Brotherhood of Corruption

A Cop Breaks the Silence on Police Abuse, Brutality, and Racial Profiling
Author: Juan Antonio Juarez
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613741413
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 5305
A former Chicago cop exposes shocking truths about the abuses of power within the city's police department in this memoir of violence, drugs, and men with badges. Juarez becomes a police officer because he wants to make a difference in gang-infested neighborhoods; but, as this book reveals, he ends up a corrupt member of the most powerful gang of all--the Chicago police force. Juarez shares the horrific indiscretions he witnessed during his seven years of service, from the sexually predatory officer, X, who routinely stops beautiful women for made-up traffic offenses and flirts with domestic violence victims, to sadistic Locallo, known on the streets as Locoman, who routinely stops gang members and beats them senseless. Working as a narcotics officer, Juarez begins to join his fellow officers in crossing the line between cop and criminal, as he takes advantage of his position and also becomes a participant in a system of racial profiling legitimized by the war on drugs. Ultimately, as Juarez discusses, his conscience gets the better of him and he tries to reform, only to be brought down by his own excesses. From the perspective of an insider, he tells of widespread abuses of power, random acts of brutality, and the code of silence that keeps law enforcers untouchable.

Operation Greylord

Brockton Lockwood's Story
Author: Brocton Lockwood,Harlan H. Mendenhall
Publisher: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 170
View: 9378
The author, a former judge in Illinois, recounts how he worked with the FBI to end the widespread corruption in the Chicago court system

Operation Greylord

The True Story of an Untrained Undercover Agent and America's Biggest Corruption Bust
Author: Terrence Hake
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781641051552
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 290
View: 7010
Operation Greylord is the definitive account of the largest corruption bust ever in the history of the United States, told from the prospective of Terrance Hake , who worked under cover posing as a corrupt prosecutor.


How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison
Author: Jeff Coen,John Chase
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613745257
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 496
View: 4742
No one did political corruption quite like Rod Blagojevich. The 40th governor of Illinois made international headlines in 2008 when he was roused from his bed and arrested by the FBI at his Chicago home. He was accused of running the state government as a criminal racket and, most shockingly, caught on tape trying to barter away President-elect Barack Obama’s US Senate seat. Most politicians would hunker down, stay quiet, and fight the federal case against them. But as he had done for years, Rod Blagojevich proved he was no ordinary politician. Instead, he fueled the headlines, proclaiming his innocence on seemingly every national talk show and street corner he could find.Revealing evidence from the investigation never before made public, Golden is the most complete telling yet of the Blagojevich story, written by two Chicago reporters who covered every step of his rise and fall and spent years sifting through evidence, compiling documents, and conducting more than a hundred interviews with those who have known Blagojevich from his childhood to his time in the governor’s office. Dispensing with sensationalism to present the facts about one of the nation’s most notorious politicians, the authors detail the mechanics of the corruption that brought the governor down and profile a fascinating and frustrating character who embodies much of what is wrong with modern politics. With Blagojevich now serving 14 years in prison, the time has come for the last word on who Blagojevich was, how he was elected, how he got himself into trouble, and how the feds took him down.

Soft Corruption

How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It
Author: William E. Schluter
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813586194
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 314
View: 3905
New Jersey has long been a breeding ground for political corruption, and most of it is perfectly legal. Public officials accept favors from lobbyists, give paid positions to relatives, and rig the electoral process to favor their cronies in a system where campaign money is used to buy government results. Such unethical behavior is known as “soft corruption,” and former New Jersey legislator William E. Schluter has been fighting it for the past fifty years. In this searing personal narrative, the former state senator recounts his fight to expose and reform these acts of government misconduct. Not afraid to cite specific cases of soft corruption in New Jersey politics, he paints a vivid portrait of public servants who care more about political power and personal gain than the public good. By recounting events that he witnessed firsthand in the Garden State, he provides dramatic illustrations of ills that afflict American politics nationwide. As he identifies five main forms of soft corruption, Schluter diagnoses the state government’s ethical malaise, and offers concrete policy suggestions for how it might be cured. Not simply a dive through the muck of New Jersey politics, Soft Corruption is an important first step to reforming our nation’s political system, a book that will inspire readers to demand that our elected officials can and must do better. Visit: (

Supreme Ambitions

A Novel
Author: David Lat
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: 9781627220460
Category: Fiction
Page: 284
View: 6643
Supreme Ambitions details the rise of Audrey Coyne, a recent Yale Law School graduate who dreams of clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court someday. Audrey moves to California to clerk for Judge Christina Wong Stinson, a highly regarded appeals-court judge who is Audrey s ticket to a Supreme Court clerkship. While working for the powerful and driven Judge Stinson, Audrey discovers that high ambitions come with a high price. Toss in some headline-making cases, a little romance, and a pesky judicial gossip blog, and you have a legal novel with the inside scoop you d expect from the founder of Above the Law, one of the nation s most widely read and influential legal websites."

Thirty Years in the Trenches Covering Crooks, Characters, and Capers

Author: John Drummond
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781886094772
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 252
View: 7712
These are stories you won't read about in the Chicago guide books or travel brochures. Examine Justice Department transcripts involving mobsters and their victims. Meet some of Chicago's legendary characters. Listen in on high class hookers and escorts telling their secrets. Try to solve some of Chicago's most fascinating mysteries. Read about who gets the gravy and who doesn't in a TV newsroom. John Drummond takes you with him as he gets his story -- stories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes brutal, sometimes poignant, and always fascinating. Book jacket.

Business Bribes

Corporate Corruption and the Courts
Author: Cecil C. Kuhne
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781634259255
Category: Law
Page: 176
View: 771
This book is filled with fascinating judicial decisions where the underlying factual situations were absolutely ripe for the introduction of a business bribe.

C-1 and the Chicago Mob

Author: Vincent L. Inserra
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493182773
Category: True Crime
Page: 316
View: 9368
This book was written as a tribute to all the agents who were assigned to Criminal Squad #1, more commonly referred to as the C-1 Squad, of the Chicago Division of the FBI from 1957 to 1976, a period of nineteen years. These agents were pioneers, who were required to wage war against one of the most powerfully entrenched organized crime organizations in the country since the days of Al Capone. It was at a time when the FBI did not have all the tools or legislation necessary to combat organized crime but they accomplished their goals aggressively with whatever means were available. This is a story of the unique challenges confronting these dedicated agents and the incomparable results achieved which resulted in severely disrupting and curtailing the activities of the Chicago mob. Mr. Inserra also chronicles parts of his career prior to and following his FBI experiences.

The Unlikely Priest

Author: J. Perry Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780983966906
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 286
View: 4093
From Appalachia to California, from Mexico to the jungles of Vietnam to Central America and Europe, from frozen Minnesota to the Atlanta Olympics and steamy Puerto Rico, this is a remarkable story of a man who led many lives - bullfighter, Trappist monk, U.S. Army counterintelligence agent, CIA operative, FBI Agent and finally...Episcopal priest. The author tells of close encounters with bulls, Viet Cong, spies and thugs, bank robbers, famous officials and movie stars, and just-in-the-nick escapes from Mexico and Central America. He also tells a more personal story of broken trusts and abandonment... a story of a secret adoption and the author's relentless search to find the truth and a biological family. The author mustered all of his investigative skills and instincts to finally discover his biological roots. It was, however, ultimately his faith and hope that sustained him in the search for himself, and his one true father, God. A successful high-level government careerist, Perry wrote this memoir to inspire others to risk a life of service. In a time of national self-doubt and cynicism, this book offers an optimistic and inspired view of serving God and others, especially the nation.

King of the Gold Coast

Cap'n Streeter, the Millionaires and the Story of Lake Shore Drive
Author: Wayne Klatt
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614231796
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 619
Chicago's breathtaking Lake Shore Drive, with its beaches and luxury homes, has its origin in a neglected marsh and a clandestine land development. Meet the uncrowned king of the disputed shore, George Wellington Streeter, the outlandish swindler, unlikely hero and self-proclaimed founder of the Gold Coast who tried to secede from the state of Illinois. Opposing him was the quiet vision of Potter Palmer and the full weight of his investment syndicate. With this keen piece of investigative history, Wayne Klatt uncovers the secrets that both sides of the conflict managed to keep in spite of lawsuits, state inquiries, a presidential forgery and two murder trials.

Mob Cop

My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department
Author: Fred Pascente,Sam Reaves
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613731345
Category: True Crime
Page: 336
View: 2971
Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, a central character in Nicholas Pileggi's Casino and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's Near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became one of the youngest made men in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop tells about the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and it reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that have never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts make this story a matchless tell-all. Fred Pascente was a Chicago police officer for twenty-six years and a professional thief with close ties to the mafia. He died in 2014. Sam Reaves is the author of ten novels and has served as president of the Midwest chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Leaning on the Arc

A Personal History of Criminal Defense
Author: M. Gerald Schwartzbach
Publisher: Ankerwycke
ISBN: 9781634251372
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 5060
A fascinating look at the life of renowned trial lawyer M. Gerald Schwartzbach, who is perhaps best known for successfully defending actor Robert Blake against charges he had murdered his wife. You'll read true tales of murder to malpractice, sexual assault to domestic abuse, from protecting the right of dissent to advocating expanded rights for defendants.

A Triumph of Genius

Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War
Author: Ronald K. Fierstein
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: 9781627227698
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 644
View: 319
This major business biography of Polaroid and its founder and inventor Edwin Land, covers how the company grew from the initial Polavision prototypes during World War II, to the 1980s landmark patent infringement trial against Kodak that nearly brought the company to its knees.

The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English

Author: Grant Barrett
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071491635
Category: Reference
Page: 288
View: 1545
The words come from different countries where English is spoken, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, South Africa, and others The author's website has received more than 1.2 million hits since its launch in 2004, and he is frequently interviewed about language in publications such as the New York Times

The Insane Chicago Way

The Daring Plan by Chicago Gangs to Create a Spanish Mafia
Author: John Hagedorn
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022623293X
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
View: 4837
Police, the press, and the public all see the kind of violence that besets the inner city today as irrational and basically about turf, revenge, or drugs. Renowned criminologist and expert on gangs, John Hagedorn here tells a very different and little-known story centered on the dramatic rise and fall of a Mafia-like Latino organization in Chicago called Spanish Growth & Development.” Hagedorn's main informant is Sal Martino,' an Italian Mafioso who became intimately involved with the In$ane Family,” one of the factions of Spanish Growth & Development. Through Sal's first-hand account, Hagedorn shows that the violence was not a result of disorganized crime” but rather the outcome of SGD's prolonged demise. He gives us for the first time a detailed the history of SGDthe reasons for its creation, the uneasy alliances between gang families, the organization's reliance on bottom-up police corruption, and its ultimate collapse in a pool of blood at a 1999 peace” conference. Revealing the hidden and riveting stories of Chicago gangs' efforts to build structures ostensibly to reduce violence and to organize crime, of the integration of gang and mafia history, and of the central role of police corruption in Chicago's gangland,The In$ane Chicago Way makes a powerful argument for the need to regard corruption as the bedrock of gang power. It dispels the notion that gang violence can be explained solely by ecological, neighborhood-based processes and sheds light on the current gang situation in Chicago by laying bare its history while raising disturbing questions for researchers, policy-makers, and the public.

I Am Cain

Author: Gera-Lind Kolanik,Wayne Klatt
Publisher: Garrett County Press
ISBN: 189105371X
Category: True Crime
Page: 220
View: 2795
On the night of April 7, 1990, newlyweds Nancy and Richard Langert were brutally shot in the basement of their suburban Chicago home. There were no leads. Nothing was stolen. The only clue was an illegible message Nancy left behind, written in her own blood. It was a crime that shocked the community and baffled the FBI and seven local police departments. They explored every prospect -- from IRA assassinations to Mafia hit. But it was a tough Illinois policewoman who would track down the killer, exposing a horror that was shockingly close to home. Veteran Chicago journalists Gera-Lind Kolarik and Wayne Klatt present a chilling investigation into this true story of murder, compulsion and tragedy.

Imaginary Interviews

Author: William Dean Howells
Publisher: N.A
Category: Imaginary conversations
Page: 358
View: 557

A Tour in Wales ...

Author: Thomas Pennant
Publisher: N.A
Category: Wales
Page: 455
View: 9321