If you are looking for books dealing with human rights, check out those that have been reviewed on this homepage. Our main post with an overview of books and movies were reviewed for human rights day 2016 will be published later. At the moment, enjoy the Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2016 and make sure to visit this site later.
Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden & Leroy Phillips
Genre: nonfiction, human rights, political science, African-American studies
In 1906, a white woman was brutally raped in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ed Johnson, a black man, was working at his restaurant job when the attack happened but was arrested and charged with the crime. When his lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution and that stay was granted, local folks, led by officials, took the law into their own hands. In a history-changing move, the lynch mob faced federal legal repercussions. Ed Johnson cleared of the rape charges 100 years later. You can read the review of a “Contempt of Court” here.
On March 9, 1963, two men on a burglary spree were stopped as a result of a routine traffic offense by two plainclothes LAPD officers in an unmarked car. The men took the officers, both former Marines, to a field and executed one of them. The Onion Field is an in-depth analysis of the case by Joseph Wambaugh, an LAPD officer himself at the time.
Cornell Thomas is a basketball coach and motivational speaker. In [easyazon_link identifier=”B00RWT69VG” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Power Of Positivity: Controlling Where the Ball Bounces[/easyazon_link], Thomas gives a look into his life and challenges he’s faced. Through his stories Thomas shows readers a path that looks to the future and helps them control where their ball bounces.
[easyazon_link asin=”1400067510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Goebbels: A Biography[/easyazon_link] is an intimate look at the life and death of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s right-hand man.
I received a copy of this biography from Netgalley in exchange for my review.
Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick is an intimate look at the life of fashion icon Coco Chanel, the way she changed the face of fashion for women in the 20th century and her abiding legacy.
Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy best-selling author and Dr. Who writer, Neil Gaiman, takes readers behind the curtain to discover the late Douglas Adams through his life and work.