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About 6,800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Crime”. You might want to use the Search box at the top of the left column in the search results. Some titles: Crime, prisons, and jails; Poverty, crime and punishment; The encyclopedia of high-tech crime and crime-fighting; Encyclopedia of crime & justice; Crime-fighting devices; Crime lab 101 : experimenting with crime detection; Crime & punishment : law & order.
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About 800 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Criminal Law. Some of the titles: Criminal law : text, cases and materials; Crime and the legal process; What’s the verdict : you’re the judge in 90 tricky courtroom cases; California criminal law concepts, 2001; Federal criminal law and its enforcement; Criminal law for the layman : a citizen’s guide. Books for Free PDF Crime.
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About 370 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Violent Crimes”. Some of the book titles: Gun violence; The crime drop in America; Crime is not the problem : lethal violence in America; A criminal history of mankind; Criminal violence : patterns, causes, and prevention; Understanding violence and victimization; Reducing hate crimes and violence among American youth. Books for free PDF crime.
About 1,700 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Organized Crime”. Includes fiction as well as nonfiction. Some of the book titles: Organized crime : a reference handbook; The good rat : a true story; Crime school : money laundering; Is the Mafia still a force in America?; The triads : the growing global threat from the Chinese criminal societies; The merger : the conglomeration of international organized crime; Guns and garlic; myths and realities of organized crime.
About 500 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Gangsters. Most of the books here are fiction, but here are some nonfiction titles: New England’s Most Intriguing Gangsters Rascals Rogues & Thieves, Al Capone and his Gang, Gangsters Democracy and the State in Southeast Asia, Gangland to Promised Land, A Brief History of Gangsters, The Most Evil Mobsters in History, The Boston Mob Guide, Godfathers: Lives and Crimes of the Mafia, The Hunt for Triad Gangster Steven Wong, many more.
About 400 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Computer Crimes”. Fiction and nonfiction. Some of the book titles: Cybercrime; Everything you need to know about the dangers of computer hacking; Computer forensics and cyber crime : an introduction; Avoiding cyberfraud in small businesses : what auditors and owners need to know; High-technology crime : investigating cases involving computers; Hacker attack : shield your computer from Internet crime.
About 1,100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Gangs. Some of the book titles: Street gangs : gaining turf, losing ground; Encyclopedia of gangs; Gangbusters : how a street-tough, elite homicide unit took down New York’s most dangerous gang; This thing called gangs : a guide to recognizing the danger signs; Youth gangs in American society.
Author: Atwood, Roger
St. Martin’s Press 2004 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Stealing History: Tomb raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World by Roger Atwood. Roger Atwood knows more about the market for ancient objects than almost anyone. He knows where priceless antiquities are buried, who is digging them up, and who is fencing and buying them. In this fascinating book, Atwood takes readers on a journey through Iraq, Peru, Hong Kong, and across America, showing how the worldwide antiquities trade is destroying what’s left of the ancient sites before archaeologists can reach them, and thus erasing their historical significance.
Packed with true stories, this book not only reveals what has been found, but at what cost to both human life and history.
Author: Bonanno, Bill
St. Martin’s Press 1999 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Bound by Honor; A Mafioso’s Story by Bill Bonanno. Bill Bonanno was born into a world of respect, tradition, and honor. The son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, Bill was a “made” member of the Mafia by the time he was in his early twenties. He was rumored to be the model for The Godfather’s Michael Corleone and was the subject of Gay Talese’s best-selling Honor Thy Father.
Now retired, Bill is finally ready to give an eyewitness account of his life as a high-ranking captain in the Bonanno crime family, one of America’s most powerful Mafia syndicates. He takes you inside the mob at its peak, when New York’s Five Families-Bonanno, Gambino, Colombo, Lucchese, and Genovese-not only dominated local businesses, but also controlled national politics.
Bound By Honor not only recounts Bill Bonanno’s tumultuous life, but also is an engrossing chronicle of organized crime. Bonanno’s story provides a remarkable glimpse into all of the intriguing personalities of the underworld of yesterday to today, from Bugsy Siegel to John Gotti.
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Author: Brown, Ethan
Holt 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Shake the Devil Off; A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans by Ethan Brown.
A charismatic young soldier meets a tragic end in this moving and mesmerizing account of the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and no-safety-net America.
Zackery Bowen was thrust into two of America’s largest recent debacles. He was one of the first soldiers to encounter the fledgling insurgency in Iraq. After years of military service he returned to New Orleans to tend bar and deliver groceries. In the weeks before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, he met Addie Hall, a pretty and high-spirited bartender. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm had news outlets around the world featuring the couple as the personification of what so many want to believe is the indomitable spirit of New Orleans.
But in October 2006, Bowen leaped from the rooftop bar of a French Quarter hotel. A note in his pocket directed the police to the body of Addie Hall. It was, according to NOPD veterans, one of the most gruesome crimes in the city’s history. How had this popular, handsome father of two done this horrible thing?
Author: Bugliosi, Vincent with Gentry, Curt
Norton 1994 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Helter Skelter; The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi.
Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider’s position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime.
The Cases that Haunt Us; From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries that Won’t Go Away
Author: Douglas, John E. and Olshaker, Mark
Pocket Books 2001 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The Cases that Haunt Us; From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries that Won’t Go Away by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker. America’s foremost expert on criminal profiling provides his uniquely gripping analysis of seven of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime — from the Whitechapel murders to JonBenet Ramsey — often contradicting conventional wisdom and legal decisions.
Jack the Ripper. Lizzie Borden. The Zodiac Killer. Certain homicide cases maintain an undeniable, almost mystical hold on the public imagination.
Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence, eldest grandson of Queen Victoria, or perhaps a practicing medical doctor? And did highly placed individuals within Scotland Yard have a good idea of the Ripper’s identity, which they never revealed? Douglas and Olshaker create a detailed profile of the killer, and reveal their chief suspect.
Was Lizzie Borden truly innocent of the murder of her father and stepmother as the Fall River, Massachusetts, jury decided, or was she the one who took the ax and delivered those infamous “whacks”? Through a minute-by-minute behavioral analysis of the crime, the authors come to a convincing conclusion.
Taking a fresh and penetrating look at each case, the authors reexamine and reinterpret accepted facts and victimology using modern profiling and the techniques of criminal analysis developed by Douglas within the FBI. This book deconstructs the evidence and widely held beliefs surrounding each case and rebuilds them — with fascinating and haunting results.
Author: Dray, Philip
Random House 2002 Dewey Dec. 364.1
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip Dray. It is easy to shrink from our country’s brutal history of lynching. Lynching is called the last great skeleton in our nation’s closet: It terrorized all of black America, claimed thousands upon thousands of victims in the decades between the 1880s and the Second World War, and leaves invisible but deep scars to this day.
Throughout America, not just in the South, blacks accused of a crime–or merely of violating social or racial customs–were hunted by mobs, abducted from jails, and given summary “justice” in blatant defiance of all guarantees of due process under law. Men and women were shot, hanged, tortured, and burned, often in sadistic, picnic-like “spectacle lynchings” involving thousands of witnesses.
The celebrated historian Philip Dray shines a clear, bright light on this dark history–its causes, perpetrators, apologists, and victims. He also tells the story of the men and women who led the long and difficult fight to expose and eradicate lynching, including Ida B. Wells, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and W.E.B. Du Bois.
Author: Drew, Elizabeth
Overlook Press 2000 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The Corruption of American Politics; What Went Wrong and Why by Elizabeth Drew.
Drawing on her superb skills as a probing journalist and shrewd analyst, Washington reporter Elizabeth Drew details precisely how money and ideology, as well as a lower quality of politicians and lower standards of political behavior, have debased American politics over the past twenty-five years. Wise, insightful, and timely, The Corruption of American Politics offers invaluable suggestions as to how we can restore our government to be responsive to the needs of its citizens.
Finley, Laura L., ed.
This book provides a thorough compilation of the types, specific incidents, relevant agencies, theories, responses, and prevention programs relevant to crime and violence in schools and on campuses.
Author: Fisher, Kenneth L.
Wiley 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
How to Smell a Rat; The Five Signs of Financial Fraud by Kenneth L. Fisher.
In How to Smell a Rat, trusted financial expert Ken Fisher provides you with an inside’s view on how to spot financial disasters before you become a part of them. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource takes an engaging look at recent and historic examples of fraudsters, how they operated, and how they can be easily avoided. Fisher also shows you the quick, identifiable features of financial frauds and arms you with the questions to ask when assessing a money manager.
Author: Goldhagen, Daniel J.
PublicAffairs 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Worse than War; Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity by Daniel J. Goldhagen. This is an investigation into the phenomenon of genocide and mass killing—explaining why genocides begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them and why they happen so frequently; and how the international community should and can successfully stop them. The author “convincingly disparages bureaucratic ‘banality of evil’ explanations of genocide and spotlights the ideologies of leaders who exploit ordinary citizens’ hate-filled beliefs to instigate mass murder. It’s not easy reading, but Goldhagen’s vehemence and the sheer weight of horrors that he recounts move one’s conscience.” -Publ Wkly
Author: Hiss, Tony
Knopf 1999 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The View from Alger’s Window; A Son’s Memoir by Tony Hiss. The View from Alger’s Window is Tony Hiss’s remarkable memoir of the trial and imprisonment of one of the most famous victims of the Cold War witch-hunts: his father. Tony Hiss was seven years old when Whittaker Chambers first accused Alger Hiss of passing secrets to the Russians. For the rest of his childhood, Tony and his family experienced the cruelties and intimidations of the time.
Drawing on hundreds of letters Alger sent from prison, the author counters public perceptions of Hiss and shows the fundamental decency and essential goodness of his father and, along the way, draws a compelling portrait of an innocent man. At the same time he lets us see how adversity drew this father and son together, allowing them to achieve a closeness they might never have been able to otherwise.
Beautifully written, wise, The View from Alger’s Window sheds new light on a family, a time, an accusation, and a man whose guilt or innocence continues to inspire debate.
Author: Hooper, Chloe
Scribner 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Tall Man; The Death of Doomadgee by Chloe Hooper. “In 2004, in a remote Aboriginal community in northern Australia, Cameron Doomadgee, a drunk young indigenous man, was arrested and, a few hours later, died in his prison cell. A witness claimed that the six-foot-seven-inch arresting officer beat Doomadgee to death. The officer claimed that Doomadgee fell accidentally and that the extent of his injuries (which included broken ribs and a ruptured liver) wasn’t apparent. Through the story of the manslaughter trial. Hooper lays bare Australia’s institutional racism and the grim conditions of Aboriginal life there. A novelist, she finds a muscular music even when confronting sordid truths.” -New Yorker
Author: Ifill, Sherrilyn A.
Beacon 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
On the Courthouse Lawn; Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century by Sherrilyn A. Ifill.The author explores the continued effects of lynching. Ifill contends that “the lynchings implicated average white citizens, some of whom actively participated in the violence while many others witnessed the lynchings but did nothing to stop them. Ifill observes that this history of complicity has become embedded in the social and cultural fabric of local communities, who either supported, condoned, or ignored the violence. She . . . [presents] ideas to help communities heal…. Ifill argues that reconciliation and reparation efforts must also be locally based in order to bring both black and white Americans together in an efficacious dialogue.” -Publisher
Johnson, Scott P., ed.
Examines some of the most important (and infamous) cases in American history, placing them in both historical and legal context. Among the landmark cases considered in these two volumes are the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. A number of civil lawsuits and political trials are also included, such as the impeachment trials of Presidents Andrew Johnson and William Jefferson Clinton.
Author: King, Joyce
Pantheon 2002 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Hate Crime: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas by Joyce King. On June 7, 1998, James Byrd, Jr., a forty-nine-year-old black man, was dragged to his death while chained to the back of a pickup truck driven by three young white men.
In this superbly written examination of the murder and its aftermath, award-winning journalist Joyce King brings us on a journey that begins at the crime scene and extends into the minds of the young men who so casually ended a man’s life. She takes us inside the prison in which two of them met for the first time, and she shows how it played a major role in shaping their attitudes—racial and otherwise. The result is a deeply engrossing psychological portrait of the accused and a powerful indictment of the American prison system’s ability to reform criminals.
More than a spectacular true-crime debut, Hate Crime is a breathtaking work of reportage and a searing look at how the question of race continues to shape life in America.
Author: Larson, Erik
Crown 2003 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The Devil in the White City; Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. This is an account of how “H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new’ metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during (and exploited) the city’s finest moment, the World’s Fair of 1893. Larson’s breathtaking new history is a novelistic yet wholly factual account of the fair and the mass murderer who lurked within it.” -Publ Wkly
Author: Larson, Erik
Crown 2006 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.
Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years … Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder.
With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.
Author: May, Gary
Yale University Press 2005 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The Informant; The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo by Gary May. In The Informant, historian Gary May reveals the untold story of the murder of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo, shot to death by members of the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan at the end of Martin Luther King’s historic Voting Rights March in 1965. Based on previously unexamined FBI and Justice Department Records, The Informant demonstrates that in their ongoing efforts to protect Rowe’s cover, the FBI knowingly became an accessory to some of the most grotesque crimes of the Civil Rights era.
A tale of a renegade informant and an intelligence system ill-prepared to deal with threats from within, The Informant offers a dramatic and cautionary tale about what can happen when secret police power goes unchecked.
Author: Pepper, William F.
Norton 2003 Dewey Dec. 364.1
An Act of State; The Execution of Martin Luther King by William F. Pepper. Martin Luther King Jr was the most powerful and eloquent champion of the poor and oppressed in US history, and at the height of his fame in the mid-sixties seemed to offer the real possibility of a new and radical beginning for liberal politics in the USA. In 1968, he was assassinated; the movement for social and economic change has never recovered.
The conviction of James Earl Ray for his murder has never looked even remotely safe, and when William Pepper began to investigate the case it was the start of a twenty-five year campaign for justice. At a civil trial in 1999, supported by the King family, seventy witnesses under oath set out the details of the conspiracy Pepper had unearthed: the jury took just one hour to find that Ray was not responsible for the assassination, that a wide-ranging conspiracy existed, and that government agents were involved.
An Act of State lays out the extraordinary facts of the King story—of the huge groundswell of optimism engendered by his charismatic radicalism, of how plans for his execution were laid at the very heart of government and the military, of the disinformation and media cover-ups that followed every attempt to search out the truth. As shocking as it is tragic, An Act of State remains the most compelling and authoritative account of how King’s challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder.
Author: Radzinowicz, Leon and Wolfgang, Marvin E., comp.
Basic Books 1971 Dewey Dec. 364
Crime and Justice (vol 2); The Criminal in the Arms of the Law by Leon Radzinowicz and Marvin E. Wolfgang. Selection of writings about criminal justice.
Author: Rosen, Fred
Facts on File 2005 Dewey Dec. 364
The Historical Atlas of American Crime by Fred Rosen. “Covering all varieties of crime, from murder to fraud, from organized crime to terrorism, these pages contain a fascinating survey of the most significant criminal developments in United States history. Emphasizing cases that were the first of their kind, new types of crime, and crimes peculiar to certain regions, The Historical Atlas of American Crime demonstrates how geography, shifting populations, Western expansion, and technology have shaped crime and the development of American society.” -Publisher
Author: Selby, Scott A. and Campbell, Greg
Sterling 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Flawless; Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott A. Selby and Greg Campbell. On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables.
Although the crime was perfect, the getaway was not. The police zeroed in on a band of professional thieves fronted by Leonardo Notarbartolo, a dapper Italian who had rented an office in the Diamond Center and clandestinely cased its vault for over two years. The “who” of the crime had been answered, but the “how” remained largely a mystery.
Enter Scott Andrew Selby, a Harvard Law grad and diamond expert, and Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds, who undertook a global goose chase to uncover the true story behind the daring heist. The authors sorted through an array of conflicting details, divergent opinions and incongruous theories to put together the puzzle of what actually happened that Valentine’s Day weekend.
Author: Sifakis, Carl
Facts on File 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The Mafia Encyclopedia: From Accardo to Zwillman by Carl Sifakis. The Mafia Encyclopedia provides a comprehensive survey of the mob’s most influential perpetrators and personalities, including their hangouts and hideaways, their plays for power, their schemes and crimes, and their unique culture and jargon. More than 95 illustrations and more than 450 entries bust the Mafia myths with an unflinching look at the brutal, nefarious and bizarre culture and characters of organized crime.
Author: Stewart, James B.
Hall 2000 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Blind Eye; How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder by James B. Stewart. A medical thriller from Pulitzer Prize–winning author James B. Stewart about serial killer doctor Michael Swango and the medical community that chose to turn a blind eye on his criminal activities. At once a gripping read and a hard-hitting look at the inner workings of the American medical system, Blind Eye describes a professional hierarchy where doctors repeatedly accept the word of fellow physicians over that of nurses, hospital employees, and patients—even as horrible truths begin to emerge. With the prodigious investigative reporting that has defined his Pulitzer Prize–winning career, James B. Stewart has tracked down survivors, relatives of victims, and shaken coworkers to unearth the evidence that may finally lead to Swango’s conviction.
Combining meticulous research with spellbinding prose, Stewart has written a shocking chronicle of a psychopathic doctor and of the medical establishment that chose to turn a blind eye on his criminal activities.
Author: Summerscale, Kate
Walker 2008 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher; A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale. The New York Times bestselling account of the real-life murder that inspired the birth of modern detective fiction. In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land.
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is a provocative work of nonfiction that reads like a Victorian thriller, and in it Kate Summerscale has fashioned a brilliant, multilayered narrative that is as cleverly constructed as it is beautifully written.
Author: Sutherland, Edwin H. and Cressey, Donald R.
Lippincott 1974 Dewey Dec. 364
Criminology by Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey. Contents: Part One: the study of Delinquency and crime — Criminology and criminal law — Indexes of delinquency and crime — Perspectives and methods — A Sociological theory of criminal behavior — Crime, delinquency, and social structure — Physical and physiological conditions — Race and nativity — Personality — Culture areas — The home and family — Social institutions — Processes in criminal behavior — Behavior systems in crime — Part Two: the processing of delinquency and crime — Variations in punitive policies — Punitive policies and social structure — Treatment of delinquents and criminals — The police — Detention before trial — The criminal court — The juvenile court — Probation — Development of treatment in American prisons — Objectives and conditions of imprisonment — The prison community — Prison labor and education — Release from prison — Prevention of crime and delinquency
Author: Utley, Robert M.
Tauris Parke 2002 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Billy the Kid; A Short and Violent Life by Robert M. Utley. Whatever his name or alias at the moment – Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim, Billy Bonney – people always called him the Kid. Not until his final month did anyone call him Billy the Kid. Newspapers pictured him as a king of outlaws; and his highly publicized capture, trial, escape, and end fixed his image in the public mind for all time. Robert M. Utley does what countless books, movies, television shows, musical compositions, and paintings have failed to do: he successfully strips off the veneer of legendry to expose the reality of Billy the Kid. Using previously untapped sources, he presents an engrossing story of a youthful hoodlum and sometime killer who found his calling in New Mexico’s bloody power struggle known as the Lincoln County War. In unmasking the legend Utley also tells us much about our heritage of frontier vigilantism and violence.
Author: Walsh, John with Lerman, Philip
Pocket 2001 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Public Enemies: The Host of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Targets the Nation’s Most Notorious Criminals by John Walsh. The host of TV’s America’s Most Wanted, John Walsh has formed a vital partnership with the public, the media, and law enforcement that has led to the capture of hundreds of the worst serial killers, kidnappers, pedophiles, and rapists of our time. In Public Enemies he reveals the cost — the blood, sweat, and tears — behind the relentless pursuit of hard justice, in several infamous cases.
In these gripping true-crime profiles, John Walsh exposes the behind-the-scenes drama of the groundbreaking show, and what actually unfolds between the crimes and the captures — the vital leads from strangers, the dangerous manhunts, the developments cut from the AMW broadcasts, and the dogged investigations by authorities. He divulges stunning lapses in the judicial process that release monsters to the streets time and again. He takes readers inside the hearts and souls of the grieving families, and gives eyewitness accounts of the dramatic final moments when fugitives are finally taken down.
Author: Ward, Nathan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Dark Harbor; The War for the New York Waterfront by Nathan Ward. What if the world of the old New York waterfront was as violent and mob-controlled as it appears in Hollywood movies? Well, it really was, and the story of its downfall, told here in high style by Nathan Ward, is the original New York mob story.
New York Sun reporter Malcolm “Mike” Johnson was sent to cover the murder of a West Side boss stevedore and discovered a “waterfront jungle, set against a background of New York’s magnificent skyscrapers” and providing “rich pickings for criminal gangs.” Racketeers ran their territories while doubling as union officers, from the West Side’s “Cockeye” Dunn, who’d kill for any amount of dock space, to Jersey City’s Charlie Yanowsky, who controlled rackets and hiring until he was ice-picked to death.
Johnson’s hard-hitting investigative series won a Pulitzer Prize. Nathan Ward tells this archetypal crime story as if for the first time, taking the reader back to a city, and an era, at once more corrupt and more innocent than our own.
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Author: Welch, Craig
William Morrow 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Shell Games; Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature’s Bounty by Craig Welch. “Welch covers the wildlife crime beat in Puget Sound, where shellfish poachers wreak havoc on the region’s once bountiful, now imperiled marine ecosystem. Writing with the sizzle of a mystery novelist, Welch portrays a complex, driven, and irresistible cast of real-life characters, from fish cops Ed Volz and Kevin Harrington to Doug Tobin, a larger-than-life Native American fisherman. . . . Welch’s utterly compelling true tale of black-market trade in endangered ocean wildlife is astounding and infuriating.” -Booklist
About 80 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Crime Investigation”. Some of the book titles: Crimebusters : how science fights crime; Organized crime in our times; Crime & detection; The Federal Bureau of Investigation; The CSI effect : television, crime, and governance; Crime science : methods of forensic detection; Criminalistics and scientific investigation.
About 900 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Criminology”. Some of the book titles: Readings in criminology and penology; Criminal justice? : the legal system versus individual responsibility; The criminal justice system : politics and policies; Community relations concepts; Law and the lawless; a reader in criminology; Your criminal justice career : a guidebook; Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States.
About 760 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Law Enforcement”. Some of the book titles: Agents of change; a study in police reform; The bureau : the secret history of the FBI; Canadian police heroes : beyond the call of duty; Critical issues in law enforcement; Career opportunities in law enforcement, security, and protective services; Policing, the occupation and the introduction of female officers : an anthropologist’s study; Great jobs for criminal justice majors.
Facts on File 2004 Dewey Dec. 363.2
“In addition to explaining the science of forensics, Bell … reviews various disciplines related to forensic science, among them entomology, odontology, and psychology. Other entries cover professional organizations, government agencies, famous names in the field, evidence, and legal issues.” -Booklist
Brenner, John C.
CRC 2004 Dewey Dec. 363.2
Investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, professionals within the field of law enforcement, and other criminal justice personnel need to understand forensic terms when communicating with forensic scientists or interpreting forensic lab results. Forensic Science-An Illustrated Dictionary introduces commonly-used forensic terms, many of which are crucial to the interpretation and understanding of laboratory report findings.
Englert, Rod and Passero, Kathy
Dunne 2010 Dewey Dec. 363.2
Blood Secrets reveals how forensic experts read the story of a murder told in the traces of blood left behind, providing crucial evidence that has helped convict criminals who might have otherwise walked free.
When Rod Englert began his career in law enforcement, virtually no police force in the world knew how to correctly examine blood spatter. He spent years studying and testing how blood behaves, pioneering a vital new tool that is now a part of any criminal investigation. In Blood Secrets he demonstrates how detectives and forensic experts use blood-spatter analysis to solve real cases. Filled with fascinating details of forensic science and real-life CSI stories, Blood Secrets shows the techniques and tools used to decipher blood spatter’s code.
Gehl, Rod, Plecas, Darryl
A teaching text describing and segmenting criminal investigations into its component parts to illustrate the craft of criminal investigation. Delineating criminal investigation within the components of task-skills and thinking-skills, this book describes task-skills such incident response, crime scene management, evidence management, witness management, and forensic analysis, as essential foundations supporting the critical thinking-skills of offence validation and theory development for the creation of effective investigative plans aimed at forming reasonable grounds for belief.
Basic 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.3
In the first history of the New York Fire Department–FDNY–in over sixty years, journalist Terry Golway weaves together stories of heroic firefighters and extraordinary fires to create a moving and original account of New York as seen through the eyes and actions of the city’s firefighters. From the eighteenth century’s most ambitious public-works project–the building of aqueducts from upstate to help control fires–to firefighter-turned-politician Boss Tweed’s backroom politics, fire and firefighters have played an integral part in the life of New York. So Others Might Live also offers a new view of the building of modern urban America and the social turbulence of New York from the 1700s to the present day.
St. Martin’s 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.2
No institution is as critically important to America’s security. No American institution is as controversial. And, after the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, no institution is as powerful. Based on exclusive interviews, The Bureau reveals why the FBI was unprepared for the attacks of September 11 and how the FBI is combating terrorism today.
An Award-winning investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author of Inside the White House, Ronald Kessler answers these questions and presents the definitive history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
MacLean, John N.
Holt 2003 Dewey Dec. 363.3
An expert’s report from the front lines where wildland fires keep getting hotter, bigger, and more dangerous to the men and women who fight them. In 2002, more than seven million acres were burned at a fire-fighting cost of over a billion dollars. Are wilderness fires now a tragic and enduring feature of the American landscape? John N. Maclean, author of the acclaimed Fire on the Mountain, offers a view from the front lines, combining action-packed storytelling with moving insights about firefighters and informed analysis of firefighting strategy past and present.
Ramsland, Katherine M.
Berkley Boulevard 2008 Dewey Dec. 363.2
Renowned forensic specialist Katherine Ramsland revisits some of the most absorbing episodes of the phenomenally popular C.S.I. television franchise, and explores the real-life crimes that inspired them. She also looks into the authenticity of the forensic investigations re-created for the show, and the painstaking forensic process employed in every one of the actual cases…
The Science of Sherlock Holmes: from Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective’s Greatest Cases
Wagner, E. J.
Wiley 2006 Dewey Dec. 363.2
The author discusses forensic science in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of the ‘consulting detective’ Sherlock Holmes. He compares Holmes’s investigative techniques to those used in actual cases such as the killing of Lizzie Borden’s parents in 1892, the 1902 murder of Joseph Browne Elwell, and the disappearance of Dr. George Parkman in 1849. This book “will intrigue readers with incredible stories and amazing tales from the early days of forensic science.” -Christ Sci Mon.
“E. J. Wagner demonstrates that without the work of Sherlock Holmes and his contemporaries, the CSI teams would be twiddling their collective thumbs. Her accounts of Victorian crimes make Watson’s tales pale! Highly recommended for students of the Master Detective.”
—Leslie S. Klinger, Editor, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.
Criminal Justice & Punishment
About 1,800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Criminal Justice”. Some of the book titles: Counseling criminal justice offenders; Criminal justice in Canada; Criminal and social justice; Criminal justice in America; Youth criminal justice law; Careers in criminal justice; The psychology of criminal justice.
About 2,600 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Administration of Justice. Some books: Administration of Justice in India, The Criminal in the Arms of the Law, Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems, Criminal Justice in Canada, Criminal Justice Organizations, Crisis in the Courts, A Common Sense Approach to Criminal Justice, Justice Denied: the case for reform of the courts, Career Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals, Delivery of Justice, Readings in Criminal Justice, An Introduction to the American Legal System, many more.
About 1,700 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Administration of Criminal Justice”. Some of the book titles: Justice in jeopardy; strategy to revitalize the American dream; Administration of justice in India : a case study of Punjab; Study guide to Criminal justice organizations : administration and management; The administration and management of criminal justice organizations : a book of readings; Criminal justice in Indiana; Making it right : a common sense approach to criminal justice; Administration of justice in Norway : a brief summary.
About 1,700 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Prisons”. Some of the book titles: Con game : the truth about Canada’s prisons; Prison life in America; Diary of a self-made convict; Penology: a realistic approach; Notorious prisons : an inside look at the world’s most feared institutions, Oxford History of the Prison, The Open Prison, Inside: prison American style, Maximum Security: inside stories.
About 3,700 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Prisoners. Some books: Constitutional Rights of Prisoners, When Prisoners Return, Abuse of Women in Custody: sexual misconduct and shackling of pregnant women, Prison Life in America, Women in Prison, Stories Poems and Intimate Revelations by Prisoners, What to Do When Your Loved One’s in Jail, Women’s Experience of Prison, God’s Prison Gang, Re-educating Chinese Anti-Communists, Children of Incarcerated Parents, many more.
About 500 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Capital Punishment. Some books: Three Centuries of Debate on the Death Penalty, Voices Against the Death Penalty, Capital Punishment, The Power of Life and Death, Capital Punishment: cruel and unusual?, The Death Penalty in America: current research, America’s Experiment with Capital Punishment, The Execution of a Serial Killer, Death Penalty Cases, many more.
Abbott, Jack H.
Random House 1981 Dewey Dec. 365
A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. When Normal Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, he 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 by now classic letters to Mailer, which evoke his infernal vision of the prison nightmare.
Doubleday 2003 Dewey Dec. 365
This “describes how, largely under Stalin’s watch, a regulated, centralized system of prison labor—unprecedented in scope—gradually arose out of the chaos of the Russian Revolution. . . . Applebaum details camp life, including strategies for survival; the experiences of women and children in the camps; sexual relationships and marriages between prisoners; and rebellions, strikes and escapes. . . .Applebaum’s lucid prose and painstaking consideration of the competing theories about aspects of camp life and policy are always compelling.” -Publ Wkly
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Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. 364.6
In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.
Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.
Henderson, Harry, ed.
Facts on File 2006 Dewey Dec. 364.6
A look at both sides of this controversial issue from social, political, ethical, and religious perspectives. Includes a glossary, bibliographies, and Internet sources.
McShane, Marilyn D. and Williams, Frank P. III
Garland 1996 Dewey Dec. 365
A comprehensive reference work presents a full overview of incarceration in America. The Encyclopedia features original essays by leading U.S. corrections experts, who offer historical perspectives, insights into how and why the present prison system developed, where we are today, and where we are likely to be in the future. Every important aspect of American prisons is covered, from the handling of convicts with AIDS to juvenile delinquents behind bars, from boot camps to life without parole, from racial conflict to sexual exploitation.
Oshinsky, David M.
Free Press 1996 Dewey Dec. 365
“Worse Than Slavery” is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era – and beyond. Mississippi’s Parchman Penitentiary was the grandfather of all southern prisons, an immense, isolated plantation with shotguns, whips, and bloodhounds, where inmates worked the cotton fields in striped clothing from dawn to dusk.
Noted historian David M. Oshinsky draws on prison records, pardon files, folklore, oral history, and the blues to offer an unforgettable portrait of Parchman and Jim Crow justice – from the horrors of convict leasing in the late nineteenth century to the struggle for black equality in the 1960s, when Parchman was used to break the spirit of civil rights workers who journeyed south on the Freedom Rides. In Mississippi, the criminal justice system often proved that there could be something worse than slavery.
NY: HarperCollins 2001 Dewey Dec. 364.6
In fascinating detail, Ivan Solotaroff introduces us to the men who carry out executions. Although the emphasis is on the personal lives of these men and of those they have to put to death, The Last Face You’ll Ever See also addresses some of the deeper issues of the death penalty and connects the veiled, elusive figure of the executioner to the vast majority of Americans who, since 1977, have claimed to support executions. Why do we do it? Or, more exactly, why do we want to?
The Last Face You’ll Ever See is not about the polarizing issues of the death penalty — it is a firsthand report about the culture of executions: the executioners, the death-row inmates, and everyone involved in the act. An engrossing, unsettling, and provocative book, this work will forever affect anyone who reads it.
Wilson, Steven Harmon, ed.
A one-stop resource, uniquely structured to include both introductory information as well as more in-depth and detailed resources. It explains not only how the American civil and criminal justice system affects the parties to a particular case or other legal action, but also how the rights, benefits, and legal protections of our country impact virtually all people in America. The first volume provides chapter-length essays explaining the organization and functioning of federal, state, and local government, as well as the working of federal and state judiciaries, regulatory bodies, and penal systems. The second volume contains shorter, alphabetically arranged entries on hundreds of law-related topics, including case descriptions and biographies of major figures, federal and state court organizational charts, legal statistics, and other background information. The third volume contains original documents, statutes, and texts of important cases relevant to the functioning of the American justice system.
St. Martin’s Press 2001 Dewey Dec. 365
Rikers Island–just six miles from the Empire State Building–is one of the largest, most complex and most expensive penal institutions in the world, yet most New Yorkers couldn’t find it on a map. Jennifer Wynn, the director of the Fresh Start program at Rikers, takes readers into the jails and then back out-to the communities where her students were born and raised. She chronicles their journeys as they struggle to “go straight” and find respect in a city that fears and rejects them.
Part memoir, part social commentary, Inside Rikers details the author’s experiences on Rikers. Wynn offers a compelling portrait of its 18,000 inmates and how Rikers was transformed from one of the most violent jails into one of the safest.
About 5,500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Terrorism”. Some books: Terrorism, Suicide Terrorism, Urban Terrorism, The Roots of Terrorism, Terrorism: today’s biggest threat to freedom, Encyclopedia of World Terrorism, Western Responses to Terrorism, Middle Eastern Terrorism, Domestic Terrorism, Chronologies of Modern Terrorism, America’s Battle Against Terrorism, Terrorism: an investigator’s handbook, Jewish Terrorism in Israel, Narco-terrorism, Combatting Terrorism, Islam and Terrorism, many more.
Allison, Graham T.
Times 2004 Dewey Dec. 363.3
Americans in the twenty-first century are keenly aware of the many forms of terrorism: hijackings, biological attacks, chemical weapons. But rarely do we allow ourselves to face squarely the deadliest form of terrorism, because it is almost too scary to think about-a terrorist group exploding a nuclear device in an American city.
In this urgent call to action, Graham Allison, one of America’s leading experts on nuclear weapons and national security, presents the evidence for two provocative, compelling conclusions. First, if policy makers in Washington keep doing what they are currently doing about the threat, a nuclear terrorist attack on America is likely to occur in the next decade. And if one lengthens the time frame, a nuclear strike is inevitable. Second, the surprising and largely unrecognized good news is that nuclear terrorism is, in fact, preventable. In these pages, Allison offers an ambitious but feasible blueprint for eliminating the possibility of nuclear terrorist attacks.
Anderson, Sean and Sloand, Stephen
Scarecrow 1995 Dewey Dec. 363.3
“Encompasses individuals, groups, events, doctrines, and concepts such as Power law, which is the mathematical relation between the numbers and intensity of events… This is an accurate, objective, and clearly written resource that will be useful in public and academic libraries.” -Booklist
Chalk, Peter, ed.
Encyclopedia of Terrorism provides comprehensive coverage of the events, individuals, groups, incidents, and trends in terrorism in the modern era. This essential work presents accurate, concise, and crucial information on developments since the watershed events of September 11, 2001, providing readers with an invaluable reference tool for understanding major developments that have occurred in domestic and international terrorism. The work is fully cross-referenced to provide a comprehensive research tool.
Combs, Cindy C. and Slann, Martin W.
Facts on File 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.3
Written by two well-known experts on the subject, Encyclopedia of Terrorism provides students, researchers, journalists, and policymakers with a complete survey of this rapidly growing problem. More than 300 entries, organized into an easily accessible A-to-Z format, offer thorough treatments of the events, people, organizations, and places that have figured prominently in international terrorism. Each entry is placed within its appropriate historical context to help readers understand the wide-ranging motivations behind terrorist actions. Also included in this comprehensive volume is a chronology of terrorist events and day-by-day coverage of the first months’ response from around the world to September 11, 2001.
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Burns, Vincent and Peterson, Kate Dempsey
Greenwood 2005 Dewey Dec. 363.3
This documentary history examines the roots of global terrorism and its current state. Documents range from the 1950s through 2004, and are drawn from terrorist training guides, recently declassified CIA reports, archival materials, excerpts from the U.S. PATRIOT Act, and suicide bombers’ final letters. Much of the material relates to the lead-up to the September 11 attacks and their ongoing aftermath both in the United States and among its enemies. The work’s 70 documents range from the rise of anti-American Islam to the Oklahoma City tragedy, and from the problem of defining terrorism to the U.S. PATRIOT Act.
Thorndike 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.3
The tragic events of September 11, 2001, forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan’s Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York’s devastated fire and police departments.
This is Smith’s vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim thousands of lives.