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    1. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice
    2. In Cold Blood
    3. Enemies: How America's Foes Steal
    4. Thunderstruck
    5. The Devil in the White City:Murder,
    6. Bringing Down the House: The Inside
    7. Under the Banner of Heaven: A
    8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
    9. Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and
    10. Chasing Daylight
    11. Midnight in the Garden of Good
    12. The Ice Man: Confessions of a
    13. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story
    14. Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned
    15. Lucky: A Memoir
    16. The Dreams of Ada
    17. Facing Down Evil
    18. Painful Questions: An Analysis
    19. Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters
    20. Red Ripper

    1. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
    by Doubleday
    Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0385517238
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    John Grisham tackles nonfiction for the first time with Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I must apologize
    I wrote that the Broker was not the book I should strongly recommend. Well, I'm astonished now, because Mr Grisham knew about ties between Cia and Italian Telecom. How did he manage? Well, back to the Innocent man. I have read some of the recension before me. I think it could be hard to cope for a layman, but it's very interesting for a jurist, expecially for a no American one. The plot is intriguing, and the style is very dry. I read it in a day, and I learnt very much about American system. System is really good, sometimes men aren't, like everywhere. The clue is: American juries care more about what a convicted should do in the future, then about which crime one actually performed, if then. That's the reason why a dropout like Ronnie was a perfect candidate for lethal injection. He was crazy, noisy , arrogant, he slept most of the time and use to chase boozes and skirts. What's the use of let he in life? Grisham is great when at the end calculates to the penny what's the cost of such a court mistake for the american taxpayer. A cynical could rebuke: right, but only because it happened to be eventually corrected. The correction was the really burden, and not the mistake. I hope to read more nonfiction from Mr Grisham, that could even write a postfaction like Victor Hugo in the Miserables: Italy loves my books, but Italian judiciary ssystem isn't any better ( Hugo said Italy loved les Miserables, but Italy was really a worse country then France ).It's a book about justice, not simply a book about american judiciary system or small countries judicial oddities. I recommend it to all law students.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Poignant and Compelling Story!
    What would you do if you were suspected by the police of the rape and murder of a young woman? Whom would you turn to if you were convicted of a crime based on circumstantial evidence and shoddy legal tactics? Whoever believes we are all innocent until proven guilty hasn't truly been put to the test.
    5-0 out of 5 stars His best book yet
    His first Nonfiction book was very well written.It was a major page turner and I finished it in 2 days.I liked it better than any of his other books and I"m a big Grisham fan.Please note, if you don't want to have anything given away I'd not read the captions under the photos because some of the story will be given away.It is a very one sided story and is easy to read his contempt for the the bad part of the criminal justice system, but it also made me think.Before I read this I was a strong supporter of capital punishment, and now I still believe in it, but I see why there are so many appeals etc. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Capital Punishment    2. Infamous Crimes And Criminals    3. Judicial error    4. Legal System    5. Murder - General    6. Oklahoma    7. Penology    8. Social Science    9. Sociology    10. Trials (Murder)    11. True Crime / Espionage    12. Social Science / Penology   

    2. In Cold Blood
    by Vintage
    Paperback (01 February, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0679745580
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read.
    I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it.It was years ago now, and I was given a list of "Good Books" to read as a present: A deck of cards, each card representing a great work in American Literature that everyone should read.This was one of the books.I liked it a lot. At the time, I had no idea who Capote was (I still don't) and it wasn't until recently when movie after movie keeps coming out about this "Capote" character that I realized he was the author of this book.It's a good book, and a well-told story, but I don't see why Capote has recently been thrown up on a pedestal and worshiped by Hollywood. Regardless, this book is worth your time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing on all levels
    Intrigued, I wondered how Capote could manage to write a book about a crime that, while gruesome, at first glance doesn't appear to be the sort to sustain a book. Upon starting it I was hooked, he not only found the story but manages to tell it from many different perspectives while keeping the raw emotion intact, putting you right there throughout. At the same time he comes across as unbiased in his telling. Not only does he create a genre with this book, he defines what it is at it's best. As an aside, to watch the movie Capote after reading this book makes clear the methods he used, unprecedented access to the criminals, etc. in order to create this masterpeice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond true crime
    This is as near perfect as a book can get. Capote gets you inside each person he writes about like no one else. Remarkable. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Case studies    2. Criminology    3. Homicide    4. Kansas    5. Murder    6. Murder - General    7. Social Science    8. Sociology    9. True Crime / Espionage    10. Fiction / Literary   

    3. Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen
    by Crown Forum
    Hardcover (19 September, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Political correctness has put us into this situation
    Bill Gertz explains clearly the rationale for improving America's counterintelligence. He throws out all political correctness that has put us in this current situation. Gertz is a better man for exposing these problems in our intelligence community. Now they may get fixed properly. Gertz can not believe that the Intelligence community has not changed many of its tactics since 9/11. Gertz points out the lack of intelligence in Iraq before the war began. He describes the problem with bureaucracy and its blocking of new changes. Gertz in each chapter describes a spy case that has happened in the past decades. Some points that jumped out at me in the book.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Enimies:Another wake-up call to America from Bill Gertz
    This book gives an inside look at our failing intelligence agencies and the extent to which politics plays a roll in keeping them that way.While our short and long term enemies gain intelligence and sensitive weapons information on us, our politicians and incompetent leadership throughout our government's defense agencies do nothing but the same.I don't know what else to say.I hope everyone can read this and other Gertz books.Highly Recommended *****

    1-0 out of 5 stars what a shame
    It is exactly this kind of short term mentality in this book, looking on all other countries as enemies instead of friends, that has been isolating the US from the rest of the world. Talking about military intelligence expense and power, no country beats the US. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Espionage    2. Military - Intelligence/Espionage    3. Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence    4. Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism    5. Political Science    6. Political Terrorism    7. Politics / Current Events    8. Politics/International Relations    9. Terrorism    10. U.S. Government - Intelligence Agencies    11. United States    12. War on Terrorism, 2001-    13. Current Events / International   

    4. Thunderstruck
    by Crown
    Hardcover (24 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1400080665
    Sales Rank: 75
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    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Case studies    3. England    4. Europe - Great Britain - General    5. Great Britain    6. Great Britain - History    7. History    8. History - General History    9. History: World    10. Investigation    11. London    12. Murder    13. Murder - General    14. Murderers    15. United States - 20th Century    16. History / Modern / 20th Century   

    5. The Devil in the White City:Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (Vintage)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (10 February, 2004)
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    Isbn: 0375725601
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Enthralling!
    I never thought I'd consider a book primarily about architecture enthralling, but this book is amazingly so.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story
    I received this book as a birthday gift, and although I typically read works of fiction, I found The Devil in the White City to be fascinating.The central happenings of the story (the World's Fair and the serial killings) are presented in wonderfully researched detail.Other gems of information can be found scattered throughout the book, such as references to Walt Disney's father, a carpenter who worked construction at the fair.I found it difficult to put the book down at all, and now that I've finished it I find myself still thinking about the story, the characters, and the mind-set of America in the 1890's.To me, a great book is one that stays with you long after you've read it, and I know this one qualifies.I am looking forward to reading more of Erik Larson's work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well researched,well written
    What strikes me most about this book is the detailed research that went into the parallel story about the Chicago World's Fair and how it's woven around the story of the murders. Larson's book is a pure enjoyment--a historical journey into the history of Chicago, warts and all. The reader not only learns about Daniel Burnham's amazing feat pulling together the Columbia Exposition of 1893 and the ways it changed the nation, but he contrasts this event with America's first serial killer, ironically steps away from the fair. The reader is tugged from good to evil, from risk to murder, from heaven to hell. Enjoy the ride and thanks Mr. Larson for allowing us to take that ride! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Case studies    3. Chicago    4. Chicago (Ill.)    5. History - U.S.    6. Homicide    7. Illinois    8. Murder - General    9. Murder - Serial Killers    10. Serial murderers    11. Serial murders    12. True Crime    13. United States - 19th Century    14. United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century    15. United States - State & Local - General    16. United States - State & Local - Midwest    17. History / United States / 20th Century    18. Reading Group Guide   

    6. Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
    by Free Press
    Paperback (09 September, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0743249992
    Sales Rank: 1654
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Read
    This true story really takes you into the hair raising lifestyle of Vegas, and then propels you into the blackjack world and the realities of getting caught at counting cards.Hell of a read, makes me want to learn to count cards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Novel-like
    Bringing Down the House tells the story of Kevin Lewis and his teammates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who formed a team to win millions from Las Vegas by counting cards at blackjack.The story focuses on "Lewis" and chronicles how he is brought into the group and becomes entranced by the excitement and the money.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Bringing Down the House
    When I read a half of the book, I can imagine the rest half.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Boston    4. Cardsharping    5. Gamblers    6. Gambling    7. Gambling - General    8. Gambling - Table    9. Games    10. Games/Puzzles    11. Indoor Games    12. Las Vegas    13. Massachusetts    14. Nevada    15. Other Miscellaneous Crimes    16. Personal Memoirs    17. Games / General   

    7. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
    by Anchor
    Paperback (08 June, 2004)
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    Isbn: 1400032806
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. In Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Murder, Religion, MormonsandFundamentalists
    This is sort of "The DaVinci Code" of Mormonism.The difference though, is that Krakauer, unlike Dan Brown, does much better reasearch and is not writing fiction.Krakauer also reveals his personal biases in the author's notes at the end.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Great works of fiction
    I read the first 1/3 of the book, and had to quit, because it falls into my "great work of fiction" category.My major complaint with the book is with it's history of Mormonism.I have read the various official stories about how the gold plates were found, how the church was organized and other events from the LDS church.I have also read various differing accounts by detractors.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Take on LDS Origins, Current Schisms and a Tragic Crime Spree
    When I first read Jon Krakauer's INTO THIN AIR, I became fascinated with all things Everest.(All things except actually climbing the growing peak, that is.)So when this became a book club pick, my curiosity was piqued.(Glad I got my 'p' word quota out of the way this early.)
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    Subjects:  1. Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Da    2. Mormon fundamentalism    3. Murder - General    4. Religion - Mormon / LDS    5. True Crime    6. United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)    7. True Crime / Murder   

    8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
    by Vintage
    Paperback (12 May, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0679785892
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one heck of a fun book!
    Thompson's classic novel shows that quest literature (in this case the quest for the American Dream) is not at all dead. This is tale is wonderfully crafted and will entertain until the last page.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you just have to give it another chance
    I have read this book about a dozen times, and I won't lie, the first few times were hard. I wasn't sure if I even understood this book, let alone liked it. My husband was a big fan, and convinced me to give the book another shot one day- and am I happy he did. I got it. It is funny, sad, crazy and weird. It's a journey that I am happy I took, and will take again. It is one of those book that each and every time you read it you will take away something new and fresh. Great read. Try it, you will like it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars hilarious!
    If you are looking for a good laugh and are not offended by drugs, lewd behavior, and hooliganism, then I would highly recommend this book.90% of the story takes place while the two main characters are doped up on various drugs or combinations of them, and the consequences are hilarious.I laughed most of the way through.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Journalism    5. Journalists    6. Literary    7. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    8. Popular Culture - General    9. Thompson, Hunter S    10. United States    11. United States - 20th Century/60s    12. American English    13. Biography & Autobiography / General    14. Modern fiction    15. True Stories   

    9. Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Powerbrokers
    by Bloomsbury USA
    Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1582343896
    Sales Rank: 4367
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great and sordid tale
    This is a greeat and depressing book. I documents how America is a country of many laws and little enforcement. Believe it. That the book was trashed as anti-Semetic in The NY Times Sunday Book Review only makes it a more important read (The dolt Times reviewer reviewer had a tribal agenda and comes from self-admitted mob affiliated tax cheat family should be all you need to know about that review)
    4-0 out of 5 stars HOPING FOR AN UPDATE
    This book tells how Sidney Korshak and other mob fronts moved from Chicago to Las Vegas and Southern California in the 1940's.Using such notorious hangouts as the Bistro and City National Bank in Beverly Hills, some of which are still as sinister as ever, they gained influence in unions, business, and politics at the local and even national and international level.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait?
    It's 490 years since Sir Thomas More wrote Utopia, a model for any society desiring to live rightly.The Utopians had little interest in money or the false pleasures of jewelry and high fashion.They disdained gambling and the pursuit of "empty and worthless honors," and anybody arrogant enough to run for public office could never gain it.The legal profession was absolutely banned, as was private property.Everybody worked for the greater good of all.There was no "conspiracy of the rich," in which a few preyed on the many and amassed wealth through crooked schemes.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. California    5. Chicago    6. Illinois    7. Lawyers    8. Lawyers & Judges    9. Organized Crime    10. True Crime / Espionage    11. United States    12. History / United States / 20th Century   

    10. Chasing Daylight
    by McGraw-Hill
    Hardcover (23 December, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    As CEO at accounting giant KPMG, Eugene O'Kelly was so immersed in his job that over thecourse of a decade, he managed to have lunch with his wife on weekdays just twice. His travelschedule was set 18 months out. Once, he was so obsessed with impressing a potential client that hetracked down the man's travel schedule, booked the seat next to him on a flight, schmoozed the guyall the way to Australia, landed the account, and flew immediately back to Manhattan. His Type-A ways vanished when, at age 53, a top neurosurgeon in New York told him he had late- stage brain cancer. "His eyes told me I would die soon. It was late spring. I had seen my last autumnin New York." [p.7] Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Meaningful message for all who read...
    Having just lost my own mother to Glioblastoma multiforme grade IV, I found this book comforting and relevant. It had a great message to share "take the time to tell those you love about the perfect moments you will remember about them". I have purchased a dozen copies since my first to send out to friends in memory of my own mother.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for accountant!
    What an inspirational book! I read this book few days prior to a job interview with KPMG. Well good news is.. I got the job! but the message behind this book is "balance" and purpose of life. Life is too short and many people knew that, but we need a reminder once a while to put us into perspective again. Gene is a visionary behind KPMG and to lost someone like him is definitely a lesson to learn. As an accountant, we know how many hours we have to spend at work, but think it this way to balance it out.. treat your family like your client. They need as much time as your other clients need you too. I would recommend this book for any accounting major college students.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Courageous
    This book is phenomenal.Those with a Type A personality will certainly appreciate the approach the author took to put closure on his impending death.Since another reader had mentioned that Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking" was better, I had decided to read both books.I absolutely loved Chasing Daylight better although both books have value.
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    Subjects:  1. Brain    2. Cancer    3. Cancer (Psychosocial Aspects)    4. Consumer Health    5. Death    6. Death And Dying (Sociological Aspects)    7. Death, Grief, Bereavement    8. Diseases - Cancer    9. General    10. Health & Fitness    11. Health/Fitness    12. Patients    13. Psychological aspects    14. Psychology    15. Terminally ill    16. Coping with illness    17. Death & dying    18. Self-Help / Death, Grief, Bereavement    19. True Stories   

    11. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    by Vintage
    Paperback (28 June, 1999)
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    Isbn: 0679751521
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sit back and read this book
    This is my favorite book and I believe anyone could read it.You'll be recommending this book to your friends.You won't want to put down the book!

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Games People Play
    This was an entertaining study of the games people play in a smallish southern city. Berendt's descriptions of Savannah's atmosphere and the real character's he met there are excellent. Berendt has a great grasp of local Savannah politics. His initial enthusiasm for the place became tempered toward the end of the book as languid Savannah's also a provincial place that tolerates a certain amount of violence and mumbo jumbo, depending on who the perpetrators and targets of both are. The book's end came rather quickly and perhaps a bit incompletely, what happened to Danny Hansford's mom and her lawsuit? Berendt's description of his attending Savannah's African American debutante's ball was hilarious. The main point of this book seemed to be in real life the truth is often hard to find and when it's found it's often awful, but that money often buys the alternate truths that make it into the papers, and that's the truth that people buy.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Ever Believe the Hype
    I've read great reviews about this book so I finally bought it because I could not get it at my local library. Never ever finished the book - it was god-awful. Badly written, incoherent story - it jumped around - JUST PLAIN BAD... ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. American    2. Celebrities    3. Current Affairs    4. Georgia    5. History    6. Murder - General    7. Savannah    8. Savannah (Ga.)    9. Sociology    10. Tours    11. True Crime / Espionage    12. True Crime / Murder   

    12. The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
    by St. Martin's Press
    Hardcover (01 July, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Carlo...brilliant
    A must read for anyone curious about the mafia world, cold hearted killers, and just all around fabulous reading.My hats off to Philip Carlo for writing a materpiece that I just couldn't put down.Page after page he diligently wrote the account of Mr. Kuklinski's life, from enduring sadistic brutality at the hands of his parents, to the very end which brought tears to my eyes.How could you expect Mr. K to be anything else in life other than what he was, after all, his exposure to death and killing was experienced first hand as a child.Thank you Mr. Carlo for being by my side for the last week while I read word for word, the chilling accounts of this killer, always seeing the sensitive side of this man when it came to his family and children.Mr. Kuklinski was a gentle soul, he just wasn't shown enough love and affection in his life.Thanks again.Can't wait to read your other writings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this down....
    Richard Kuklinski, though a killer, was also a very troubled human being. Having two parents that barely raised their children, but used their hands, brooms, etc to punish their children and never nurtured them. To even not take responsibility for killing one of their first born son, Flarian.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Richard Kuklinski: The Full Story
    I was born in Brooklyn, NY in November 1983 and moved to Hillsdale, NJ (Bergen County) in January 1985.Throughout my life, I heard stories from my parents and grandmother about the Mafia and about the murders that occurred in my old neighborhood.I have always been fascinated by La Cosa Nostra and the Mafia and have read numerous books, watched countless movies and documentaries, and written numerous papers on the topic.After reading all of these different books, I want to commend Mr. Carlo on your work about Richard Kuklinski.This biography was by far the most interesting piece that I have ever read and in my humble opinion, truly captured the essence of a psychopathic serial killer and underworld of the Mafia.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Case studies    3. Crime And Criminals    4. New Jersey    5. Organized Crime    6. Serial murderers    7. Serial murders    8. True Crime    9. True Crime / Espionage    10. True Crime / Organized Crime   

    13. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story
    by Broadway
    Paperback (27 December, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0767911792
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Enron was a $100-billion-a-year company in October 2001--America's seventh-largest. The Houston-based energy firm enjoyed warm ties with newly installed President George W. Bush. Earnings were up 26 percent from the previous quarter, while Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Well-reported but not close to the best on Enron
    Eichenwald's style might be more easily "accessible," but Bethany McLean's Smartest Guys in the Room is BY FAR the better report of what actually went on at Enron.Buy that one, not Eichenwald's half-baked pretender.

    4-0 out of 5 stars As close as we'll ever come to knowing what went on inside Enron
    Only those who lived life inside Enron will ever know the true story of what happened that caused the catastrophic corporate debacle.Even amongst Enron insiders, only a handful were in a position to know the truth.Kurt Eichenwald has done a great job in this book of pulling together as many of the sources as he can in order to give those of us on the outside a look at the inside.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Foolishness
    As a bit player in the west coast energy crisis, I found the cast of characters and their foolishness were too close to home.I suspect that no matter what industry one is in, readers will find something to identify with.And if you are not in business, you should see what can happen within organizations that does and will affect your life.
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    Subjects:  1. Business & Economics    2. Business failures    3. Business/Economics    4. Corporate & Business History - General    5. Corrupt practices    6. Energy    7. Energy industries    8. Enron Corp.    9. General    10. History Of Specific Companies    11. Industries - Energy Industries    12. Other Miscellaneous Crimes    13. True Crime / Espionage    14. United States    15. White Collar Crime    16. Business & Economics / General   

    14. Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Murdered Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow
    by Simon & Schuster
    Hardcover (01 November, 1990)
    list price: $52.00
    Isbn: 0671663216
    Sales Rank: 90613
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Interested in Offshore Racing? Meet your idol, Mr Don Aronow
    If you have an interest in offshore racing, take the time and read this compelling book about the father of the the industry. Ever heard of Thunderboat row? Find out the impact he had on some of the largest manufacturers in the country, and their attempts to to keep him out of the boat building business.You will learn about the rise and murder of Don Aronow and how state law enforcement of Florida(at the time led by the infamous Janet Reno) either bungled the investigation, or for whatever reason, let his death go unsolved. You will learn of the allegation that Don Aronow had ties to the mob, South American drug smugglers, and to the DEA. At the end you can surmise what you will of what his life was about, but you can't take away what he meant to the sport of offshore racing. Read it and pay homage.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent . . . A Must for the boater and mob afficionado!!!
    This book has to be the best summary of politics, drug running, the offshore powerboat industry, the Mafia, crime, corruption and intrigue that I have ever read!!Aronow was an old friend of my family's in New Jersey and when he got murdered we all waited for the book to come out, sure enough it did and was excellent.If you love the mob, fast boats, fast cars, fast horses and beautiful women, BLUE THUNDER is a MUST READ!!Enjoy . . . . . H.L.,Florida ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Aronow, Donald Joel,    2. Case studies    3. Drug traffic    4. Florida    5. Mafia    6. Miami    7. Murder    8. Murder - General    9. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    10. Sociology    11. Aronow, Donald Joel    12. Non-Classifiable   

    15. Lucky: A Memoir
    by Back Bay Books
    Paperback (September, 2002)
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    Sales Rank: 1166
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars And I thought The Lovely Bones was hard to put down...
    I rarely find a book I just Cannot Put Down.One of the rare ones was The Lovely Bones--and it wasn't just the plot.It was the language, the crystal-clear voice-in-your-head narrative that spoke and spoke of pain and sadness and resolve.It was infused with a realism and was both beautiful and haunting.Like the lean, hard and seemingly lengthened muscles of a runner, Sebold's voice is discernable above the din of modern fiction yet it is not haughty or self-involved... Hearing her voice is like the moment you know you are going to be really good friends with someone you just met:comforting and clear, it makes you want to lean closer to absorb it.It made me a devoted fan of Sebold as I am sure you are, too.
    4-0 out of 5 stars A difficult, but engaging read
    I suspect I'm like most people who have read this book.I read an interview with Sebold and she said as she was writing "Lovely Bones" she was struggling with the rape scene.Because she had been raped herself, she wasn't able to write about it effectively in "Lovely Bones" until she had dealt with her own stuff.She put down "Lovely Bones", wrote "Lucky", and then picked up and finished "Lovely Bones."Very interesting.
    5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible and Worthwhile Read, But ...
    I was disappointed by the ending. It seemed quite hastily concluded. I wanted more details on her recovery process--how she was able to save herself. That would definitely help readers who have been through similar experiences. ... Read more

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    16. The Dreams of Ada
    by Broadway
    Paperback (24 October, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Remembering Denice
    Denice and I grew up in the same small town in Oklahoma. It is of the utmost importance to understand how those of us who knew her were profoundly affected by her death. This heinous crime not only shook Ada, but also shook those of us who grew up with her in Purcell,OK. Denice was a sweet girl who had a smile that would light up the room. She was a year behind me in school. I recently pulled out a old High School annual. Looking at her photo brought back a rush of memories. Memories of a beautiful, innocent young woman who's life was ended in the twinkling of a eye. As important as it is that justice has been served in this case, it is even more important for all to understand that we will never forget Denice.
    5-0 out of 5 stars NOT GUILTY
    Tommy spent many nights, days weekends with my sisters and mother and is not the type to do harm to anyone. He has even slept across my sisters feet in the winter when the electric was turned off, just to keep her feet warm. I have seen and spoken to him many times since then and eventhough he has been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, he is still a caring person. His only crime was to DREAM or in this case have a nightmare. He will eventually be setfree.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I knew Tommy & Karl and I have read the book...
    I read this book well over a decade ago when Tommy told me about it in a letter.I knew both of these men fairly well and spent a great deal of time with them in the year before this crime occurred, particularly Tommy.Karl was a little "different" (mentally slow) but he was always kind to me and Tommy somewhat protected him because of what Karl had been through with his mother's death.They had many opportunities to hurt me as they spent a great deal of time in my apartment and I had been over to Tommy's mothers' home a couple of times and his brother's home on several occasions - I moved away from Ada just a few weeks before Donna (who I did not know) was killed.I also knew (or knew of) most of the other individuals in the book...and if I had to choose who would be most likely to commit a murder, Tommy would have been the last one I would have ever chosen.When I knew Tommy he was one of the gentlest souls I'd ever known - I can still see him talking and playing with his pet bird and how obvious it was that he valued life, even that of a a small creature.I don't believe he did it and I will never believe it.This book will keep your attention...and it will capture your heart as well. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Ada    2. Fontenot, Karl    3. General    4. Infamous Crimes And Criminals    5. Murder - General    6. Oklahoma    7. Organized Crime    8. Trials (Murder)    9. Trials, litigation, etc    10. True Crime    11. True Crime / Espionage    12. Ward, Tommy    13. True Crime / General   

    17. Facing Down Evil
    by Putnam Adult
    Hardcover (07 September, 2006)
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    Sales Rank: 15837
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A good light read
    I was actually disapointed in this book. Given the authors background I was hoping for a book that went into some detail into his methods, beliefsand techniques of crisis negotiation. What I got was a very light but enjoyable read that covered his career in the FBI (including his battles with the beaucracy which I felt did not add to the story) and four incidents of crisis negotiating, which had some good basic tips.Waco got a mention- but only to say he will leave it to the next book - rather frustrating.
    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent autobiography
    This is a fascinating look from a different perspective at some of the major FBI incidents spanning a twenty-five year career that ended in retirement in 1995.Clint Van Zandt provides a little background material about his growing up and makes no apologies for being a family man who loves his country and his agency.However, the autobiography takes off with the specific incidents including some overseas especially the more famous ones like the 1985 siege of the Covenant, the 1993 Waco confrontation with the Branch Davidians, the Unabomber, and his paradigm suggestion that Oklahoma City was tied to Waco not the Middle East.This is an excellent autobiography of a dedicated law enforcement official who spent a career FACING DOWN EVIL as it is the behind the scenes look at these cases and more that will grip the audience.
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    18. Painful Questions: An Analysis of the September 11th Attack
    by Endpoint Software
    Paperback (September, 2002)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Overly Opinionated
    I'll admit that the official story of the events on September 11 are suspect. But that's all I will conclude. The way the story unfolds in the media and the explanations for it all appear to be hiding some evidence. Why? I don't know, and frankly, after reading the author's very slanted view of events, am even less interested to find out. I was interested in reading the facts and evidence that exist, but his whole book was one big conspiracy theory strung together by edited quotes and simplified facts. And his summary about not fighting the Axis of Good was just over the top. Maybe the truth would only hurt us more than we know. Call me naive and ignorant, but I would rather live my life with a "half full" mentality. I enjoy my life and the choices I am able to make in America and since I have not the power to change the unfortunate events of Sept 11, I'll continue to live my humble life and not waste any more time worrying, fearing, and doubting the catastrophic events of that day. What will that accomplish? What I will continue to do is pay respect and remember the 2,000+ lives that were lost - people I didn't know - but sons, daughters, wives, husbands, friends, moms, etc.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Painfully Stupid
    Eric Hufschmid believes that Bush and Cheney and the entire government were involved in a large conspiracy to take down the WTC towers and building 7, as well as the Pentagon and another target. To believe this one must not answer the "painful question" of "Is the government's story a cover-up?" but "Is our bumbling and stumbling government capable of pulling this off?"
    5-0 out of 5 stars Discern This!
    The sins of child molesters, thieves and murderers pale in comparison to the crimes of the Bush family and the Democrats and Republicans who turned their heads on 9/11. MLK Jr. said "The hottest place in hell is reserved for those WHO CHOOSE neutrality in times of great moral conflict". Discern that! ... Read more

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    19. Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply
    by Harcourt
    Hardcover (09 May, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Of the many well-documented horror stories associated with the U.S. Healthcare System, none are more shocking and hard to believe than that exposed by investigative reporter Katherine Eban in Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Research
    This is a well researched book (really well) and uses easy to understand language. It was a bit confusing to me in the beginning since he used some flashback type story telling. I was hoping to pull some powerful statistics out of this book, but was only to get some weak ones. This a a great book to have if you like having evidence that the U.S. Government is no saviour.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Doses
    This is an outstanding book every American should read.This book was recommended to me by a Vice President of a large mail order pharmacy corporation.I am the Assistant Vice President for Supply Chain Pharmacy Operations of a large healthcare system.As such I am responsible for making our Supply Chain Pharmacy Operations more safe and efficient.This book has been an eye opener for me.I have already quoted it several times in meetings and on conference calls.We all need to be engaged in making our healthcare supply chain as safe and efficient as possible.This is a non-fiction book, but it reads like a fiction one because its so unbelievable.It could very easily be made into a movie and be very successful in that media.

    4-0 out of 5 stars More Government Bungling!
    While the FDA and drug companies rail about the potential dangers of imported drugs, they ignore or downplay reports about adulterated, counterfeit drugs from within the U.S., and fight efforts to improve the reliability of the system. Meanwhile, law-enforcement efforts to correct the problem are frequently blocked by political intervention for donors, legal threats, a patch-work of varying State laws, fraudulent paperwork, regulators giving drug wholesaling licenses to known criminals, and inter-departmental squabbling over who's in charge or gets the credit.
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    20. Red Ripper
    Mass Market Paperback (01 November, 1992)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Into the mind of the killer
    What makes Chikatilo fascinating is that it took so long for him to be caught, and the reasons for this delay. He was incredibly lucky, in some ways, but the structure of laws, customs and means of communication in the Russia of the time are the real reasons for his long career as a killer. Conradi explains all of this clearly. What is not so clear are the details of how all of the info he presents was acquired. Did the author have access to confession documents, or interrogation documents? If so, the readers would sure like to see them included in the book. Overall, a very readable, informative book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tough read but worth it !
    Bizzare on both ends, the killer as well as the cops. If you like serial killer books this is unbelieveable! ... Read more

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