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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review

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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2002

What do 90s trends, syphilis, crime waves, and Paul Revere’s midnight ride have in common? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Seriously, they don’t share a single common trait. And yet in the first few pages of his book, Malcolm Gladwell foolishly tried to pull the wool over my eyes and hoodwink me into believing that all those random events are, at their core, the very same thing. I was not going to fall for it. Not this time.

Yeah no he convinced me. Trends of the 90s, crime waves, diseases, and even Paul Revere’s ride are all different forms of epidemics. Their spreads are caused, accelerated, and ended by the same core set of factors and by examining one epidemic, we can come to understand them all. Just that concept alone is fascinating, and this book’s exploration of viral events and their causes is riveting. If you have any interest in psychology, criminology, sociology, or marketing, this book is perfect for you. Or, if you’re like me and desperate to find out why fidget spinners and Silly Bandz (oh yeah) blew up like they did, then The TIpping Point has all the answers. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú - Book Review

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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

In this raw look at the life of a Texas Border Patrol Guard, the author writes of the reality of a failed system where the humanitarian efforts of search and rescue take a back seat to the capture of drug smugglers. His vivid descriptions explain how those protecting the U.S. borders can become indifferent to the human sacrifice of those trying to cross over to a better life. An important read for anyone wanting to understand the border patrol's mandate. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew G. McCabe - Book Review

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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 19th, 2019

When former Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe was fired by then Attorney General Jeff Session, Donald Trump tweeted that McCabe "knew all about the corruption and lies going on at the highest levels of the FBI". Anyone can of course lie in print, but the reader of McCabe's memoir/FBI primer will come away with an unmistakable impression that Andrew McCabe is "on the level", a sober and dedicated public servant committed to serving his agency and his country. A detailed look at an important topic, covering not just his recent experiences with Trump but his entire career and the modern trajectory and challenges of the FBI in combating the unique threats of our day. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz - Book Review

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Published: Nan A. Talese - March 5th, 2019

Kotlowitz's Chicago summer bursts with harrowing violence and life-affirming humanity. There are no stick figures or statistics here, only full-blooded people struggling, and sometimes succeeding, in making the next day worth living. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal - Book Review

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Published: PublicAffairs - November 13th, 2018

Big Pharma's mantra, "a pill for every ill," triggered an American epidemic starting in the late 1990s when that pill was OxyContin. Distributors delivered, doctors prescribed, and patients unwittingly became addicted consumers. Now, with OxyContin's dangers well-known, many addicts have moved on to heroin, fentanyl, or, they have OD'd. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence by Patrick Sharkey - Book Review

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 16th, 2018

America's cities are much safer now than a generation ago, but the future is murky. Sharkey advocates progressive policing, practical investment, enlightened policies, and programs and activities that engage all segments of the urban population to further minimize metropolitan violence and crime. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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