True Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

BLACK FLAGS by Joby Warrick
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Warrick stops short of offering policy solutions, but he provides a valuable, readable introduction to a pressing international security threat."
Crisply written, chilling account of the personalities behind the emergence of the Islamic State, or ISIS. Read full book review >
THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH by Kermit Alexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A bleak but thoughtful look at the curse of urban violence, both its causalities and its long-term effects."
A shocking tale of a mistaken-identity multiple murder and its aftermath. Read full book review >

WHERE THE BODIES WERE BURIED by T.J. English
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"English provides an intriguing angle for hard-core mob enthusiasts or followers of the Bulger story, who will eat it up. Those without prior knowledge, however, may lose interest."
English (The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge, 2011, etc.) explores the organized crime underworld of Whitey Bulger.Read full book review >
THE RISING by Ryan D'Agostino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"True crime and human perseverance merge in this engrossing chronicle of a small-town atrocity."
A chilling examination of the 2007 slaughter of a Connecticut family and how the sole survivor carried on. Read full book review >
A IS FOR ARSENIC by Kathryn Harkup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The addition of real-life cases and comparisons to Christie's works make this a nice little murder mystery of its own. Fear not, she's careful not to spoil the endings of the classic novels."
Chemist Harkup's first book is the product of her passion for the work of Agatha Christie and her broad knowledge and research in the matter of poisons. Read full book review >

THE YEAR OF FEAR by Joe Urschel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An entertaining slice of the fabled (and familiar) gangster epoch."
The colorful story of George "Machine Gun" Kelly (1895-1954), a Depression-era kidnapping, and the rise of J. Edgar Hoover and his G-men. Read full book review >
Idolatry, Leadership, and Terrorism by Phillip Williams
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"A thoughtful if unfortunately truncated analysis of modern terrorism."
Debut author Williams confronts the violent emergence of terrorism by appraising its root causes in modernity itself. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Useful for anyone with a horse in the race regarding law enforcement—in other words, most American citizens."
A handbook for making sense of America's approach to crime and incarceration and its effect on communities across the country. Read full book review >
SHOTS ON THE BRIDGE by Ronnie Greene
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A poignant and skillful examination of a case that adds to the ongoing public debate about corrupt police practices, the militarization of local law enforcement, and convoluted legal decisions."
Associated Press investigative journalist Greene (Night Fire: Big Oil, Poison Air, and Margie Richard's Fight to Save Her Town, 2009) examines the shockingly overlooked case of police brutality that left six unarmed citizens shot during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Sprawling, engrossing, and highly relevant to the ongoing controversies about policing post-Ferguson, which Domanick addresses in an epilogue."
An incisive examination of American policing, using a tumultuous two decades in Los Angeles as a lens. Read full book review >
WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN by Richard Beck
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An intriguing but uneven treatment of a subject that has not received much attention in years."
An attempt to explain the hysteria that surrounded the child sex abuse cases that swept the United States in the 1980s. Read full book review >
THE MAN IN THE MONSTER by Martha Elliott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A disturbing and multifaceted exposé of both a ruthless killer and the sympathetic, merciful journalist at odds with his capital fate."
The story of a journalist's decadelong friendship with a convicted serial rapist and murderer. 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 >