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It is true that history cannot satisfy our appetite when we are hungry, nor keep us warm when the cold wind blows. But it is true that if younger generations do not understand the hardships and triumphs of their elders, then we will be a people without a past. As such, we will be like water without a source, a tree without roots.
--Wall inscription, New York

 

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A History of Violence -- In sixteenth-century Paris, cat-burning was a popular entertainment.


coverThe Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body-Snatching in 1830's London Sarah Wise -- Before his murder in 1831, the "Italian boy" was one of thousands of orphans on the streets of London, moving among the con men, begging for pennies. When his body was sold to a London medical college, the suppliers were arrested for murder. Their trial unveiled London's trade in human corpses carried out by body-snatchers-or "resurrection men" who killed to satisfy the cadaver market: the fresher the body, the higher the price. Wise reconstructs the boy's murder and squalor that swallowed the 14-year-old long before his corpse appeared on the slab.

The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld by Herbert Asbury -- Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in New Orleans's raucous red-light district. The underworld had bordellos, gambling with violent street crime. Two prostitutes Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, became famous after murdering their associates.

On the Waterfront: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Articles That Inspired the Classic Film andTransformed the New York Harbor by Budd Schulberg, Haynes Johnson, Malcolm Johnson --The stories that shook the nation for the first time since their original publication in 1948. Until the mid-twentieth century, organized crime ruled New York's waterfront. With the threat of communism, the inhumane treatment of longshoremen condoned by the unions, and the disappearance of anyone who spoke against the system, Malcolm Johnson's series "Crime on the Water Front" appeared in the New York Sun, revealing a violent underworld that influenced New York politics, society, and industry. Johnson's investigation forced the government to changes labor laws. Now, these Pulitzer Prize-winning articles tell a riveting story of mobsters, murder, faith, and the victory of fair play. Malcolm Johnson's son, Haynes Johnson, also a Pulitzer Prize winner, discusses the impact the series had pon his family, and additional reporting by Budd Schulberg, author of the Academy Award-winning screenplay On the Waterfront.

The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo by Gary May -- May reveals the murder of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo, shot to death by the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan after Martin Luther King’s Voting Rights March in 1965. The case was solved because one Klansman present was Gary Thomas Rowe, an FBI informant. Rowe’s testimony were heralded as a triumph of law enforcement. But Rowe’s history of collaboration with the Klan and the FBI was complex. Based on FBI and Justice Department Records, The Informant demonstrates that in their efforts to protect Rowe’s cover, the FBI became an accessory to grotesque crimes of the Civil Rights era.

The Autobiography Of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches by Myrlie Evers-Williams -- The life of Medgar Evers, one the greatest leaders of the civil rights movement, told through his speeches, letters, and papers,edited by his widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and scholar Manning Marable -- On the evening of June 12, 1963-the day President John F. Kennedy gave his mpassioned speech on interracial tolerance, Evers, the NAACP's first Mississippi field secretary was shot by an assassin's in his driveway. The gun had the fingerprints of Byron De La Beckwith, a white supremacist. Beckwith remained free for over thirty years, until Evers's widow forced the Mississippi courts to bring him to justice.

Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks Master mariner, William Kidd, was a reputable New York sea captain empowered by a secret commission from the king of England to hunt pirates, confiscate their wealth, and divvy the spoils among his investors. The venture looked so promising that the most powerful lords of London and wealthiest merchants of America lined up to back his voyage. King William III, in exchange for his signature, took a ten percent share. But the plot blew up in their faces.

A Deed of Death: The Story Behind the Unsolved Murder of Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor by Robert Giroux

Murder In Hollywood: Solving A Silent Screen Mystery -- For more than eighty years, the famous unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor, the legendary bisexual film director, has generated controversy. Charles Higham has solved the crime. Murder in Hollywood unveils the corruption of Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties--and the film industry moguls' domination of city's authorities. When it was discovered that a famous star had probably killed Taylor, a cover-up began--which has continued until now. The author's interviews with the culpable star, his long-vanished police records, and the support of the Los Angeles county coroner- ensure presents a solution to the mystery. He paints a vivid portrait of Hollywood in the 1920s--from major stars to its bisexual subculture.

The Weather Underground -- The key players in the radical Weather Underground movement are brought to life in this Oscar-nominated documentary. The Weathermen were born of sixties protest, but took covertheir scheme to overthrow the U.S. government to violent extremes.The Underground petered out during the seventieas as leaders aged; weary of hiding by decade's end, most of them had turned themselves in. Bernadine Dohrn became a fiery gray-haired wife and mother. This film, rich in period footage (and sensationalism) captures the era. Present-day interviews with the participants provides a detailed look inside the organization.

Espionage's Most Wanted: Top Ten Book of Malicius Moles, Blown Covers, and Intelligence Oddities by Tom E. Mahl -- Facts and stories about dirty tricks, and the games that nations play Includes anecdotes about CIA, KGB, Britain's MI-6, and Israel's Mossad. America's first spymasters included Benjamin Franklin and John Jay. Otto von Bismarck's chief spy, Wilhelm Stieber, posed as an itinerant peddler selling religious artifacts and pornography to enemy troops as a cover for collecting intelligence. During the cultural competition of the Cold War, the CIA popularized abstract expressionism by spending millions to promote artists such as Jackson Pollock. CIA officer E. Howard Hunt disrupted a dinner meeting between Mexican communists and a Soviet delegation by distributing party invitations to the general public. Between the 1980s and early 1990s, the CIA employed psychics to "remotely view" Soviet Union places of interest. It chronicles 500 of the most daring spies, plots, bungled operations, and the history of espionage and intelligence. Fifty lists include the top ten intelligence agencies, master spies, traitors, spy gadgets, code-breaking coups, covert operations blunders, and colorful dirty tricks.

The Specialist - Portrait of a Modern Criminal -- When Adolph coverEichmann was brought to trial in Israel in 1961, the event was broadcast live under the direction of documentarian Leo Hurwitz. That 500 hours of footage, was locked away. Eyal Sivan, inspired by Hannah Arendt's book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil , dug through the footage . Eichmann answers every question, with "Yawohl" before repeating his mantra: "I had to obey... I was a soldier." Sivan finds haunting images: the reflection of footage on the glass cage as he blankly watches the atrocities.

The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy by Rick Beyer -- History isn't always made by armies or civilizations rising or falling. It's made when a chauffeur takes a wrong turn, a scientist forgets to clean up his lab, or a drunken soldier gets rowdy. 2000 years of history filled with courage, cowardice, hope, triumph, sex, intrigue, folly, humor, and ambition with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and maps. Stories that changed the course of history. Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer. Roman officials were so corrupt that they actually stole time. Three cigars changed the course of the Civil War. Based on the popular Timelab 2000 history minutes hosted by The History Channel.

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