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Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. GreeneJustice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

Thanks to Jill Nuppenau of Ankerwycke Publishing, I am giving away one print copy of Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene.

Description of Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Dachau trials, the single largest yet least-known series of war crimes trials in history. Bestselling  and award winning biographer Joshua M. Greene (Witness: Voices from the Holocaust, Here Comes the Sun, Swami in a Strange Land) has written the definitive account of the trials as seen through the eyes of the chief prosecutor. Col. Bill Denson, a humble lawyer from Alabama, had no experience of war, yet he succeeded in winning due process verdicts against the operators of Hitler’s concentration camps–and nearly lost his life in the process.

In a makeshift courtroom set up inside Hitler’s first concentration camp, Denson was charged with building a team from lawyers who had no background in war crimes and determining charges for crimes that courts had never before confirmed. Among the accused were Dr. Klaus Schilling, responsible for hundreds of deaths in his “research” for a cure for malaria; Edwin Katzen-Ellenbogen, a Harvard psychologist turned Gestapo informant; and one of history’s most notorious female war criminals, Ilse Koch, “Bitch of Buchenwald,” whose penchant for tattooed skins and human bone lamps made headlines worldwide.

Denson, just 32 years old, with one criminal trial to his name, led a brilliant and successful prosecution, but nearly two years of exposure to such horrors took its toll. His wife divorced him, his weight dropped to 116 pounds, and he collapsed from exhaustion. Worst of all was the pressure from his army superiors to bring the trials to a rapid end when their agenda shifted away from punishing Nazis to winning the Germans’ support in the emerging Cold War. Denson persevered, determined to create a careful record of responsibility for the crimes of the Holocaust. When, in a final shocking twist, the United States used clandestine reversals and commutation of sentences to set free those found guilty at Dachau, Denson risked his army career to try to prevent justice from being undone.

Originally published in hardcover by Random House in 2001, this is the first time Justice at Dachau is available in paperback.

About Joshua M. GreeneJustice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

The New York Times described Joshua M. Greene as “a storyteller…who traces journeys to enlightenment.” In 1982, after living thirteen years in the ashrams of India and Europe, he returned to his native New York City and produced a series of Emmy award-nominated children’s films for The Disney Channel and PBS. In 1995, he became Director of Programming for Cablevision, the nation’s fifth largest cable provider.

From 1999 to 2002 he served as Senior Vice President at Ruder Finn, New York’s largest public relations firm, where he advised faith communities on their role in peacekeeping initiatives. In 2000, Mr. Greene was appointed Director of Strategic Planning for the United States Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. That year, his book Witness: Voices from the Holocaust was produced as a feature film for PBS.

His next book, Justice at Dachau, revealed the story of the largest yet least known series of war crimes trials in history. His editorials on tribunals in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune. Mr. Greene is a frequent lecturer and has spoken at the Pentagon, the World Economic Forum, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and numerous universities. He serves on the boards of several non-profits and provides volunteer family meditation services.

Giveaway of Justice at Dachau by Joshua M. Greene

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City of Light, City of Poison by Holly TuckerCity of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

Thanks to Erin Lovett of  W.W. Norton, I am giving away one print copy of City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker.

Description of City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

Holly Tucker’s new book, CITY OF LIGHT, CITY OF POISON: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris is a tale of poison, witchcraft, and murder.

When the Sun King first ascends to the throne, Paris, France is far from celestial. At the start of Louis XIV’s reign, the streets are filthy and dangerous, with nobility getting robbed at night. To combat the crime wave sweeping his nation, Louis appoints Nicolas de La Reynie as Paris’s first chief of police. One of La Reynie’s first acts: to install the street lamps that help make Paris into the “City of Light” we know and love today. However, things aren’t much improved behind closed doors: people in even the most respectable households are dying painful deaths under mysterious circumstances. It is a time when residents of the City of Love know no limits in matters of the heart—or of gaining inheritances. Some of the more dangerous methods they resort to include shirts washed in arsenic, goblets coated with toad venom, and cups tainted by diamond powder meant to lacerate the organs of anyone unfortunate enough to ingest it.

In CITY OF LIGHT, CITY OF POISON, Holly Tucker takes a deep dive into La Reynie’s meticulous documentation of the scandal at the center of Louis XIV’s reign, retracing the deliberations of the secret tribunal Louis convened to tell contemporary readers the thrilling story that Louis tried to bury—a story of poison, torture, lovers, witches, satanic priests, and aristocratic ladies resorting to evil.

As La Reynie discovered, not even the Sun King himself was outside the reach of the nefarious plots swirling around seventeenth-century Paris. It seemed half of Paris was caught up in the twisted criminal web, with the dogged La Reynie willing to torture the accused to understand the extent of the Parisian murder spree before it might touch the king. Aristocratic men and women feared being thrown in prison if they so much as had their fortune told by one of the well-known practitioners of magic who were found to be responsible for far more dastardly deeds. Even Louis would be torn between fear for his own life and love for his current and former mistresses, for whom he had a notorious—and expensive—soft spot, when the ranks of the accused swelled to encompass some shockingly intimately placed members of his court.

Tucker proves a brilliant guide to the winding streets and hallowed halls of Louis XIV’s France, from the dark corners of Montorgeuil and the legendary Parisian cathedrals where ungodly rituals and acts were performed to the gilded halls of Versailles. Her thorough research and lively voice bring these vivid, compelling, and sometimes-appalling characters to life as she tells an almost-unbelievable story for which Louis XIV thought he had burned all the evidence.

Praise for City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

“Holly Tucker has unearthed and brought to life a treasure trove of court documents and notes. . . . City of Light, City of Poison provides stunning insights into the real filth of Louis XIV’s reign . . . [and is] completely absorbing, especially because of the wealth of everyday life detail Tucker provides.”-Booklist

“Tucker . . . vividly brings to life a slice of Parisian history in a rigorously researched true-crime epic . . . that reads like a combination of the most compelling mystery fiction and Dumas’s romances of twisted court intrigues.”-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

City of Light, City of Poison . . . is part true crime, part history, and all scandal.”-Library Journal (Editors’ Pick)

About Holly Tucker

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

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Holly Tucker is a professor of French and biomedical ethics and society at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville and Aix-en-Provence, France. She is the author of Blood Work, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, among other works.

Giveaway of City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Back in the day of the Jim Crow South, NASA was desperate to find mathematicians to work for them. ‘Hidden Figures’ is the true story of the many female African-American mathematicians who worked in the space program.  They were known as “colored computers”.

‘Hidden Figures’ is the story of 5 of them, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. Their story is told through interviews, documents, correspondence, etc.

Until I found out about this book, I had no idea that NASA had so many female African American Mathematicians working for them.  Hell, back in the 50’s and 60’s that not only would hav3e been considered “men’s work” but also almost exclusive to white men, especially in the south!  So, when I found out about ‘hidden Figures’ and the history it tells, I jumped to the opportunity to read you.

You may think because it is non-fiction that it is a dry account of what happened but you would be wrong.  Margot Lee Shetterly wrote about both the private and public lives of these women which made it a more personal touch and a riveting read. ‘Hidden Figures’ is truly a hidden gem.  If you like history in general, the space race, women’s history, or African American history, this is a must read!

I received a free print copy of this book.


About Margot Lee ShetterlyHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in her book Hidden Figures. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for her research on women in computing. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.