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For The Thrill Of It

Author: Simon Baatz
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006182884X
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It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals—too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice. Set against the backdrop of the 1920s—a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy—For the Thrill of It draws the reader into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery.

American Jewry

Author: Eli Lederhendler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521196086
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In the United States, Jews have bridged minority and majority cultures - their history illustrates the diversity of the American experience.

Life Stories

Author: Linda C. Morice
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 162396492X
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Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History Through Biography consists of 13 essays, each of which offers perspective on one of four key questions that have long drawn scholarly attention: What should schools teach? Who gets to decide? How should educators adapt to a changing world to provide opportunity for all students? How should educators’ experiences be interpreted for future audiences? The book is written to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the International Society for Educational Biography and its journal, Vitae Scholasticae. All of the essays have appeared in the journal, and they are set in a variety of educational environments that span 174 years. Taken together, the essays demonstrate the important contributions that biography can make to educational history. Life Stories would be of interest to educational biographers and historians for use in their own scholarly work. Instructors might also consider assigning Life Stories as a required text in educational history courses.

Speaking Ill Of The Dead Jerks In Chicago History

Author: Adam Selzer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762791128
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A delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of the Windy City through their deeds and misdeeds. Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History features twenty-five short profiles of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Windy City. It reveals the dark side of some well-known and even revered characters from Chicago's past—both part-time Jerks and others who were Jerks through and through.

Ugly Prey

Author: Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613736991
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Ugly Prey tells the riveting story of poor Italian immigrant Sabella Nitti, the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago, in 1923, for the alleged murder of her husband. Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi leads readers through the case, showing how, with no evidence and no witnesses, Nitti was the target of an obsessed deputy sheriff and the victim of a faulty legal system. She was also—to the men who convicted her and reporters fixated on her—ugly. For that unforgiveable crime, the media painted her as a hideous, dirty, and unpredictable immigrant, almost an animal. Featuring two other fascinating women—the ambitious and ruthless journalist who helped demonize Sabella through her reports and the brilliant, beautiful, 23-year-old lawyer who helped humanize her with a jailhouse makeover—Ugly Prey is not just a page-turning courtroom drama but also a thought-provoking look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and class within the American justice system.

The Girl On The Velvet Swing

Author: Simon Baatz
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316396672
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From New York Times bestselling author Simon Baatz, the first comprehensive account of the murder that shocked the world. In 1901 Evelyn Nesbit, a chorus girl in the musical Florodora, dined alone with the architect Stanford White in his townhouse on 24th Street in New York. Nesbit, just sixteen years old, had recently moved to the city. White was forty-seven and a principal in the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. As the foremost architect of his day, he was a celebrity, responsible for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan. That evening, after drinking champagne, Nesbit lost consciousness and awoke to find herself naked in bed with White. Telltale spots of blood on the bed sheets told her that White had raped her. She told no one about the rape until, several years later, she confided in Harry Thaw, the millionaire playboy who would later become her husband. Thaw, thirsting for revenge, shot and killed White in 1906 before hundreds of theatergoers during a performance in Madison Square Garden, a building that White had designed. The trial was a sensation that gripped the nation. Most Americans agreed with Thaw that he had been justified in killing White, but the district attorney expected to send him to the electric chair. Evelyn Nesbit's testimony was so explicit and shocking that Theodore Roosevelt himself called on the newspapers not to print it verbatim. The murder of White cast a long shadow: Harry Thaw later attempted suicide, and Evelyn Nesbit struggled for many years to escape an addiction to cocaine. The Girl on the Velvet Swing, a tale of glamour, excess, and danger, is an immersive, fascinating look at an America dominated by men of outsize fortunes and by the women who were their victims.

The Corporation

Author: T. J. English
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641206812
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Ab den Sechzigerjahren stieg die kubanisch-amerikanische Mafia zu einer der mächtigsten kriminellen Organisationen der USA auf. Mit rücksichtslosen Methoden und einem eigenen Zweig des illegalen Glücksspiels baute sich die „Corporation“ ein Millionenimperium auf. T. J. English hat zahlreiche Insider der Corporation aufgespürt und über mehrere Jahrzehnte hinweg Material zusammengetragen, um die Geschichte dieser mächtigen, aber weitgehend unbekannten Organisation und ihres legendären Paten José Miguel Battle nachzuzeichnen.

M Nchen

Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 364121372X
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September 1938 – in München treffen sich Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini und Daladier zu einer kurzfristig einberufenen Konferenz. Der Weltfrieden hängt am seidenen Faden. Im Gefolge des britischen Premierministers Chamberlain befindet sich Hugh Legat aus dem Außenministerium, der ihm als Privatsekretär zugeordnet ist. Auf der deutschen Seite gehört Paul von Hartmann aus dem Auswärtigen Amt in Berlin zum Kreis der Anwesenden. Den Zugang zur Delegation hat er sich erschlichen. Insgeheim ist er Mitglied einer Widerstandszelle gegen Hitler. Legat und von Hartmann verbindet eine Freundschaft, seit sie in Oxford gemeinsam studiert haben. Nun kreuzen sich ihre Wege wieder. Wie weit müssen sie gehen, wenn sie den drohenden Krieg verhindern wollen? Der neue Politthriller von Robert Harris – ein Roman über Hochverrat und Unbestechlichkeit, über Loyalität und Vertrauensbruch. Und wie immer bei Robert Harris lassen sich über die historischen Figuren und Ereignisse erhellende Bezüge zur aktuellen Weltpolitik herstellen.

H Llentage Auf See

Author: Captain Richard Phillips
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641128641
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Captain Phillips – ab 14. November im Kino Am 8. April 2009 wird der Albtraum eines jeden Kapitäns wahr: Um 7.30 Uhr Ortszeit wird das Containerschiff Maersk Alabama 300 Seemeilen vor der Küste Somalias von Piraten angegriffen. Um seine Crew zu retten, weist Richard Phillips die Männer an, sich in einer Kabine zu verstecken, und begibt sich freiwillig in die Gewalt der Piraten. Fünf Tage lang wird er als Geisel in einem Rettungsboot gedemütigt, gequält und gefoltert: vier Männer gegen einen, ein Kampf um Leben und Tod. Bis in der Dunkelheit auf einmal Schüsse knallen ... – Ein packender Countdown auf offener See: spannungsgeladen, actionreich, wagemutig. Captain Phillips fährt seit über dreißig Jahren zur See. Beladen unter anderem mit 17 Tonnen Nahrungsmitteln für das World Food Programme, führt die Route seines Containerschiffes diesmal von Salalah im Oman über den Golf von Aden und den Indischen Ozean nach Mombasa, Kenia. Die Fahrt verläuft friedlich, bis am achten Tag das Unglaubliche geschieht: Rasend schnell nähert sich ein vermeintliches Fischerboot. Mit einer langen weißen Leiter wird der Frachter geentert. Und vier mit Maschinengewehren bewaffnete Piraten stürmen an Bord. Ihnen gegenüber stehen der Captain und seine 20 Mann starke Besatzung – unbewaffnet. Ihre einzige Chance: Sie kennen das Schiff, die Piraten nicht. Vor allem begreift Captain Phillips eins: Dies ist der Moment, wo Willensstärke mehr zählt als jede Waffe.