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Sex Crimes: Then and Now: My Years on the Front Lines Prosecuting Rapists and Confronting Their Collaborators
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After being fired from her post as Chief of the Special Victims Unit for refusing to “go along to get along,” Alice Vachss published the incendiary Sex Crimes, described as “a stark, passionate closing argument in [her] broader case against the criminal justice system” by the NY Times, which named it as a Notable Book of the Year. Nick (Goodfellas) Pileggi called it “the single best book about prosecuting sex crimes in America, period.” Now, twenty years later, Alice Vachss becomes Special Prosecutor for Sex Crimes in a new environment … on the opposite coast, in a small rural community. And asks the critical question: What has changed? Sex Crimes: Then and Now shreds the myths about sex crime prosecution in America, revealing that the passage of time and a different locale are mere window dressing for horrors America has yet to face. For those who want something more than press releases and Trash-TV “coverage,” this no-compromises ebook offers the brutal truth.

In Sex Crimes Then, (included free in this two-book package) the woman the press described as one of America’s toughest prosecutors grippingly recounts her career and in the process offers a searing indictment of our justice system. Included are close-ups of her most harrowing cases, among them the predatory pedophile who headed a boy’s club to get closer to victims; the serial rapist who terrorized the city as “The Stalker”: and the violent incest offender who tortured his “property” (his own daughter.)

“My first lesson about sex crimes prosecution,” Vachss writes, “was that perpetrators were not the only enemy.” She shows how the system is heavily weighted against victims. In what has come to be her trademarked term, she brands as “rape collaborators” police officers and judges whose ingrained attitudes aid and comfort criminals; elected officials and attorneys concerned only with their political futures; fickle juries seemingly impervious to compelling evidence; and a legal system skeptical of cries of rape.

Asked in a 2007 interview in The Guardian “Does she miss putting rapists in prison? ‘Hell, yes,’ says Vachss. Would she return to the front line? ‘Am I willing to put up with the politics of running for office, or the backstabbing and infighting of being an employee of an elected official? That’s a much tougher question.’” [Julie Bindel, “The rapists’ enemy”]

Sex Crimes Now finds Alice Vachss, still the same, back in the trenches insisting to a jury: “I don’t have to prove motive. The motive for rape is rape,” and battling a system hell-bent on freeing a monster. Inevitably, Vachss reached a point of no return, “Years before, Richard A. Brown’s response when he was asked why he fired me was that I’d done an excellent job. Ever-aware of the politics of prosecution, Brown had waited until he was elected, not simply appointed, before taking it upon himself to decide how much weight ‘doing an excellent job’ would or would not carry in his office. All these years later this new DA was about to make the same decision.”

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The Life of Charlotte Brontë
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Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Police Officers
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‘Two Years Before the Mast’ is a memoir by the American author Richard Henry Dana, published in 1840, having been written after a two-year sea voyage from Boston to California on a merchant ship starting in 1834. A film adaptation under the same name was released in 1946. It is the true story of...
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Two Years Before the Mast
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Secrets from the past are just waiting to be uncovered.Austria, 1945. 19-year-old Klara and her family are banished to the harsh conditions of a Nazi labor camp. Strong-willed and resilient, Klara refuses to give up hope and does everything in her power to survive.Finally, the camp is released and...
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World's Worst Crimes
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Mental illness can have devastating effects on a life. The author of this memoir details his life of diagnoses of autism, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and hypochondria. This is an account of what you may call an exceptional psychiatry case. The author takes you on...
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Out Of My Mind: A Mental Health Memoir
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Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass would escape and gain his freedom by his 20th birthday. But rather than be content with his own liberty, he worked to gain attention for the cause of abolition, or the end of slavery. He was particularly gifted in his use of both the written and spoken...
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My Bondage and My Freedom
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A quick read, true short story. This account is based on a recorded conversation with one of America’s most sinister and feared killers. Background research into a Charles Manson's story carried its own risks. The Devil was caged, but still possessed a dangerous reach through thousands of...
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There is only one word for the life of Prince Kaboo, Samuel "Sammy" Morris, 1872-1893. MIRACULOUS! In this short eBook, about a 30 minute read, you will be thrilled and awed by his escape from captors in Africa, his voyage to America and the amazing ministry he had here in the United Sates...
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If you were a patient of this prolific serial killer doctor, you’re lucky to be alive.Meet Harold Shipman, a serial killer with a disturbing proclivity to murder a specific kind of patient. With an estimated 250 victims, there’s no doubt his kill count might be much, much higher. But what drove...
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The memoir of iconic tattoo artist Ed Hardy from his beginnings in 1960s California, to leading the tattoo renaissance and building his name into a hugely lucrative international brand"Ed Hardy" is emblazoned on everything from t-shirts and hats to perfumes and energy drinks. From LA to Japan, his...
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In 1940, after Germany invaded the Netherlands, Anne and her family couldn't leave the country, so they decided to hide in a warehouse in an attempt to escape the persecution of Jews by the Nazis. For over two years, Anne wrote in her diary with an awareness that was extremely mature for her age....
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The diary of a young girl
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USA Today "New and Noteworthy" • One of The Washington Post's "10 Books to Read—and Gift—in December""Fascinating." —ForbesFidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump was elected president. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has never seemed more uncertain. Yet those who look close enough may...
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This Is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow
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A bestselling author goes behind the lens of a legendary photographer to capture a magical timeA consummate photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was sent by United Press International to follow the Kennedy campaign of 1960. The photographer soon befriended the...
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The veteran true crime author chronicles the terrifying murders, surprising arrest and dramatic trial of Illinois serial killer Milton Johnson.   In the summer of 1983, an elusive serial killer stalked the blue-collar industrial city of Joliet, Illinois. One overnight killing spree took five...
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Melissa Gould’s hopeful memoir of grieving outside the box and the surprising nature of love.When Melissa Gould’s husband, Joel, was unexpectedly hospitalized, she could not imagine how her life was about to change. Overwhelmed with uncertainty as Joel’s condition tragically worsened, she...
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Facing insurmountable odds and fighting for reinstatement and retribution, former patrolman Robbin Ramos pulls no punches. Experience the pulse-pounding ebb and flow of dangerous New York streets during the Rudy Giuliani administration, on the eve of 9/11.Want to know what it's like being a rookie...
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A life touched by cancer is not a life destroyed by cancer.Drew's uplifting story of how he weathered throat cancer reads like a friendly campfire tale.Told with wry humor and unflinching honesty, "Climbing the Cancer Mountain"is more than just a litany of treatment and troubles; this memoir...
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*Longlisted for the Reading the West Book Award in Memoir/Biography*Nominated for the Voice Arts Award for Best Biography Voiceover*A Montana Quarterly Magazine Editor's Pick*An Opelika Observer Pick of Recommended BooksWhat would the war do without me?We March at Midnight is award-winning author...
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A stirring true story of the journalists who dared to oppose Hitler—and the campaign waged against them.After serving in the First World War, Adolf Hitler encountered a serious obstacle to his plotting for power when the Munich Post, drawing on sources within the Nazi Party, began tracking the...
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“Scott Parazynski’s drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of The Sky Below and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being.” —John Glenn, NASA astronautAn epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by...
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The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed
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Irrepressible memories. Vacant eyes. A child being dangled from a third story window. A boy tied to a chair. Children sleeping in layers of clothing to fight off the bitter cold. An infant dying from starvation. Some things your mind will never allow you to forget.Silent Tears is the true story of...
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Speed Girl is the true story of how aerospace engineer turned race-car driver Janet Guthrie triumphed over hostility, chauvinism—even sabotage—to become the first woman to finish the Indianapolis 500.It’s the 1970s, and the fight for women’s rights is gaining speed. In the sports world,...
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‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ is a memoir of the soldier known as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Lawrence is a fascinating and controversial figure and his talent as a striking and imaginative writer shines through on every page of his masterpiece. The memoir was written between 1919 and 1926 and is an...
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom
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From whirlwind romance to gaslighting campaign: this is truth far stranger than fiction.When Mary met Will Jordan online, she was a single mother who’d given up trying to find Mr Right. And yet here he suddenly was: articulate and attractive, with a fascinating background. Soon they were in love...
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The Bigamist: The True Story of a Husband's Ultimate Betrayal
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First published in May 1845, ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass’ is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former male slave, Frederick Douglass. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is deemed to be one of the most significant...
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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Written in 1960, ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ by the revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, has become a how-to manual for thousands of guerrilla fighters in various countries around the world. Guevara intended it to be a guidebook on guerrilla warfare, as inspiration for the revolutionary movement....
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Guerrilla Warfare
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Olga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest...
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a record of the life of one of the most impressive people in the American history. There may be no greater figure in American history than Benjamin Franklin and here the reader will delight in an intimate portrait of the man in his own words.Benjamin went...
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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Under quarantine, a gripping story thanks to a dynamic narrative and the topicality of the issues involved. Paolo Cuciniello, a young Italian engineer, tells of his experience of quarantine in China, where he graduated in engineering and currently lives. The aspects of everyday life of the months...
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Published in 1854, Thoreau's "Walden" is one the most prominent works of transcendental literature."Walden" chronicles the two years that Thoreau spent in a cabin on the property owned by his friend and fellow transcendentalist writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. The cabin was near a body of water called...
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The Rough Riders was the name bestowed on the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry. Roosevelt had resigned as Assistant Secretary of the Navy to fight in the war, and his forceful personality and notoriety among the popular press of the period were probably the main driving factors resulting in the...
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Who better than Helen Keller to write about optimism? Helen Keller became blind when she was nineteen months old. At the time children who were deaf and blind were simply given up on. But Helen's mother read that a deaf blind person had been educated and decided to explore that possibility for her...
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Nikola Tesla was a man of letters. He wrote many letters to the editors of the magazines and newspapers of his day. These letters give a fascinating glimpse into the mind of an eccentric genius. Collected here for the first time are more than forty of Nikola Tesla's letters. The subject matter...
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Nikola Tesla has been called the most important man of the twentieth century. Certainly he contributed more to the field of electricity, radio, and television than any other person living or dead. Ultimately he died alone and impoverished having driven all of his friends away through his neurotic...
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My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla
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Hemingway's deeply reflective account of his destructive Paris affair and how it affected the legendary life he rebuilt after, as told to his best friend, the writer A.E. Hotchner. In June of 1961, A. E. Hotchner visited a close friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the...
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St. Francis of Assisi is perhaps the most important of the non-apostle saints. He was born to wealth and privilege in Assisi, Italy in 1181. As a youth he dreamed of military glory and lived the decadent lifestyle one would expect from of a wealthy, young Italian man. In 1202 Francis went off to...
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The New York Times bestseller!“Frank Hamer, last of the old breed of Texas Rangers, has not fared well in history or popular culture. John Boessenecker now restores this incredible Ranger to his proper place alongside such fabled lawmen as Wyatt Earp and Eliot Ness. Here is a grand adventure story...
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