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The Gift of Fear - Gavin De Becker

De Becker is a leading expert on the prediction of violent behavior, and the CEO of a firm that attempts to predict and prevent violent attacks. Accordin to De Becker, victims of violent behavior usually feel a sense of fear before any threat or violence occurs. He believes that everyone can learn to recognize the warning signs of a potential attacker, and he recommends strategies for dealing with the problem before it escalates.

Where can I learn about pirates?

Pirates, Privateers and Rebel Raiders - Lindley Butler

Pirates, Privateers and Rebel Raiders of the North Carolina Coast, What is it in ourselves that finds something irresistibly fascinating about pirates -- even the real life variety? Professor Lindley Butler of Rockingham Community College in North Carolina profiles eight such scalawags in "Pirates, Privateers and Rebel Raiders of the North Carolina Coast." These dashing evildoers practiced their nefarious trades from the early 1700s up until the Civil War. Read about Blackbeard as well as Confederate raiders James Cooke and James Waddell. While this book does not romanticize the pirates, it is nonetheless interesting and entertaining reading.

Where can I read about words lost from our language?

Forgotten English - Jeffrey Kacirk

Some think that the loss of words from the English language is an indication of its constant decline. According to Jeffrey Kacirk, "the richness and maturity of a language may be gauged by the volume and quality of words it can afford to lose."

Where can I learn what it´s like to be a writer?

Letters to a Fiction Writer - Frederick Busch

Need some inspiration, or something to break that writer´s block? Read Frederick Busch´s "Letters to a Fiction Writer," an enlightening and entertaining collection of essays on the art and craft of writing, from some of the best fiction writers around.


The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court - Jeffrey Toobin

Toobin's look at the inner workings and personalities of the U.S. Supreme Court seeks to remove the air of mystery that surrounds the deliberations and decisions of the court. "The Nine" looks at roughly 15 years of court history, focusing largely on the individual justices. Toobin's idea is that the public should understand the behind-the-scenes workings of the Court; despite the popular idea that the Court is a group of disinterested bystanders only interested in interpreting the law, the Court is made up of justices chosen through a very politicized process and for very political reasons. He makes an effort to show the link between the justices' backgrounds and their legal views, and presents quick thumbnail sketches of their personalities and attitudes - all things that influence their decisions.

"The Nine" was on the New York Times best-seller list for over four months, and was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. It received the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Non-fiction, and the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.

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