An utterly immersive work of intelligent, high end true crime, The Good Girls combines the thrill of investigation with the art of literary narrative non-fiction. A remarkable excavation of a case that shocked a nation and exposed the dark heart of contemporary India. It will stand alongside such classics as Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers , John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , and Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts . Will also appeal to fans of smart sociological crime stories which use a case as a starting point to peel back the layers of a society and its mores – such as Richard Lloyd Parry's People Who Eat Darkness , Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive, Robert Kolker's The Lost Girls, as well as celebrated true crime podcasts like Serial[i] and [i]STown. Sonia Faleiro is an award-winning writer and journalist, and the winner of the Karmaveer Puraskaar Award for Social Justice. Her last book, Beautiful Thing, was named Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, Time Out 's Subcontinental Book of the Year, and an Economist, NPR, CNN, Time Out, Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus, and Observer Book of the Year. The book was described by Kiran Desai as 'a magnificent piece of reportage', as 'reporting at its best' by Junot Diaz, and as 'a masterpiece of observation' by William Dalrymple. Faleiro has earned a national reputation for smart commentary on contemporary social issues of India through her frequent contributions to the New York Times, Guardian, Financial Times and others.
As always during its long history, English common law, upon which American law is based, has had to defend itself against the challenge of civil law’s clarity and traditions. That challenge to our common-law heritage remains today. To that end, Liberty Fund now makes available a clear and candid discussion of common law. A Concise History of the Common Law provides a source for common-law understanding of individual rights, not in theory only, but protected through the confusing and messy evolution of courts and their administration as they struggled to resolve real problems. Plucknett’s seminal work is intended to convey a sense of historical development—not to serve merely as a work of reference.The first half of the book is a historical introduction to the study of law. Plucknett discusses the conditions in political, economic, social, and religious thought that have contributed to the genesis of law. This section is a brief but astoundingly full introduction to the study of law.The second half of the book consists of chapters introducing the reader to the history of some of the main divisions of law, such as criminal, tort, property, contract, and succession. These topics are treated with careful exposition so that the book will be of interest to those just embarking on their quest in legal history while still providing enough substantial information, references, and footnotes to make it meaningful for the well-versed legal history reader.Theodore F. T. Plucknett (1897–1965) was an English legal historian. At twenty-six, he was appointed by Roscoe Pound as professor of legal history at Harvard Law School. Please note: This title is available as an ebook for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.
Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. From this plain and terrible fact springs Elizabeth Catte’s <i>Pure America</i>, a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Virginia’s twentieth-century eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, writes Catte, with clarity and ferocity. It was a manifestation of white supremacy. It was a form of employment insurance. It was a means of controlling “troublesome” women and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land. It was cruel and it was wrong, and yet today sites where it was practiced like Western State Hospital, in Staunton, VA, are rehabilitated as luxury housing, their histories hushed up in the service of capital. As was amply evidenced by her acclaimed 2018 book <em>What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia</em>, Catte has no room for excuses; no patience for equivocation. What does it mean for modern America, she asks here, that such buildings are given the second chance that 8,000 citizens never got? And what possible interventions can be made now, repair their damage?