Jeff's Staff Picks

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Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession By Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524861162
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 9th, 2021

"Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell explores the whys and hows of the current fascination with true crime. She looks deep into its modern history, particularly focusing on Ann Rule, a patron saint of the genre. And what would a true crime book be without some case histories to keep us hooked? Campbell provides strong versions of some well-worn tales."- Jeff

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The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World By Vincent Bevins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541724006
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 27th, 2021

"Here is a strong, accessible history of Indonesia and its place in the Cold War "anti-communist" struggle. "Communist" meaning one who thinks all people have a right to a decent standard of living, even if the ultra-wealthy disapprove. Here in the US, the subsequent 1973 Chilean coup is much better understood than its Southeast Asian predecessor. Bevins does an excellent job of showing how the one set the stage for the other." -Jeff

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Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon By Bronwen Dickey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803115
Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

"A much-needed exposé of the fallacy of breed-specific legislation. Research shows that a dog's appearance and ancestry frequently don't coincide, and that dogs are classified as 'pit bulls' by the media solely because they bit someone. Contains many cute pictures and a few sad ones. Very highly recommended." - Jeff

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Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence By Bill James Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416552741
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2012

" One of my all-time favorites. Particularly strong are his examination of the legal career of Moman Pruiett; the 1913 murder of Mary Phagan and the railroading of Leo Frank; the killing of Jon Benet Ramsey and the subsequent media firestorm; and the crimes of, and investigation into, Belmont's own Jon Dunkle. And so much more! Beware his public policy recommendations. Otherwise, dive in!"- Jeff

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Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It By David M. Ewalt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451640519
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Published: Scribner - September 9th, 2014

"An engaging and fun history of the original role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. Recommended."

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Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons (Game Histories) By Jon Peterson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780262542951
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Published: The MIT Press - October 12th, 2021

"Jon Peterson emphasizes the miniscule nature of the industry in the early-mid '70s, the informal collaboration behind D&D's development, the squabbles over credit and royalties, and the terrible management which nearly crashed the company. This is a rich, well-documented source from the pre-history of the game to the ouster of the guy with his name on the books. If the names Arneson and Gygax mean something to you, this book is highly recommended."- Jeff