Clarence Darrow

Attorney for the Damned

Author: John A. Farrell

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0385534515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, here is the definitive biography of America’s legendary defense attorney and progressive hero. Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, played by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind. His days-long closing arguments delivered without notes won miraculous reprieves for men doomed to hang. Darrow left a promising career as a railroad lawyer during the tumultuous Gilded Age in order to champion poor workers, blacks, and social and political outcasts against big business, Jim Crow, and corrupt officials. He became famous defending union leader Eugene Debs in the land­mark Pullman Strike case and went from one headline case to the next—until he was nearly crushed by an indictment for bribing a jury. He redeemed himself in Dayton, Tennessee, defending schoolteacher John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial,” cementing his place in history. Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow’s divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the famous poet Edgar Lee Masters; a shocking disclosure about one of his most controversial cases; and explosive revelations of shady tactics he used in his own trial for bribery. Clarence Darrow is a sweeping, surprising portrait of a leg­endary legal mind. From the Hardcover edition.

Attorney for the Damned

Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom

Author: Clarence Darrow

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226136515

Category: Law

Page: 576

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A famous defender of the underdog, the oppressed, and the powerless, Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) is one of the true legends of the American legal system. His cases were many and various, but all were marked by his unequivocal sense of justice, as well as his penchant for representing infamous and unpopular clients, such as the Chicago thrill killers Leopold and Loeb; Ossian Sweet, the African American doctor charged with murder after fighting off a violent, white mob in Detroit; and John T. Scopes, the teacher on trial in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. Published for the first time in 1957, Attorney for the Damned collects Darrow’s most influential summations and supplements them with scene-setting explanations and comprehensive notes by Arthur Weinberg. Darrow confronts issues that remain relevant over half a century after his death: First Amendment rights, capital punishment, and the separation of church and state. With an insightful forward by Justice William O. Douglas, this volume serves as a powerful reminder of Darrow’s relevance today.

Clarence Darrow

Attorney for the Damned

Author: John Aloysius Farrell

Publisher: Random House LLC

ISBN: 0385522584

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 561

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A portrait of the legendary defense attorney and progressive covers his decision to leave a promising career to advocate on behalf of disadvantaged groups, his campaign against Jim Crow policies, and his achievements in headline-making trials.

Das Handwerk des Teufels

Roman

Author: Donald Ray Pollock

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783935890854

Category:

Page: 302

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Zwei Lebensfluchten kollidieren, eine auf dem Weg in die Verdammnis, die andere aus ihr heraus. Der junge Arvin wächst in den fünfziger Jahren im heruntergekommenen Niemandsland des Mittleren Westens auf. Hier hat sich der amerikanische Traum in einen fiebrigen Albtraum verwandelt, der bevölkert wird von psychopathischen Verbrechern, korrupten Sheriffs und religiösen Fanatikern. Arvin ringt um einen Ausweg aus dieser Welt. Doch als seine Freundin vom Ortsprediger missbraucht wird und sich daraufhin erhängt, nimmt auch er das Gesetz in die eigene Hand. Zur gleichen Zeit, nur wenige Meilen entfernt, brechen die beiden Serienkiller Carl und Sandy zur Jagd auf. Sie locken arglose Tramper in ihren Wagen, um sie dort auf brutale Art und Weise umzubringen. Irgendwo in der Tiefe des Hinterlandes, in jenem unsichtbaren Grenzgebiet zwischen Zivilisation und archaischer Grausamkeit, kreuzen sie schliesslich Arvins Weg ... Unaufhaltsam verstrickt Pollock seine Leser in ein undurchdringliches Labyrinth des Bösen. "Das Handwerk des Teufels" ist ein ebenso verstörender wie mitreissender Roman über den epischen Kampf zwischen Schicksal und Moral, Schuld und Gerechtigkeit. Die Hoffnung stirbt immer zuletzt. Aber sie stirbt. Donald Ray Pollock, geboren 1954, wuchs im US-Bundesstaat Ohio auf. Mit siebzehn Jahren brach er die Highschool ab und nahm einen Job in einer Fleischfabrik an. Danach arbeitete er über dreissig Jahre in einer Papiermühle, zumeist als Lastwagenfahrer. Ende der achtziger Jahre holte er in Abendkursen seinen Schulabschluss nach und schrieb sich an der Ohio State University ein. 2008 erschien sein literarisches Debüt, der von der amerikanischen Presse gefeierte Erzählungsband "Knockemstiff"

Dead Lee's Guide to Haunted Chicago

Author: John Petz

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557722403

Category: Ghosts

Page: 421

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This version of Haunted Chicago contains all of my previously released material as well as dozens of new stories. Each one has been lovingly rewritten and updated to contain tons of brand new material. Don't worry, this version still contains your favorite tale'¦Pop Rocks, Myths and Madmen'¦ you could say that with this version, I saved the best for last. This beast contains 88 stories, definitions'¦Dead Lee Style and weighs in at 421 pages. It has been years in the making and I hope you will like it.

The Good Atheist

Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God

Author: Dan Barker

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1569758824

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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How Does an Atheist Respond to the Question, What Is the Purpose of Life? For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his best-selling book The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.” But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself; it is yours alone to discover and develop. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide. This book will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life. To punctuate this point, The Good Atheist includes inspiring biographies of humanity’s true heroes—men and women who did not waste their lives as slaves to a God, but rather found purpose in enhancing life on this Earth for all of us.

A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover

Author: Katherine A.S. Sibley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111883447X

Category: History

Page: 616

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With the analysis of the best scholars on this era, 29 essaysdemonstrate how academics then and now have addressed thepolitical, economic, diplomatic, cultural, ethnic, and socialhistory of the presidents of the Republican Era of 1921-1933 -Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. This is the first historiographical treatment of along-neglected period, ranging from early treatments to the mostrecent scholarship Features review essays on the era, including the legacy ofprogressivism in an age of “normalcy”, the history ofAmerican foreign relations after World War I, and race relations inthe 1920s, as well as coverage of the three presidential electionsand a thorough treatment of the causes and consequences of theGreat Depression An introduction by the editor provides an overview of theissues, background and historical problems of the time, and thepersonalities at play

Ein Mann gegen die Welt

Aufstieg und Fall des Richard Nixon

Author: Tim Weiner

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104036020

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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Mitreißend beschreibt der Bestseller-Autor und Pulitzer-Preisträger Tim Weiner den Aufstieg und Fall des Richard Nixon. Er zitiert die geheimen Besprechungen Nixons im Oval Office, unter anderem mit Henry Kissinger, auf Grundlage von Tonbandmitschnitten des Weißen Hauses und weiteren brisanten Dokumenten, die erst seit kurzem zugänglich sind. Lügen, Paranoia und Bestechung – unter Richard Nixon erlebten die USA die katastrophalste Präsidentschaft ihrer Geschichte. Der verlorene Vietnam-Krieg und der Watergate-Skandal wurden zu Symbolen seiner Politik. Weiner blickt hinter die Kulissen der großen Politik während des Kalten Krieges, hautnah schildert er Nixons Treffen mit Mao und Breschnew und deckt auf, was Nixon wirklich über den deutschen Kanzler Willy Brandt und die Entspannungspolitik dachte – für die deutsche Ausgabe verfasste Tim Weiner ein eigenes Kapitel zu Brandt und Nixon. Zugleich zeichnet Weiner den politischen Selbstmord des US-Präsidenten nach und zeigt: Watergate war nur der Höhepunkt in einer Kette von Manipulationen und Fehlentscheidungen. Die Chronik eines Skandals, der in der Geschichte seinesgleichen sucht – und das eindringliche Porträt einer Epoche, in der viele politische Karrieren begannen, die bis heute die US-Politik prägen. Packender als jeder Polit-Thriller.

Die Rückkehr

Auf der Suche nach meinem verlorenen Vater

Author: Hisham Matar

Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

ISBN: 3641194407

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Hisham Matar wuchs als Kind in Libyen auf, doch die Diktatur unter Gaddafi hat seine Familie früh zerstört. Er selbst lebt seit langem in England, sein Vater wurde in das berüchtigtste Gefängnis von Libyen verschleppt. In dem kurzen Zeitfenster nach Gaddafis Sturz und vor dem neuen Bürgerkrieg kehrt Hisham Matar in seine Heimat zurück, um endlich vor Ort nach seinem Vater zu suchen. Sein Buch ist ein bewegendes Dokument.

Gorbatschow

Der Mann und seine Zeit

Author: William Taubman

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406700454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 935

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Im Ausland verehrt und bewundert als der Mann, der das Tor zu einem neuen Zeitalter aufstieß, gilt er bei seinen Landsleuten als Schwächling und Totengräber des sowjetischen Imperiums: Michail Gorbatschow ist für die einen ein überragender Staatsmann und für die anderen ein Versager. Pulitzerpreisträger William Taubman legt nun die grundlegende Biographie dieser Jahrhundertgestalt vor – akribisch recherchiert, fundiert im Urteil und fesselnd geschrieben. Als Michail Gorbatschow 1985 mit 54 Jahren jüngster Generalsekretär in der Geschichte der KPdSU wurde, war die Sowjetunion eine von zwei Supermächten. Doch nur vier Jahre später hatten Perestroika und Glasnost die Sowjetunion für immer verändert und Gorbatschow mehr Feinde als Freunde. Seine Politik beendete den Kalten Krieg. Doch im Jahr darauf musste er nach einem gescheiterten Putsch – ohne es zu wollen – dem Kollaps jenes Imperiums zuschauen, das er zu retten versucht hatte. William Taubman schildert in seinem Buch, wie ein Bauernjunge vom Lande es bis an die Spitze im Kreml bringt, sich mit Amerikas erzkonservativem Präsidenten Ronald Reagan anfreundet und es der UdSSR und dem Ostblock erlaubt, sich aufzulösen, ohne Zuflucht zur Gewalt zu nehmen. Wer war dieses „Rätsel Gorbatschow“ – ein wahrhaft großer Politiker oder ein Mann, der an seinen eigenen Fehlern scheiterte und an Mächten, gegen die er nicht gewinnen konnte?

50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know

Reclaiming American Patriotism

Author: Michael Zezima

Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser

ISBN: 1609259076

Category: Political Science

Page: 128

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Since when was it unpatriotic to dissent? Why is it “un-American” to question our government’s policies? And how did the Far Right manage to claim the flag exclusively for itself? A book that the country desperately needs, 50 American Revolutions is a concise, quick guide to the people and events in our country’s history that progressives and anyone not impressed by the radical Right’s warped version of patriotism can be proud of. Author Mickey Z begins with Thomas Paine’s revolutionary manifesto Common Sense, written anonymously as a pamphlet in January 1776 and read by every member of Congress, and goes on to highlight the most notable people and events in the history of the United States, right through to the families of 9/11 victims in the group Peaceful Tomorrows questioning the connection between the events of that day and the United States’ subsequent acts of aggression in Iraq. In addition to concise essays on everything and everyone from the Bill of Rights to disability rights, Coxey’s Army to Public Enemy, Mickey also highlights important milestones along the timeline of the book, making for a complete picture of US history, good with bad. As with Russ Kick’s ultra-popular 50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know, 50 American Revolutions is perfectly sized for handbags and coat pockets (it’s the same size as a CD), it’s a tremendous gift for anyone whose idea of patriotism needs some revision.

Richard Nixon

The Life

Author: John A. Farrell

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0385537360

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 752

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From a prize-winning biographer comes the defining portrait of a man who led America in a time of turmoil and left us a darker age. We live today, John A. Farrell shows, in a world Richard Nixon made. At the end of WWII, navy lieutenant “Nick” Nixon returned from the Pacific and set his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now-legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon’s finer attributes gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. The story of that transformation is the stunning overture to John A. Farrell’s magisterial biography of the president who came to embody postwar American resentment and division. Within four years of his first victory, Nixon was a U.S. senator; in six, the vice president of the United States of America. “Few came so far, so fast, and so alone,” Farrell writes. Nixon’s sins as a candidate were legion; and in one unlawful secret plot, as Farrell reveals here, Nixon acted to prolong the Vietnam War for his own political purposes. Finally elected president in 1969, Nixon packed his staff with bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, welfare, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. He was elected to end the war in Vietnam, but his bombing of Cambodia and Laos enraged the antiwar movement. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who played white against black with a “southern strategy,” and spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country’s elites. Ever insecure and increasingly paranoid, he persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances—and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal of Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. Richard Nixon is a gripping and unsparing portrayal of our darkest president. Meticulously researched, brilliantly crafted, and offering fresh revelations, it will be hailed as a master work.

The Death Penalty in American Cinema

Criminality and Retribution in Hollywood Film

Author: Yvonne Koslovsky-Golan

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857734520

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Killing as punishment in the USA, whether ordained by lynch mob or the courts, reflects a paradox of the American nation: liberal, pluralistic, yet prone to lethal violence. This book examines the encounter between the legal history of the death penalty in America and its cinematic representations, through a comprehensive narrative and historical view of films dealing with this genre, from the silent era to the present. It addresses central issues of, for example, racial prejudice and attitudes towards the execution of women, and discusses how cinema has chosen to deal with them. It explores how such films as Michael Curtiz’s 20,000 Years in Sing Sing, Errol Morris’ documentary The Thin Blue Line, John Singleton’s Rosewood and Frank Darabont’s death-row movie The Green Mile, have helped to shape real historical developments and public perceptions by bringing into sharper relief the legal, social, and cultural tensions associated with capital punishment. In the process, it illuminates the complexities of the death penalty through US history.

Vor der Wahrheit

Justiz-Thriller innerhalb und außerhalb des Gerichtssaals

Author: James Grippando

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 3959676425

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Strafverteidiger Jack Swyteck ist in Florida bekannt als Experte für die schwierigsten Fälle aus dem Todestrakt. Auch Dylan Reeves ist einer von ihnen: eine Siebzehnjährige wird vermisst, und ihre letzten Spuren finden sich in Reeves’ Auto. Doch dann wird Swyteck von der Mutter der Vermissten kontaktiert, die behauptet, ihre Tochter habe sie angerufen. Jack bleiben nun dreißig Tage, um die Vollstreckung des Todesurteils zu verhindern ... "Grippando packt einen von der ersten Seite an." Harlan Coben "In einer Karriere mit vielen guten Büchern, zählt "Vor der Wahrheit" zu seinen besten." Miami Herald "Packend ... "Vor der Wahrheit" führt einem vor Augen was für ein Schriftsteller Grippando ist. Und sichert ihm weiterhin einen Platz in der Spitzenklasse der Justizthriller-Autoren." Huffington Post

I Have Seen the Future

A Life of Lincoln Steffens

Author: Peter Hartshorn

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 158243882X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 546

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“A fascinating history of the age when magazine writers steered national opinion . . . This is an extraordinary book about a complex man.” —American Journalism Review At the dawn of the twentieth century, Lincoln Steffens, an internationally known and respected political insider, went rogue to work for McClure’s Magazine. Credited as the proverbial father of muckraking reporting, Steffens quickly rose to the top of McClure’s team of investigative journalists, earning him the attention of many powerful politicians who utilized his knack for tireless probing to battle government corruption and greedy politicians. A mentor of Walter Lippmann, friend of Theodore Roosevelt, and advisor of Woodrow Wilson, Steffens is best known for bringing to light the Mexican Revolution, the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times, and the Versailles peace talks. Now, with print journalism and investigative reporters on the decline, Lincoln Steffens’ biography serves as a necessary call to arms for the newspaper industry. Hartshorn’s extensive research captures each detail of Steffens’ life—from his private letters to friends to his long and colorful career—and delves into the ongoing internal struggle between his personal life and his overpowering devotion to the “cause.” “Absorbing . . . [Hartshorn] has produced a biography that is prodigiously researched, fantastically interesting, and extremely well-written. Steffens would have been pleased by how well Hartshorn has turned him inside out.” —The New York Times “Well-researched and well-written.” —The Wall Street Journal “Outstanding . . . those concerned about freedom of the press and the role of investigative journalism will take comfort in Steffens’s legacy as artfully told here.” —Library Journal, starred review

How Now Shall We Live?

Author: Charles Colson,Nancy Pearcey

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414322421

Category: Religion

Page: 592

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2000 Gold Medallion Award winner! Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that not only answers life's basic questions—Where did we come from, and who are we? What has gone wrong with the world? What can we do to fix it?—but also shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? gives Christians the understanding, the confidence, and the tools to confront the world's bankrupt worldviews and to restore and redeem every aspect of contemporary culture: family, education, ethics, work, law, politics, science, art, music. This book will change every Christian who reads it. It will change the church in the new millennium.

Ali

Ein Leben

Author: Jonathan Eig

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641172179

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

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Das schillernde Leben der Boxlegende ganz neu erzählt Muhammad Ali – drei Mal unumstrittener Boxweltmeister – ist eine der schillerndsten Figuren des 20. Jahrhunderts, seine Geschichte verknüpft mit den großen politischen und kulturellen Konflikten seiner Zeit. Für viele ist er ein Symbol für den Kampf für Freiheit und gegen Unterdrückung. Dem Menschen hinter dieser Heldensaga sind wir jedoch nie nahe gekommen. Der Bestsellerautor und Sportlerbiograph Jonathan Eig erzählt dieses außergewöhnliche Leben auf der Basis bisher unbekannter Quellen noch einmal neu. Der »echte Ali« war Pazifist und Boxer, Muslim und treuloser Ehemann, ein Schwarzer, der zum Symbol für den Kampf gegen Rassismus aufstieg, aber seinesgleichen demütigte – ein Leben voller Brüche und Widersprüche. Mit Bildteil

Omertà - Die ganze Geschichte der Mafia

Camorra, Cosa Nostra und ́Ndrangheta

Author: John Dickie

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104028508

Category: History

Page: 896

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+++Haarsträubendes True Crime: Erstmals die wahre Geschichte der gesamten Mafia mit all ihren Gesichtern – Camorra, Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta. Von Bestsellerautor John Dickie+++ Sie stehen für Korruption, Subventionsbetrug, Menschenhandel, Erpressung und Mord. Jeder dieser Mafiaclans hat seine eigene Geschichte, dunklen Rituale, Grausamkeiten und speziellen Geschäftmethoden. Alle drei haben ihre erbarmungslose Herrschaft international etabliert, die 'Ndrangheta hat Deutschland fest in ihrer Hand. Den blutigen Werdegang dieser einstmals lokalen Verbrecherorganisationen bis hin zu international kooperierenden Unternehmen erzählt der Bestsellerautor und Historiker John Dickie anhand beeindruckender Recherchen. Die brutale Wahrheit hinter den Mythen, glänzend erzählt, packender als jeder Krimi.