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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


Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy - Book Review

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 7th, 2018

Macy portrays an epidemic sowed by pharmaceutical companies and drug dealers, enabled by beleaguered bureaucrats, sustained by flailing politicians, and financed, often fatally, by the bodies of dopesick addicts. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay - Book Review

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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2018

An incredibly honest anthology involving the personal stories of individuals affected by sexual assault. Many unique insights from the authors provide the reader with the opportunity to understand the different ways sexual trauma can impact one's life. This novel should become required reading to help rid the stigma and skepticism surrounding rape culture. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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