Book cover of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI by Betty Medsger
Biography & Autobiography

The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

The never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists—quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans—that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation. […Learn More]

Book cover of A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad by Del Quentin Wilber
Biography & Autobiography

A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad 

Bestselling author Del Quentin Wilber tells the inside story of how a homicide squad—a dedicated, colorful team of detectives—does its almost impossible job

Twelve homicides, three police-involved shootings and the furious hunt for an especially brutal killer–February 2013 was a good month for murder in suburban Washington, D.C. […Learn More]

Book cover of Big Dirty Money: Making White Collar Criminals Pay by Jennifer Taub
Biography & History

Big Dirty Money: Making White Collar Criminals Pay

How ordinary Americans suffer when the rich and powerful use tax dodges or break the law to get richer and more powerful–and how we can stop it.

There is an elite crime spree happening in America, and the privileged perps are getting away with it. Selling loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk can lead to a choke-hold arrest, and death, if you are not among the top 1% […Learn More]

Book cover of Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom by Sarah A. Seo
Engineering & Transportation

Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom 

When Americans think of freedom, they often picture the open road. Yet nowhere are we more likely to encounter the long arm of the law than in our cars. Sarah Seo reveals how the rise of the automobile led us to accept—and expect—pervasive police power, a radical transformation with far-reaching consequences. […Learn More]

Book cover of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry
Biography & Autobiography

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

We all think we know the South. Even those who have never lived there can rattle off a list of signifiers: the Civil War, Gone with the Wind, the Ku Klux Klan, plantations, football, Jim Crow, slavery. But the idiosyncrasies, dispositions, and habits of the region are stranger and more complex than much of the country tends to acknowledge. In South to America, Imani Perry shows that the meaning of American is inextricably linked with the South, and that our understanding of its history and culture is the key to understanding the nation as a whole. […Learn More]

Book cover of Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol by Kelly Lytle Hernández
Americas

Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol

by Kelly Lytle Hernández@kyltlehernandez Political awareness of the tensions in U.S.-Mexico relations is rising in the twenty-first century; the American history of its treatment of illegal immigrants represents a massive failure of the promises of the American dream. This is the untold history of the United States Border Patrol from its beginnings in 1924 as a small peripheral outfit to its emergence as a large professional police force that continuously […Learn More]