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SOME PEOPLE NEED KILLING

A MEMOIR OF MURDER IN MY COUNTRY

Heartbreaking personal stories underscore the consequences of a government-incited extrajudicial rampage.

A Filipino reporter’s powerful chronicle of the brutal anti-drug crusade and violent toll of President Rodrigo Duterte.

From his first day in office, Duterte, whose term lasted from 2016 to 2022, promised death to those involved in the drug trade. As field correspondent for the digital news company Rappler in Manila, Evangelista found her job morphing into a chronicle of the extrajudicial killings that occurred over the seven months after Duterte was elected president on May 30, 2016. The killings were carried out in secrecy by pro-Duterte hit squads and vigilantes acting on the president’s vigorous public calls to target any suspected drug dealers and pushers. Since he declared his “war on drugs” upon taking office, the death toll has topped 12,000, according to the Human Rights Watch. The author focuses on a few of the most horrific cases, detailed in interviews with witnesses and survivors. She also shows how Duterte contributed to the killing culture with statements that dehumanized the victims: “Frankly, are they human? What is your definition of a human being?” Many of the deaths occurred as collateral violence, as innocents, especially children, were caught amid the gunfire. To provide context for the madness, Evangelista reviews the Philippines’ colonial history, first under Spain and then the U.S., describing how dictators like Ferdinand Marcos were blatantly supported by the U.S. before true democracy emerged in the 1980s after the “Edsa Revolution,” led by Corazon Aquino. The author also chronicles the turbulent story of her grandfather, Mario Chanco, an early Filipino journalist, and offers her recollections of growing up in a country where democracy was teetering on the brink, ultimately pushed over by Duterte, “the punisher” from Mindanao. Evangelista also includes the voices of Duterte’s supporters, who explain that “to be Duterte was to belong.”

Heartbreaking personal stories underscore the consequences of a government-incited extrajudicial rampage.

Pub Date: Oct. 17, 2023

ISBN: 9780593133132

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Aug. 25, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2023

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KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

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Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma.

During that time, enrolled members of the Osage Indian nation were among the wealthiest people per capita in the world. The rich oil fields beneath their reservation brought millions of dollars into the tribe annually, distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" that could not be bought or sold but only inherited. This vast wealth attracted the attention of unscrupulous whites who found ways to divert it to themselves by marrying Osage women or by having Osage declared legally incompetent so the whites could fleece them through the administration of their estates. For some, however, these deceptive tactics were not enough, and a plague of violent death—by shooting, poison, orchestrated automobile accident, and bombing—began to decimate the Osage in what they came to call the "Reign of Terror." Corrupt and incompetent law enforcement and judicial systems ensured that the perpetrators were never found or punished until the young J. Edgar Hoover saw cracking these cases as a means of burnishing the reputation of the newly professionalized FBI. Bestselling New Yorker staff writer Grann (The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, 2010, etc.) follows Special Agent Tom White and his assistants as they track the killers of one extended Osage family through a closed local culture of greed, bigotry, and lies in pursuit of protection for the survivors and justice for the dead. But he doesn't stop there; relying almost entirely on primary and unpublished sources, the author goes on to expose a web of conspiracy and corruption that extended far wider than even the FBI ever suspected. This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

Pub Date: April 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-385-53424-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

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TANQUERAY

A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.

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A former New York City dancer reflects on her zesty heyday in the 1970s.

Discovered on a Manhattan street in 2020 and introduced on Stanton’s Humans of New York Instagram page, Johnson, then 76, shares her dynamic history as a “fiercely independent” Black burlesque dancer who used the stage name Tanqueray and became a celebrated fixture in midtown adult theaters. “I was the only black girl making white girl money,” she boasts, telling a vibrant story about sex and struggle in a bygone era. Frank and unapologetic, Johnson vividly captures aspects of her former life as a stage seductress shimmying to blues tracks during 18-minute sets or sewing lingerie for plus-sized dancers. Though her work was far from the Broadway shows she dreamed about, it eventually became all about the nightly hustle to simply survive. Her anecdotes are humorous, heartfelt, and supremely captivating, recounted with the passion of a true survivor and the acerbic wit of a weathered, street-wise New Yorker. She shares stories of growing up in an abusive household in Albany in the 1940s, a teenage pregnancy, and prison time for robbery as nonchalantly as she recalls selling rhinestone G-strings to prostitutes to make them sparkle in the headlights of passing cars. Complemented by an array of revealing personal photographs, the narrative alternates between heartfelt nostalgia about the seedier side of Manhattan’s go-go scene and funny quips about her unconventional stage performances. Encounters with a variety of hardworking dancers, drag queens, and pimps, plus an account of the complexities of a first love with a drug-addled hustler, fill out the memoir with personality and candor. With a narrative assist from Stanton, the result is a consistently titillating and often moving story of human struggle as well as an insider glimpse into the days when Times Square was considered the Big Apple’s gloriously unpolished underbelly. The book also includes Yee’s lush watercolor illustrations.

A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.

Pub Date: July 12, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-250-27827-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2022

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