Publication Date: July 28, 2015
In 1894 Captain Richard Dreyfus, a French Artillery Officer was convicted of treason for passing military secrets to the Germans. Dreyfus was sent to Devil’s Island in French Guiana to live out his sentence. When a few years later evidence that Dreyfus was innocent was discovered, the French military did everything they could to suppress the information. French journalist, Emile Zola, ran with the story of the gross injustice in the periodical J’Accuse and became a target of those looking to keep the story under wraps and Dreyfus incarcerated. To Live Out Loud is the story of this historic case and Zola’s coverage of it and the ultimate pursuit of justice at all costs.
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Publication Date: June 6, 2017
As lawyer Bus McIntyre digs into the past of his murdered father, he uncovers a dangerous secret. At the same time, a protege of Edward Snowdon discovers that a project purporting to look for new information in the assassination of JFK is actually identifying people with new information and eliminating them. Is Bus the next victim?
Continue reading Knoll: The Last JFK Conspiracist by Stephen Hillard
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Alonzo Fields started working in the White House in 1931 and was the head butler for the four Presidents – Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. My 21 Years in the White House is a look through the eyes of a man keenly aware of the unique position he held and with nearly unlimited access at crucial points in U.S. history and his encounters with the world leaders that visited.
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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.
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Publication Date: March 12, 1987
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Morte accidentale di un anarchico) was written by the Italian playwright, Dario Fo, following the events that took place in Italy, in the late 1960s. Fo is one of Italy’s most important and well-known literary writers who is famous for employing satire and popular elements within his work. His writings deal with Italian politics and his work is able to attract people from all walks of life.
The book was released in 1970 and the play was first performed in Milan in December of the same year. In 1984, it was staged on Broadway and became Fo’s most popular work inside and outside of Italy. For theater directors, this has been the play of choice when it comes to dealing with corruption.
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Publication Date: October 12, 2009
In The Murder Business, former LAPD Detective turned author, Mark Fuhrman, examines how media sensationalism of criminal cases and the reckless nature with which they’re treated publicly impedes the course of justice.
Continue reading The Murder Business: How the Media Turns Crime Into Entertainment and Subverts Justice by Mark Fuhrman
Release Date: January 24, 1968 | DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
A United States Air Force General orders a nuclear attack aimed at the Soviet Union. The movie follows the President and Joint Chiefs of Staff as they struggle to stop the attack and the B-52 Bomber as it travels to deliver the devastating hit.
Continue reading Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1968)
Reprint Edition: February 20, 2001
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.
Continue reading Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden & Leroy Phillips
Publication Date: May 7, 2014
Extraordinary Natural Death Syndrome (ENDS) is killing celebrities and people of note. When Dr. Mike Clifford and Eleanor Johnson, a noted Chinese trained acupuncturist, start investigating the disease they discover that the cause may be more sinister than they ever imagined.
Continue reading The Dragon and the Needle by Hugh Franks
Publication Date: January 19, 2014
Matt Decker is a designer of energy grids on a routine inspection in rural Mississippi when the U.S. is attacked. The grid is out of control and the enemy isn’t obvious. The attack seems to come home on Matt. Can he stop the slid into chaos and save the United States?
Continue reading Seven Unholy Days by Jerry Hatchett