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Texas Tough

By Robert Perkinson
  • ISBN Code: : 9781429952774
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Pages : 496
  • Category : Social Science
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A vivid history of America's biggest, baddest prison system and how it came to lead the nation's punitive revolution In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. The most locked-down state in the nation has led the way in criminal justice severity, from assembly-line executions to isolation supermaxes, from prison privatization to sentencing juveniles as adults. Texas Tough, a sweeping history of American imprisonment from the days of slavery to the present, shows how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric became the national template. Drawing on convict accounts, official records, and interviews with prisoners, guards, and lawmakers, historian Robert Perkinson reveals the Southern roots of our present-day prison colossus. While conventional histories emphasize the North's rehabilitative approach, he shows how the retributive and profit-driven regime of the South ultimately triumphed. Most provocatively, he argues that just as convict leasing and segregation emerged in response to Reconstruction, so today's mass incarceration, with its vast racial disparities, must be seen as a backlash against civil rights. Illuminating for the first time the origins of America's prison juggernaut, Texas Tough points toward a more just and humane future.

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Cheap on Crime

By Prof. Hadar Aviram
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Book Code : 0520960327
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 342
  • Pdf File: cheap-on-crime.pdf

Book Short Summary:

After forty years of increasing prison construction and incarceration rates, winds of change are blowing through the American correctional system. The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the unsustainability of the incarceration project, thereby empowering policy makers to reform punishment through fiscal prudence and austerity. In Cheap on Crime, Hadar Aviram draws on years of archival and journalistic research and builds on social history and economics literature to show the powerful impact of recession-era discourse on the death penalty, the war on drugs, incarceration practices, prison health care, and other aspects of the American correctional landscape.

Today's Public Relations

By Robert L. Heath,W. Timothy Coombs
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  • Publisher : SAGE Publications
  • Book Code : 1506320368
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 113
  • Pdf File: today-s-public-relations.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Today's Public Relations: An Introduction is a comprehensive text that features all aspects of public relations with specific sensitivity to the message strategies that challenge practitioners to be successful, yet ethical. In this book, authors Robert L. Heath and W. Timothy Coombs redefine the teaching of public relations by discussing its connection to mass communication while linking it to its rhetorical heritage. The text features coverage of ethics, research, strategy, planning, evaluation, media selection, promotion and publicity, crisis communication, risk communication, and collaborative decision making as ways to create, maintain, and repair relationships between organizations and the persons who can affect their success.

Bidding on a Texan

By Barbara Dunlop
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  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Book Code : 0369708180
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 124
  • Pdf File: bidding-on-a-texan.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A cowboy bachelor auction sets the stage for sizzling chemistry in this Texas Cattleman''s Club: Heir Apparent novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop. The bachelor auction will save his legacy, if he can keep his heart out of the deal… Cowboy restaurateur Rafe Cortez-Williams blames the wealthy Edmonds family for swindling him and the folks of Royal, Texas, out of millions. So when Gina Edmonds proposes a fundraiser to recoup the losses, Rafe is skeptical, until the gorgeous, sheltered heiress proposes a cowboy bachelor auction—with Rafe as the main prize. By the time the gavel comes down, he can’t say no to their explosive attraction, which sets off a chain reaction of secrets this ranching heir never bargained for! From Harlequin Desire: A luxurious world of bold encounters and sizzling chemistry. Love triumphs in these uplifting romances, part of the Texas Cattleman''s Club: Heir Apparent series: Book 1: Back in the Texan''s Bed by Naima Simone Book 2: At the Rancher''s Pleasure by Joss Wood Book 3: Blue Collar Billionaire by Karen Booth Book 4: The Trouble with Bad Boys by Katherine Garbera Book 5: Texas Tough by Janice Maynard Book 6: Trapped with the Texan by Joanne Rock Book 7: How to Catch a Bad Boy by Cat Schield Book 8: Bidding on a Texan by Barbara Dunlop

The Best Lousy Choice: An Ed Earl Burch Novel

By Jim Nesbitt
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  • Publisher : Spotted Mule Press
  • Book Code : 0998329436
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 134
  • Pdf File: the-best-lousy-choice.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Dallas private eye Ed Earl Burch is an emotional wreck, living on the edge of madness, hosing down the nightmares of his last case with bourbon and Percodan, dreading the next onslaught of demons that haunt his days and nights, including a one-eyed dead man who still wants to carve out his heart and eat it. Burch is also a walking contradiction. Steady and relentless when working a case. Tormented and unbalanced when idle. He’s deeply in debt to a shyster lawyer who forces him to take the type of case he loathes -- divorce work, peephole creeping to get dirt on a wayward husband. Work with no honor. Work that reminds him of how far he’s fallen since he lost the gold shield of a Dallas homicide detective. Work in the stark, harsh badlands of West Texas, the border country where he almost got killed and his nightmares began. What he longs for is the clarity and sense of purpose he had when he carried that gold shield and chased killers for a living. The adrenaline spike of the showdown. Smoke ‘em or cuff ‘em. Justice served -- by his .45 or a judge and jury. When a rich rancher and war hero is killed in a suspicious barn fire, the rancher’s outlaw cousin hires Burch to investigate a death the county sheriff is reluctant to touch. Seems a lot of folks had reason for wanting the rancher dead -- the local narco who has the sheriff on his payroll; some ruthless Houston developers who want the rancher’s land; maybe his own daughter. Maybe the outlaw cousin who hired Burch. Thrilled to be a manhunter again, Burch ignores these red flags, forgetting something he once knew by heart. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. And it might just get you killed. But it’s the best lousy choice Ed Earl Burch is ever going to get.

Harlequin Desire July 2021 - Box Set 1 of 2

By Janice Maynard,Jules Bennett,Nadine Gonzalez
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  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Book Code : 1488070792
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 636
  • Pdf File: harlequin-desire-july-2021-box-set-1-of-2.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Do you love stories with sexy, romantic heroes who have it all—wealth, status, and incredibly good looks? Harlequin® Desire brings you all this and more with these three new full-length titles in one collection! This box set includes: Texas Tough Texas Cattleman’s Club: Heir Apparent By USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard World-traveling documentary filmmaker Abby Carmichael is only in Royal for a short project, definitely not to fall for hometown rancher Carter Crane. But opposites attract and the sparks between them ignite! Can they look past their differences for something more than temporary? Fake Engagement, Nashville Style Dynasties: Beaumont Bay By USA TODAY bestselling author Jules Bennett Tired of being Nashville’s most eligible bachelor, Luke Sutherland needs a fake date to the wedding of the year and ex-fiancé Cassandra Taylor needs a favor. But as they masquerade as a couple, one hot kiss makes things all too real… What Happens in Miami… Miami Famous By Nadine Gonzalez Actor Alessandro Cardenas isn’t just attending Miami’s hottest art event for the parties. He’s looking to find who forged his grandfather’s famous paintings. When he meets gallerist Angeline Louis, he can’t resist at least one night…but will that lead to betrayal? For more stories filled with scandal and powerful heroes, look for Harlequin® Desire’s July 2021 Box set 2 of 2.

My Favorite Cowboy

By Donna Grant
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks
  • Book Code : 1250169038
  • Total of Pages : 316
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 541
  • Pdf File: my-favorite-cowboy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant rounds up the hottest cowboys in Texas in her latest novel of no-holds-barred passion. Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses—even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to falling deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . . Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey—or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned? “A fantastic, first-class Lone Star romance.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) on The Christmas Cowboy Hero

Who Gets a Childhood?

By William S. Bush
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  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Book Code : 0820337625
  • Total of Pages : 257
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 520
  • Pdf File: who-gets-a-childhood.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Using Texas as a case study for understanding change in the American juvenile justice system over the past century, the author tells the story of three cycles of scandal, reform, and retrenchment, each of which played out in ways that tended to extend the privileges of a protected childhood to white middle- and upper-class youth, while denying those protections to blacks, Latinos, and poor whites. On the forefront of both progressive and "get tough" reform campaigns, Texas has led national policy shifts in the treatment of delinquent youth to a surprising degree. Changes in the legal system have included the development of courts devoted exclusively to young offenders, the expanded legal application of psychological expertise, and the rise of the children's rights movement. At the same time, broader cultural ideas about adolescence have also changed. Yet the author demonstrates that as the notion of the teenager gained currency after World War II, white, middle-class teen criminals were increasingly depicted as suffering from curable emotional disorders even as the rate of incarceration rose sharply for black, Latino, and poor teens. He argues that despite the struggles of reformers, child advocates, parents, and youths themselves to make juvenile justice live up to its ideal of offering young people a second chance, the story of twentieth-century juvenile justice in large part boils down to the exclusion of poor and nonwhite youth from modern categories of childhood and adolescence.

This Calder Sky

By Janet Dailey
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1451640315
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 446
  • Pdf File: this-calder-sky.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The great Calder empire stretched across the Montana plains as far as the eye could see. Everyone knew a Calder's word was law and that one day Chase Calder would carry the family name to new glories. But for handsome, arrogant Chase Calder there was also beautiful Maggie O'Rourke, who came to him in innocence and stirred in him a deep, insistent longing. But Maggie was determined to be free from the harsh codes of hard men. And even Chase Calder's strong arms couldn't keep her. Still, in them both burned the raw passion of the land...where even the greatest love must fight to live beneath This Calder Sky.

Texas Ranger

By John Boessenecker
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  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Book Code : 1466879866
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 200
  • Pdf File: texas-ranger.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The New York Times bestseller! “Frank Hamer, last of the old breed of Texas Rangers, has not fared well in history or popular culture. John Boessenecker now restores this incredible Ranger to his proper place alongside such fabled lawmen as Wyatt Earp and Eliot Ness. Here is a grand adventure story, told with grace and authority by a master historian of American law enforcement. Frank Hamer can rest easy as readers will finally learn the truth behind his amazing career, spanning the end of the Wild West through the bloody days of the gangsters.” --Paul Andrew Hutton, author of The Apache Wars To most Americans, Frank Hamer is known only as the “villain” of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. Now, in Texas Ranger, historian John Boessenecker sets out to restore Hamer’s good name and prove that he was, in fact, a classic American hero. From the horseback days of the Old West through the gangster days of the 1930s, Hamer stood on the front lines of some of the most important and exciting periods in American history. He participated in the Bandit War of 1915, survived the climactic gunfight in the last blood feud of the Old West, battled the Mexican Revolution’s spillover across the border, protected African Americans from lynch mobs and the Ku Klux Klan, and ran down gangsters, bootleggers, and Communists. When at last his career came to an end, it was only when he ran up against another legendary Texan: Lyndon B. Johnson. Written by one of the most acclaimed historians of the Old West, Texas Ranger is the first biography to tell the full story of this near-mythic lawman.

Tulia

By Nate Blakeslee
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  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Book Code : 0786735465
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : History
  • Members : 375
  • Pdf File: tulia.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In the summer of 1999, in the tiny west Texas town of Tulia, thirty-nine people, almost all of them black, were arrested and charged with dealing powdered cocaine. The operation, a federally-funded investigation performed in cooperation with the local authorities, was based on the work of one notoriously unreliable undercover officer. At trial, the prosecution relied almost solely on the uncorroborated, and contradictory, testimony of that officer, Tom Coleman. Despite the flimsiness of the evidence against them, virtually all of the defendants were convicted and given sentences as high as ninety-nine years. Tom Coleman was named a Texas Lawman of the Year for his work.Tulia is the story of this town, the bust, the trials, and the heroic legal battle that ultimately led to the reversal of the convictions in the summer of 2003. Laws have been changed in Texas as a result of the scandal, and the defendants have earned a measure of bittersweet redemption. But the story is much bigger than the tale of just one bust. As Tulia makes clear, these events are the latest chapter in a story with themes as old as the country itself. It is a gripping, marvelously well-told tale about injustice, race, poverty, hysteria, and desperation in rural America.

Make Your Bed

By Admiral William H. McRaven
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  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Book Code : 1455570230
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 313
  • Pdf File: make-your-bed.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this #1 New York Times bestseller of powerful life lessons "should be read by every leader in America" (Wall Street Journal). If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better. Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments. "Powerful." --USA Today "Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault." --Washington Post "Superb, smart, and succinct." --Forbes

Tough Love

By Susan Rice
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1501189999
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 857
  • Pdf File: tough-love.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor in this New York Times bestseller. Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Susan Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Susan now shares the wisdom she learned along the way. Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, DC, she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rice’s elders—immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other—had high expectations that each generation would rise. And rise they did, but not without paying it forward—in uniform and in the pulpit, as educators, community leaders, and public servants. Susan too rose rapidly. She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nation’s youngest assistant secretaries of state and, later, one of President Obama’s most trusted advisors. Rice provides an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, and from conflicts in Libya and Syria to the Ebola epidemic, a secret channel to Iran, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration. Although you might think you know Susan Rice—whose name became synonymous with Benghazi following her Sunday news show appearances after the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya—now, through these pages, you truly will know her for the first time. Often mischaracterized by both political opponents and champions, Rice emerges as neither a villain nor a victim, but a strong, resilient, compassionate leader. Intimate, sometimes humorous, but always candid, Tough Love makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.