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Cults: Inside the World’s Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them

A fascinating overview of famous cult leaders which serves as an introduction to the topic.

Manhattan Cult Story: Abuse, Crime, Sex, and My Life inside a Secret Organization

A highly personal account of a cult survivor.

Trailed: One Woman’s Quest To Solve the Shenandoah Murders

Miles strikes a good balance between laying out the details of the crime and investigation, and fully developing the stories of the victims’ lives. Fans of unsolved cases will appreciate this well-researched, compelling story.

Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periods

Recommended purchase for academic libraries supporting gender studies programs.

The Vanishing Triangle: The Unsolved Murders in One Bestselling Author’s Backyard

Thought-provoking, compelling true crime.

Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod

The book is hard to follow and full of references to drugs and 1960s counterculture that will confuse many readers. Moreover, the lengthy treatment of the Vonnegut-Mailer dispute doesn’t fit with the rest of the book. Not recommended for true crime readers.

When Freedom Speaks: The Boundaries and the Boundlessness of Our First Amendment Right

Complete with a glossary of legal terms, Greenky’s easy-to-read primer offers general readers and students a telling history and framework for understanding the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodologies courts commonly use to negotiate clashing and competing constitutional values and individual rights to free speech.

The True Crime File: Serial Killings, Famous Kidnappings, Great Cons, Survivors and Their Stories, Forensics, and More

The scope of Daly’s coverage is commendable even if the format prevents her from tackling any topic in depth. A great entry point for those exploring true crime.

Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial

A highly readable tale of underdogs who took on a mega-corporation and won.
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