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Mercy Rule
John Lescroart
0440222826
August 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Dismas Hardy, the dart-playing, saloon-keeping lawyer who is one of John Lescroart's most consistently interesting and appealing heroes, faces a dilemma: if he can prove to a jury that Graham Russo helped his father Sal kill himself because the sick old man asked him to, a liberal San Francisco jury will probably vote to acquit Graham of first-degree murder. Hardy would love to plead manslaughter to escape the wrath of the state's attorney general who wants to nail Graham. However, despite the evidence against him, Graham insists he didn't do it. What is a lawyer to do, and who can he believe?

Although Lescroart leads the reader up and down a few blind alleys before the truth comes out, the mystery's not the thing here. It's the characters and their back stories that make this such a good read. Foremost among them is...



Steeltown U.S.A.
Sherry Lee Linkon
0700612920
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Once the symbol of a robust steel industry and blue-collar economy, Youngstown, Ohio, and its famous Jeannette Blast Furnace have become key icons in the tragic tale of American deindustrialization. Sherry Lee Linkon and John Russo examine the inevitable tension between those discordant visions, which continue to exert great power over Steeltown's citizens as they struggle to redefine their lives. When "the Jenny" was shut down in 1978, 50,000 Youngstown workers lost their jobs, cutting the heart out of the local economy. Even as the community organized a nationally recognized effort to save the mills, the city was rocked by economic devastation, runaway crime, and mob scandal, problems that persist twenty-five years later. In the midst of these struggles the Jenny remained standing as a proud symbol of the...


Night of the Living Dead
John Russo
0743539508
Oct 2004
Audio Compact Disc - Abridged
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Book Description
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Featuring the original cast of the cult classic You Won't Believe... An abandoned hilltop farmhouse. Seven desperate people -- and a surrounding darkness ripped by bloodcurdling cries of anguish...a state of emergency has been declared: the unimaginable is happening in the night... Pray for Morning... Out of the night they come. Filling the air with chilling howls, the dead are rising from their graves, bent on feeding on the flesh and blood of the living. They seek out human life. And these monstrous corpses will let nothing stand in their way as they hunt down the living to satisfy their own evil desires.


The Mad Dog 100: The Greatest Sports Arguments of All Time
Chris Russo
0767914627
May 2004
Paperback
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Review

Russo shows a shocking willingness to be fair, citing the evidence on both sides before choosing one.” —Wall Street Journal”Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo’s specialty.  You don’t have to agree with him 100 percent of the time to find plenty to like and talk about on these pages.” —Bob Costas, NBC and HBO

Review

Russo shows a shocking willingness to be fair, citing the evidence on both sides before choosing one.? ?Wall Street Journal?Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo?s specialty.  You don?t have to agree with him 100 percent of the time to find plenty to like and talk about on these pages.? ?Bob Costas, NBC and HBO

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New Working-Class Studies
John Russo
0801489679
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
"We put the working class, in all its varieties, at the center of our work. The new working-class studies is not only about the labor movement, or about workers of any particular kind, or workers in any particular place—even in the workplace. Instead, we ask questions about how class works for people at work, at home, and in the community. We explore how class both unites and divides working-class people, which highlights the importance of understanding how class shapes and is shaped by race, gender, ethnicity, and place. We reflect on the common interests as well as the divisions between the most commonly imagined version of the working class—industrial, blue-collar workers—and workers in the ‘new economy’ whose work and personal lives seem, at first glance, to place them solidly in the middle...


Mad Dog 100: The Greatest Sports Arguments of All Time
Christopher Russo
0385508980
May 2003
Hardcover
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Review

Russo shows a shocking willingness to be fair, citing the evidence on both sides before choosing one.” —Wall Street Journal”Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo’s specialty.  You don’t have to agree with him 100 percent of the time to find plenty to like and talk about on these pages.” —Bob Costas, NBC and HBO

Review

Russo shows a shocking willingness to be fair, citing the evidence on both sides before choosing one.? ?Wall Street Journal?Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo?s specialty.  You don?t have to agree with him 100 percent of the time to find plenty to like and talk about on these pages.? ?Bob Costas, NBC and HBO

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Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown
Peggy A. Russo (Editor)
0821416308
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
John Brown (1800-59) was an abolitionist who, with 21 followers, captured the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, as part of an effort to liberate southern slaves. His group was defeated, and Brown was hanged after a trial in which he won sympathy as a martyr. He remains one of the most controversial figures in American culture--condemned by some as an early-day terrorist, yet eulogized by others as a tireless advocate of racial equality. In these 12 essays, scholars discuss Brown's legacy, including a debate with Brown's contemporaries and supporters, defining Brown by using different criteria, analyzing his behavior, examining the ways in which he is depicted in literature, and discussing the cultural iconography surrounding him. The dozen scholar-authors represent the fields of history, literature,...


The Future Without a Past
John Paul Russo
0826215866
June 2005
Hardcover
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Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown
Peggy A. Russo (Editor)
0821416316
October 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
John Brown (1800-59) was an abolitionist who, with 21 followers, captured the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, as part of an effort to liberate southern slaves. His group was defeated, and Brown was hanged after a trial in which he won sympathy as a martyr. He remains one of the most controversial figures in American culture--condemned by some as an early-day terrorist, yet eulogized by others as a tireless advocate of racial equality. In these 12 essays, scholars discuss Brown's legacy, including a debate with Brown's contemporaries and supporters, defining Brown by using different criteria, analyzing his behavior, examining the ways in which he is depicted in literature, and discussing the cultural iconography surrounding him. The dozen scholar-authors represent the fields of history, literature,...


The Whore's Child and Other Stories
Richard Russo
0375726012
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
In The Whore's Child, Richard Russo's first collection of short fiction, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-wining author of Empire Falls explores difficult emotional territory while retaining the assured wisdom and humor of his best work. Infidelity, self-reflection, and the fallibility of memory come into consideration in this entertaining and perceptive collection. The book's titular story sets the tone for the whole: an elderly nun crashes a college writing workshop and composes her own life story, sharing the details of her childhood growing up in a convent as the abandoned daughter of a prostitute. As her troubling story unfolds, the class realizes the fictions she has unknowingly imposed upon it. Other stories examine familial relationships and responsibility: the bittersweet "Joyride" follows the desperate road trip of a...


The Mad Dog Hall of Fame: The Ultimate Rankings of the All Time Best in Sports
Chris Russo
0385517467
May 2, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
It’s The Big Question in the world of sports: Who’s number one?

Which player? Which coach? Which team? Now, the authors of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller, The Mad Dog 100: The Greatest Sports Arguments of All Time, get down and dirty to tackle the central issue that consumes every sports fan: Which players, teams, venues, and moments would make the top-ten list of all time?

With characteristic candor, explosive energy, and unquestioned expertise, top-rated sports talk radio personality Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo tackles the tough questions head-on and creates his own personal Hall of Fame. But the Mad Dog sets the bar much higher than usual—only ten honorees are inducted in each category—so plenty of all-time greats will find themselves...


Russo-Japanese War in Global Perspective: World War Zero
John W. Steinberg
9004142843
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume examines the Russo-Japanese War in its military, diplomatic, social, political, economic, and cultural context. Through the use of research from newly opened Russian and little used Japanese sources the editors assert that the Russo-Japanese War was, in fact, World War Zero, the first global conflict in the 20th century. The contributors demonstrate that the Russo-Japanese War, largely forgotten in the aftermath of World War One, actually was a precursor to the catastrophe that engulfed the world less than a decade after the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth. This study not only further reveals the weaknesses of Imperial Russia but also exhibits Japan as it entered its fateful 20th century. Contributors: Oleg Rudolfovich Airapetov; Boris Vasilevich Ananich; Michael Auslin; Paul A. Bushkovitch;...


Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown
Sherry Lee Linkon
0700611614
May 1902
Hardcover
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Book Description
Once the symbol of a robust steel industry and blue-collar economy, Youngstown, Ohio, and its famous Jeannette Blast Furnace have become key icons in the tragic tale of American deindustrialization. Sherry Lee Linkon and John Russo examine the inevitable tension between those discordant visions, which continue to exert great power over Steeltown's citizens as they struggle to redefine their lives. When "the Jenny" was shut down in 1978, 50,000 Youngstown workers lost their jobs, cutting the heart out of the local economy. Even as the community organized a nationally recognized effort to save the mills, the city was rocked by economic devastation, runaway crime, and mob scandal, problems that persist twenty-five years later. In the midst of these struggles the Jenny remained standing as a proud symbol of the...

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