William D. Pederson

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Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

This readable overview of issues within the criminal justice system will appeal to political science, criminal justice, and legal scholars and students, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about its inner workings.

Litigation Nation: A Cultural History of Lawsuits in America

Hoffer’s study covers a vast topic in a clear and concise manner that will appeal to those interested in American law, especially historians and legal scholars.

Keep the Wretches in Order: America’s Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW

This title excels at showing the danger of American justice during wartime. For those who enjoyed Nat Hentoff’s The First Freedom and Peter Iron’s Courage of their Convictions, it’s a must-read, appealing to American historians, political scientists, and anyone interested in labor and the judicial process.

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness

A groundbreaking, accessible work of investigative reporting that spans a variety of topics, including gun violence and the historic role of the Emanuel AME Church. It will appeal to general readers interested in these topics, as well as historians and political scientists.

Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal

This well-researched and highly readable work is a model case study of America's criminal justice system. Besides being ideal for use in the classroom, it will attract criminal justice scholars and anyone invested in human rights.

Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States

Platt's readable and thought-provoking work should appeal to social scientists and the general readers interested in modern approaches to crime and punishment.

First: Sandra Day O'Connor

This highly readable biography shows the underlying factors motivating O'Connor both on and off the Court. It will have considerable popular appeal to both political scientists and historians, as well as general readers interested in how America's government interacts with the public in resolving political issues related to the law.

Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition

This comprehensive study is essential reading for a better understanding of social and political justice and will appeal to scholars of political science, history, and law, as well as general readers interested in American history and human rights.—William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport

Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They've Ever Made

A unique and hard-to-put-down title for anyone interested in America's judicial system. Highly recommended for all libraries.

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