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By David Fisher, Tommy Dades, Michael Vecchione. 2009
“One of the most spectacular cases of police corruption in the city.”—New York TimesFriends of the Family is a look…deep inside the most notorious case to rock the NYPD: The story of Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, the two police detectives who moonlighted as mob hit men. As told by Tommy Dades and Michael Vecchione—the cop and District Attorney investigator who solved New York’s coldest case—along with co-writer David Fisher, Friends of the Family is shocking true crime in the tradition of Nicolas Pileggi’s Wiseguys and Underboss by Peter Mass—a chilling, in-depth examination of what the New York Daily News calls “the worst betrayal of the badge in the NYPD’s history.”
NATIONAL BESTSELLER“Elie Honig has written much more than a compelling takedown of an unfit attorney general; he also offers a…blueprint for how impartial and apolitical justice should be administered in America.”—Preet Bharara“An essential analysis for anyone committed to understanding the abuses of the Trump administration so we can ensure they never happen again.”—Joyce White Vance“Essential reading for all who cherish the rule of law in America.”—George Conway"Written with all the color and pacing of a legal thriller."—VarietyCNN Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig exposes William Barr as the most corrupt attorney general in modern U.S. history, with stunning new scandals bubbling to the surface even after Barr's departure from office. In Hatchet Man, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig uncovers Barr’s unprecedented abuse of power as Attorney General and the lasting structural damage done to the Justice Department. Honig uses his own experience as a prosecutor at DOJ to show how, as America’s top law enforcement official, Barr repeatedly violated the Department’s written rules, and those vital, unwritten norms and principles that comprise the “prosecutor’s code.”Barr was corrupt from the beginning. His first act as AG was to distort the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, earning a public rebuke for his dishonesty from Mueller himself and, later, from a federal judge. Then, Barr tried to manipulate the law to squash a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine—the report that eventually led to Trump’s first impeachment. Barr later intervened in an unprecedented manner to undermine his own DOJ prosecutors on the cases of Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, both political allies of the President. And then Barr fired the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York under false pretenses. Finally, Barr amplified baseless theories about massive mail-in ballot fraud, pouring gasoline on the dumpster fire battle over the 2020 election results and contributing to the January 6 insurrection that led to Trump’s second impeachment.In Hatchet Man, Honig proves that Barr trampled the two core virtues that have long defined the department and its mission: credibility and independence – ultimately in service of his own deeply-rooted, extremist legal and personal beliefs. Honig shows how Barr corrupted the Justice Department and explains what we must do to prevent this from ever happening again.
By Seth Stoughton, Jeffrey Noble, Geoffrey Alpert. 2020
Provides a critical understanding and evaluation of police tactics and the use of forcePolice violence has historically played an important…role in shaping public attitudes toward the government. Community trust and confidence in policing have been undermined by the perception that officers are using force unnecessarily, too frequently, or in problematic ways. The use of force, or harm suffered by a community as a result of such force, can also serve as a flashpoint, a spark that ignites long-simmering community hostility.In Evaluating Police Uses of Force, legal scholar Seth W. Stoughton, former deputy chief of police Jeffrey J. Noble, and distinguished criminologist Geoffrey P. Alpert explore a critical but largely overlooked facet of the difficult and controversial issues of police violence and accountability: how does society evaluate use-of-force incidents? By leading readers through answers to this question from four different perspectives—constitutional law, state law, administrative regulation, and community expectations—and by providing critical information about police tactics and force options that are implicated within those frameworks, Evaluating Police Uses of Force helps situate readers within broader conversations about governmental accountability, the role that police play in modern society, and how officers should go about fulfilling their duties.
By Arthur Michel. 2018
The fascinating history and unnerving future of high-tech aerial surveillance, from its secret military origins to its growing use on…American citizensEyes in the Sky is the authoritative account of how the Pentagon secretly developed a godlike surveillance system for monitoring America's enemies overseas, and how it is now being used to watch us in our own backyards. Whereas a regular aerial camera can only capture a small patch of ground at any given time, this system—and its most powerful iteration, Gorgon Stare—allow operators to track thousands of moving targets at once, both forwards and backwards in time, across whole city-sized areas. When fused with big-data analysis techniques, this network can be used to watch everything simultaneously, and perhaps even predict attacks before they happen. In battle, Gorgon Stare and other systems like it have saved countless lives, but when this technology is deployed over American cities—as it already has been, extensively and largely in secret—it has the potential to become the most nightmarishly powerful visual surveillance system ever built. While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives. This is closed-circuit television on steroids. Facebook in the heavens. Drawing on extensive access within the Pentagon and in the companies and government labs that developed these devices, Eyes in the Sky reveals how a top-secret team of mad scientists brought Gorgon Stare into existence, how it has come to pose an unprecedented threat to our privacy and freedom, and how we might still capitalize on its great promise while avoiding its many perils.
By Ian Fritz. 2023
A powerful, timely memoir of a young Air Force linguist coming-of-age in a war that is lost. When Ian Fritz…joined the Air Force at eighteen, he did so out of necessity. He hadn't been accepted into college thanks to an indifferent high school career. He'd too often slept through his classes as he worked long hours at a Chinese restaurant to help pay the bills for his trailer-dwelling family in Lake City, Florida. But the Air Force recognizes his potential and sends him to the elite Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, to learn Dari and Pashto, the main languages of Afghanistan. By 2011, Fritz was an airborne cryptologic linguist and one of only a tiny number of people in the world trained to do this job on low-flying gunships. He monitors communications on the ground and determines in real time which Afghans are Taliban and which are innocent civilians. This eavesdropping is critical to supporting Special Forces units on the ground, but there is no training to counter the emotional complexity that develops as you listen to people's most intimate conversations. Over the course of two tours, Fritz listens to the Taliban for hundreds of hours, all over the country night and day, in moments of peace and in the middle of battle. What he hears teaches him about the people of Afghanistan—Taliban and otherwise—the war, and himself. Fritz's fluency is his greatest asset to the military, yet it becomes the greatest liability to his own commitment to the cause. Both proud of his service and in despair that he is instrumental in destroying the voices that he hears, What the Taliban Told Me is a brilliant, intimate coming-of-age memoir and a reckoning with our twenty years of war in Afghanistan
By Adrian Goldsworthy. 2023
From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a concise and comprehensive history of the fighting forces that created the Roman…Empire Roman warfare was relentless in its pursuit of victory. A ruthless approach to combat played a major part in Rome's history, creating an empire that eventually included much of Europe, the Near East and North Africa. What distinguished the Roman army from its opponents was the uncompromising and total destruction of its enemies. Yet this ferocity was combined with a genius for absorbing conquered peoples, creating one of the most enduring empires ever known. In Roman Warfare , celebrated historian Adrian Goldsworthy traces the history of Roman warfare from 753 BC, the traditional date of the founding of Rome by Romulus, to the eventual decline and fall of Roman Empire and attempts to recover Rome and Italy from the "barbarians" in the sixth century AD. It is the indispensable history of the most professional fighting force in ancient history, an army that created an Empire and changed the world
By Gwenola Ricordeau. 2023
D'où vient l'idée d'abolir la police et que recouvre-t-elle au juste? Si la police ne nous protège pas, à quoi…sert-elle? Comment dépasser la simple critique de la police pour enfin en finir avec elle?
By Gloria Laycock. 2024
This book offers an introduction to crime science; it is specifically for police and security professionals. Written by one of…the founders of crime science and an expert in crime reduction, it considers the unique characteristics of the approach, its applicability to the control of crime, disorder and terrorism, and the importance of experimentation and the testing of new ideas to build a knowledge base for ethical policing. Core content includes: The basics of crime science in concept, theory and practice; Methods of research and assessment used by crime scientists; Crime science and policing, including its application to volume crimes, serious crimes and investigation; Legitimacy and public compliance; Policing, science, and future crimes. This book is essential reading for all students of professional policing, as well as those interested in crime and its control, reduction, and prevention.
By James Moore. 2016
&“Collates the most shocking killings and puzzling murder mysteries from the sixteenth century in fascinating detail&” —Gazette & Herald …In the Tudor age the murder rate was five times higher than it is today. Now, this unique true crime guide, The Tudor Murder Files, reveals just how bloody and brutal this fascinating era really was. From the dark days of Henry VIII to the turbulent times of Shakespeare, James Moore&’s new book is the first to chart the period&’s most gripping murder cases in all their grizzly detail. Featuring tales of domestic slaughter, sexual intrigue, and cunning assassinations, as well as murder mysteries worthy of Agatha Christie, the book vividly brings to life the violent crime wave that gripped the sixteenth century both at home and abroad. Enter a world in which stabbings were rife, guns were used to kill victims for the first time, and in which culprits frequently escaped justice. The book also reveals just how severe some of the penalties could be, with grisly punishments for those who dared to commit the gravest of crimes. Discover how one murderer was gruesomely pressed to death, another boiled alive for poisoning his victims, and meet some of history&’s most notorious serial killers, including one considered so barbaric she was labelled a vampire. &“Contains more than seventy real life murders, profiling over thirty cases in detail. And not only does James chart how killers were caught and dealt with by the justice system, he also discusses how murders were reported to the new, news hungry nation.&” —Luton Today
By Benjamin Perrin. 2023
Based on first-hand interviews with survivors, people who have committed offences, and others on the frontlines, Indictment puts the Canadian…criminal justice system on trial and proposes a bold new vision of transformative justice. #MeToo. Black Lives Matter. Decriminalize Drugs. No More Stolen Sisters. Stop Stranger Attacks. Do we need more cops or to defund the police? Harm reduction or treatment? Tougher sentences or prison abolition? The debate about Canada’s criminal justice system has rarely been so polarized – or so in need of fresh ideas. Indictment brings the heartrending and captivating stories of survivors and people who have committed offences to the forefront to help us understand why the criminal justice system is facing such an existential crisis. Benjamin Perrin draws on his expertise as a lawyer, former top criminal justice advisor to the prime minister, and law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada to investigate the criminal justice system itself. Indictment critiques the system from a trauma-informed perspective, examining its treatment of victims of crime, Indigenous people and Black Canadians, people with substance use and mental health disorders, and people experiencing homelessness, poverty, and unemployment. Perrin also shares insights from others on the frontlines, including prosecutors and defence lawyers, police chiefs, Indigenous leaders, victim support workers, corrections officers, public health experts, gang outreach workers, prisoner and victims’ rights advocates, criminologists, psychologists, and leading trauma experts. Bringing forward the voices of marginalized people, along with their stories of survival and resilience, Indictment shows that a better way is possible.
By Kimberly Holt. 1998
Louisiana, 1950s. Twelve-year-old Tiger Ann Parker begins to feel embarrassed in front of the other kids about the "slowness" of…her parents. Her grandmother is the one who keeps the family intact. After Granny dies, Tiger has a chance to move to the city with her sophisticated aunt, but she is reluctant to abandon the parents who love her. For grades 6-9
By Don Lasseter, Ronald E. Bowers. 2009
The shocking true crime story of a California bride who took her wealthy husband for everything he had—including his life.Everything…She Wanted . . .Rebecca Salcedo had an easy smile, a sexy body, and strong appetites—she wanted the world. Bruce Cleland, she decided, would buy it for her. The shy engineer quickly fell victim to her charms, getting her whatever she wanted. A new car. A boat. A house. But he wasn&’t Rebecca&’s only admirer . . .She Got . . .Even after Rebecca manipulated Bruce into marrying her, hoping to divorce him and take him for everything he had, she occupied herself with a series of lovers. Male strippers, women . . . they all spent time in Rebecca&’s bed. But when she learned that a divorce would only get her a few pennies, she knew she had to find another way to secure Bruce&’s fortune.Even Murder . . .Enlisting two family members as killers-for-hire, Rebecca set in motion her solution to the problem. While she watched, the first bullet hit Bruce in the face. Three more would follow. But while Rebecca kept the blood off her hands, she could not conceal evidence that led straight to her, culminating in a trial that would shock a community.With sixteen pages of shocking photosPraise for Honeymoon with a Killer&“The sordid tale of an innocent man and the woman who plotted his murder. . . . Lasseter and Bowers provide readers with a highly detailed depiction of events leading up to and following the gruesome murder of Bruce Cleland. True crime aficionados will savor this riveting read.&” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
By Jean-Pierre Denis. 2002
Hameau de Massip, hiver 1942 : sur le voeu du cardinal Saliège, des enfants juifs pourchassés trouvent refuge dans le…pensionnat dirigé par deux religieuses, Denise Bergon et Marguerite Roques. Pendant plus de deux ans, près de 80 personnes partageront la vie de cette minuscule école de la campagne aveyronnaise, à l'insu des élèves catholiques et bien sûr de l'occupant. En dépit de multiples alertes, Massip tiendra jusqu'au bout. Durant une commune traversée du siècle, Denise Bergon et Marguerite Roques resteront volontairement dans l'ombre. Elles confient aujourd'hui le plus intime de leur vocation et de leurs combats. Pourquoi avoir choisi de résister à l'heure où tant d'autres se taisaient ? Que reste-t-il de la mémoire alors que disparaissent les derniers témoins ? Comment raconter cette histoire d'amour entre deux religions que l'histoire déchire ? L'auteur est journaliste dans un hebdomadaire catholique. Sa mère faisait partie des enfants juifs cachés à Massip
By Denis Morisset. 2008
"Personne ne connaît réellement ces hommes en noir qu'un hélico vient de déposer aux abords d'un petit village d'Afghanistan. Et…ces autres qui sortent d'un marais pour abattre un criminel de guerre en Croatie; qui assurent la garde protégée d'un général canadien au Rwanda; qui sévissent contre des preneurs d'otages au Pérou ou qui font mentir le président Milosevic, en faisant la preuve, sur place, du non-désarmement de la Serbie. Denis Morisset a fait partie des seize premiers membres de la Deuxième Force opérationnelle interarmées (FOI2) de 1993 à 2001. Sa formation et son parcours stupéfiant en secoueront plus d'un et il tient du miracle qu'il soit encore là pour tout raconter. Sept de ses compagnons ne peuvent en faire autant. [...]" -- 4e de couv
By John Cornwell. 1999
Alors que le pape Pie XII est en passe d'être béatifié, cet ouvrage dresse un portrait controversé du souverain pontife…et de l'attitude de l'Eglise catholique en général durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. [SDM
By Maurice Rajsfus. 2002
Un récit en deux temps: le port obligatoire de l'étoile jaune, imposé en 1942 aux Juifs de la zone occupée…par la Gestapo mais appliqué par les policiers français; l'arrestation de l'auteur et de sa famille et leur déportation à Auschwitz
By David Fromkin. 2004
L'affaire des origines de la Première Guerre mondiale semble depuis longtemps entendue : conflit entre puissances impérialistes occidentales, qui rivalisent…pour le partage du monde, précipité par une suite d'événements où le hasard et les passions nationalistes ont leur part. Le livre de David Fromkin, appuyé sur une exploitation minutieuse d'archives inédites, ruine cette thèse : il montre que tout, dans cette catastrophe, fut prémédité. La désinformation, la manipulation furent cyniquement mises au service d'objectifs de guerre délibérés. Seulement, ce n'était pas un, mais deux conflits qui se préparaient : les Autrichiens souhaitaient ramener la Serbie dans le giron de l'empire, tandis que l'Allemagne voulait la guerre avec la Russie et la France. Rivaux mais alliés, les deux empires ont cru pouvoir faire converger leurs efforts et mener chacun leur propre guerre. Aussi déclenchèrent-ils l'apocalypse qui devait inaugurer un nouveau siècle. Écrit d'une plume alerte, cet ouvrage d'un historien reconnu se lit comme un véritable roman qui tient le lecteur en haleine du début à la fin. -- 4e de couv
De la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le grand public ne retient souvent que les plus grandes attaques ou campagnes des généraux.…Pourtant, manoeuvres et engagements armés ne sont que la partie visible de l'affrontement. Entre 1939 et 1945, les victoires sur les champs de bataille n'ont pu être remportées qu'au prix d'exceptionnelles opérations de renseignement et de stupéfiantes ruses de guerre. Pour la première fois, ce livre révèle ces opérations de tromperie, qui ont eu une influence déterminante sur la conduite de la guerre. Qu'il s'agisse des Américains, Britanniques, Allemands, Russes ou Japonais, tous ont rivalisé d'imagination afin d'induire leurs adversaires en erreur. Document à la fois passionnant et inédit, cet ouvrage retrace toutes les grandes opérations dites de déception de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et met en lumière ces incroyables mécanismes. -- 4e de couv
By Petie Kladstrup. 2002
Les vignobles faisaient partie des grandes richesses de la France et furent d'abondance pillées par les troupes allemandes d'occupation. L'ouvrage…raconte comment les vignerons tentèrent de protéger leurs trésors des convoitises nazies. Élaboré à partir de nombreux témoignages, le récit d'épisodes dramatiques dans l'histoire du vin et de sa production. [SDM
By Bob Drury. 2001
Profiles the Alaska Air Guards 210th Pararescue Team and their exploits battling adverse weather conditions to retrieve stranded climbers from…such heights as Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Discusses the parajumpers' training, camaraderie, and dedication in the face of formidable obstacles, including storms and hidden crevasses. Some strong language. 2001