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'Convictions': How to Flip a Perp

"Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves"  by John Kroger tells the story of the complexities of life as a prosecutor, where the battle in the courtroom is only the culmination of long and intricate investigative work. He tells how to flip a perp, how to conduct a cross, how to work an informant, how to placate a hostile judge, deal with dishonest cops and relates it all with a novelist's eye for detail. Throughout "Convictions" there is a powerful sense of the ethical conflicts he faces. Often dissatisfied with the system, he explains why our law enforcement policies frequently fail in critical areas like drug enforcement and white-collar crime. He purposes new ways in which we can fight crime more effectively, empowering citizens to pressure their lawmakers to adopt more productive policies.
John Kroger is a former federal prosecutor who holds a graduate degree in law from Harvard University. He served on the Justice Department's Enron Task Force and was also deputy of policy for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. He now teaches at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He ran for attorney general in Oregon. "Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves" by John Kroger. Published By Farrar, Straus, Giroux May 6, 2008. $27. ISBN 0-374-10015-2.

The 'Low Road' Life of Donald Goines

Born into a well-to-do Detroit family and expected to take over the family dry cleaning business from his father, Donald  Goines chose a different path.  At the age of 15, he forged documents joined the Air Force, and was stationed in Asia during the Korean War. While overseas, he developed an addiction to heroin that was to plague him throughout the rest of his life. Returning to Detroit, Donald began a number of illegal activities, which led him to prison. While incarcerated, in what was to be his last prison sentence, Goines was inspired by the works of Iceberg Slim, and began to pen a novel based on his own experiences. After his release, Goines would produce 16 novels before his untimely and mysterious death, just 4 years later. To date, his novels have sold an estimated 10 million copies, and he is recognized as one of the founding fathers in the game of ghetto realism.
Author Eddie B. Allen Jr. has contributed to articles published in the New York Times and USA Today, as well as writing for numerous publications, including the Detroit News, the Toledo Blade, the Metro Times, Orlando Weekly, African American Family Magazine and the Africana.com web site. His news coverage has included such national figures as President Bill Clinton and Dr. Maya Angelou. Eddie lives in Detroit. "Low Road" by Eddie B. Allen Jr. Published by St. Martin's Griffin. May 15, 2008. $14.95. ISBN 0-312-38351-7.

An Upclose Look at Meerkat Life

"Meerkat Manor: Flower of the Kalahari" by Tim Clutton-Brock tells the inside story of Meerkat Manor. More than an episode guide, these are the stories of the life history about meerkats in the Whiskers clan, and an extensive family tree of Flower's peers and descendants. The book examines the science of animal behavior in order to draw parallels between the actions of meerkats and those of other mammals, including humans. With scientific facts about meerkats, their predators and prey, "Meerkat Manor" breaks down what happens in the Kalahari Desert and why.
Tim Clutton-Brock is a Prince Philip Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Cambridge and a fellow at Magdalene College. He has been studying the meerkats of the Kalahari since 1993. He divides his time between the United Kingdom and the Kalahari Desert. "Meerkat Manor: Flower of the Kalahari" by Tim Clutton-Brock. Published by Touchstone Books. May 6, 2008. $18. ISBN 1-4165-8767-5.

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