True Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A useful primer on the enduring nature of political machines and the slippery qualities of power."
An unadorned memoir of prosecuting political corruption in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
WANTED by Robert M. Utley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A rollicking but thin nonfictional rendering of two of history's most mythologized outlaws."
A comparative study of the simultaneous late-19th-century rises of iconic gunfighters Billy the Kid (1859-1881) and Ned Kelly (1854-1880). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"An urgent but evenhanded treatise that deserves a wide readership."
In Norwegian-born attorney Turrettini's dispiriting estimation, there are plenty of lone wolves out there, young men—almost always young men—so disconnected from the world that killing is the only form of self-expression they think is left to them. Read full book review >
THE CON MEN by Terry Williams
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers."
Two sociology professors' survey of New York con artists and how these reviled but crafty opportunists manage to make a living in the city's informal economy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A disturbing but necessary book."
An investigative reporter sheds light on a shocking decadeslong sex scandal at a prestigious New York prep school. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A good read for anyone interested in confidence men and the history of Wall Street."
The tale of an early-20th-century con man who swindled millions through horse racing, mining claims, and penny stocks. Read full book review >
HE KILLED THEM ALL by Jeanine Pirro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A concise, no-holds-barred retelling of the Robert Durst investigation and murder trial from the woman who pursued justice to the bitter end."
The district attorney who reopened a 17-year-old cold case tells her side of the story. Read full book review >
THE BEGINNING AND END OF RAPE by Sarah Deer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An incisive and imperative academic study."
A blunt, trenchant exposé on the history and impact of sexual violence on indigenous tribal nations. Read full book review >
THEY ALL LOVE JACK by Bruce Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A ripping good read, strange, suggestive, and memorable."
A wild ride down the back alleys of London in the service of "Ripperology." Read full book review >
INSIDE THE CELL by Erin E. Murphy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A specialized work that will appeal to attorneys, investigators, crime writers, and others on the frontiers of forensic DNA laws and technologies."
A critique of the criminal justice system's overreliance on forensic DNA, focused on legal and scientific questions underlying the topic's CSI glamour.Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An enjoyable read for wine connoisseurs and neophytes alike."
The events and characters behind a 2005 Napa fire that caused the greatest destruction of wine in history: 4.5 million bottles worth more than $250 million. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"Besides recounting years of subterfuge, media hype, greed, and fraud, Eatwell throws light on Victorian and Edwardian society: aristocratic entitlement and power, numbing poverty, political corruption, and many secret lives."
The tale of a sensational trial that riveted Edwardian England for more than a decade. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >