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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
Truman Capote
0679745580
February 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
"Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick...


In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
Truman Capote
073933364X
January 2006
Compact Disc
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In the wake of the award-winning film Capote, interest in the author's 1965 true crime masterpiece has spiked. Capote's spellbinding narrative plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a senseless quadruple murder in America's heartland. In the audio version, narrator Brick keeps up with the master storyteller every step of the way. In fact, Brick's surefooted performance is nothing short of stunning. He settles comfortably into every character on this huge stage—male and female, lawman and murderer, teen and spinster—and moves fluidly between them, generating the feel of a full-cast production. He assigns varying degrees of drawl to the citizens of Finney County, Kans., where the crimes take place, and supplements with an arsenal of tension-building cadences, hard and soft...


In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
Truman Capote
067960023X
September 1992
Hardcover
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Book Review
In Cold Blood was a groundbreaking work when released in 1966. With it, author Truman Capote contributed to a style of writing in which the reporter gets so far inside the subject, becomes so familiar, that he projects events and conversations as if he were really there. The style has probably never been accomplished better than in this book. Capote combined painstaking research with a narrative feel to produce one of the most spellbinding stories ever put on the page. Two two-time losers living in a lonely house in western Kansas are out to make the heist of their life, but when things don't go as planned, the robbery turns ugly. From there, the book is a real-life look into murder, prison, and the criminal mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mob Lawyer: Including the Inside Account of Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa and JFK
Frank Ragano, Selwyn Raab
0684195682


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From Publishers Weekly
Sure to be widely discussed, this is the autobiography of Florida attorney Ragano who convinced himself that mafia chieftain Santo Trafficante and his New Orleans colleague Carlos Marcello were not such bad guys. Ragano was Trafficante and Marcello's lawyer for decades and through them met another client, union leader Jimmy Hoffa, whom he represented for 15 years. The story, which profits from the smooth style of New York Times crime reporter Raab, has less impact as an account of a man who woke up too late than for its revelations about significant events of our time. According to Ragano, Hoffa was killed because his successor as Teamster president, Frank Fitzsimmons, was easier for the mob to control. And he claims that Trafficante on his deathbed muttered, "We shouldn't have killed Giovanni. We should've...


The Girl With the White Flag: A Spellbinding Account of Love and Courage in Wartime Okinawa
Tomika Higa, Dorothy Britton (Translator)
4770029314
March 2003
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
YA-- Higa tells of her experiences as a seven year old wandering for seven weeks in battle-torn Okinawa in 1945. Her nine-year-old brother was killed beside her as they slept. Separated from her sisters, she survived on her own and then with an elderly, handicapped couple. Although bloody corpses are a common sight, the book is not depressing. Aspects of Oriental culture and religion, such as the importance of family and the relationship of man to nature, can be seen. Sentences are usually short, but they don't detract from the effectiveness of this moving, autobiographical memoir. Recent immigrants from countries ravaged by war will find it particularly meaningful. All will be touched by Higa's tenacity under impossible circumstances and will be reminded that children continue to be the worst victims of...


Without Pity: Ann Rule's Most Dangerous Killers: True Cases From Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vols. 1-8
Ann Rule
0743448677
December 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
THEY KILL WITHOUT CONSCIENCE.ANN RULE PORTRAYS THEIR SHATTERING CRIMES WITHOUT PITY.In eight stunning Case Files volumes, from A Rose for Her Grave to the #1 blockbuster Last Dance, Last Chance, Ann Rule reigns as "America's best true-crime writer" (Kirkus Reviews). Now, she updates the most astonishing cases from that acclaimed series -- and presents shocking, all-new true-crime accounts -- in one riveting anthology. In every explosive chapter of Without Pity, Ann Rule deepens her unrelenting exploration of the evil that lies behind the perfect facades of heartless killers...and the deadly compulsions of greed and power that shatter their outward trappings of material success.They are the admired, trusted neighbor; the affable family man; the sexy, charismatic lover; the high-achieving professional. Perhaps most...


The Mammoth Book of Space Exploration and Disasters
Richard Russell Lawrence
0786714492
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In the words of those who trod the void and others based at mission control, here are more than fifty of the greatest true stories of suborbital, orbital, and deep space exploration. From Apollo 8's first view of a tortured landscape of craters on the "dark side" of the Moon to a series of cliff-hanger crises aboard space station Mir, The Mammoth Book of Space Exploration and Disasters offers moments of extraordinary heroic achievement as well as episodes of terrible human cost. High points include the classic, nail-biting account of abandoning Apollo 13 on the way to the Moon and Jerry Linenger's panic attack during a space walk where he was "just out there dangling."


Holy Ghost Revival on Azusa Street: The True Believers: Eye Witness Accounts of the Revival that Shook the World
Larry Martin (Editor)
0964628953
December 1, 1998
Paperback
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The Everything Mafia Book
James Mannion
1580628648
Apr 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Are you one of the millions of television and movie viewers who scours the shelves for Mafia movies—both new and old? Do you ever wonder how much of these Hollywood dramas are real? Do they accurately capture this remarkable—and often sordid—world? The Everything® Mafia Book takes you away from fiction and tabloid and introduces you to the true-life accounts of the major players in the American Mafia. From Al Capone to John Gotti, you’ll learn to separate truth from myth and gain a better understanding of America’s most notorious crime families. Features colorful information on: ·The Sicilian Mafia ·The Mustache Petes ·The "real" Untouchables ·The mob and politicians ·The five New York "Families" ·Infamous rats Packed full of real-life photographs and...


Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team
George Jonas
0743291646
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Vengeance is a true story that reads like a novel. It is the account of five ordinary Israelis, selected to vanish into "the cold" of espionage secrecy -- their mission to hunt down and kill the PLO terrorists responsible for the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.This is the account of that secret mission, as related by the leader of the group -- the first Mossad agent to come out of "deep cover" and tell the story of a heroic endeavor that was shrouded in silence and speculation for years. He reveals the long and dangerous operation whose success was bought at a terrible cost to the idealistic volunteer agents themselves."Avner" was the leader of that team, handpicked by Golda Meir to avenge the monstrous crime of Munich. He and his young companions, cut off from any direct...


The Hate Factory : A First-Hand Account of the 1980 Riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico
Georgelle Hirliman
0595366694
August 11, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The terror lasted for thirty-six hours. When it was over, thirty-three inmates were dead, all at the hands of their fellow convicts. It was an outbreak of inmate violence unequaled in the annals of prison uprisings. It happened at the Penitentiary of New Mexico—Time magazine called it “the nation’s most notorious prison.” W.G. Stone was there. He witnessed the beatings, the stabbings, the rape, the torture. “Tying the rope under his arms and around his chest, they strung him up on the basketball hoop for all to see. There he would hang for the rest of the riot…During those hours of madness that were to follow, inmates would come in and hack at his dangling corpse with knives, beat it with pipes, mutilating it so totally that it was beyond recognition, a raw, bloody mass of flesh, by...


The French Connection
Robin Moore
1592280447
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Review
From the author of The Green Berets, another engrossing book-this time a "documentary" of some true-life detective work that reads like superior suspense fiction. Detectives First Grade Edward Egan and Salvatore Grosso of New York City caught a late show at a nightclub (Egan's girl friend was hat-check girl there) and while at their table happened to spot some known hoods paying court to the host of a large party. The host was one Patsy Fuca, obviously a somebody. More out of instinct than anything else, the two detectives followed Fuca when he left. Thus began one of the most amazing narcotic investigations in police annals, an investigation which involved grueling months of shadowing underworld characters, piecing together clues, and finally closing in for the payoff: the seizure of the largest cache of heroin ever...


Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Vincent T. Bugliosi
0393322238
December 2001
Paperback
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The New Republic
[A] social document of rare importance.

Chicago Sun-Times
One of the best crime stories ever written.

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No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah
Bing West
0553804022
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The most hard-fought campaign since the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in April 2003, the battle for Fallujah seems here to embody most every facet of the American military experience in that country--inordinate courage by the fighting men and their immediate superiors, indecision and contradiction by U.S. leaders from the top down, a disconnect between military will to succeed in Iraq and a lack of dollars and troops to support it, and a treacherous relationship between Fallujans and those Americans who would do everything to "help" them. West, who coauthored The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines (2003), does touch on the larger policy decisions made by U.S. leaders concerning Iraq but really only as they affect the soldiers trying to execute those decisions in Fallujah. Instead,...


Dead and Buried: A Shocking Account of Rape, Torture, and Murder on the California Coast
Corey Mitchell
0786015179
October 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Unfinished Business
Elizabeth Baron
075961010X
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
After a near-fatal assault, Baron was given psychic powers by a saint. Here she discusses her life as a medium and her journeys into the Other World.


Shattered Air : A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome
Bob Madgic
1580801307
June 25, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Madgic claims that "in the annals of hiking tragedies caused by lightning," an ill-fated climb up Yosemite's famed Half Dome mountain by five experienced hikers in 1985 was "one of the most calamitous... of all time." Two of the hikers were killed and three sustained life-altering injuries after they decided to ignore signs of an oncoming thunderstorm and continued climbing a mountain whose peak had been struck by lightning during every month of that year. Madgic, a writer on the outdoors and a Half Dome climbing vet, delivers a well-written and thoroughly investigated account, but his real subject is less the hikers and more the "raw, fearsome power" of lightning. While he provides in-depth profiles of each hiker and their shared enthusiasm for risk taking as a way of conquering "personal fear," he makes it...


Oregon Trail Stories
Twodot
076273082X
Dec 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Travel along the Oregon Trail with the pioneers who dared to "face the elephant" as they moved west in search of a new life. Compiled from the trail diaries and memoirs that document this momentous period in American history, Oregon Trail Stories is a fascinating look at the great American migration of the 19th century.


The Illustrated Guide to Forensics: True Crime Scene Investigations
Zakaria Erzinclioglu
076076185X
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
FROM THE PUBLISHER A gripping and fully illustrated study of the forensic techniques that are familiar to us from countless trials, media reports and television dramas Includes famous case histories, such as that of O. J Simpson, along with fascinating accounts of trials where the author the author was himself and expert witness Reveals the limitations of forensic science, and shows how so-called evidence can sometimes lead to wrongful conviction


Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind The List
David M. Crowe
081333375X
November 2004
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
David Crowe devoted seven years, conducted scores of interviews and did research on four continents in order to write the definitive biography of Oskar Schindler. That's the good news. The bad news is that this definitive account is buried in a massive text. Crowe would have been served by a good editor, one with a relentless red pencil.Schindler, a man with many flaws, risked his life and his fortune to save more Jews during the Holocaust than anyone else did. While the young Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved a larger number of Jews, he had the assistance of an entire team of people and the financial support of American Jews. In contrast, Schindler had only the assistance of his wife, Emilie. Moreover, Schindler performed his heroic deeds only a short distance from...


Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer
Jason Moss
0446608270
February 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Jason Moss was a very strange boy: an overachiever, always looking for some challenge, some new way to excel. In his studies, in sports, and, for some reason that he can never explain comprehensibly, seducing serial killers into telling him their secrets. His first "project" was John Wayne Gacy. Moss sent carefully crafted letters to Gacy in which he portrayed himself as a young, naive, insecure gay man who could be easily manipulated. Gacy was suspicious and put Moss through harrowing emotional tests before surrendering his trust, but Moss came out ahead. Gacy fell head over heels for Moss, replying with graphic and disturbing letters instructing him to commit depraved acts for Gacy's vicarious thrills. Moss led him on, convincing Gacy that he was doing these things, but somehow this victory wasn't sufficient. So he...


Psychic Pets
Michael Streeter
0764127160
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Review
From the reviews: “…fun and enlightening…”


—Pets Quarterly, Summer 2004

“…his [Streeter’s] skill in pacing the eerie and uplifting tales brings chills and tears…”


—Dog Fancy, October 2004

Book Description
Some of this unusual volume's accounts are ghostly, others are heartwarming, and all are about animals that possess mysterious, unexplained powers. Told here are moving stories of animals whose timely premonitions saved their owners' lives, as well as tales of un-breakable bonds between animals and humans that transcend distance and time. Many pet owners marvel at how their dog or cat seems to anticipate its master's arrival home, or know precisely when it's time for a meal or a walk....


Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq
John Crawford
157322314X
August 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Having joined the National Guard for the tuition benefits, Crawford, like many of his contemporaries, never expected to do any heavy lifting. Early on, he admits his is "the story of a group of college students... who wanted nothing to do with someone else's war." But when his Florida National Guard unit was activated, he was shipped to Kuwait shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Armed with shoddy equipment, led by incompetent officers and finding release in the occasional indulgence in pharmaceuticals, Crawford cared little for the mission and less for the Iraqis. "Mostly we were guarding gas stations and running patrols," he explains. As for Iraqi civilians, "I didn't give a shit what happened to any of them," he confesses after inadvertently saving an Iraqi boy from a mob beating. Crawford's disdain grows with...


Charlotte : Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World
Kathryn Shevelow
0805073140
April 4, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Shevelow entertainingly raises the curtain on author-actress Charlotte Cibber Charke (1713–1760), a cross-dresser famed for her portrayal of male characters. The author, a specialist in 18th-century British literature and culture, offers a full-scale biography of this enigmatic eccentric, who also wrote plays and novels (including Henry Dumont). She was the youngest daughter of England's poet laureate, the actor-playwright Colley Cibber. Estranged from him and abandoned by her philandering husband, Charke supported herself and her daughter by acting, often in male roles, and then began wearing male clothing offstage. After a 1737 cutback in productions, she worked traditionally male jobs (grocer, innkeeper, pastry cook, proofreader, puppeteer, sausage seller, valet), assuming a male identity for years under...


California Ghosts
Preston E. Dennett
0764319728
Mar 2004
Paperback
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