmund Perry, a 17-year-old black honors student from Harlem, was killed soon after graduation from Phillips Exeter Academy by a young white plainclothes policeman in an alleged mugging attempt.

“Disquieting . . . often poignant” (Time), an “engrossing” (Newsweek) exploration of racial attitudes in America, as illumined by the... Read more >
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Public Enemy
Confessions of an American Dissident
Written by Bill Ayers


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6110-7 (0-8070-6110-7)

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.  Public Enemy tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Unnatural Death
Confessions of a Medical Examiner
Written by Michael M. Baden


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 28, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0599-6 (0-8041-0599-5)

In determining the causes of tens of thousands of deaths, from those of presidents and rock stars to victims of serial killings, exotic sex rituals, mass disasters, child abuse and drug abuse, Baden has come to the unavoidable conclusion that the search for scientific truth is often sullied by the pressures... Read more >

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The British Execution
1500-1964
Written by Stephen Banks


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1242-5 (0-7478-1242-X)

In this study of execution and the English experience, Stephen Banks examines the fate of notorious witches, gentlemen traitors and learned heretics, but he also considers the victim of the majority of executions - from poor wretches who had stolen a few shillings, to hardened criminals who met the same end... Read more >
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Law of the Jungle
The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win
Written by Paul M. Barrett


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3634-6 (0-7704-3634-X)

Law of the Jungle is the story of one man's obsession with righting the wrongs perpetrated by Texaco (later Chevron) in polluting the Amazon rain forest over a thirty-year period while drilling for oil and destroying the lives of the aboriginal tribes who lived there. Former journalist, self-styled social activist and lead...

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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In the Ring
The Trials of a Washington Lawyer
Written by Robert S. Bennett


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39444-6 (0-307-39444-1)

“The best legal read . . . in decades. A brilliantly entertaining work, both for the lawyer and the layman.”
Washington Times

Robert S. Bennett has been a lawyer for more than forty years. In that time, he’s taken on dozens of high-profile and groundbreaking cases and emerged as the go-to... 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 >
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Courtroom 302
A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse
Written by Steve Bogira


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75206-6 (0-679-75206-4)

Steve Bogira’s riveting book takes us into the heart of America’s criminal justice system. Courtroom 302 is the story of one year in one courtroom in Chicago’s Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country.

We see the system through the eyes of the men and women who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Anatomy of Injustice
A Murder Case Gone Wrong
Written by Raymond Bonner


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94854-0 (0-307-94854-4)

From Pulitzer Prize winner Raymond Bonner, the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Anatomy of Injustice
A Murder Case Gone Wrong
Written by Raymond Bonner


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-70021-6 (0-307-70021-6)

From Pulitzer Prize–winner Raymond Bonner, the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded black... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Turnaround
How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic
Written by William Bratton and Peter Knobler


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 20, 1998
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-45251-5 (0-679-45251-6)

When Bill Bratton was sworn in as New York City's police commissioner in 1994, he made what many considered a bold promise: The NYPD would fight crime in every borough...and win.  It seemed foolhardy; even everybody knows you can't win the war on crime.  But Bratton delivered.  In an extraordinary twenty-seven months, serious crime... Read more >
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The Central Park Five
The Untold Story Behind One of New York City's Most Infamous Crimes
Written by Sarah Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38798-1 (0-307-38798-4)

A riveting, in-depth account of one of New York City’s most notorious crimes.

On April 20, 1989, the body of a woman is discovered in Central Park, her skull so badly smashed that nearly 80 percent of her blood has spilled onto the ground. Within days, five black and Latino teenagers... Read more >
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A Saint on Death Row
How a Forgotten Child Became a Man and Changed a World
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2646-1 (0-7679-2646-3)

Bestselling author Thomas Cahill tells the absorbing, heartbreaking tale of the hard life and tragic death of Dominique Green—wrongly accused, then executed in Huntsville, Texas—and shines a light on our racist and deeply flawed criminal justice system.

Green, an extraordinary young man from the urban ghettos of Houston, was utterly failed by... 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 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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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.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Justice
Crimes, Trials, and Punishments
Written by Dominick Dunne


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80963-1 (0-609-80963-6)

For more than two decades, Vanity Fair has published Dominick Dunne’s brilliant, revelatory chronicles of the most famous crimes, trials, and punishments of our time. Here, in one volume, are Dominick Dunne’s mesmerizing tales of justice denied and justice affirmed. Whether writing of Claus von Bülow’s romp through two trials; the... Read more >
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Raskols
The Gangs of Papua New Guinea
Written by Stephen Dupont
Contribution by Ben Bohane


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-601-5 (1-57687-601-2)

Papua New Guinea: A land of striking beauty, mountain ranges, lush rainforests, and some of the most spectacular coastlines on earth. A land with over eight hundred unique tribes and languages. A land where crime has gotten so out of control, personal security services are the country’s largest growth industry.

Papua New... Read more >

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The Hot House
Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
Written by Pete Earley


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1993
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56023-7 (0-553-56023-9)

The most dreaded facility in the prison system because of its fierce population, Leavenworth is governed by ruthless clans competing for dominance. Here Earley unabashedly explores the characters and forces at work in Leavenworth, nicknamed 'The Hot House' for its lack of proper ventilation, and, as a result, reveals the state... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Discipline & Punish
The Birth of the Prison
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75255-4 (0-679-75255-2)

Using academic works and legal documents dating back to the early 1700s, Foucault constructs a history of punishment, beginning with the spectacle of corporal punishment and public execution and ending with the institution of the modern prison.  He argues that over the course of approximately eighty years (between the torture and execution... Read more >
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The Foucault Reader

Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1984
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71340-3 (0-394-71340-0)

Edited by Paul Rainbow.  Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. The Foucault Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault's work as well as... Read more >
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