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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
JuLY 2020

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Biography

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman

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Part of a four-book series celebrating women in congress, this biography of the representative for New York's 14th congressional district describes how she took on the older, white, male head of the Queens Democratic machine.

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All the Way to the Tigers: A Memoir by Mary Morris

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The award-winning author of The Jazz Palace describes how a catastrophic injury forced her to cancel a dream vacation and contemplate permanent disability before a reading of Death in Venice inspired her life-changing tiger-spotting safari.

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The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper

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A female, African American ER physician describes how her own life and encounters with her patients led her to realize that every human is broken and how recognizing that and moving towards a place of healing can bring peace and happiness.

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Bright Precious Thing: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe literary critic and best-selling author of Let's Take the Long Way Home chronicles the women's movement from the 1960s through the #MeToo era to evaluate its impact on her feminist pursuits.

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CenterStage: My Most Fascinating Interviews—from A-Rod to Jay-Z by Michael Kay

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The veteran Yankees broadcaster and host of CenterStage compiles his most revealing interviews, including a selection of behind-the-scenes stories, to share candid insights into the careers of such personalities as Mike Tyson, Rob Reiner and Bob Costas.

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Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game by Oliver Stone

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An intimate memoir by the controversial and outspoken Oscar-winning director and screenwriter includes coverage of his complicated New York childhood, service in Vietnam, cocaine addiction and creative struggles and triumphs in 1970s and 1980s Hollywood.

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Elizabeth Warren by Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman

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Part of a four-book series celebrating women in congress, this biography of the Massachusetts senator with presidential aspirations describes her humble childhood in Oklahoma, becoming a very popular professor at Harvard Law and her championing for rights of lower-income families.

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Filthy Beasts: A Memoir by Kirkland Hamill

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A writer for Salon and The Advocate reflects on how his newly divorced mother moved her family to her native Bermuda, leaving him and his young brothers home to fend for themselves while she chased nightlife and suitors.

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George Washington, Entrepreneur: How Our Founding Father's Private Business Pursuits Changed America and the World by John Berlau

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A new biography that focuses on our first President's business acumen, which included breeding mules, a flourishing exotic greenhouse and his different wheat varieties that he milled into in one of the very first branded food products.

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The Heart and Other Monsters by Rose Andersen

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A deeply personal exploration of the opioid crisis is an empathic memoir infused with hints of true crime.

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Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America's First Celebrity by Tana Wojczuk

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A portrait of the less-remembered 19th-century queer actress draws on rare correspondence to trace the radical formative years, glittering performances and professional affiliations that shaped the cultural landscapes of 19th-century New York City.

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Maxine Waters by Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman

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Part of a four-book series celebrating women in congress, this biography of the representative for California's 43rd congressional district describes growing up with a single mother in Missouri to forging a new political path for young people of color.

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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

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The former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard shares a chillingly personal memoir about the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather.

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Miracle Country: A Memoir by Kendra Atleework

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Describes how the author's thriving childhood in the natural desert landscape of the Eastern Sierra Nevada was upended by her mother's tragic early death and how the region of her youth has been ravaged by climate change.

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Nancy Pelosi by Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman

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Part of a four-book series celebrating women in congress, this biography of the historic, trailblazing Speaker of the House describes how being the daughter of a Congressman and Democratic party organizer in Maryland prepared her to play the political game.

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Own the Arena: Match Points for Winning, from the Blacktop to the Boardroom by Katrina M. Adams

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The former President and CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association and one of Forbes's "Most Powerful Women in Sports" examines the leadership skills and mental fortitude that shaped her remarkable career.

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Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery by Erica C. Barnett

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An award-winning political reporter and recovering alcoholic shares her story, describing her repeated recoveries and lapses, discussing how Alcoholics Anonymous didn't correspond to her experience and actually was detrimental and highlighting the lack of rehabilitation options available to addicts.

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When Truth Is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted by Jim McCloskey with Philip Lerman. Foreword by John Grisham.

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The founder of the Centurion Ministries, the first American organization dedicated to freeing the wrongly imprisoned, describes his life-changing advocacy of an innocent convict and his establishment of a movement that has freed dozens of victims.

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Family & Relationships

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

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The feminist hosts of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast argue that close friendship is the most influential and important relationship a human life can have, sharing strategies for creating fulfilling, long-term relationships with friends.

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The Panic Years: Dates, Doubts, and the Mother of All Decisions by Nell Frizzell

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A Vogue family columnist compassionately explores the time of life when women actively question their personal desire and readiness for motherhood, sharing cultural insights into how to approach life-changing parenting decisions.

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Raising a Rare Girl: A Memoir by Heather Lanier

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The award-winning author of The Story You Tell Yourself describes her unique journey raising a daughter with ultra-rare Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, her observations about society's callous attitudes toward disability and her efforts to help her child walk, talk and survive.

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General Nonfiction

The Journeys of Trees: A Story About Forests, People, and the Future by Zachary St. George

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An urgent portrait of forest migration reveals how entire forests are experiencing unhealthy growth redirection as a result of deforestation, invasive pests and climate change, tracing the contributions of scientists and activists to help the world's trees recuperate.

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Angels and Archangels: A Magician's Guide by Damien Echols

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The author of the New York Times best-selling Life After Death explains what angels actually are and offers guidance for using the magickal practices that can invoke their power and help transform your life.

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Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less by James Hamblin

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A lively introduction to the new science of skin microbes and probiotics draws on expert and alternative-treatment insights to clarify contradictory recommendations and explain how to cultivate a healthy and natural biome for optimal skin health.

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Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life by Bill Perkins

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Explains how to live life to the fullest by fully and intelligently spending the money one makes.

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The Power Wish: Japan's Leading Astrologer Reveals the Moon's Secrets for Finding Success, Happiness, and the Favor of the Universe by Keiko. Trans by Reiko Yamanaka.

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Japan’s leading astrologer shows us how to speak the language of the Moon and the stars to chart a path for our own lives and finally find the love, happiness and success we’ve always wanted.

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Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity by Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods

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The best-selling authors of The Genius of Dogs explore the theory that humanity's unique friendliness is the secret to its evolutionary superiority, revealing the cognitive leap in social fitness that gave humans an edge over other species.

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Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood by Trixie Mattel & Katya

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The RuPaul’s Drag Race legends and stars of The Trixie & Katya Show and UNHhhh share the secrets of their feminine mystique in this satirical guide to beauty and homemaking.

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History

The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age by Steve Olson

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The award-winning author of Eruption presents a gripping narrative account of the creation of the atomic bomb that shares the less-remembered work of World War II scientists who helped manufacture the plutonium for the bombs in America's nuclear arsenal.

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The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis by Norman Ohler

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The best-selling author of Blitzed draws on unpublished diaries, letters and Gestapo files to trace the remarkable story of idealistic lovers Harro Schulze-Boysen and Libertas Haas-Heye, the leaders of the anti-Nazi resistance in 1930s Berlin's bohemian underworld.

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The Brothers York: A Royal Tragedy by Thomas Penn

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The author of Winter King presents an account of the War of the Roses that profiles the three charismatic York brothers of 15th-century England and the internal rivalries and public rebellions that tore apart their ruling dynasty.

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Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings by Neil Price

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A distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertise offers a full history of the Vikings—from arts and culture to politics and cosmology.

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Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul by A. J. Baime

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Looks at the 1948 election, which pitted incumbent president Harry Trump against New York governor Thomas Dewey and took place against momentous international events including the emerging Cold War.

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Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump by Eric Swalwell

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A U.S. congressman offers his personal account of his path to office and how he and his colleagues resisted, investigated and impeached President Donald Trump.

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The S.S. Officer's Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi by Daniel Lee

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Investigates the life of a Stuttgart lawyer-turned-World War II S.S. officer who played a role in the murder of the author's family in the Holocaust. By the author of Pétain's Jewish Children.

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Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 by Ian W. Toll

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A conclusion to the trilogy that began with Pacific Crucible is based on the final year of World War II and follows MacArthur's pledge to the Philippines, the kamikaze attacks on Allied fleets and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Pacific War Trilogy No. 3

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The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained by Colin Dickey

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The co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology and author of Ghostland examines the world's most persistent unexplained phenomena, from Atlantis and alien encounters to Flat Earth and the Loch Ness monster, to explore their origins and historical endurance.

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Political Science

Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act by Nicholson Baker

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The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The Mezzanine presents a deeply researched assessment of the Freedom of Information Act that reveals how deliberate obstructions, from extensive wait times to copious redactions, conceal government corruption and human-rights violations.

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Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win by David Horowitz

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The conservative commentator and author of the best-selling Big Agenda outlines a blueprint for how Donald Trump will win reelection by gaining the support of unexpected voters and vanquishing progressive Democrats.

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Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power by John Yoo

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A constitutional scholar makes a case against Donald Trump's alleged disruption of constitutional rules and norms.

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The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson

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The author writes about presidents in history—such as Washington, Lincoln, FDR and Eisenhower—and in contemporary times—from LBJ and Reagan to Bush, Obama, and Trump—to show how a complex job has been done, and why we need to reevaluate how we view the presidency, how we choose our presidents and what we expect from them once they are in office.

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The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society by Emily Tamkin

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A journalistic investigation into the career and activities of Hungarian-American hedge fund tycoon George Soros examines the origins of his influence and the truth about the conspiracies attributed to his philanthropic pursuits.

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Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics by Heather Lende

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A tribute to the author's home state of Alaska details how she successfully ran for local office on a less-than $1,000 campaign before tackling the nitty-gritty realities of passing legislation in today's polarized world.

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The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-populism by Thomas Frank

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The author of the best-selling What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal examines anti-populist sentiment in America and how it threatens the foundation of our democracy.

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Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You by Capricia Penavic Marshall

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The former U.S. Chief of Protocol under President Obama and the social secretary for the Clinton family explains why etiquette matters in diplomacy and how to use facilitation effectively to navigate cultural complexities with empowerment and respect.

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To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq by Robert Draper

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The author of the best-selling Dead Certain examines the flawed decision-making process that went into the invasion of Iraq, citing the role of post-9/11 fear, intelligence failures and leader ideologies in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

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Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist examines the current world-wide rise of authoritarianism and explains how it appeals to citizens by using conspiracy theory, political polarization, social media and nostalgia.

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Self-Help

Break the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful Life by Majo Molfino

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The women's life coach and host of the Heroine podcast introduces the principles of design thinking and how it can help women identify and dismantle self-sabotaging myths that negatively impact work, relationships and overall well-being.

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Don't Be a Victim: Fighting Back Against America's Crime Wave by Nancy Grace with John Hassan

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The controversial journalist and best-selling author of Objection! draws on personal experience with the murder of a loved one to counsel readers on how to protect family members from street assaults, home invasions and computer hackers.

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The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom by L. S. Dugdale

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A Columbia University physician shares uplifting prescriptive advice on how to rethink death and the art of dying well, drawing on specialist insights in medical ethics and elder care to outline more qualitative, holistic approaches.

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Social Science

14 Miles: Building the Border Wall by D. W. Gibson

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The award-winning journalist and author of The Edge Becomes the Center presents an eyewitness report on the construction of President Trump's border wall and how it is impacting San Diego residents and patrol agents.

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Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto by Michelle Bowdler

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A Harvard-trained social justice advocate and award-winning Tufts University health director shares the story of her own experience with sexual violence while examining how rape is or is not treated as a violent crime in today's America.

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True Crime

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories by Mark Bowden

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The former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and author of the best-selling Black Hawk Down presents a collection of six career-spanning true-crime stories that reflect on the impact of modern technology on the journalistic process.

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The Golden Thread: The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjöld by Ravi Somaiya

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Investigates the mystery behind the 1961 death of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld, drawing on previously undisclosed evidence, recently revealed firsthand accounts and groundbreaking interviews to identify the powerful international cabal behind his death.

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Hell in the Heartland: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls by Jax Miller

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The award-winning author of Freedom's Child describes how her investigation into the 1999 unsolved disappearance of two teens from rural Oklahoma unearthed shocking links to police corruption, regional meth addiction and an ominous pattern of murders.

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The Perfect Father: The True Story of Chris Watts, His All-American Family, and a Shocking Murder by John Glatt

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Documents the August 2018 murders of Shanaan Watts and her young daughters, describing how viewers watched her husband's televised plea for help less than 24 hours before he confessed to killing his family.

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