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161. Winning the War Against Immune Disorders and Allergies: A Drug Free Cure for Allergies
by Ellen Cutler
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-13)
Publisher: Delmar Thomson Learning
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life!
This book will change your life for the better and your health will never be the same. This book impowered me to eliminate my own allergies and those of friends and family permanately. The author explains in her book by using simple spinal stimulation we can reprogram our immune system to longer react to substances we are treating (dust, mold, foods, etc.).

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A highly intelligent overview of many illness that are directly or indirectly connected to allergies. What struck me most was the way the author shows a truly deep understanding of the complex causes of each illness and yet offers meaningful treatment options. It should be noted that the book is primarily intended as an introduction (though it goes further than any introduction) to using NAET - a particular type of allergy desensitisation. NAET is quite revolutionary in its approach and the combination of insight into disease and intelligent treatment options makes this book a winner for anyone with immune disorders. So much more sophisticated (though easy to understand) than the vast majority of books on immune disorders/allergies out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars A necessity for anyone with allergies or immune disorders
Although a bit wordy, Dr. Cutler's book is an necessity for anyone with allergies or immune disorders, especially those undergoing NAET accupuncture therapy. Dr. Cutler supplies numerous case studies, many examples far more severe than the person who reads the book, but helpful when assessing one's condition and also fairly interesting. I have found the book to be an excellent guide when following the protocol for clearing one's self of food allergies along with NAET accupuncture. I also recommend this book to someone who is interested in alternative medicine, or to the person who is considering accupuncture but is timid of undergoing treatment without research beforehand. ... Read more

162. Encyclopedia of Genocide (2 Volumes)
by Israel W. Charny
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163. The Psychopathology of Crime : Criminal Behavior as a Clinical Disorder
by Theodore C. Rains
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Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
Publisher: Academic Press
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This lauded bestseller, now available in paperback, takes an uncompromising look at how we define psychopathology and makes the argument that criminal behavior can and perhaps should be considered a disorder. Presenting sociological, genetic, neurochemical, brain-imaging, and psychophysiological evidence, it discusses the basis for criminal behavior and suggests, contrary to popular belief, that such behavior may be more biologically determined than previously thought.

Key Features
* Presents a new conceptual approach to understanding crime as a disorder
* Provides the most extensive review of biological predispositions to criminal behavior to date
* Presents the practical implications of viewing crime as a psychopathology in the contexts of free will, punishment, treatment, and future biosocial research
* Includes numerous tables and figures throughout
* Contains an extensive reference list
* Analyzes the familial and extra-familial causes of crime
* Reviews the predispositions to crime including evolution and genetics, and the neuropsychological, psychophysiological, brain-imaging, neurochemical, and cognitive factors
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Astute and Excellent Book
This book serves two purposes.It is an excellent literature review of research into the biological, neurochemical, genetic, and behavioral roots of violence andcriminality.It also advances a provocative hypothesis --that criminality itself may meet the definition of apsychopathology.

Even if you regard the latter as completely bunk (whichI don't), the book is invaluable as a literature review.Not only is itexhaustive, but Raine also comments on the literature with a keen logicalmind, i.e. "Hungadunga and McCormick found effect X and attributed itto factor Y, but an alternative explanation is provided by factorZ."

I am a science writer, and my main field of expertise is themedical aspects substance abuse treatment.I learned plenty of new stuffabout the connections between alcoholism and criminal behavior in this bookand will consult it repeatedly the next time my partner and I sit down towrite/revise.

Quibbles?Well, to some degree, the literature reviewworks at cross-purposes with his central hypothesis, since most of theresarch he reviews was not undertaken with such a hypothesis in mind anddoesn't necessarily apply to it.Also, you do have to pay close attentionre: whether Raine is, at any given point, talking about criminality ingeneral, violent criminality in particular, or ASP (antisocial personality)specifically.Structurally, it might have made more sense to write twobooks: a critical review of the literature, and a second one advancing thethesis that criminality is a psychopathogy.I've faced similar dilemmas inmy own writing, and I probably would have made the same decision Raine did-- cram it all in one book!

Bottom line: if you're interested enough inthis subject to have read to the bottom of this review, you need to buythis book. ... Read more

164. Seeking Employment in Criminal Justice and Related Fields (with CD-ROM)
by J. Scott Harr, Kären M. Hess
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This book provides students with extensive information on the wide range of Criminal Justice professions. It also helps students develop a job search strategy and provides information on writing resumes, effective interviewing techniques, and finding jobs. ... Read more

165. Child Abuse and the Legal System (Paperbound Edition)
by Inger Sagatun, Leonard Edwards
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Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
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This ground-breaking text examines the legal contexts in which child abuse can be handled, including the criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, and civil courts. The authors focus on the legal rules in each type of proceeding and the ways in which the law has changed to accommodate the special needs of children in the last fifteen years. Case studies provide examples and help identify the most important issues of child abuse facing the legal system. Child abuse is now a major part of the American legal landscape, involving not only the courts but also the law enforcement and child protection agencies. This is the first text for classroom use to systematically examine the fate of children in the legal system. ... Read more

166. Introduction to Criminal Justice (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Larry J. Siegel, Joseph J. Senna
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This best-selling text presents criminal justice as a dynamic, ever-changing field, emphasizing how the concepts and processes of criminal justice are constantly evolving. Authors Siegel and Senna emphasize a comprehensive and balanced approach to the three major areas of criminal justice (police, courts, and corrections) and to theory, research, and policy issues, with a focus on generating students' interest in the criminal justice field. This text is the ultimate tool for complete student preparation and provides all of the up-to-date coverage of structural and procedural changes in the criminal justice system that instructors require, ultimately helping students understand the critical issues in the field, and the impact they have on the system. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Siegel brings the world of CJ to people like on one else can. he is excellent at taking what would be incredibly complicated concepts and making them easy for anyone to understand yet maintain a complete and rich text that has everything an undergrad CJ class would need.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good textbook
This book is used for an official textbook in my course (Bachelor of Criminal Justice, The University of Hong Kong). Writers can cover the sphere of criminal justice field in the textbook. So that it can make the readers a full screen of criminal justice system!! It is a good textbook for the student in CJ field!! ... Read more

167. Criminal Behavior : A Psychosocial Approach (7th Edition)
by Curt R. Bartol, Anne M. Bartol
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-21)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This book examines the causes, classification, prediction, prevention intervention, and treatment of criminal behavior from a social psychological perspective. It presents the criminal offender as existing on a continuum, ranging from the serious, repetitive offender who begins his/her criminal career at a very young age to the adolescent-limited offender who usually begins offending during adolescence.Chapter topics feature up-to-date discussions on terrorism, juvenile psychopathy, sexual predators, drugs and crime, prostitution, correctional classification, correctional treatment, risk factors for delinquency, corporate and occupational crime, and cyber crime.For any professional in criminal justice— probation officers; juvenile detention workers, victim advocates, caseworkers in corrections, etc.; and any mental health worker working with juveniles, criminal suspects, defendants, or offenders—correctional psychologists, forensic psychologists, police psychologists, and school counselors and administrators. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, But Riddled With Sloppy Factual Errors
This book attempts to be fair, but is rife with wrong or misleading information. I think the author tries to cover too much ground, and winds up out of his element.

pp 391-392 "When a user is under the drug's (MDMA) effects, the user is often referred to as "rolling" because of the up-and-down rolling of emotions."

"Rolling" refers to the way eyes tend to move around when a person is on this drug. It has nothing to do with a supposed emotional rollercoaster. Furthermore, this drug causes no such flapping of emotions. MDMA causes one big up of euphoria and elation, followed by one big crash.

p 392. "Other adverse side effects of MDMA include heart, liver damage, strokes, and long-term brain injury." While nobody is saying this substance is healthful, the apparent neurotoxicity is a hotly debated issue. Long-term neurological damage has not been established. Most of the research behind these claims comes from George Ricaurte at Johns Hopkins, and his work has absolutely not been universally accepted.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book by an Amazing Man
I have had the honor to have Dr. Curt Bartol himself as a Professor at Castleton State College, VT. His writings are clear, easily understood, and the most comprehensive I've seen. I believe this to be one of the only Psychosocial Approaches to Criminal Behavior. It is also required reading for all FBI Agents. Dr. Bartol and this book deserve much praise and respect. He is most certainly at the forefront of his field!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Book
This book is pretty good as a first text in a criminal psychology class. It has a lot of information about current and old research in the field. The only thing that keeps this book from being 4 or 5 stars, is the fact that it's pretty dry, and a little difficult to read. ... Read more

168. 9-11
by Noam Chomsky
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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Noam Chomsky comments on terrorism, U.S. foreign policy, Osama bin Laden, and the long-term implications of America’s military response. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Still more valuable than talking heads
This book collects interview and discussions with Chomsky shortly after the September 11th attacks. For those who want something a bit more enlightening, Chomsky puts forth bold assertions that many people wouldn't be willing to even consider in the wake of the attacks. One of his main assertions throughout is that if the US wants to really fight terrorism, we should stop participating in it. He cites specific, uncontroversial examples such as Nicaragua and the Contras, or Turkey, where massive US aid (by Bubba) helped the government do to the Kurds what we bombed Milosevic for when he tried it with Albanians.

I don't agree that Chomsky is insensitive to the victims of 9/11 in this book. I believe that his attitude is similar to many others': that such an event, while shocking, is not entirely surprising, especially to anyone who's been paying attention to the world in the last decade. Of course, he condemns the actions. He does not rant that American lives are paramount in the face of other atrocities, which may not make his critics happy, but he also regularly acknowledges that, in our society, we simply do not ask certain questions.

Therefore, it's disconcerting to some that Chomsky is able to discuss the matters of 9/11, terrorism, and the USA's global presence with what sounds like an almost arrogant detachment. Unlike the countless pundits on TV though, Chomsky rarely generalizes and cites sources for his facts. He may skew them how he likes, but he rarely makes up whoppers to prove a point, a favorite element of television debate.

Chomsky has been vocal about America's foreign policy for decades, and it's entirely reasonable to suggest that his tone is now relentlessly radical left with an evil eye for capitalism. However, I still believe reading Chomsky is a heck of a lot more valuable for the average reader and more enlightening than hours of CNN, Fox, or the wrapped-in-the-flag latest book from a TV 'pundit'.

It's funny, whenever a corporate media pundit mentions Chomsky, it's usually to rip him as 'anti-American', yet the points he actually makes are rarely refuted. Just calling him an 'intellectual' (he does not consider himself such) or an 'academic' is enough to discredit him in the eyes of those who see intellectuals and anyone critical of America as evil incarnate and in league with terrorists. Since he often cites specific facts though at times selectively, and he jettisons bombast in favor of serious consideration, he is the complete antithesis of loudmouth talking heads. Chomsky's arguments are certainly not airtight, but his presentation of facts, his acknowledgement of the de facto state of opinion, debate, and education in America, and his straightforward tone (he is very lucid in his speech and writing) make this a very compelling and important read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Flawed and irritating.
In this series of interviews conducted by fawning journalists, Chomsky does the following things: (1) lambaste the US incessantly for past military interventions, (2) analyze the causes of the attacks of 9/11 and (3) suggest that the US seek justice by proper, legal means instead of by military action.

(1) doesn't really need to be discussed here; that can be discussed in reviews about his other books. Suffice it to say that Chomsky claims that US foreign policy is completely driven by corporate interests (weapons manufacturers, oil companies, etc) who influence the federal government to commit atrocities and prop up tyrants in foreign countries.

Regarding (2), Chomsky notes that Osama bin Laden has communicated to us via his camcorder that he wants the US completely out of the Middle East. Bin Laden wants the US to remove its troops from Saudi Arabia and stop supplying aid to the "not properly Islamic" government of Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other nations. Chomsky correctly mentions that these demands are religiously motivated; however, this point is easily lost when Chomsky rips the US for its military campaigns in Third World countries, leading one to believe that the attacks of 9/11 were a desperate act of retaliation by members of an oppressed nation. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth: bin Laden's suicide pilots were all well-to-do Saudis. The attacks were motivated by a fundamemtalist and militant strain of Islam, not by poverty and oppression.

Point (3) is completely off base. Chomsky suggests that the US seek to find and apprehend the perpetrators and sponsors of the attacks by proper, legal means (under the aegis of the UN). Chomsky tries to draw an analogy with the activities of the IRA, noting that the UK doesn't drop bombs on Boston when the Irish Republican Army attacks. However, this analogy is fatally flawed for the simple reason that the Taliban neither had the ability nor the inclination to capture al-Qaeda forces. (Incidentally, the conclusion above holds if one replaces "US" with "Israel," "Taliban" with "PLO", and "al-Qaeda" with "Hamas".) It is true that the US could have done more to minimize civilian casualties (e.g. send in its own ground troops instead of relying exclusively on bombing and Northern Alliancs proxy troops), but it's ridiculous to think that there might have been a completely civil method of administering justice to al-Qaeda.

Finally, it's quite obvious that all of the journalists conducting these interviews are huge Chomsky fans, and that makes reading this book very irritating.

1-0 out of 5 stars Morally bankrupt relativism
Chomsky has made a career out of knee-jerk anti-Americanism by any and all means, and "9/-11" is no exception. In leu of a well-thought out exegesis, we find a jumbled collection of email interviews and remarks. For an issue as serious as this, one would think Chomsky could make an effort at scholarship. But Chomsky, so used to preaching to a loyal choir, has no had to make any scholastic effort for a long time. Moreover, this book is shallow in its understandings of the complex dynamics of the Middle East. Chomsky, having little experience or knowledge in this area, is notably useless as a Middle East commentator or in explaining what motivates jihadi terror. His area of expertise--uncritical blame and Leftist demonization of the US--is likewise not very enlightening. This book is proof that Chomsky can publish almost anything, even some emails, and his loyal fanbase will always buy it. (Although profiting from 9/11 while not contributing much to the discussion strikes me as unethical in and of itself). Overall, I found this book very disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Voice of Reason on An Emotional Subject
For the most part Chomsky is closer to the truth than his detractors.

Years ago I was a student at MIT and had a laboratory close to Chomsky's office in the old research MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. At that time, and for many years later I thought Chomsky was a rabid liberal- socialist that was out somewhere in left field on many issues.

Of course I had formed that opinion without reading his books! But I knew that he had written dozens of books, was made an Institute Professor (which is a big deal at MIT) had written hundreds of papers and had at least 20 honorary doctorates from universities all around the world. When I sat down and read his books page by page I was converted. He simply presents the facts in a cool and detached manner. The facts speak quite eloquently for themselves and they are damming of US foreign policy.

On 9-11 and after like many others if I had been the President I would have ordered a military strike. It was and is a natural response as if your wife was raped or a child killed by a criminal. We wanted revenge for the 3,000 killed. Even Rudolph Giuliani told Bush he wanted to personally pull the trigger when Bin Laden was captured. It was a time of high emotion. Bush followed human instincts and his advisors, and indeed at lot of pressure from the American public and the congress to do something.

Chomsky of course has taken a more rational approach and has tried to formulate a quick analysis of what happened and where we have gone wrong. This is a short book but otherwise excellent. It is a question and answer format. I cannot agree with everything in the book but it gives a fair portrayal of many aspects of the problem. In many respects the US has become a rogue nation, pumped up with layer of propaganda and patriot rhetoric that has permitted the government for over 45 years and often with congressional and public support to invade Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, Iraq, to send troops to Lebanon, to bomb Yemen, Libya, and the Sudan. No wonder the US has enemies. If we are upset about the 3,000 killed on 9-11 what do the Vietnamese think of the 2 million killed by the USA?

It is time for a complete re-think of the US foreign policy and the role of the UN and other institutions such that groups and countries will act within a set of internationally accepted laws. Then variations from those laws will be addressed by all nations acting together, not just the US following its own self interests for better or for worse. That is the value of this thin book on 9-11.

My humble opinion.

Jack in Toronto

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, and inappropriately reviewed
I really wonder if the Library Journal reviewer bothered to read the whole book, or just stopped when he found that Chomsky was departing from the post-9/11 unquestioning acceptance of the 'US vs. the evildoers' party line.
"Chomsky condemns the attacks specifically and then suggests that the deaths are entirely the responsibility of capitalist globalization" - That is a complete misrepresentation; Chomsky repeats several times that Bin Laden and his ilk don't care about globalization. What has created anti-American sentiment around the world, in Chomsky's view, is a US foreign policy dictated by the interests of energy companies, and which supports brutal, anti-human rights dictatorships in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries because it guarantees access to cheap oil. This book was written before the recent US takeover of Iraq, but Chomsky's arguments are quite prescient... ... Read more

169. Black Mass : The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob
by Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill
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Publisher: Perennial
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John Connoly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the mid 1970's, they would meet again.  By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob.  What happened next -- a dirty deal to being down the Italian mob in exchange for protection for Bulger -- would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, the biggest informant scandal in the history of the FBI.

Compellingly told by two Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, Black Mass is at once a riveting crime story, a cautionary tale about the abuse of power, and a penetrating look at Boston and its Irish population.

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Journey
In this case we see how a covert operation can be carried out and its participants dispensed with when the job is done. The government is shredding Flemmi's family apart, turning relatives against one another. It seems plausible a number of players now prevalent in the Bulger case are in fact long term plants held in abeyance until the time is right, such as with Martorano and Weeks.

An acquaintance who has been totally destroyed since Bulger fled in 1995 has been approached by individuals claiming family ties to the upper tiers of local and national FBI managementwhile having been misled by the Justice Management Division of the Department of Justice. These approaches usually involve intimidation or extortion with the deliverers claiming FBI affiliation in the Merrimack Valley region of northern Massachusetts which includes a regional FBI office outside of the Boston office.

Has the Defense Investigative Service and FBI teamed up to squeeze a child of Bulger or a close friend of Bulger's to keep Bulger away?

Are Whitey Bulger and Flemmi's names being smeared to bringclosure to their roles in a covert operation?

3-0 out of 5 stars Leaves a lot out
O'Neill & Lehr have a history with the Bulger brothers as does Jeremiah O'Sullivan. O'Neill & Lehr interviewed William Bulger about misconstrued dealings with 75 State Street. Whitey had an advocate in former Speaker of the House John McCormack, who believed Whitey could do quite well if given half a chance. Whitey also worked for a short time as a custodian at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. William Bulger is heavily connected, having ties to Jackie Birmingham, Thomas Birmingham's father, Senator John Kerry who has indirect ties to the extended Kennedy clan and many other notables. In his book William Bulger details how thorough FBI scrutiny can be and it is likely the FBI has extensively monitored the entire family. What might have happened in this case is that drastic measures were taken to mediate the escalating violence of the Mclean-Mclaughlin wars which claimed many more lives than what Bulger and Flemmi have been accused of taking. It is unlikely that action against Connolly, Flemmi and Bulger will effect any long term solution, as the system their organization perpetuated has strong buy in at the highest levels of government. Going after these 3 is like a company firing an executive to quench the public thirst for vengeance, but the organization itself perpetuates with new players. There are many many more individuals such as Flemmi and Bulger in the area and which have not gotten anywhere near the heat these guys have. They have been listed in local newspapers.And there has been a much stronger link between organized crime and law enforcement than one might suspect. Organized crime may actually help law enforcement by breaking down geographical regions into empires of control and holding those organized crime groups accountable, thus minimizing random crime.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can i have more please?
This is a study in how informants are made and maintained... Here is an example of how one man, probably linked to this case without his knowledge, was approached..

The man worked for a government contractor and shortly after weird things began happening. He suddenly lost a good civilian job,began getting routine IRS audits, had phone and email problems, and was approached by a number of women who befriended the man, rejected overtures for dates, then reported back the man was gay--falsely. Friends speculated NSA,the CIA or FBI was involved because all of these have a role in this Bulger case. Then the man became unemployable and had evidence of continuous bank record monitoring. When new 'friends' appeared and the man began noting checks on money being used to help them, those bank records suddenly became tampered with and the records unavailable, as if referring to a classified employee.

4-0 out of 5 stars Depressing but fascinating
Written by two veteran Boston reporters, "Black Mass" is a story of crime and corruption that turns into a gripping tale of good intentions gone awry. Taking place on the mean streets of South Boston, a mere twenty miles or so from where I've lived my whole life, this book tells of a violent intersection of cultures: the tribal culture of Irish America, the often-closed culture of the Federal Bureau of investigation, and the violent culture of organized crime. And unfortunately, it's all true. At bottom, "Black Mass" presents a haze of divided allegiances and moral ambiguity, that may well shake your faith in our government-appointed protectors.

Looming large over the whole story is the imposing figure of James J. Bulger Jr., or "Whitey Buljah" as he is more commonly known around these parts. Long before the Bloods and Crips were household names, Bulger emerged from a culture where street gangs were omnipresent and career options for adults were mostly restricted to the Armed services, politics, factory and police work, or crime. Unfortunately, Whitey Bulger never quite outgrew the gang culture of his youth, and he proved exceedingly skilled at the crime profession. As intelligent as he was soulless, Bulger graduated from street enforcer to bank robber (with a stint in Alactraz along the way) to organized crime kingpin with his hand in all things illegal as the head of the vicious Winter Hill Gang. Along for the ride was the aptly nicknamed Stevie "The Rifleman" Flemmi, a barbaric killer whose Mafia connections made him a perfect stoolie in the Boston FBI's war against the Mafia.

It was in 1975 against the backdrop of the FBI's battle with La Cosa Nostra that FBI agent John Connolly, who emerged from the same projects as Bulger, crafted a plan to bring Whitey and Flemmi into the Bureau's fold as informants. It sounded like a sweet deal for all those concerned: Bulger and Flemmi got to take out the Winter Hill Gang's competition, and the FBI got a well-placed ally in its effort to bring down Boston's ruling Angiulo family. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way. The FBI did manage to bring down the Angiulos, due largely to its now-legendary wiretapping operation at Gennaro Angiulo's headquarters, but Bulger and Flemmi remained connected to the FBI long after they had outlived their usefulness. In fact, as this book makes clear, the two gangsters greatly enlarged their stature in Boston's underworld during the 1980's, and they did it with the full knowledge and even collaboration of the FBI.

As O'Neill and Lehr explain, the shared South Boston origins of Bulger and Connolly, which seemed like such an asset back in 1975 when Connolly was recruiting Whitey, ultimately became a liability. Coming from a tight-knit, tribal culture like Southie, Connolly couldn't exactly be counted on to maintain his objectivity in dealing with Bulger, whom he even came to refer to as a "good bad guy." An even deeper problem, though, was John Connolly himself: a smooth-talking lady's man who liked the high life a bit too much, Connolly eventually became virtually indistinguishable from his prized informants. Hanging out with Bulger and Flemmi and accepting their gifts, Connolly didn't just look the other way while Bulger, Flemmi & Co. enlarged their empire and the bodies piled up; he was an active assistant in their operation. Although they were frequently pursued by the Massachusetts State Police, local detectives, and even the DEA, the two gangsters were virtually untouchable.

Perhaps even worse, O'Neill and Lehr make it clear that the FBI's mishandling of its two prized informants went beyond John Connolly's corruption to encompass a massive institutional failure. With Connolly corrupted and a series of supervisors compromised, the Bureau's guidelines for oversight of informants became essentially null and void. Falsified reports that exaggerated Bulger and Flemmi's usefulness while understating their criminal activities became the norm, and even those in other law enforcement agencies who suspected something amiss had their efforts blocked. One painful lesson to be drawn from this book is that the law is only as strong as those who enforce it. When those charged with stopping crime drift to the other side, where do we turn then?

4-0 out of 5 stars Into the shredder
This is a captivating account of government methods,psychology and ethics. But ask yourself this:
Say Whitey or Flemmi or any other informants has children, does the government lay claim to those children to replace their parents in these roles? Will the government destroy such people if they do not want this kind of life? Take an example of one man who is said to have a father unknown to him but is alleged to have been a friend of Whitey unknown to the boy...
Before Bulger fled the man worked for a company with defense contracts and was told he was being cleared for a basic security clearance. The process took over a year and a half and required the man to sign an affidavit with the alleged defense official claiming never to file for bankruptcy again after being advised it was the only way to get the clearance and keep the job at the time after a lengthy unemployment. About a year after this process, the man was featured in a local Massachusetts newspaper looking for answers to his long last father. The paper changed ownership shortly after and the editor and reporter were unknown to the new editor and reporters. Shortly after Whitey fled the man was suddenly fired but not before being told by an alleged government official that he was to be monitored for an indeterminate amount of time and with no definitive scope to the monitoring or reason why. After being fired, the man had an IRS levy with no notice, annual IRS audits,missing money from his bank account in which the IRS had an account with the same national bank and threatening calls. Progressively the man was financially strangled and it became apparent the goal was to ruin him financially and monitor his communications and parties to which he was communicating.The end result was to bankrupt the man, make him unemployable, and to ultimately make him homeless and without a means to maintain a phone. The man was sequestered with a group of 10 people(which number matches a group of 10 alleged witnesses sequestered and announced as witnesses against Bulger in 1999 but which has never come to pass)who tormented the man for being responsible for the Bulger fiasco whil staging photos,etc. to make it look like the man was happily working with such a group.
New "friends" entered the man's life and as the man grew to like and trust them,they announced a friend or family member in the FBI just before the man was screwed in one form or another.This was a man with no criminal past.
Why has the government reform committee and now the Massachusetts state police given up on investigating this whole thing and why would the U.S. government target and destroy a person for a past unknown to them? Does Flemmi,Bulger or some other principal in the Bulger case have a child that is being used as a whipping boy to force cooperation or to keep perhaps Bulger in hiding? ... Read more

170. Corrections in the 21st Century with Making the Grade CD-ROM and PowerWeb
by FrankSchmalleger, John Ortiz Smykla, Frank Schmalleger, John Smykla
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Corrections in the 21st Century takes a practical approach to introducing students to the ideas and practices characteristic of modern corrections. It equips them with the skills necessary to succeed in the field. Its three-pronged approach to corrections includes a thorough description of correctional ideology, including professionalism, policy issues, and society's avowed goals for the correctional enterprise; a comprehensive overview of correctional practice, including the everyday operations of correctional agencies, prisons, jails, and the procedures of parole and probation; and the development of personal skills that are applicable to the corrections field. A central theme throughout the text is professionalism in corrections.

The Tutorial with Simulation Applications that accompanies the text is a browser-based version of the textbook on CD-ROM. It includes key words, activities, and review games. Simulations on the CD present real-world situations for students to apply chapter concepts. Student responses receive immediate feedback regarding the appropriateness of their responses.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best textbook on corrections available!
I'm using this textbook in my community college course on corrections -- and I can't image how any book could be better. The book is built around a theme of professionalism in corrections and makes me want to work as a corrections officer -- and makes me want to improve the field. If you are interested in a career in corrections this book is for you -- whether or not you are currently in school. ... Read more

171. The Police and the Community (7th Edition)
by David L. Carter, Louis A. Radalet
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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Authoritative Work on Community Policing
The Police and the Community is the most comprehensive book on the market looking at community policing and its wide-ranging impact. It goes beyond a simple description of what community policing is. Rather, it provides a comprehensive view with reference to a wide range of social concerns and the police role and response. Interesting topics are included ranging from racism to police brutality to international perspectives. ... Read more

172. Justice Administration: Police, Courts and Corrections Management, Fourth Edition
by Kenneth J. Peak
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This fourth edition of Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management continues to be the sole book of its kind: an examination of all facets of the criminal justice system as well as several related matters of interest to prospective and actual administrators. It addresses the three components of the justice system: police, courts, and corrections.More than 30 case studies are desseminated throughout the book; also included are chapters on personnel and financial administration, rights of criminal justice employees, technology, discipline and liability, and futures. Articles from Law Enforcement News and other sources are interspersed throughout, and the book has been updated with added sections on ethics, bioterrorism, racial profiling, school violence, vehicle pursuits, judicial selection, jury administration, gender bias, and women in corrections.Useful as an important reference work for justice administrators and others in police departments, the court system, corrections, as well as defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys. ... Read more

173. Do or Die
by Leon Bing
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Do or Die is the first insider account of teenage gangs--the lives, loves, and battles of children who kill--from the only journalist ever allowed inside this closed and dangerous world.

This is no West Side Story. Welcome to a world where teenagers wear colostomy bags and have scrapbooks filled with funeral invitations; where a young man, after being shot in the chest, drives himself to the hospital; where another youngster, caught in crossfire, uses his girlfriend as a human shield; where teenage gangsters are kidnapped, tortured, and held for six-figure ransoms; where kids hum the latest movie's theme music while killing people. It's a world of clickheads, sherms, bangers, ballers, and mummyheads; a world where the strongest feelings of family come from other gang members; a world where the most potent feelings of self-worth come from murder.

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5-0 out of 5 stars realistic and graphic
This book is real, in your face, account of LA's street gangs. It is amazing that the author gained the trust of the people she interviewed. This book adds no "fluff" or drama. It is a real-life account what our young people face in the street everyday. This book is a MUST for those wanting to learn about gang members, their lives and our youth who are incarcarated. Whether you are a professional or student wiritng a paper, read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and writing by Bing
How can I say this in as few words. This is the perfect training manual for students who aspire to be professional journalists, sociologists, or news anchors; anything that requires training to be OBJECTIVE. How often do I see a television anchor jump up and say, "why that no good!..."? I don't have to understand it or even like it, but this is their story, their life experience, and Leon Bing had the courage to get out there and get the story. I had the incredible experience to interview and work with these inmates for the past six months. This book really should be accompanied with training and supervision as I gratefully received, because it takes a lot of professional self discipline to learn to stay objective and merely observe. It was difficult for me many times in reading this book to not interject my own biased feelings and opinions. But I decided to keep my cheap shot two bits out of this review, as I did with 'La Vida Loca' by Luis Rodriguez, another excellent account of gang life.

4-0 out of 5 stars This woman has alot of heart
For a white woman to walk around South Central, tagging along with bangers...I have to give it to her. It was a little patronizing and a tad too melodramatic sometimes but all in all, it was worth the read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great chronicle of what gangs are really like
Do or Die is written in the best tradition of great American chroniclers of horrifying social conditions, societal and political neglect,and the breakdown of social and human norms. Leon Bings tells the story of South Central Los Angeles' teenage gangs of the late 80s and early 90s,who - in a frenzy of uncontrolled violence - set out to defend their part of the hood and put in work for the set - in other words, kill members of a hostile gang. It's a shocking tale of innercity 12-year olds entering enemy neighborhoods to blast other gangmembers' heads off, just like 12-year old suburban kids enter the opposite soccerteam's penalty area to score the decisive goal.
The main narrators are the kids themselves, Bing only providing necessary background information and the thread that links individual experiences into a whole. Throughout the book she stays remarkably objective - never trying to hide her sympathy for G-Roc, Sidewinder, and Co., but not shying away from breaking with political correctness' irrevocable laws by describing one kid she visits in juvenile detention as somebody she "wants to be kept inside forever".
As far as I know, Bing, who by the way is an ex-model turned journalist who comes from money, which makes her undertaking even more remarkable, was the first author to seriously investigate ganglife and write about it. Thus, one might not find in Do or Die some information and analysis contained in later books. The lack of the latter has its plusses, though, since one is not forced to follow a particular line of thought, but has the opportunity to arrive at one's own conclusions.
Last but not least, the book is very well written. Bing's calm style alternates with the agitated torrent of gang speech. Relaxing moments, which, after all, still exist even in South Cental, take turn with descriptions of violent action. Overall, a great book. Required reading for anyone with only the slightest interest in gangs and urban America.

5-0 out of 5 stars Realistic to the youth of the 1990's
Do or Die is an excellent documentation of L.A. gang members.
I liked how she described even the looks of these people.
One of the gang members admits to shooting a baby, his parents, and his wife with an AK-47 because they were in his "hood" and the father was a former gang enemy. It also shows
how idiotic these people are, they kill each other over the most stupid things, such as a girl, or a fight over "colors" and just for your info this book was written around 1990 which was a while ago, i would update your knowledge to a newer book, "COLORS" is dead...gang members don't kill over colors anymore that was many years ago (the 80's). ... Read more

174. Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina
by Peter Dale Scott
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina is an eye-opening journey into the deep politics of U.S. intervention in developing and third-world nations. Scott illuminates the connection between American business interests and American foreign policy with a factual depth that leaves little room for doubt. Scott also documents the CIA involvement--often via drug proxies--in furthering covert American interests. The details and references contained within the text add immeasurably to what is already an incredibly valuable and insightful history. This book is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the motivation behind American foreign policy and the military conflicts that have arisen out of American business interests on foreign soil.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth that Hurts
Like veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, whom McCarthyites dubbed "prematurely anti-Fascist" for fighting against Franco during the Spanish Civil War, Peter Dale Scott has long been ahead of the pack on the parapolitical underpinnings of US foreign policy. Those desiring to catch up - and thereby plug the mega-gap between Bush II rhetoric and reality - will be wise to start by reading Scott's latest book, "Drugs, Oil and War." Though he focusses on Indochina, Colombia and Afghanistan, lessons Washington learned there - and forgot - are being retaught today in Iraq.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Analysis
Drugs, Oil, and War:

In this brilliant book, Peter Dale Scott shows how since World War Two the CIA has recurrently used drug-trafficking allies against its enemies in oil-rich areas of the Third World, and how this has contributed to a staggering increase in the global drug traffic. He traces this practice back to the surprising connection in 1950 between the responsible CIA officer and Meyer Lansky's chief money-laundering bank. He warns that America's recent restoration of the drug traffic in Afghanistan will help fuel an increased wave of terrorism in the region and the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be deceived
The previous 'reviewer' must be regarded as somewhat suspect, as his 1-star review attacks the book on the basis of a spelling error I did not come across when reading the book. In fact, this book is highly recommended, particularly for those new to the field of CIA geostrategy & covert shenanigans as they relate to energy resources & the drug trade.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much rehashing of old material
Peter Dale Scott is a highly regarded author with a long history of outstanding work. To this end, I bought this book because of my strong interest in Colombia and was attracted by the title of the book, "Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina." I would have never bothered to buy this book if I knew that nearly half of it is a rehash of Scott's 1972 publication, "The War Conspiracy: The Secret Road to the Second Indochina War."

Part I, "Afghanistan, Heroin, and Oil (2002) and Part II, "Colombia, Cocaine, and Oil (2001) is good. Scott makes some excellent observations about paramilitary relationships.
Moreover, he carefully explains how paramilitary forces in Afghanistan and Colombia are heavily involved in drug trafficking. Nevertheless, the narrative of this book is coated in left of center rhetoric...and as a political moderate I found some theories lacked intellectual merit. To his credit, Scott's provides professionally prepared footnotes and bibliography.

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175. An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition
by Norah Rudin, Keith Inman
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Catlog: Book (2001-12-21)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Significant advances in DNA analysis techniques have surfaced since the 1997 publication of the bestselling An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis. DNA typing has become increasingly automated and miniaturized. Also, with the advent of Short Tandem Repeat (STR) technology, even the most minute sample of degraded DNA can yield a profile, providing valuable case information. However, just as the judicial system slowly and reluctantly accepted RFLP and AmpliType® PM+DQA1 typing, it is now scrutinizing the admissibility of STRs.Acknowledging STR typing as the current system of choice, An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition translates new and established concepts into plain English so that laypeople can gain insight into how DNA analysis works, from sample collection to interpretation of results. In response to the shift toward more efficient techniques, the authors cover the legal admissibility of STR typing, expand the chapter on DNA databases, and revise the section on automated analysis. They also present key decisions and appellate or supreme court rulings that provide precedent at the state and federal levels.Discussing forensic DNA issues from both a scientific and a legal perspective, the authors of An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition present the material in a manner understandable by professionals in the legal system, law enforcement, and forensic science. They cover general principles in a clear fashion and include a glossary of terms and other useful appendices for easy reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great intro for the beginner
Having left behind my interest in genetics in order to pursue tax accountancy, I've always been fascinated by accounts of DNA typing. This book provides a wonderful introduction that is accessible to even the novice geneticist like myself. Much of the information Rudin and Inman give is quite practical; with some help from a friend who works in a medical lab I was able to set up my own electrophoresis gels and PCR. A word of caution to the amateur, however: make sure you practice before drawing any conclusions from the "evidence." My wife, Amy, wouldn't speak to me for a week after I claimed that a stain on our bed linen did not match my DNA. It turned out that she had spilled some ice cream.

3-0 out of 5 stars vivid introduction to forensic genotyping techniques
Nice figures, photos, schemes, and U.S. tables; lively comparisons show that authors are good teachers. Though technical part of the book outdates fast necessarily (acronym SNP has not been coined in 1996 yet), it is a shame that an interpretation part of the book neglects the current knowledge. Bayes theorem is known since 1763 and, nevertheless, likelihood ratio is not even mentined in the book! Books of Evett and Weir or of Robertson and Vignaux cannot be substituted by this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any DNA criminalist or criminal lawyer
I have a BS in genetics and biochemistry and am looking to enter into a forensics lab. This book is an EXCELLENT resource for an entry-level criminalist, criminal lawyer, or the non-scientist interested in this topic. It was organized from basic genetics to higher-level interpretation issues and included tons of diagrams, pictures, and relevant case studies. This book did an outstanding job explaining complicated and detailed subject matter in an easy to understand and interesting matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Attorney's Guide
As a practicing lawyer who earns a living in the criminal courts, I found this book an excellent and informative guide to this often problematic area. The authors introduce the subject in a way that is easy for the beginner to comprehend, but at the same time include sufficient detail to answer many of the most pressing problems facing a defence team in court.

5-0 out of 5 stars This showed an apt knowledge of DNA and it's life applicatio
This was an informative and comprehensive rewiew of typically boring material. I felt a new understanding of the topic of DNA. ... Read more

176. On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators, Second Edition
by Frederick J. Lanceley
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-13)
Publisher: CRC Press
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According to author Frederick J. Lanceley, known as one of the world's foremost crisis negotiation authorities, negotiators must train and train regularly. For just as the legal field constantly evolves, so does the field of crisis negotiation. The new edition of his On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators reflects this fact. A bestseller in its first edition, this book offers practical advice with regard to the theory, procedures, and techniques of crisis and suicide intervention and hostage negotiation. Two new chapters cover negotiation with people under the influence of drugs or alcohol and how first responders can contain the situation until a negotiator can arrive. With a suicide intervention flow chart, a checklist for investigators assisting negotiators, and an on-scene guide for crisis negotiators, this indispensable book provides the tools you need to conduct successful negotiations and 'make nothing happen.' ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of On-scene guide for crisis negotiators
Good 1st book to read on those wanting to be Negotiators in the Law Enforcement field.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addition To The Field
Frederick Lanceley's "On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators" is a long needed compendium of technique and definition in the field of crisis negotitations. Mr. Lanceley's vast experience has enabled him to provide techniques based on real-life situations not just theory. The volume is arranged in a concise, easy-to-reference format which should be a part of every negotiator's "Ready Kit". One of the most important points about this book is the fact that it addresses the types of situations faced daily by police negotiators. Suicide intervention, long a subject ignored in many negotiations seminars, is given in-depth treatment. In addition, the entire book is an interesting read. His account of his involvement at Ruby Ridge is fascinating. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in the field, police commanders and anyone interested in crisis intervention.

5-0 out of 5 stars On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators
Recently retired FBI Special Agent Fred Lanceley gives us the benefit of his expertise in this highly detailed book on the actions a crisis negotiator must take in the field. Lanceley describes techniques that will be of benefit to any police officet, tactical dispatcher, hostage negotiator or crisis counselor who is confronted with a barricaded subject, a mentally disturbed individual or a potential hostage taker. These people are encouraged to read Lanceley's book and to include it in your current training. Dave Larton, Member, California Association of Hostage Negotiators

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Chief and Tactical Commander should read this book.
Excellent basic text which covers practical aspects of Crisis Negotiation. Solid, contemporary content and a great reference resource. ... Read more

177. Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents, Revised Edition
by Ordway Hilton
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Catlog: Book (1992-09-17)
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Disputed document inquiries encompass extensive and varied technical examinations, unique phases of investigation, and specialized legal presentations. This book serves as a guide to all aspects of a questioned document covering the broad spectrum of the work as it is practiced today. From the work of the field investigator and the examination of a document to the presentation of evidence in court, Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents provides a comprehensive approach that is ideal as a training manual for document examiners, investigators, and attorneys. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for Document Examiners and Attorneys
Mr.Hilton's review of Document Examination is all encompassing. He covers the entire realm of documents made by pen, pencil, typewriter, adding machines, cash registers, check writers, impression stamps, paper examination and trace markings on documents such as latent fingerprints, impressed writing and accidental markings. He discusses how identification is made and more importantly, when identification can not be made. I have read his book many times, as a document examiner and highly recommend it to both document examiners and attorneys. Mr. Hilton covers what the attorney needs to know in preparation for trial and how to handle a questioned document case in court.

5-0 out of 5 stars The basic book for an professional approach
It's very important book for people who usally work in document examination, especially at goverment labs. I usally read that book every year (again & again!) and I always find something new for the documents examination. In my country we say "It's the A and the Z of our work" or "It's the start & the end on our work". It's a baseline book for every document examiner. J.D.Makris Athens,Greece ... Read more

178. Crime and Justice in America: A Human Perspective, Sixth Edition
by Leonard Territo, James B. Halsted, Max L. Bromley, Max Bromley
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-28)
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This volume it the most comprehensive, current and applied introduction to criminal justice in the field today. The authors' collective criminal justice experience as jail administrators, police administrators, attorneys, educators and trainers provides a unique perspective into relevant criminal justice topics. The book provides real world examples with a focus on the human dimension within the major components of the Criminal Justice System that illuminate the abstract aspects of the material.The authors examine crime and justice in America, the substantive criminal law, the law of criminal procedure and the rights of the criminally accused, the nature and distribution of crime and its victims, police operations, issues and trends in policing, the dynamics of the criminal court, pretrial procedures, the criminal trial, sentencing, appeals, and the death penalty, jails and detention, correctional institutions, probation, parole, and community corrections, juvenile justice, and drugs, crime and the criminal justice system.For individuals interested in a comprehensive look at America's criminal justice system. ... Read more

179. Criminal Investigation, Sixth Edition
by James N. Gilbert
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Up-to-date and reader-friendly, this popular bookis designed to provide an analytical understanding of the investigative process and its challenges in the 21st century. It smoothly merges the theoretical and the proven practical aspects of crime detection and solution, from a historical perspective to future possibilities.Each commonly encountered crime is discussed in terms of current status, offender characteristics, and investigative techniques. This introductory book assumes no prior police experience.For police officers, criminal investigators, and private investigators; and can be used by in-service personnel as an excellent reference tool. ... Read more

180. Inside 9-11: What Really Happened
by Der Spiegel Magazine
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Some of the finest writing and reporting on the events of September 11 was done by Der Spiegel, Germany's magazine of record. With its main office in Hamburg, base of operations for terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta and many of the others, Der Spiegel's journalists were on the front lines of the earliest investigation into the identities of those who brought holy war to America.

The award-winning team from Spiegel was also at Ground Zero, talking to people, gathering stories, interviewing survivors, seeking the words that might express the interconnections of horror and heroism. The words come from those who had been inside and somehow gotten out. Inside 9-11 gives us some of their accounts, taking us as close as we can get to what happened.

The "why" of September 11 may remain beyond understanding. But here we learn who the terrorists were, and how they were able to take so many innocent lives by sacrificing their own. The profiles in this book render a chilling, alien mindset that has become part of our daily reality. Combining first-class investigative journalism and writing of great clarity, Inside 9-11 is a heartbreaking and gripping reconstruction of the events that changed us all.

Translated from the German by Paul De Angelis and Elisabeth Kaestner, with contributions from Margot Dembo and Christopher Sultan.
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5-0 out of 5 stars September 11 and the German connection.
In the last six months, I read the New York Times book Out of the Blue, and to be honest the Germans did a better job with this book. I think both this and Out of the Blue are 5 star reads though. What really mattered was the extra information Der Spiegel put into this book. As an example--how did the U.S. Government figure out the passengers who hijacked the four planes? Well on one of the calls to an airline headquarters, the stewardess stated the seats the hijackers occupied, and one of these was Atta. This information was not in Out of the Blue.
Also interviews with Atta's father and other hijackers families.

The beginning of the book talks quite a bit about the two planes which crashed into the World Trade Center. Not as much info on the Pennsylvania crash or the Pentagon attack. What is include gives good detail. There is more in depth material on the New York attacks. The next to last chapter details how much of the operation was conceived and supported in Hamberg, Germany. Many of the hijackers not only were educated here, but also settled down there. Since the authors are Germans, much is detailed on the German connection.

In the appendix are some of Atta's writing and the drivel of Bin Laden. One wonders who believes in this stuff. It is apparent, bin Laden has not only managed to hijack four planes but believers in a religion. The writers attempt to make some analysis on this in the summary, but it will still leave the reader shaking his head on these beliefs.

One small minus was a number of typos in the copy.
Altogether a great read on a tragic event for America.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best I've read yet.
This is the best Sept. 11 book I've yet read, and it doesn't even come from America. The reporting is excellent and thorough and the level of detail is impressive. Sometimes gory, sometimes horrifying, but always educational, this book examines the events of that day from the point of view of the terrorists as well as the victims. An appendix includes the terrorists' final instructions, which are quite chilling to read. Kudos to Der Spiegel for putting together the best 9/11 coverage so far.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Inside Scoop
I have always been a bit hesitant when picking up a book that has more then one author, let alone a full reporting staff. Many times I find that you can either tell very distinctly when one author finishing and a another author starts or when there are a lot of authors, it tends to be a mix of styles that never really flow together. Somehow this book had none of this, it must have been a very strong editor or a translation thing, but the book spoke with one voice and was very evenly put together. The book had different sections, pre attack, attack and post attack and all three were insightful and well written. This is the first book on the topic that I have read that went into a good amount of detail about the individual hijackers, it really tried to paint a picture of who they were and what theirs lives were like leading up to the event. It did not really explain why they would do what they did, but it did give the reader some understanding of who they were.

During the section of the book that detailed the attack there were a number of interviews and a running description of the event, both were well done. But the part that I found most powerful was that the authors placed bits of 911 calls from people in the towers into the text that really brought a lot of emotion into the reading. Ok so it is a rather cheap way to do it, but it worked and you really felt the fear and desperation in the situation. Overall I liked the book, it was well written and put together. My only complaint would be that I felt the last section, the aftermath, was not as engrossing as the first two sections, but to be honest that is problem that it would be difficult for any author to top the drama of the attacks. One other minor point, in non-fiction I like a few pictures to let me see whom you are talking about etc., this book had none. If you are interested in the topic this is a good place to land.

3-0 out of 5 stars A psychic helps the FBI and the Victims Go to the Light - A
If you have ever wondered about people who die quickly - if they "go to the light" or wait around as ghosts for a while, and how we can help them transition, you may want to read Tiffany Snow's Psychic Gifts in the Christian Life - Tools to Connect. She has a personal experience in her book about 9-11, and how she ended up out-of-body to help 5 people on the plane transition successfully. She explains that victims who die quickly are often in shock, and don't really know that they are dead - they think "the angel and relatives that show up to escort them, are the dream, and not the reality." During her time of "reliving and relieving" the last few moments before impact with each of the five, she was able to see the terrorists, what they were wearing and doing, etc, and the next day sent sketches and information to the FBI...and their unexpected, positive response. Much good is in this book about "the other side," and I just wanted to pass on the info, it was interesting to me, and comforting, and especially for the victim's families, might fill in a few of the gaps.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your are there, 9/11/01
Mohamed Atta had a terrorist primer. He spent the night before 9/11 at the Comfort Inn in Portland, Maine. The story of the terrorists in flight schools, creating problems in night clubs and elsewhere in the weeks before the incident of the suicide attacks of the four commercial jetliners, and their journeys in America and abroad are outlined in the book. Calls from passengers and flight personnel on the highjacked airliners are detailed in this account.

Next, the authors, journalists of DER SPIEGAL, describe the attempts of the workers in the World Trade Center towers to save themselves. It was important for small firms to have the World Trade Center on their letterheads. Initially it was conceived as a center for overseas trade, not a financial center. Later the rise in commercial-space rents in New York City caused the kinds of businesses most likely to rent space in the towers to change. One of the reasons so much is known about situations within the planes and towers is telephone contact. Wired and wireless, modern communications capabilities are awesome.

Reading the account is an emotional experience. People waited to be rescued and rescue workers never came. Others walked down and out of one of the towers from the eighty-ninth floor. Horribly burned individuals exited safely with others.

Fear is something firefighters train themselves to ignore. The authors show the messages received at the fire department message center--FDNY Emergency Message Center. When the tower came down it sounded like a freight train. The entire South Tower had collapsed. Nobody in the FDNY expected a collapse of the entire structures of the monumental towers.

The South Tower was hit second but collapsed first. It was hit lower. NYC has more tall buildings than any other city. Still, FDNY is not a suicide organization. After the collapse of the tower, the plans of evacuating persons on the higher floors of the other tower changed. A quick thinking fireman shouted, causing most of the fire personnel in the North Tower to leave the building.

The North Tower collapsed in an almost absurdly controlled way. Eleven people survived the crash of that tower. Nearly all the men in leading positions of the New York Fire Department were dead.

By mid day the FBI had determined that some of the highjackers had come from Germany. Mohamed Atta's travel bag was located at Logan Airport. It contained among the toiletries two written documents.

Part II of the book is call "In the House of Followers". In the first day the FBI had Atta's suitcase, as noted, and a white rental car containing flying manuals in Arabic and some papers with the same Arabic names that appeared on the passenger lists. The Hamburg-Harburg Technical University has an international profile. Seven of the thirteen names investigators supplied appeared in the student directory. Two of the suicide pilots had studied there.

Investigators in Germany began to try to unravel the greatest terrorist act of all time. A treasure trove of papers came to the attention of the authorities. Perhaps some other secret service was at work. The terrorist as slum dweller is a familiar concept. The terrorist as a middle class role model is new.

Europe acted as a way station for terrorist groups. What held the groups together is neither Islam not idealogy, but religious delusion and hatred for the U.S. The end of the book contains identifying information on the participants of the highjacking, a timeline, and excerpts from the Terrorist's Manual. ... Read more

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