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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Op...
by , Lara Love Hardin

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English

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359

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March 27, 2018

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<strong>OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB SUMMER 2018 SELECTION<br /></strong><br /><strong>A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.<br /> </strong><br /><strong><br />鈥淎n amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.鈥?lt;br /> - Archbishop Desmond Tutu<br /></strong><br /> In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.<br /><br />But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence鈥攆ull of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon鈥攖ransforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of <em>Just Mercy,</em> Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.<br /><br />With a foreword by Stevenson, <em>The Sun Does Shine</em> is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton鈥檚 memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man鈥檚 freedom, but you can鈥檛 take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
by Robert M. Sapolsky

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English

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798

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May 02, 2017

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Why do we do the things we do?<br /><br />Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its genetic inheritance.<br /><br />And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. What goes on in a person's brain a second before the behavior happens? Then he pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell triggers the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones act hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli which trigger the nervous system? By now, he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.<br /><br />Sapolsky keeps going--next to what features of the environment affected that person's brain, and then back to the childhood of the individual, and then to their genetic makeup. Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual. How culture has shaped that individual's group, what ecological factors helped shape that culture, and on and on, back to evolutionary factors thousands and even millions of years old.<br /><br />The result is one of the most dazzling tours de horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do...for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
by , Curt Gentry

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English

Pages

674

Publication Date

December 17, 2001

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<p><strong>The #1 True Crime Bestseller of All Time鈥? Million Copies Sold</strong></p><br /><p>In the summer of 1969, in Los Angeles, a series of brutal, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. A famous actress (and her unborn child), an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims. A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LeBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his "family" of devoted young women and men. What was his hold over them? And what was the motivation behind such savagery? In the public imagination, over time, the case assumed the proportions of myth. The murders marked the end of the sixties and became an immediate symbol of the dark underside of that era.</p><br /><p>Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, and this book is his enthralling account of how he built his case from what a defense attorney dismissed as only "two fingerprints and Vince Bugliosi." The meticulous detective work with which the story begins, the prosecutor's view of a complex murder trial, the reconstruction of the philosophy Manson inculcated in his fervent followers鈥hese elements make for a true crime classic. <em>Helter Skelter</em> is not merely a spellbinding murder case and courtroom drama but also, in the words of <em>The New Republic</em>, a "social document of rare importance."</p><br />Some images in this ebook are not displayed due to permissions issues.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones

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English

Pages

383

Publication Date

April 21, 2015

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<b>Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction</b><b><b><br /><br /></b>Named on Slate's 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years, Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (<i>Politico</i>) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (<i>Bloomberg</i>/<i>WSJ</i>) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (<i>WSJ</i>) Books of the Year--Slate.com's 10 Best Books of 2015--<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>'s 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed's 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast's Best Big Idea Books of 2015--<i>Seattle Times</i>' Best Books of 2015--<i>Boston Globe</i>'s Best Books of 2015--<i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i>'s Best Books of 2015--<i>The Guardian</i>'s The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible's Best Books of 2015--<i>Texas Observer</i>'s Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library's Best Nonfiction Books of 2015</b><br /><br /><b>From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.</b><br /><br />In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of <i>Dreamland</i>. <br /> <br />With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.<br /> <br />Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. <i>Dreamland</i> is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by John Grisham

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English

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458

Publication Date

March 09, 2010

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<p><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥⒙燡ohn Grisham鈥檚 first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence.</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY聽SERIES</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>鈥淏oth an American tragedy and [Grisham鈥檚] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br />聽<br />In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron鈥檚 home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death鈥攊n a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man鈥檚 already broken life, and let a true killer go free.<br />聽<br />Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama,聽<i>The Innocent Man</i>聽reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.<br />聽<br /><b>Praise for聽<i>The Innocent Man</i></b><br />聽<br />鈥淕risham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The</i>聽<i>Boston Globe</i></b><br />聽<br />鈥淎 gritty, harrowing true-crime story.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Time</i></b><br /><i>聽</i><br />鈥淎 triumph.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Seattle Times</i></b><br /><br /><b>BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham鈥檚 <i>The Litigators.</i></b></p>
Crime and Punishment in Victorian London: A Street Level View of ...
by Ross Gilfillan

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English

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256

Publication Date

March 03, 2014

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<b>Discover the seamy history of nineteenth-century England that has inspired countless crime novels and films.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Victorian London: All over the city, watches, purses, and handkerchiefs disappear from pockets; goods migrate from warehouses, off docks, and out of shop windows. Burglaries are rife, shoplifting is carried on in West End stores, and people fall victim to all kinds of ingenious swindles. Pornographers proliferate and an estimated eighty thousand prostitutes operate on the city鈥檚 streets. Even worse, the vulnerable are robbed in dark alleys or garroted, a new kind of mugging in which the victim is half-strangled from behind while being stripped of his possessions.<br /> 聽<br /> This history takes you to nineteenth-century London鈥檚 grimy rookeries, home to thousands of the city鈥檚 poorest and most desperate residents. Explore the crime-ridden slums, flash houses, and gin palaces from a unique street-level view鈥攁nd meet the people who inhabited them.
The Big Book of Serial Killers: 150 Serial Killer Files of the Wo...
by , Rebecca Lo

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English

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417

Publication Date

June 10, 2017

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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us. <br /><br />These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader鈥檚, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community. <br /><br />This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so the range is broad.<br /><br />Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy to follow collection of information on the world鈥檚 most heinous murderers.<br />
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
by Nick Reding

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English

Pages

282

Publication Date

July 01, 2009

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<b>A </b><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><b>Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize </b><br /><b>Winner of the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>Named a best book of the year by:</b><br /><b>the <i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><b>the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><br /><b>the <i>Saint Louis Post-Dispatch</i></b><br /><b>the <i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><b>the <i>Seattle Times</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>"A stunning look at a problem that has dire consequences for our country.鈥?New York Post</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>The dramatic story of Methamphetamine as it comes to the American Heartland-a timely, moving, account of one community's attempt to confront the epidemic and see their way to a brighter future.</b><br /><br />Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. <i>Methland</i> is the story of the drug as it infiltrates the community of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), a once-thriving farming and railroad community. Tracing the connections between the lives touched by meth and the global forces that have set the stage for the epidemic, <i>Methland</i> offers a vital and unique perspective on a pressing contemporary tragedy. <br /><br />Oelwein, Iowa is like thousand of other small towns across the county. It has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy and an out-migration of people. If this wasn't enough to deal with, an incredibly cheap, long-lasting, and highly addictive drug has come to town, touching virtually everyone's lives. Journalist Nick Reding reported this story over a period of four years, and he brings us into the heart of the town through an ensemble cast of intimately drawn characters, including: Clay Hallburg, the town doctor, who fights meth even as he struggles with his own alcoholism; Nathan Lein, the town prosecutor, whose case load is filled almost exclusively with meth-related crime, and Jeff Rohrick, who is still trying to kick a meth habit after four years. <br /><br /><i>Methland</i> is a portrait of a community under siege, of the lives the drug has devastated, and of the heroes who continue to fight the war. It will appeal to readers of David Sheff's bestselling <i>Beautiful Boy</i>, and serve as inspiration for those who believe in the power of everyday people to change their world for the better.
Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers ...
by , Tom Shachtman

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English

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304

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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<p><b>LEARN THE TRUE STORY OF ONE OF THE FBI PROFILERS WHO COINED THE PHRASE "SERIAL KILLER"</b></p><p>Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran Robert K. Ressler learned how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us -- and put them behind bars. In <i>Whoever Fights Monsters</i>, Ressler鈥?lt;b>the inspiration for the character Agent Bill Tench in David Fincher's hit TV show Mindhunter</b>鈥攕hows how he was able to track down some of the country's most brutal murderers.</p><p>Ressler, the FBI Agent and ex-Army CID colonel who advised Thomas Harris on <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose to the way they kill to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them鈥擱essler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers. And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler goes behind prison walls to hear bizarre first-hand stories from countless convicted murderers, including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy; Edmund Kemper; and Son of Sam. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills is one of the FBI's most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.</p><p>Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for the world's most dangerous psychopaths in this terrifying journey you will not forget.</p>
Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists (2nd Ed.)
by John Neil Houde

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English

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Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<p>Follow the evidence!</p><br /><br /><p>Author and forensic scientist, John Houde, takes you on the cook's tour of a modern crime laboratory, explaining each test and procedure along the way. DNA, blood spatter, firearms, drug analysis, microscopy and more are explained in easy to understand terms and illustrated with real-life examples.</p><br /><br /><p>This edition聽replaces the popular first edition, published in 1999, and includes 70 new illustrations and photographs.<br /><br /><br /><br />The second edition boosts the level of scientific discussion to that of聽a high school or first-year college student with a year of biology or chemistry. In addition, it has been re-edited for clarity and updated to reflect current methods of analysis.<br /><br /><br /><br />The聽2nd edition also includes three appendices containing materials suitable for an introductory course in forensic science. Discussion questions, practical examples and even a short laboratory exercise are included.<br /><br /><br /><br />In 2000, the first edition of CRIME LAB won both the Benjamin Franklin Award (Publisher's Marketing Association) and the Independent Publisher Award. It was also a New York Public Library "Books for the Teen Age" selection.<br /><br /><br /><br />"This freshly illustrated edition is a bit less elementary in its approach and should be of great interest to agencies who use the crime lab as well as students who are exploring forensic science as a career," says author John Houde.</p>

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