True Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

THE BURGLARY by Betty Medsger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2014

"Medsger captures the domestic political ferment of the 1970s on a large canvas, though the narrative's extreme detail and depth occasionally make for slow going or repetitive observations."
Ambitious, meticulous account of a successful burglary of the FBI, during a different time of controversy regarding governmental surveillance. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The workmanlike telling of Ogorzow's pursuit and eventual capture lacks a certain impact, though fans of serial-killer narratives will surely be engaged."
Straightforward account of the historical curiosity of a sadistic serial killer preying on women in the heart of Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A boozy and often funny investigation into a little-understood corner of America."
The clown prince of "trash prose" cracks the coconut-wireless wide open in a hip exposé of Hawaii's North Shore surfing culture. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF PUNISHMENT by Robert Blecker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"While many will dismiss his viewpoint, Blecker presents a strong case with legalistic rigor on some of the darkest questions facing society."
Arresting fusion of memoir and jeremiad, arguing for a punitive approach toward the worst perpetrators of social violence, amid a general overhaul of attitudes toward criminality. Read full book review >
How The English Establishment Framed STEPHEN WARD by Caroline Kennedy
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"A fine investigation of a legal injustice and the cultural upheaval that conjured it."
Modern Britain's splashiest sex-and-politics scandal led to the persecution of an innocent—or at least not especially guilty—man according to this yeasty exposé of the Profumo Affair, reissued for the 50th anniversary of the debacle. Read full book review >

THE SIEGE by Cathy Scott-Clark
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 7, 2013

"A great read that gives readers a better understanding of a terrorist attack from many points of view."
Well-researched account of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, with plenty of firsthand detail. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An inspiring jail companion guidebook brimming with straight-talking tough love."
Sage, dignified adjuration for the imprisoned. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO KILLED KENNEDY by Roger Stone
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Stone may be right, but his book is unlikely to convince anyone who doesn't already agree."
Another in the long line of JFK assassination conspiracy books. Read full book review >
HUNTING SEASON by Mirta Ojito
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A dark reminder that anti-immigrant sentiment has a long history in this country and that the immigration issue is not going away any time soon."
A disturbing account of how attacks on Latino immigrants became a teenage sport in one suburban town, whose bigotry is seen here as typical of much of America. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An inspirational but disturbing story of science as counterweight to evil—not for the squeamish."
Precisely rendered, grueling account of how the 1995 Srebrenica massacre propelled a scientific revolution in missing persons identification. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An unexpected verdict and its aftermath make this a satisfying murder mystery in the grand tradition."
A suspicious death in a quaint English village sets the stage for a real-life scientific thriller. Read full book review >
I AM TROY DAVIS by Jen Marlowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Poignant and humane."
A compelling account of the life of Troy Davis (1968-2011), the Georgia-born black man condemned to death for the killing of a white policeman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >