A collection of Jackson’s letters from prison, Soledad Brother is an outspoken condemnation of the racism of white America and a powerful appraisal of the prison system that failed to break his spirit but eventually took his life. Jackson’s letters make palpable the intense feelings of anger and rebellion that filled black men in America’s prisons in the 1960s. But even removed from the social and political firestorms of the 1960s, Jackson’s story still resonates for its portrait of a man taking a stand even while locked down.
Octavia E. Butler - Parable of the Sower
When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny... and the birth of a new faith.
John Grisham - The Chamber
Sam, az öreg fegyenc kilenc éve tengeti nyomorúságos napjait a siralomház egyik cellájában. Szörnyű bűnökért, fajvédőként elkövetett gyilkosságokért ítélték halálra, de ügyvédei ügyessége hosszú esztendőkön át megmentette a kivégzéstől. Most azonban nincs már sok hátra: Mississippi Állam Legfelsőbb Bírósága úgy döntött, hogy négy héten belül Samet rászíjazzák a gázkamra kivégzőszékére. Ekkor lép a színre Adam Hall, a fiatal ügyvéd, aki minden tehetségét, furfangját latba veti, hogy megmentse Samet. Ráadásul rokoni kapcsolatok is fűzik a fegyenchez: az ügyvéd az öreg gyilkos álnéven élő unokája. Egyik fellebbezés követi a másikat, hol felcsillan a remény, hol minden veszni látszik, egyre közeleg a baljós óra...
Richard Wright - Native Son
Since its publication in 1940, Native Son has become a classic of African-American literature and one of the most important books of this century. A stark and troubling account of murder, guilt, and racial hatred, it was among the first works to sound the alarm for the impending social violence that would explode during the 1960s. Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old black man, is uneducated, unsophisticated, and unemployed. When a wealthy family offers him a chauffeurs position, Bigger is torn between gratitude for the job and anger over his subservient status. On his first evening, the familys daughter orders Bigger to spend a drunken night on the town with her and a gentleman friend. But events spin out of control and, by morning, the young woman is dead. Divided into sections entitled Fear, Flight, and Fate, Native Son tells a story that is still repeated in court cases involving black men across the country.
James Daily - Ryan Davidson - The Law of Superheroes
An intriguing and entertaining look at how America’s legal system would work using the world of comic books. The dynamic duo behind the popular website LawAndTheMultiverse.com breaks down even the most advanced legal concepts for every self-proclaimed nerd. James Daily and Ryan Davidson—attorneys by day and comic enthusiasts all of the time—have clearly found their vocation, exploring the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers down to the most deliciously trivial detail. The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything from constitutional law and criminal procedure to taxation, intellectual property, and torts, including: Could Superman sue if someone exposed his true identity as Clark Kent? Are members of the Legion of Doom vulnerable to prosecution under RICO? Do the heirs of a superhero who comes back from the dead get to keep their inherited property after their loved one is resurrected? Does it constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” to sentence an immortal like Apocalypse to life in prison without the possibility of parole? Engaging, accessible, and teaching readers about the law through fun hypotheticals, The Law of Superheroes is a must-have for legal experts, comic nerds, and anyone who will ever be called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.
Toni Morrison - Jazz
Joe Trace, door-to-door salesman, erstwhile devoted husband, shoots to death his lover of three months, 18 year old Dorcas. At the funeral, his determined, hardworking wife Violet tries to disfigure the corpse with a knife. Captures the complex humanity of black urban life.
Edward Lucas - The Snowden Operation
In his sensational new book, Economist senior editor Edward Lucas lays bare the naïveté, hypocrisy and sinister background surrounding Edward Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor now living in Moscow. "The Snowden Operation", demolishes Snowden's claim to be a whistleblower. Drawing on 30 years' experience observing the world of intelligence, Lucas depicts Snowden as at best reckless and naïve, and at worst a saboteur. He stole far more secrets than were necessary to make his case and did so in a deliberately damaging matter. Any benefits to the public debate about issues such as meta-data and encryption are far outweighed by the damage done to the West’s security, diplomacy and economic interests. “The Snowden Operation” highlights the inconsistencies and puzzles in the account of events given by the “Snowdenistas”. It explains how Russia could have sponsored Snowden’s data heist – the greatest disaster ever to hit Western intelligence, and one whose effects have neatly suited Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Michael Gurnow - The Edward Snowden Affair
_The Edward Snowden Affair_ is groundbreaking look at Edward Snowden, the NSA, the media that broke the story, and the politicians involved in America and around the world. Author Michael Gurnow presents the facts about how the story broke, the technologies and techniques used by the NSA, and the reactions of key political figures. This is the only in-depth look at the Edward Snowden affair written by an author with more than a decade of IT experience. While conducting research for an article on Internet security writer Michael Gurnow noticed there was something odd in the world's response to Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency spying scandal. Fascinated by the public reaction and how diametrically opposed politicians were in strange agreement Gurnow threw himself into the story. The result is a meticulously researched book. A gifted writer Gurnow breaks down the facts in an easy to follow and fast paced telling of the events that led up to the Snowden revelations, the media response, and the cat and mouse game that followed between the media and politicians around the world. The narrative begins with Snowden literally growing up in the shadow of the National Security Agency. The author explains how Snowden was able to gain access to classified information, and how he was able to make off with it, and avoid capture by the American intelligence community. Michael Gurnow breaks down the technologies and techniques used by the NSA to capture and store massive amounts of information. He reveals in an objective way how select members of the media broke the story, and the political, legal and technological implications of Snowden's disclosures.
Octavia E. Butler - Parable of the Talents
Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led Lauren to found a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers -- or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.
Michel Foucault - Discipline & Punish
In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.
Christopher M. Fairman - Fuck
_@$#*%! Our most taboo word and how the law keeps it forbidden._ This entertaining read is about the word "fuck", the law, and the taboo. Whether you shout it out in the street or whisper it in the bedroom, deliberately plan a protest, or spontaneously blurt it out, if you say "fuck," someone wants to silence you, either with a dirty look across the room or by making a rule that you cannot say the word. When it's the government trying to cleanse your language, though, you should worry. Words are ideas. If the government controls the words we use, it can control what we think. To protect this liberty, we must first understand why the law's treatment of "fuck" puts that freedom at risk. This book examines the law surrounding the word and reveals both inconsistencies in its treatment and tension with other identifiable legal rights that the law simply doesn't answer. The power of taboo provides the framework to understand these uncertainties. It also explains why attempts to curtail the use of "fuck" through law are doomed to fail. Fundamentally, it persists because it is taboo; not in spite of it.
Glenn Greenwald - No Place to Hide
In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures. Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for _The Guardian_, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself. Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens—and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, _No Place to Hide_ is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.
Alice Walker - By The Light of My Father's Smile
A family goes to the remote sierras of Mexico – the writer-to-be Susannah: her sister Magdalena; their father and mother. There, amid a people called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them forever. This is also the story of a father’s spirit, of a man watching over his two daughters as they grow and change, becoming their unique selves. A deeply sensual novel, _By the Light of My Father’s Smile_ explores the richness of female sexuality as a celebration of life, affirming the belief that “love is both timeless and beyond.”
Alice Walker - The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart
From the author of THE COLOR PURPLE, fiction and autobiography blend in this fabulously rich collection of short stories 'These are the stories that came to me to be told after the close of a magical marriage to an extraordinary man that ended in a less-than-magical divorce. I found myself unmoored, unmated, ungrounded in a way that challenged everything I'd ever thought about human relationships. Situated squarely in that terrifying paradise called freedom, precipitously out on so many emotional limbs, it was as if I had been born; and in fact I was being reborn as the woman I was to become' The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart starts with a lyrical, autobiographical story of the breakdown of a marriage during the early years of the civil rights movement. Alice Walker then goes on to imagine stories that grew out of the life following that marriage. Filled with wonder at the capacity of humans to move through love and loss, this is an uplifting read that showcases the authors warmth, wit and wisdom.
Alice Walker - Meridian
"When we meet Meridian Hill in the opening pages of this novel, she is leading a demonstration by a group of black children in a small town in the deep south. The children are very like the child Meridian was; the town is very like the one she was born in; town and children alike are part of something Meridian chose to leave when, in a spirit of idle curiosity, she volunteered to help the civil rights movement in her native town. Her story is a tally of the cost of following through the consequences of that decision. It involves not only a break with her upbringing and the desertion of her child, who was part of that upbringing, but also a break with three people who became enmeshed in the new life Meridian had chosen: Anne-Marion, her friend from college; Truman, her lover; and Lynne, Truman's wife. All three believe like Meridian, in the cause of civil rights; but in their different ways each is destroyed because they need a cause more than the cause needs them. The price Meridian pays buys, for her alone, a resolution that is neither desperation nor defeat. Alice Walker's achievement is to bring home to us the cost of commitment to a cause both to those who want to help and to those they try to serve; and to do this through characters whom their creator never has to manipulate because she has endowed them with all the complexity of real people who can, alas, manipulate themselves all to ably in the cause of tragedy. Yet this is also a heartening book, because just as Meridian's friends connive at their own defeat with complete credibility, so Meridian Hill becomes a true heroine, in whose honesty, strength and dignity we believe completely." About the Author Best-selling novelist ALICE WALKER is the author of five other novels, five collections of short stories, six collections of essays, seven volumes of poetry, including the most recent Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, and several children’s books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages.
Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
Stephen King - The Green Mile
The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain Penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story. Evil murderer or holy innocent - whichever he is - Coffey has strange powers which may yet offer salvation to others, even if they can do nothing to save him.
Toni Morrison - Song of Solomon
This is the story of Macon ''Milkman'' Dead, as he makes a voyage of rediscovery, travelling southwards geographically and inwards spiritually. Through the enlightenment of one man the novel recapitulates the history of slavery and liberation.
Piper Kerman - Orange Is the New Black
With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.