Explores the war on human nature and its flaws by examining the world of modern-day public shaming as a form of social control, describing cases of those whose careers and lives have been ruined by one mistake.
The editor of the award-winning White Flight reveals the role of mid-20th-century corporate titans and evangelical activists in systematically creating the pervasive myth that America has always been a fundamentally Christian nation.
A journalist and first-generation Chinese-American author returns to his family's Yangtze River hometown to investigate the fate of his ancestor's long-buried porcelain collection against a backdrop of a century of Chinese history.
"January, 2015 will mark a century of the war on drugs in the United States: one hundred years since the first arrests under the Harrison Act. Facing down this anniversary, Johann Hari was witnessing a close relative and an ex-boyfriend bottoming out on cocaine and heroin. But what was the big picture in the war on drugs? Why does it continue, when most people now think it has failed? The reporter set out on a two-year, 20,000-mile journey through the theater of this war—to find out how it began, how ithas affected people around the world, and how we can move beyond it. Chasing the Scream is fueled by dramatic personal stories of the people he meets along the way: A transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn who wanted to know who killed her mother, and a mother in Mexico who spent years tracking her daughter's murderer across the desert. A child smuggled out of the Jewish ghetto during the Holocaust who helped unlock the scientific secrets of addiction. A doctor who pushed the decriminalization in Portugal of all drugs - from cannabis to crack. The title itself comes from a formative story of Harry Anslinger, first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, sent as a boy to the pharmacy for a neighbor screaming in withdrawal — an experience which ledhim to fear drugs without regard to context. Always we come back to the front lines in the U.S., where we instigated the war and exported it around the globe, but where change is also coming. Powerful, propulsive, and persuasive, Chasing the Scream is the page-turning story of a century-long mistake, which shows us the way to a more humane future"—
Taking readers into a complex, compromised world of backroom deals, this unprecedented look at what really happens when criminal charges are brought against a major company in the United States presents data from more than a decade of federal cases that reveals of pattern of negotiation and settlement.
An account of the Boston criminal underworld's role in the infamous $500 million Gardner Museum art theft traces the contributions of master thief Louis Royce and gangster Ralph Rossetti while examining the FBI's controversial announcement that they had identified the responsible parties.
The 1889 murder of Dr. Patrick Cronin led to a long-running trial that transfixed Chicago; Blood Runs Green uncovers the web of hotheaded journalists, bungling police and would-be Irish revolutionaries behind the crime.