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61. Corporate and Governmental Deviance: Problems of Organizational Behavior in Contemporary Society
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
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For nearly two decades this anthology has provided the most complete and accessible treatment of the deviance of big business and government. Now in its Fifth edition, it has been enhanced with an expanded introductory essay and new selections that draw attention to moral and ethical questions facing corporations and politicians, from cover-ups of the Ford Pinto fire hazards and the health risks associated with Rely tampons to rationalizing Nazi genocide and a police brutality probe of the Los Angeles Police Department. An essay on media coverage and public reaction to white-collar crimes has been added to the already exhaustive list of contributions by prominent authorities on the subject. ... Read more


62. Hell's Angels : A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)
by HUNTER S. THOMPSON
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Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels--Hell's Angels, that is. He's lived with them, he knows them and their machines, he speaks their langauge,and he reports it back to the world with all the fearsome force of a souped-up cyclone burning rubber. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hog Wild
Roll up your sleeves boys and girls, if you read Hell's Angels the Doctor is going to inject you with a dosage of Outlaw Reality and Hog Rage as it were. The Hell's Angels are the last vestiges of the American Outlaw, 1%'s they're called, outside the outside, committed to a life of Freedom, punctuated by violence, booze, barbituates, indiscriminate sex and of course cruising the Amercian Wastelands on their Great Metallic Steeds, stripped down Harley Davidson's known affectionately as Hogs. Hunter S. is in his own right a one percenter. This book shows the Dr. of Gonzo's journalistic zeal, as he braves the world of the Angels, driving not a Hog as he should but a Dark Shadow. This is only too perfect as Hunter is the dark specter following the dastardly deeds of these bastard bikers. This book displays Hunter's ballsy journalism, as well as allowing him to focus on a central theme that would go on to pervade his other works: the outlaw and his importance to American society, a society that is dredged to the hilt with phonies, gutless wonders, souless greedmongers, hypocrites, cowards, politicians and other scum, capitalisitc, bureacratic, pig-like and otherwise. Hell's Angels is the journalistic calm that precedes the storm of hallucinagenic brilliance that was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. So one way or the other let the Doctor of Gonzo vaccinate your mind from the mindless surge that makes up the money grubbing, TV watching majority of this Great Country of Ours. (...)

4-0 out of 5 stars The stroy behind the emergence of Raoul Duke
This book, which is a fine read, seems to not quite follow the trend of dialogue style of the more recent Thompson books. It is much more of a documentary then a commentary. Hunter blazes off in a convertible following the ruthless swine who were the California Hell's Angels. The book documents a year that took place in the mid-sixties. Hunter tries his hardest to paint the Angels as innocent of various charges such as murder, kidnapping, and rape; he admits of course that they were there, but things usually just got out of hand, naturally. He became close friiends with a few and truely felt that there was an appeal of belonging to the tight nit group, that had more order to it than it was actually given credit for. This was the first point in his life that Hunter habitually used hard drugs, and I have to say that, personally, I think this was the adnventure that twisted our beloved Dr. Gonzo. The adventure comes to a sudden end as Hunter gets stomped senseless by a couple of Angels he didn't know to well. The moral of the story? The edge is out there, and no one strives to discover it more than the Hell's Angels, except maybe Hunter S. Thompson.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Isn't Your Typical Thompson
Having read Hell's Angels, A Strange and Terrible saga at least eight times starting in 1968, I never cease to be amazed at the criticisms leveled against it in the ensuing years, the major one being that it's not a Fear and Loathing book. I'm pretty sure it was originally a (very) long article written for The Nation magazine. The Nation ain't Rolling Stone, kids. If you are coming to this book expecting Hunter's usual blend of fact, fiction, and hallucinations, you will be sorely disappointed. "Gonzo journalist" though he is, the operative part there was journalist. He had, after all, developed a rather strong food habit since birth, and had no desire to kick it. He explores the Angels' mystique by letting them provide the history, their then current attitudes, and their lives as outlaws outside the system. He then blends research and his observations gleaned from riding with them for the better part of a year into the mix, producing a riveting book.

Since the recent death of Marlon Brando, his movie The Wild One has gained a new audience; it is in fact based on an incident Hunter chronicles in this book, the Rape of Hollister. Oddly, nothing remotely similar to the movie happened there, and some other legendary "motorcycle riots" such as the one at Laconia, New Hampshire, weren't initially riots at all, and certainly didn't involve the Angels, though the media portrayed these events as the brink of Armageddon and gave middle America yet another "dangerous group running wild in their midst," something else to freak over in addition to Communists hiding under every rock.

The Angels became, over time, what people expected them to be. Hunter recognized this transformational quality in his own profession: if other reporters, from respected national magazines, could make up stories or at least embellish them enough to freak people out, he could do it better! What you will find in Hell's Angels is great reporting, an unflinching look at real wildness and personal risk, and the genesis of what would become Hunter's trademark style.

If for no other reason, fans of Tom Wolfe, Ken Kesey, or the "Beats" (including the real "Dean Moriarty" from On the Road, still alive at the time, still driving, and hanging out with the Pranksters) should read this book for the legendary Acid Test at Kesey's place at La Honda when Hunter and the Angels showed up (by invitation, as Kesey was burning to meet them). In a singularly rare occurrence, we find two journalists just before they became instant icons writing about the same private party, rather than, say an inauguration, or awards ceremony, or some other public spectacle; the "public" was definitely not invited to La Honda. Compare Hunter's account of that weekend with the one that appears in the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test; you might just be surprised by who is the more "legitimate" writer.

I obviously love this book and highly recommend it, but again, it isn't FEAR and LOATHING WITH THE HELL'S ANGELS; it's far too serious a situation for that, as you will discover upon reading it. (And if that idea somehow still escapes you, watch Gimme Shelter, the great Maysles brothers' documentary of the Stones free concert at Altamont; if THAT doesn't do it, go down to your local biker bar and kick over a few choppers; you'll deserve what you get.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Hunter S. Thompson is an a$$hole.
This guy is a self-inflating ballon. No one and nothing is as important in his eyes as he is. His opinion of himself and the world around him is all that really matters. His ability to cunningly insinuate himself into the minds of others dramatically increases the danger he poses. If you have the misfortune to be assigned one of his books in a college class, lament that no one has made "Cliff Notes."

5-0 out of 5 stars Hells Angels
I really should like Hunter Thompson more than I do, I mean he did ride a BSA and he is from my hometown of Louisville, Ky but to be honest he's always seemed kind of faggy to me with that gay filtered cigarette thing hanging from his mouth, plus there's that whole bizarre chapter he dedicated to finding a link between outlaw bikers and homosexuality. Hey what can I say, the guy sets my gaydar off. But I will give him credit, he did write a true classic in Hell's Angels. I've heard grumblings that he sacrificed reality for entertainment value by making some of the HA's into exagerated caricatures of themselves in this book, but whether thats true or not this is a great read. ... Read more


63. Contrabando : Confessions of a Drug-Smuggling Texas Cowboy
by Don Henry Ford Jr.
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-15)
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Don Henry Ford, Jr. is a Texas cowboy, rancher and farmer. In the late 1970s, he was foreman of his father's ranch and farm in West Texas along the Pecos River. The ranch was going broke. The bankers were knocking at the door. Don went to his Mexican hands, the same guys who were the connection for his own marijuana--smoking inclinations, and they directed him to their contacts on the other side of the Rio Grande. Soon, he was scoring some easy money and he was hooked. For the next seven years, he made his living as an outlaw, smuggling marijuana across the U.S./Mexico border in the Big Bend region. Millions of dollars passed through his hands. He did business with many of the big-name narcotraficantes of the era like Pablo Acosta and Amado Carrillo Fuentes. After being arrested and sent to prison, he escaped and lived for a year in rural northern Mexico, raising a bumper crop of marijuana and hiding out from the federales. Contrabando is a confession, but it's also an homage to the Mexican paisanos and, indeed, to other outlaws north of the border who became Don Ford's friends and protectors during his seven years as a smuggler.

Charles Bowden (author of Down by the River, Simon & Schuster, 2003) has written a remarkable introduction to Contrabando, giving an historical perspective to the never-ending "war on drugs" waged by the U.S. government.

In December 1986, the feds caught Don Henry Ford a second time. He was sentenced to 15 years in a maximum security federal penitentiary. He now lives in Seguin, Texas, farming and raising race horses.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Story, From Start To Finish
Not too long ago I was on a hiking trip in the middle of the near-desert of West Texas. On the verge of exhaustian and still fifteen miles from my destination, a friendly driver pulled over and offered me a ride. Before long he was talking about his old life, the life of an outlaw, smuggling drugs across the border in the dead of night, running from the police, breaking out of prison, hiding from the Mexican Government and living through a shootout with major drug runners such as Pablo Acosta. Standing on the side of a deserted farm road in the middle of nowhere, this man introduced himself to me as Don Henry Ford, Jr., author, social activist, cowboy, ex-convict, ex-drug smuggler. I was a bit skeptical of his story at first, yet the manner in which he told it didn't leave much room for disbelief. After he took his leave I made my way home again and immediately went to this site -- sure enough, here it is: Contrabando by Don Henry Ford, Jr. I couldn't wait to read it, and found that the wait was indeed worthwile.

Mr. Ford's is truly an amazing story, and the fact that he lived to tell it at all is even more astounding. From his first attempt at purchasing marijuana, ending in a run-in with the Mexican Police, to being set up by the DA, to the shootout with Pablo Acosta, to the rich description of life in rural Mexico, this book will entertain you from start to finish. More so, it will inform you of a culture that exists today on the fringes of society, a culture that is ignored by most and looked down upon by almost all. You will not regret the purchase of Contrabando in the least.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and entertaining without being heavy.
Contrabando is a real life account of a Texas cowboy/farmer who began smuggling to save the farm. It escalates quickly into tales of murder, danger, corruption, and hilarity. There are many characters that settle in the badlands and their stories are told without judgement or prejudice here. The book is an easy read yet precisely descriptive. The author paints beautiful pictures of the almost uninhabitable deserts and mountains of Texas and Mexico. Throughout the book are incredible tales of survival and an informal philosophical commentary which really helps one to understand the mechanics of the drug trade. This book offers a perspective seldom heard which is the true force of human nature. This natural human survival is pointedly at odds with societal and governmental policies concrning the drug trade. That conflict is addressed honestly and without moral judgement in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Live to tell the tale
In Contrabando, Don Henry Ford tells the story of his 10 years as a marijuana smuggler on the Texas-Coahuila border. He recounts a period of his life that reveals the prehistory of the border drug trade. As a freelancer, Ford brushed up against the likes of Pablo Acosta and Amado Carrillo, but in contrast to their star power, he remained in the shadows.

This book does not pussyfoot around the hard facts of the drug business and the economic ruin that forces so many into it, in both Mexico and the United States. Some will say that the things in this book can't be true, but that is because they don't go there. Some people DO go there, but Don Henry Ford is the only one to come back to write about it.

And he can really write! Like earth smells--beans frying in lard over a wood fire, coffee under crystal stars, green-sweet stickiness as he pinches seed heads on a crop, dank ruin as storms strip $600,000 of ripe cotton from its stalks, the hard rush of ozone and adrenalin as he pulls his daughters from an angry river in flood, blood-in-the-mouth fear in a dealer's motel room or a Mexican cave or a federal prison cell. And the warmth of caring for people and horses and making things grow. He's a writer who lives and breathes grit and blood and life itself.

And it's hard to argue with a witness like Don Henry Ford, a man who spent years enmeshed in the dark entrails of the business. And lived to tell the tale.
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64. Into the Water
by Diane Fanning
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-14)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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To authorities she spilled the shocking details of a night of horror. It was the lead they'd been desperate for in a multi-state manhunt for an elusive serial killer. Where the witness took them was to the last man anyone would have suspected.

Richard Marc Evonitz was beloved by friends and family. He was handsome, intelligent, and compassionate. Serving a spotless eight years in the U.S. Navy, he was a town hero who lived in harmony in an exclusive South Carolina neighborhood. The only ones who saw Evonitz's dark side were his victims. They were helpless teenage girls who, one by one, were subjected to his twisted sexual fantasies of kidnap, rape, and murder-until his double life came undone by the brave cunning of his last young victim. But as authorities and the media descended upon him, Evonitz had one more shocking surprise in store for everyone-a stunning final act of violence and reckoning that would turn a bright sunlit morning blood red.
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3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book In General
"Into The Water" is the horrifying, true story of a case that haunted Virginia for years. When Sofia, Kristin and Kati were murdered, and months turned to year with no break in the case, people wondered if it would ever be solved. In 2002 Virgnians got the news they longed to hear: Spotsylvania slayings solved! It was solved because of one brave girl who escaped the killer. While I firmly believe Spotsylvania authorities, such as Howard, did their best to find the killer, it all comes down to the fact that Kara's courage brought down this monster. If you are from Virginia, especially the Spotsylvania area, this book is not really worth reading since it is basically everything that was in the newspapers. However if you aren't familiar with this case, you must read this book. And out of honor and respect for Sofia, Kristin and Kati, I believe after reading the book people should donate to a missing child organization. Just my two cents.

3-0 out of 5 stars SOMEWHAT LACKING IN THOROUGH REPORTING
Though factually accurate, INTO THE WATER does not add much texture to the story that everyone in Spotsylvania County, Virginia lived from 1996 to 2002. Richard Marc Evonitz remains largely a mystery. Yes, it was proved that he murdered Sophia Silva, and Kristen and Kati Lisk, but inquiries into what made and drove him were largely left to reader speculation.

To read this book you would think that Major Howard Smith single-handedly solved these dreadful murders. Since when does the second in command of a sheriff's office of roughly 100 deputies solve anything? This signals another problem with the book itself: Not thoroughly researched. There were a lot of investigators from local, state and federal agencies assigned to the task force investigating the Lisk/Silva murders. Those that were assigned and worked on aspects of the case every day for six years weren't even mentioned by name. Major Smith's appearances were limited at best, and did not show a marked improvement until Evonitz became the focus of the investigation.

Also disturbing is the parading of quotes by the same group of former FBI profiler clowns that appear as talking heads on every true crime feature story or docudrama filmed: Ressler, McCrary, and Douglas. "Former" implies they would not have access to case material, yet that didn't stop them from posting their opinions in chatrooms and in the media. Aren't these the same guys that said the DC snipers (two black males), were a lone, disgruntled white guy? Despite spouting their standard vagaries about what "might" eventually be found they offered nothing but empty speculation.

Additionally, the in-depth reporting is so sparse, the author had to include snippets of other unsolved crimes occurring in the area to keep it flowing and interesting. Unsolved crimes that were never proven to be the work of Evonitz. I guess they were added to get the body and page count up.

Though the Lisks and Silvas received some measure of closure with Evonitz committing suicide at the moment of his apprehension, and the subsequent forensic proof that he murdered the three girls in Spotsylvania, a distinct tragedy remains: There may well be other crimes for which Evonitz was responsible, but the families of those victims will never know that the perpetrator is dead and their daughters can rest in peace.

This is not a book of great detective work. It was dumb luck. Kara, the brave girl who escaped Evonitz and the fate of the those before her is to be commended. Fortunately the cops in South Carolina shared her information and plight, which led to Evonitz popping up on the radar screen in Virginia.

But this reader is left with a haunting thought: If Major Smith and the Spotsylvania County investigators had done a better job investigating the June 1995 rape of a 13 year old, before three girls were murdered, all of it might have been prevented.

Very readable, but this work should have been more in-depth in exploring the background and psyche of Evonitz. May he roast in hell.

5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
Diane Fanning has done it again. The author's vivid description and dramatic storytelling allows us to step into the story and watch as it unfolds all around us, from the perspectives of all those involved. Readers can feel the emotions as deeply as an outsider ever could--from the victims and their families and friends to the law enforcement officials working the cases...from the friends, family members and neighbors of Richard Marc Evonitz to the man himself. The details are terrific; the pictures are chilling...Fanning masterfully weaves the detached stories of the victims' lives together in a cohesive story that is very easy to follow. The Afterword is a powerful closure that not only serves as a brilliant memorial to the young ladies we'll never know, but a cautionary tale to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, and friends everywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars A chilling read for any parent
After reading Diane Fanning's 'Through the Window: The Terrifying Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells', I rushed back to Amazon to order 'Into the Water', and I was not disappointed. This book makes one wonder who our neighbors really are, as Marc Evonitz appeared to be a hard-working community activist. Unfortunately for young girls in the neighborhood, he had a dark side. This book twists and turns until the very end.

Diane Fanning has a clear and concise writing style, and never gets bogged down in minutiae. Her ability to turn a phrase so that the reader can picture the scene is uncanny. 'Into the Water' is definitely a winner for fans of True Crime. ... Read more


65. Shots in the Dark: True Crime Pictures
by Gail Buckland, Harold Evans
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Catlog: Book (2001-10)
Publisher: Bulfinch
Sales Rank: 68254
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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When shots ring out, photographers shoot back. Their images can startle, inform, and serve as witness. Mundane and profound, gruesome and compelling, crime photographs are, for better or worse, part of our world. Featuring many rarely and never-before-seen images, this heavily illustrated book sheds new light on the role of crime photography in our history and in our culture.

These are pictures we see once and never forget: an autopsy photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald; the bodies of Lizzie Borden's parents, photographed in the room where they were slain; mug shots of celebrities such as Larry King and Bill Gates; and O.J. Simpson pictured wearing shoes that match the footprints at the murder scene. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Crime is not a pretty picture....
True Crime has always interested me;particulayly what made these criminals tick.There,s lots of speculation about their thinking;but never many resolutions;particularly with the loners.This book was very disapointing.the text was very poor,disjointed and difficult in connecting with the photos.If this book shows anything,it is that the photography was much better in the past than recent times.Sure, there was some pretty gruesome stuff,but there is more to the art of crime photography than presented in this book.Before buying ,I would suggest giving it a pretty good look over.I was quite surprised by the high reviews this book received;however,considering the background of the authors;maybe it is a better book for the insiders of crime photography.But then,who do they do this work for,themselves or others? the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words doesn't hold here.Most shots are like snapshots taken by amateurs who just happen to be passing and took a shot.

4-0 out of 5 stars Holy Sh*t!!
I was in Media Play with my ex-boyfriend and 2 of our friends one night and we were looking (well, okay...running) around in the books section getting sex books off of the shelves and yelling out positions. I was getting bored and started walking around looking for something to do, when I saw a book with 2 dead bodies on the cover with "SHOTS IN THE DARK" as the title caption. I skimmed through the book and was shocked as hell. Not only because the photos were very in-your-face, but because I would've never guessed that Gail Buckland could get so much information on the gorey pictures. When I saw the passages about John List, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, The Buther of Clarksburg, and John F. Kennedy's autopsy photos, I was covinced to buy this book. I showed my ex and our friends and after purchasing the book, we couldn't put it down. I gave the book 4 stars because you will more than likely get sick of the book. I recommend this one to the Freaks and the Juggalos. Later y'all!

5-0 out of 5 stars WHEN SHOTS RING OUT-PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOOT BACK
SHOTS IN THE DARK is a book that takes you into the world of crime-and its not pleasent!

...P>The start is kind of boring-with the writer telling us all about crime-who cares about that-we wanna see some dead bodies!

Some of the pictures in this book are kind of gory and gross-especially JFK laying on a table with his brains showing.

YUCK!

The cover of this book-with two dirty-bloodied male corpses laying in an elevator makes you think-where did they get shot?

I kind of dont and do wanna know!

I would reccomend this book to anyone who is a crime nut-and is into photography-this is the book for you!

THERES TOO MANY BODIES-ITS NOT ENOUGH ROOM-EVERYBODY OUT OF THE WATER!

4-0 out of 5 stars must have for true crime buffs
The content of this book is often quite shocking and surely not for the squeamish. I am aware that many people will dislike it. But in order to understand crime and its effects on society one has to face reality. The ugly face of reality and not only crime as a figure.

The book starts with an excellent introduction by Harold EVANS "Looking Crime Squarely in Its Disturbing Eye", followed by an essay by author Gail BUCKLAND about the development of forensic photography and the creator of the mugshot, the frenchman Alphonse BERTILLON in particular. I found this chapter especially compelling.
The rest of the book consists of crime pictures with short captions by the author, many of them are unfortunately rather brief. With only one or two exceptions all featured photos are black and white. Many of those shot in the period from 1930-1950 have a certain film noir look due to sharp contrast. Many pictures are not easy to look at particularly those shot at homicide scenes. And you'll see a lot of homicide scenes. There is a picture taken by a surveillance camera during the April 1999 Columbine school shooting, a police officer looking in despair at the body of a girl shot at the 1984 Mc Donald's massacre in San Ysidro, the corpse of slain actress Sharon TATE, crime scene photographs of stabbed Nicole SIMPSON, lots and lots of unknown victims of murder...As mentioned before, this is sometimes not easy to look at.
Another chapter is about punishment. An horrifying account of lynch justice is given; according to the author it was common practice in the last decades of the 19th century to send photographs of lynchings to friends and relatives. I didn't know that. You see photographs of the last public execution in the US, which took place in 1936, convicts in prisons, an arrested man tied to a restrainment chair etc. A very compelling chapter but I have to add that BUCKLAND shows way too much compassion for convicts in her captions commenting the pictures. Undoubtedly a convict can not be denied his human rights, but we have to bear in mind that many of them committed unspeakable acts of violence and too much compassion for such people is highly inappropriate.

I especially liked the chapter about presidential assassinations. There are portraits of president LINCOLN's assassin's co-conspirators and photos of their execution on the gallows. The most infamous political murder of the last century, the assassination of president KENNEDY in Dallas, is depicted in a very detailed manner with many rare and often cruel photos ( e.g. the slain president on the autopsy table and the corpse of Lee Harvey OSWALD after a postmortem was conducted) accompanied by insightful captions, which convey more information in some sentences than many non-fiction books in hundreds of pages.
A selection of celebrity mugshots (including Frank SINATRA, Jane FONDA and Bill GATES) adds a little curiosity and fun to an otherwise sombre and shocking book. Especially FONDA and GATES look incredibly ludicrous in their mugshots.
While I generally found SHOTS IN THE DARK a great book I didn't like two chapters very much, because they are so "overpublished". These were about gangland world and infamous cases. I mean how often did you see photographs of the O.J.SIMPSON trial? How often did you see Al CAPONE's not so friendly features?
But these are only minor complaints. This book is a must have for every true crime fan. It could also be of interest for people who like death shockumentaries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Okay, so its gory ...
... but what a wonderful book! The photography in this book is so fantastic, that any person who admires excellent photographic skill will not be able to remain dispassionate. The topic (crime, criminals, accidents, homicides, etc.) is well represented, both in words (and the authors thankfully belong to the less is more school) and imagery. Buried here and there in the book you'll find an image and some commentary that makes a particularly relevant statement presented in a decidedly understated yet compelling fashion. For example, page 68, Elmer Fanter. The shot is of a young kid (16) who's standing in a cell, holding the bars and looking completely bewildered. He and his pals had murdered a man who had the temerity to come to the aid of a woman the lads were robbing. Of this shot, the author makes the statement (in part): "He and his friends saw no violent movies and were not subjected to inappropriate scenes on television, and those hands clenching the bars of the prison door never moved a mouse in a violent video game." ... Read more


66. Ahead of the Parade: A Who¿s Who of Treason and High Crimes: Exclusive Details of Fraud and Corruption of the Monopoly Press, the Banks, the Bench and the Bar, and the Secret Political Police
by Sherman H. Skolnick
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Catlog: Book (2003-07)
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Sherman Skolnick, one of America’s foremost investigative reporters, speaks out on some of America’s current crises. Included in this blockbuster book are the following articles: The Overthrow of the American Republic, How It is Happening The Sucker Traps, Dirty Tricks of Finance and Brokerage Foreign and Domestic Secret Political Police Operating in the U.S. and Markets Wal-Mart and the Red Chinese Secret Police ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Why the high price?
Why is this book priced so above the cost? Amazon?

4-0 out of 5 stars Why does the author say:
Why does the author say:
"Can also supposedly be ordered from Amazon.com HOWEVER, recently they have blockaded their own marketing and sales of this controversial book by DEMANDING twice the listed price." ?? ... Read more


67. Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief
by BILL MASON, LEE GRUENFELD
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4-0 out of 5 stars More than a Jewel Thief
I read this book as it received a lot of publicity on initial release. I didn't find it to be a fast, compelling story of a dangerous jewel thief. Rather, I found it to be a tale of a common thief with a substantial amount of time spent on normal legal proceedings and life as a fugitive. While his life was much more normal than you may expect by reading the title, I still found it to be a very compelling read.

Mason starts the book as a teenager who has some minor run-ins with the law while living in Cleveland Ohio. He stumbles in to a life as a jewel thief while marrying, raising kids, and living a fairly normal life as an apartment manager.

The book really revs up with a move to South Florida in the 70s. Florida was exploding with drugs, crime, and wealthy northeners living in ocean front condos with expensive jewels. Mason describes some of his successful heists but the more interesting story is his relationship with the police. Also, there is a comical sideline of him buying a small ocean front home to rent where the renters continually turn out to be drug runners using his house as a delivery point.

The last part of the book has little to do with jewel thefts and more to do with family and escaping the law. Overall, I found this to be a worthwhile story to read. But "a master jewel thief" is really only about 40% of the story. That may be enough for most readers as it was for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great read
I remember the headlines. I also remember the press and police were convinced that these jewel heists could only have been pulled off by a mission-impossible type team. Thanks to the Statute of Limitations, William Mason himself gives up the real story-more incredible than fiction- and one of the best reads I've had in years! Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief is a first rate memoir of America's most prolific Jewel thief. The story begins with Mason's first bungled teenage gas station job and ends on the roof of a posh 16 story Florida beachfront condo. On the way Mason takes the reader through huge scores, narrow escapes, the courtroom antics of ace lawyers and a major hometown sex scandal with the flair of a seasoned story teller. To his credit, Mason fights the natural urge to embellish his "accomplishments" and often attributes his success to luck or simply complacency of the wealthy. The time Mason has taken to reflect on his former life shows. His descriptions of his thought process during the planning and execution of theses heists are truly fascinating. His most profound introspection however, is found in his recognition of the emotional harm caused to his family and victims.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book !!!!!!!!!!
i don't read books that much usually newsweek...time... a variety of different magazines because it's hard for books to keep my interest..just one main story...usually i need to be reading 3 at a time and rarely finish one of them....well this book did it for me.....what a surprise...an easy read and so much fun...very exciting...i read the whole thing...rare for me...only 3 other books that i can remember kept my interest like this one ...one of c. sagon's fiction books....j. grisham the firm and the first harry potter book..hope they make a movie out of this one........

3-0 out of 5 stars Master Jewel Thief, Average Book
The first hundred pages of this book were enthralling, but after that is was more of an ego driven story about how much smarter he was than anyone else. The first hundred pages covered his develpoment as a thief, "scores", and how he combined this with his family and day job. I couldn't put it down. But soon after that the book turned to life behind bars, Mason duelling with the police, and a great deal on how he and his friends were much more itelligent than the DA's and police. Who he painted as angry, revenge fueled bullies. Certainly, this book is his side of the story and needs to be told, but the latter half of the book doesn't complete the energy he showed in the first half. I went from enticed to bored in about ten pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Several levels deeper into a fascinating personality
Unlike conventional accounts of talented criminals, this book takes us farther into the mind of a fascinating man, examining his development and motivations and giving us exciting, often moving gimpses into what life is like during those times when he is not out stealing fabulous jewels. We hear about people being "on the lam" for long periods of time, but rarely get to know what it really means to be hiding in plain sight. To me, that was almost as interesting as the actual robberies, and those were incredible. My highest recommendation to all readers. ... Read more


68. Investment Intelligence from Insider Trading
by H. Nejat Seyhun
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-30)
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"Seyhun is one of the leading academic experts on insider trading. His well-written and readable book on this subject is a valuable resource for both investors and researchers." -- Andrei Shleifer, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

The term insider trading refers to the stock transactions of the officers, directors, and large shareholders of a firm. Many investors believe that corporate insiders, informed about their firms' prospects, buy and sell their own firm's stock at favorable times, reaping significant profits. Given the extra costs and risks of an active trading strategy, the key question for stock market investors is whether the publicly available insider-trading information can help them to outperform a simple passive index fund.

Basing his insights on an exhaustive data set that captures information on all reported insider trading in all publicly held firms over the past twenty-one years--over one million transactions!--H. Nejat Seyhun shows how investors can use insider information to their advantage. He documents the magnitude and duration of the stock price movements following insider trading, determinants of insiders' profits, and the risks associated with imitating insider trading. He looks at the likely performance of individual firms and of the overall stock market, and compares the value of what one can learn from insider trading with commonly used measures of value such as price-earnings ratio, book-to-market ratio, and dividend yield. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Well researched, informative but too academic and long
Instead of talking about those dirty illegal insider trading, it is a long term study (from 70's to 90's) of legal, SEC filed stock transactions by company executives, accountants (insiders) to answer, from pg 317, "Can a potential stock market investor mimic insiders and make profits? If so, what is the magnitude of the profits? What kinds of risks does a mimicking strategy impose on outside investors? Given the risks, is it still worth it?"

By and large, the author did provide answers to the above. Profit for the mimicking is still available, after report delays, transaction costs and the need to mimic over 50 multiple transaction to lower risk. For a 12 mth holding period, the strategy outperforms the market by 2% for buying but underperforms by 3.3% for selling.

You can tell the conclusion is simple, but the author did use a lot of set up, with lengthly coverage of legal issues, before summing it up in the very last 14th chapter of this 341 content page book. As per title of this review, it is well researched, informative but too academic and long.

p.s. One minor complaint: The author should give more details on parameter setting and provide an optimal (profit maximization) strategy on the mimicking. Perhaps he did, but he didnt show it in the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars A little too academic for my tastes
But I certainly like to invest with the insiders.

4-0 out of 5 stars Insightful!
Are you ready to learn from the somewhat mythical, sometimes notorious and often misunderstood inside traders? H. Nejat Seyhun has compressed a gargantuan amount of information - 21 year's worth of reported insider trades, more than one million transactions - into a manual that debunks and reconfigures the wild world of insider trading. Since inside traders are bound by strict laws, their prowess comes from proximity to the action. As a farmer can predict the next big storm by watching his cattle, sophisticated traders can predict the next market windfall by watching the insiders. This isn't a late-night page-turner; after all, Seyhun is a noted academic expert. Yet flashier verbal energy might have sacrificed the book's most valuable quality: precision. This book (the opposite of the Investing for Illiterates-type) takes its readers and itself seriously - If you are serious about your portfolio, we [...] recommend that you put yourself through Seyhun's course. Dedicated investors, policy makers and scholars need this on their reference shelves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great information!
This book will teach you everything you need to know about insider trading.This is the best book available on insider trading.This book is worth alot more then it's cost.

4-0 out of 5 stars Making The Most Of Signals From Insiders
I discovered this book after reading an interview in Outstanding Investor Digest of the managing partners from Tweedy Browne, who apparently received it enthusiastically.Now I find myself as enthusiastic as they seem to be about the book.

The expression "Insider Trading" tends toconjure images of Ivan Boesky, and others like him, using insideinformation for profit before the investing public has an opportunity toaccess that same information.This book is not about that.It is aboutthe utilization of officially disclosed (via SEC filings) informationregarding stock purchases and sales by the higher echelon of a firm'scorporate managers.As such, it is an impressively researched examinationof insider trading and how the individual investor might best make use ofit.

Nejat Seyhun uses data spanning several decades (sometimes more) todemonstrate the utility of insider trading information as it might best beexploited by value investors, momentum investors or arbitrageurs.Heoffers some surprising conclusions concerning buy and selling within firms,conclusions which are nuanced by the size of the firm in question.

Thebook is a scholarly treatment of a kind of information which is likely tobe misinterpreted by the individual investor.Although the book really isa carefully researched statistical exercise, it is readily accessible toinvestors of any pursuasion or level of expertise.Few books, investmentor otherwise, seem to cater to both scholarly and popular audiences sowell.

The book's only flaw is it does not pay particular attention toresources for insider trading information.As he mentions, the WallStreet Journal is also worthwhile. ... Read more


69. Hell's Angels: "Three Can Keep a Secret If Two Are Dead"
by Yves Lavigne
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4-0 out of 5 stars Who is this guy?
An apparently well researched and written book on the background and history of the Hell's Angels, as well as many of the other major 1% clubs. The book is ten years out of date as of this writing, and is mostly about things in Canada, but is still interesting. I have some problems with the stuff between the lines, so to speak. What is the author's agenda in writing a work like this? Why does he have such a vendetta against his subject? The book is loaded with dates, names and events, but lists no sources other than an occasional "police photo" caption. The author has apparently gleaned his facts from thin air or from informant interviews and occasional public files or both. Perhaps "Yves" is an ex-member with an axe to grind. Who Knows? An interesting read, but take it with a grain of salt (or a bag...)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book if you know nothing of the outlaw biker life.
Yves Lavigne did one hell of a job in researching this book. He accuratley describes events and details in the lives of the Angels from the beginning into the eighties. He tells of the terror reigned by the Angels, but is very light to touch on the subject of the fundraisers and benefits that the Angels host. The book tells of many events in the underworld, giving names and dates and horrifying pictures of crime scenes. It shows exactly what the Angels can do, when provoked. All around, a good book to learn about the "other side". Well written and full of information.

5-0 out of 5 stars 3 can keep A Secret ... an outstanding read!!
I thought the book was an outstanding read and in fact have read the book several times. I have no idea why some reviewers want to critique Mr. Lavigne's writing style or "vulgar" word selection so harshly. He is, after all, writing about the Hells Angels. I feel these folks are missing the main point of the book which is to give the reader and insightful look into the bike gang, their rituals, codes etc. To this end, Mr. Lavigne does an outstanding job! I found the book to be a very comprehensive portrait of the most famous of biker gangs. If these readers were so offended by some of Mr. Lavignes language, choice of words whatever then they need not be worried with researching the Hells Angels! Simply put, the book is by far the best and most insightful look into the inner workings of the Hells Angels that I have ever read - and I have read most all of the books on the Hells Angels out there. I strongly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars One more thing...
I need to add one more thing to my review above. There are a number of glaring errors in the book that call into question how much first person research Mr. Lavigne did and how much was based on hearsay from bikers, law enforcement, or other sources. The first error may be considered minor - a map purporting to show the locations of various HAMC clubs places San Bernardino in Ventura county instead of San Bernardino County. Others include claiming that the P.O.B.O.B's where founded in San Bernardino (they were founded in Bloomington - hence the acronym, "Pissed Off Bastards Of Bloomington", a suburb of Fontana, California.) There are others, but all together they make you wonder how much of this is reasearch by the author and how much is taken from other less informed sources.

3-0 out of 5 stars Crudity aside, a good documentary
Yves Lavigne's unrelenting vulgarity takes away from what is otherwise an informative and well researched first-person account of the growth of the Hell's Angels growth from 50's rebels to 60's cause celebre to modern day mafia. Their ability to enforce omerta (the code of silence)among their members, at least in this account, makes them more effective, and more dangerous, than La Cosa Nostra. How much of this admittedly entertaining tale is truth and how much is fantasy? Only Mr. Lavigne and the Hell's Angels know with any certainty. ... Read more


70. The Trial Lawyers : The Nation's Top Litigators Tell How They Win
by Emily Couric
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
After reading Emily Couric's hugely interesting book I now realise that a good lawyer is worth his or her weight in gold. The secrets of the top legal eagles are laid bare; an LA attorney candidly admits that "flirting ouragously with the judge by batting eyelashes and wearing short skirts" has served him well in the California courts, while a New York litigator fascinatingly reveals his strategy when he represented the man fired for masturbating in his office and won him $2.1M after a jury found his employers liable for failing to protect him from sexually harrassing himself. ... Read more


71. Papillon
by Henri Charriere
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Henri Charrière, called Papillon, for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 for a murder he did not commit. When he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, one thought obsessed him: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, Papillon was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped -- that was, until Papillon. His escape, described in breathless detail, was one of the most incredible tests of human cunning, will, and endurance.

In 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape, Charrière had his astonishing autobiography, Papillon, published in France to instant acclaim -- a worldwide bestseller describing the gripping, shocking odyssey of the author's imprisonment and escape over a greuling decade.

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4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ EVEN IF IT'S PURE FICTION
I don't care if it's true or not, it's still a great story. This book is a real page turner. Though rumors persist that Charriere made PAPILLON up, there are enough nuggets of truth to make you think otherwise. I had a little trouble with Papi's consistent nobility throughout. Charriere leads you to believe he was a gentleman throughout. Kind of hard to believe. Also, he's a little sketchy on his conviction for murder. That leads me to believe he probably commited the crime for which he was convicted. I would agree that the French system of justice was pretty harsh back in the 1930's, but I'm sure Charriere exaggerated "a little" here and there.

But don't get me wrong. This was an amazing read. There is much more to the story than the movie. Truly great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is too good to miss!
Hi, I owned the copy of this book for several years and I had read it 3 times. He will forever be an example and a teacher to me. To meet this great man would be a wonderful gift. Though he is no angel and life has brought out the ugliest of all of him, he remains a powerful influence. If he can be so strong in such situations (i.e. watching his best friend devoured by unforgiving sharks,withstanding solitary for two years in the most creative ways, the list goes on...for 13 years!) then I can survive anything this existence throws my way. I've met my Jesus through this book. I hope to read it again one day so as to have a greater appreciation of it, perhaps after i've been through some of my own horrors. I'll definitely see the movie. I've already passed the book on to a lucky person, despite that I'd love to keep it. Looking for adventure, romance, lust, utter suspense, even amusement (he's got a great sense of humour through it all)? HEAR IT!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars "I don't belong here - I'm only visiting"
When Henri Charriere finds himself sent to a French prison colony for a crime he did not commit, he makes up his mind to go on a "cavale," literally to beat it and escape the custody of his captors. Like the butterfly (or in French "Papillon") which Charriere has tattooed to his chest, he will live his life in freedom or not at all. When a doctor questions him about his repeated escape attempts, Papillon's reply is matter-of-fact: "I don't belong here - I'm only visiting."

"Papillon" takes a while to get started, and Charriere's elusive and terse tone keeps one from feeling too close to the narrator. He tells you he didn't kill the man the police claim he did, but credits himself for not being a stool pigeon by telling them who did. So he's not exactly Dreyfus here, though he pretends otherwise at times. He mentions a wife and child in the outset almost as afterthoughts, then scarcely refers to them again. No false modesty for this guy - he runs the roost in every clink he is assigned, dispensing wisdom to prisoner and warden alike. No physical challenge is too much for him to overcome, no fellow "mec" too much for him to handle.

Let's put it this way: If Charriere is selling bridges, I ain't buying. But if this is more fiction than fact, "Papillon" still makes for one amazing novel. With minimal pretense at craft, Charriere crafts a white-knuckle, plain-spoken suspense tale that finds our hero in every imaginable predicament - and some not at all imaginable - as he makes attempt after attempt to escape the hell on earth that is French Guiana, the three Iles du Salut (literally "Isles of Salvation"), and ultimately Devil's Island. Taking you from the lush, mosquito-choked jungles of the Caribbean coastline to a solitary confinement where Papillon stays sane by imagining himself in childhood haunts, this is about as picturesque a ride as you can have sitting in your comfy chair.

A sense of life abounds in this book. Charriere holds court on such things as the proper way to sleep in a hammock, how one secretes money on one's "person," how the sharks knew when a corpse was about to be dumped in the sea, the strange tales prisoners tell, how one fishes for mullet on Devil's Island, etc. How much of this is on the level is tough to tell, but it fills the mind with a sense of a world lived in, and in one of the world's most obscure corners at that.

Whatever else, one statement Charriere makes is no doubt true: He is a spellbinding storyteller. He has a sense of the tragic and the funny and never lets the storyline sag. He also throws in nice little asides that keep the reader engaged. At one point, when he is thrown in solitary, Charriere takes a break from relating his squalor to offer this merry assurance: "The movie could not stop there; it must go on. It will go on, mecs! Just give me time to get back my strength and you'll have some new episodes, never fear!"

What makes "Papillon" especially readable and gripping is how Charriere comes into contact with the best and worst in people, sometimes the same people. The most seemingly depraved people can turn out to be not all bad; finding your hermit-like host keeps dead bodies in a pit outside his home is not necessarily proof he is out to do the same to you. He also has an intriguing religious sensibility, which yo-yos between antagonistic disbelief to a sense of profound grace. "Where there's life, there's hope" is an oft-repeated maxim in the book, and they are not hollow words for Papillon, whatever his state. Despair is unknown to him, and he's heartening to read for that alone.

I'd love to know how much of this tale is true. Apparently, there is a French-language book that analyzes the story of "Papillon" from a historical context, and the History Channel in the United States did a documentary you can order online. The little I've seen indicates some holes in the number of escape attempts Charriere made. But he was a prisoner, and then he was free; he wrote a book that, if just 10% true, would be enough to fill out four or five adventuresome lives; and his legacy is one people still passionately relate to more than 30 years after his death. I can't give this book five stars only because of this trust factor, but rest assured "Papillon" is worth your time, and you will be happy you read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I have ever Read
Papillon is a work of unparalleled brilliance. Charriere's description of his incarceration in the French penal colony in French Guyana is both riveting and haunting. For a man as uneducated as he claims, Charriere reveals himself as one of the 20th century's greatest writers, succeeding in use of suspense, allegory and poetic style.

Charriere builds a cohesive story, from the beginning in a rigged French court, through the trip to Cayenne, various cavales, and finally to a complete rebirth of spirit. Seen through eyes of compassion, anger, love and the wisdom of hindsight, Charriere gives a complete story that is not just an incredible adventure story, but a whole moral tale about life, strength, hope and faith.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read.
A book full of adventure, intrigue, sorrow, heartache, revenge, joy, and many other expressive words that I can't think of at the moment. I found the ending and the fate of Papillon's fellow escape partner to be especially shocking. A five star classic. ... Read more


72. How to Do Good After Prison : A Handbook for the "Committed Man"
by Michael B. Jackson, Ron Kenner
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How to Do Time in the Joint How to Do Good After Prison How to Do Good on Parole How to Understand the Conditions of Parole Parole FAQs Federal & State Parole Directory ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Answer to a Prayer
I was so happy to find this book. I bought one for myself and one for my husband. It was really helpful in many ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
My son was helped in many ways by this book. He has been out 2 years and doing well. I don't think he thought it could be done until he read this book. I appreciate Mr. jackson sharing his life and encouraging others to do well.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've been there..I'm getting Married to someone who is there
This book, written by Michael B. Jackson is straight up and straightforward. He tells it like it is, and I would recommend this book to anyone who is in prison, just got out, even just going in, and even to those loved ones of a prisoner or parolee.
I have been in prison myself, and my fiance is in prison. We have now both read and discussed it, and it is a very useful tool for help when a person decides he or she wants to change his or her life and not be jailin' for the rest of it.
Marsha

4-0 out of 5 stars How to Do Good After Prison
I purchased this book for my husband who is in prison for the 3rd time in 4 years. my husband is really glad that i found the book for him. he says it has given him a lot of insight on how he will approach his upcoming release in a better more prepared way. ... Read more


73. OBSESSION
by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
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In Obsession, John Douglas once again takes us fascinatingly behind the scenes, focusing his expertise on predatory crimes, primarily against women. With a deep sense of compassion for the victims and an uncanny understanding of the perpetrators, Douglas looks at the obsessions that lead to rape, stalking, and sexual murder through such cases as Ronnie Shelton, the serial rapist who terrorized Cleveland; and New York's notorious "Preppie Murder."

But Douglas also looks at obsession on the other side of the moral spectrum: his own career-long obsession with hunting these predators. Douglas shows us how we can all fight back and protect ourselves, our families, and loved ones against the scourge of the violent predators in our midst.

The first step is insight and understanding, and no one is better qualified to penetrate Obsession than John Douglas. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Indecent Obsession
Yet another classic expose of the sadistic sociopath written by the man who knows them best - John Douglas. In this book, John meticulously describes 2 types of obsessions - the obsessions of the sociopathic sex criminals who prey on society, and the obsessions which drive law enforcement officials who, very often risk their own safety and sanity in order to capture these monsters and bring about justice.

Throughout his quarter century in the FBI, John gained valuable knowledge. He learned how serial offenders "profile" their potential victims to test their vulnerability. He learned what ruses they employ to lure unsuspecting victims away from areas of safety. And as he graphically illustrates in the tragic stories of Jennifer Levin, Katie Souza Hanley, and Stephanie Schmidt, he learned how sometimes we can unfortunately place our trust in the wrong person, a person who is quite literally "a wolf in sheep's clothing."

So instead of speaking disparagingly about John, we should realise that we have cause to be grateful to him. He has such great insight into the minds of these human demons, and because of his lecturing and writing, he has undoubtedly saved many lives. We should thank him in any way possible - one day his experience and insight might help save our own life or the life of a loved one. He has given us valuable advice about how to keep ourselves and our children safe. He has showed us how we can turn profiling to our own advantage, how we can use it and our own survival instincts to keep ourselves safe. Undoubtedly this type of knowledge is certainly just as important as the knowledge of how to perform adequate, life saving first aid treatment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Disturbing Look at the Criminal Mind
In Obsession, John Douglas gives the reader a brief glimpse into the criminal mind and a short overview of the process of criminal profiling. I like the fact that he refuses to make any excuses for criminals (coming from a dysfunctional family, childhood abuse, insanity, etc.) He makes it very clear that regardless of a person's background or previous experiences, the execution of a crime is always voluntary....that the criminal made a choice to disregard the consequences of his actions, and inflict consequences on an innocent victim. The only thing I didn't really care for too much in this book was the fact that so little was devoted to actual criminal profiling. Most of the book is dedicated to victim's rights and how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. While there is nothing wrong with such topics, and he does make some very excellent points, I felt a little bit shortchanged after becoming intrigued with the coverage of criminal psychology...intrigued enough to look into it further as a possible career, and then the rest of the book jumps into victim's rights and never looks back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honors victims and homicide survivors (oxymoron)
I wept, wept and in a way still weeping. John Douglas is masterful at profiling and gives us the knowledge and the warning signs of. Since murderers don't just wake up one day and decide to start killing. In this book I feel that he also challenges the murderers (probably ones operating right now if their pick up his book) to view their victims as human beings and not just object to be humiliated and controlled. I can hear the voices of the victims and their families crying out for justice no, demanding for justice against the "losers" that seek to control them. Highly recommend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mostly Repeat of Mindhunter
Love the author, loved Mindhunter....but...if you've already read Mindhunter, don't waste your money...a lot of the same stories and material. If you haven't read Manhunter, go for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Obsession
John Douglas, a renown Behavioral Scientist, details and examines the characteristics and progressionary depravity of individuals that have....well....problems....to put it mildly.

Problems be they physiological and/or psychological. You think you're having a bad day? Try tapping into the minds, lives, and motivations of serial rapists.

The subject is not the most joyous nor enlightening but it is reality and many of the aspects of behavioral science is interesting. And, this field is relevant because it covers this realistic aspect of our society. There are many things to learn about in the general strategies behavioral scientists' use in "Obsession." Such commonly used terms in the media such as Modus Operandi (MO) and "signature" are defined, and explained, and real life examples are provided. What do signatures tell us? Why do these perpetrators leave them behind? Find out in this well-written and easy-to-read book, that does describe but doesn't not over-whelm you with the the gory details.

Behavioral Science is an interesting and solidly scientific field that compiles case histories, research and data, validity, psychological testing, and evidence collection. With the current knowledge John Douglas can often predict with tremendous accuracy several things with a mere profile.

He often accurately predicts what year, model, and make of car a particular Unknown Suspect (UnSub) would own and drive. The type of work he would do. The kind of work schedule he keeps. What industry he likely worked in, and what hours he probably kept. He often accurately predicts the UnSub's sexual and criminal history, and the types of relationships the UnSub has with friends and lovers. When the Unknown Subject is eventually identified, apprehended, charged, and convicted, Douglas is regularly proven to be accurate.

This book is primary based upon one type of particular crime.
However, it is written in an objective and professional manner based upon scientific evidence and expertise, case histories, and technological advancements used in this field. Several criminal case histories are noted from all over the world.

Serial criminals often exhibit the same symptoms all over the world, which transcend cultures, ethnicity, and geographical make-up. Check it out. ... Read more


74. True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them
by Cassie Wells
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After September 11, 2001 Las Vegas Police Sergeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforcement officers-his goal being to bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with a book that offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets of police life.Hundreds of active and former officers responded from all over the United States: men and women from big cities and small towns, some who had written professionally, but most for the first time. Sutton culled the selections into five categories: The Beat, Line of Duty, War Stories, Officer Down, and Ground Zero.

The result is True Blue, a collection of funny, charming, exciting, haunting stories about murder investigations, missing children, bungling burglars, car chases, lonely and desperate shut-ins, routine traffic stops, officers killed in the line of duty, and the life-changing events of September 11.Here, officers reveal their emotions-fear and pride, joy and disgust, shame and love-as they recount the defining moments of their careers.In these stories, the heart and soul behind the badge shines through in unexpected ways. True Blue will change the way we think about the deeply human realm of police service.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Power and Truth
You may call me biased, because I'm one of the authors in True Blue. ("The Emotional Switch" Page 32.) However, the stories by my fellow author/police officers included in True Blue, beat anything I've read in terms of power, valor and truth. Randy Sutton's, "Her Name Was Jackie" is one of many such.

This book will make you laugh, upset your viewpoint and let you know what it's like to be on the gritty, and often extreme end of both cops and citizen's real life stories. All proceeds from this book go to the survivors of police officers killed in the Sept. 11th attacks.

Randy Sutton wrote in my copy of True Blue, "Thanks for being part of the True Blue Family." No Randy. I'm honored. You, Cassie Wells, St. Martin's Press, and all those who buy this book are making a positive difference by giving back to surviving police families who've all lost and given so much.

Rocky Warren Sgt. (ret.)
http://www.rockywarren.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good book. A quick read because of the short stories. Gives a nice outlook on Police life, the funny, the sad and the amazing. I wished that there was more stories to read. Just the right amount of 9/11 stories which are sad to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared for Real Life Cop Stories
Some of these stories brought tears to my eyes--a few made me laugh out loud. If you want to learn about the emotions behind the badge, this is the book to read.

Marilyn Meredith
Author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series
http://fictionforyou.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
An excellent "story" book for law enforcement officers, their families, their friends, and the general public!

My family includes several generations and types of cops, including a husband who retired as a sergeant after 25 years of service and a son who is now a young patrol officer making his own way and earning his own memories.... I am blessed to count many friends within the LEO community where I served alongside them during my own career.

I grew up with them, lived with them, and worked with them.

I have always known that cops were human.

5-0 out of 5 stars sad stories.
Most of the stories in this book are sad and some of them are funny. I recomend this book to people who think of the officers who risked their lives in 9/11. ... Read more


75. Preventing Sexual Violence: How Society Should Cope With Sex Offenders (The Law and Public Policy: Psychology and the Social Sciences)
by John Q. LA Fond
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Asin: 1591471729
Catlog: Book (2005-01-31)
Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Sales Rank: 190375
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76. When Corruption Was King: How I Helped the Mob Rule Chicago, Then Brought the Outfit Down
by Robert Cooley, Hillel Levin
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Asin: 0786713305
Catlog: Book (2004-08-30)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Sales Rank: 6263
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77. Cook for a Day: Eat for a Month : Frozen Assets Readers' Favorite
by Deborah Taylor-Hough
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Asin: 1891400185
Catlog: Book (2003-03-10)
Publisher: Champion Press (Mi)
Sales Rank: 31877
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Never wonder What’s for Dinner? again.

Save hundreds of dollars, minutes and headaches by preparing a month’s worth of tasty homemade meals in a single day.

Deborah Taylor-Hough established herself as the quintessential expert of once-a-month-cooking in her first two bestsellers, Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month: Frozen Assets and Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month: Frozen Assets Lite & Easy.

In this new collection you’ll find everything you need to implement this economical and nutritious system.

> Choose from over 100 freezer-friendly recipes! In addition to Deborah’s tried and true favorites you’ll find favorites from her readers.
> Follow her easy 12 step plan to customize your own monthly menu.
> Includes a special section of vegetarian recipes.
> Learn how to save time with kitchen preparation tips and tricks.
> Discover which foods freeze well and which don’t; learn all about storage options and much more!
> If one month of meals is intimidating, start small with one of Deborah’s "Mini-Sessions."
> Includes weekly plans with complete shopping lists. Choose one week or combine them for a month of menus.

If you’ve been looking for a way to change the way you cook and put an end to the question of What’s for dinner? you’ve found it! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a great cookbook!
This is a great cookbook! I have made a few dozen recipes from this book and everyone is a crowd pleaser at my house. You won't be sorry if you buy this cookbook. ... Read more


78. The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld
by Herbert Asbury
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Asin: 1560254947
Catlog: Book (2003-02)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Sales Rank: 21241
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of "The Big Easy." From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary "filibusters" who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support-though without official governmental approval-undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph-filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful-With Caveats
This book stops at 1917 with the closing of Storyville, and was first published in 1938. If at all possible, buy a good original printing. The trade paperback now out has poor, small reproductions of the original illustrations. This is a wonderful, engaging, laugh-out-loud book to be read time and time again. However, it has some factual errors. Asbury implies that Storyville was in the French Quarter-it was not. He also repeats verbatim some "legends" that were invented long after the fact. If you want a correct history of Storyville, see Al Rose's book.

4-0 out of 5 stars N'awlins rough
THE FRENCH QUARTER is a history of crime, vice, and general rascality in New Orleans from its founding in 1718 by the French to the abolition of the Storyville red-light district in 1917.

In fifteen chapters, author Herbert Asbury describes the disruptive roles played by keelboat ruffians, revolutionists, gamblers, duelists, prostitutes, corrupt cops and politicians, pirates, filibusters (soldiers of fortune), vigilantes, pickpockets, muggers, thugs, the Mafia, and voodoo practitioners in the lives of the otherwise law-abiding citizenry. Anyone reading Asbury's narrative might be led to believe that good folks were a miniscule minority.

THE FRENCH QUARTER suffers from being published almost seventy years ago. Aside from a number of old sketch reproductions, and several badly reproduced B&W photographs of bordello interiors and exteriors during the Storyville era, THE FRENCH QUARTER is sadly lacking in illustration. There's not even a map of the city from which to get one's bearings.

This work is wonderfully informative as far as it goes, perhaps occasionally more so than is needed to make the point that the city, especially in the mid-1800s, could be a noxious place. The narrative is sober and straightforward, only occasionally displaying dry humor. A couple examples from the text will suffice to give one a sense of the book's tone and the city's iniquity.

Regarding barrel-houses,the lowest form of drinking place: "The owner of one such establishment not only doped all of his liquor, but maintained his own staff of sneak thieves ... (who) worked on a percentage basis and took turns robbing the sodden wretches who were dragged from the barrel-house."

Regarding the streetwalkers of the Dauphine and Burgundy Street vice area after the Civil War:
" ... the perambulating bawds flung a piece of old carpet on the sidewalk and entertained their customers in full view of passers-by and the prostitutes in the houses ... (who) kept pails of hot water handy to discourage use of the doorsteps." Hmm, I would have thought ice water more effective at shrinking amorous ardor.

Decades after THE FRENCH QUARTER appeared, N'awlins is a model of purity. Why, would you believe me if I said you can't even spit on the street?

5-0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book
I am so happy this book is being reprinted! I had a copy some years back and howled with laughter at the antics of some the the Quarter's historic gangs, crooks, and ne'er-do-wells. If you are planning your first trip to New Orlean's, this book is a must read, or if you just want to sit back and have a good time and be tickled by some truly amazing characters (like Bricktop) and their pecadillos, buy this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars A daring book of its day
Herbert Asbury must have been the daring writer of his day, daring to approach topics such as the red light district of New Orleans and the flesh trade in books that have retained a cult following to this day. In somewhat florrid prose, he manages to present a fairly accurate history of the French Quarter, its denizens, and chatacters, includong voodoo queens and madams and the social climates that shaped it. It portrays the politics and characters, the scoundrals and the thiefs. The book is as much a part of the era in which it was written, although New Orleans is a bit removed from the social climes of the rest of the country. It is a facinating portrait of a n era and a place that is a delight to visit for a time. ... Read more


79. On the Run : A Mafia Childhood
by Gina Hill, Gregg Hill
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Asin: 044652770X
Catlog: Book (2004-10-14)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 2830
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80. Digital Crime and Digital Terrorism
by Robert W. Taylor, Tory J. Caeti, Kall Loper, Eric J. Fritsch, John Liederbach
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Asin: 0131141376
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 382779
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This book focuses on both the technical aspects of digital crime as well as behavioral aspects of computer hackers, virus writers, terrorists and other offenders. Using real life examples and case studies, the book examines the history, development, extent and types of digital crime and digital terrorism as well as current legislation and law enforcement practices designed to prevent, investigate and prosecute these crimes. For professionals in the technical field as well as forensic investigators and other criminal justice professionals. ... Read more


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