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Al Capone's Beer Wars

by Karl Helicher

Ideal for true-crime fans, historians, and library collections, this is a comprehensive picture of Prohibition-era crime. John Binder’s Al Capone’s Beer Wars covers much more than the Capone criminal beat for its intricate history of... Read More

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A Mother's Tale

by Karl Helicher

Lopate’s stories of his mother paint a rather bleak portrait of the dark side of the American dream. Phillip Lopate’s A Mother’s Tale reveals the author’s complex relationship with his mother, Frances, through essays that show... Read More

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Revisioning Activism

by Karl Helicher

These practical essays offer hope to those who believe they must suffer silently and alone. David Bedrick’s "Revisioning Activism" seeks to right individual and social wrongs through writing. This wide-ranging collection examines... Read More

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Lone Wolf Terrorism

by Karl Helicher

This important work offers much for a general, concerned audience, as well as for specialists charged with combating terrorism. Jeffrey Simon’s chilling and compelling account of the rise of lone-wolf terrorism proves prescient, as the... Read More

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Unpleasantries

by Karl Helicher

Frank Soos points his lance at the windmills of the human condition and offers some solace. In "Unpleasantries", Frank Soos presents a self-consciously messy collection of essays—essays being, he says, a naturally messy form of... Read More

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The Price They Paid

by Karl Helicher

A Vietnam War correspondent poignantly shares the perilous stories of US chopper pilots and crews and the PTSD that ravaged their lives ever after. The helicopter battles of the failed, “secret” 1971 incursion into Laos were some of... Read More

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