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Special LEN Supplement A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 2002

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  • Directory of Publishers


    Huston, Peter (2001). TONGS, GANGS, AND TRIADS: CHINESE CRIME GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA. San Jose, Calif.: Authors Choice Press, ISBN: 0595187544
         The so-called “Chinese Mafia” has earned a reputation as one of the fiercest and most brutal in the seedy underworld of organized crime. Yet does such an organization even exist? Or is there instead a wide variety of “Tongs, Gangs, and Triads” stretching across not just Asia and North America, but the globe? Although such groups are most notorious, perhaps, for their control of the lucrative Southeast Asian drug trade, they are also known for involvement in illegal immigration, smuggling, extortion, kidnapping, home invasions and crimes of all sorts. How much of this is Hollywood hype and how much is reality? And how can law enforcement and other interested parties overcome cultural barriers and gain an understanding of a criminal element that shrouds itself in secrecy—a secrecy that has proved to be its strength for centuries? The book explores the rich Chinese tradition of tongs, gangs, triads and secret societies and their frequent involvement in organized crime, as well as their more recent and growing collusion with Chinatown street gangs. (From the publisher)

    Klein, Malcolm W.; Kerner, Hans-Jurgen; Maxson, Cheryl L. & Weitekamp, Elmar G.M. (eds.) (2001). THE EUROGANG PARADOX: STREET GANGS AND YOUTH GROUPS IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE. Boston, Mass.: Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN: 0792366670
         The first comprehensive collection of original research reports on the status of street gangs and problematic youth groups in Europe and the United States. Seven American papers are joined with reports from England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Holland, Belgium, France, and Slovenia. Summary chapters provide overviews of the street gang picture: the associated issues and problems of definition, community context, comparative research procedures, and implications for prevention and intervention.

    Kavieff, Paul R. (2000). THE PURPLE GANG: ORGANIZED CRIME IN DETROIT, 1910-1945. New York: Barricade Books, ISBN: 1569801479
         A journalistic account chronicles organized crime during the U.S. Prohibition Era in the early 1900s, drawing upon library, state and city archives. Alcohol, gambling, drugs, extortion and murder were methods used by the Purple Gang, descendants of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, to rule Detroit’s underworld for 20 years. (Criminal Justice Abstracts)

    Gang War

         This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony ‘Joe Batters’ Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray ‘The Camel’ or ‘Curly’ Humphreys (one of the greatest political fixers and union organizers this country has ever known), Paul ‘The Waiter’ Ricca, and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. The Outfit bosses were the epitome of style and grace, moving effortlessly among national political figures and Hollywood studio heads-until their world started to crumble in the 1970s. With extensive research including recently released FBI files, the Chicago Crime files of entertainer Steve Allen, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with the members of the Fourth Estate who pursued the Outfit for forty years, and exclusive access to the journals of Humphrey’s widow, veteran journalist Gus Russo uncovers 60 years of corruption and influence, and examines the shadow history of the United States. (From the publisher)

         This is an intense, dizzying depiction of the brutality of drug gangs and the relentless efforts of New York’s Homicide Investigations Unit (HIU) to combat them. The HIU, which comprises both prosecutors and detectives, was organized specifically to put gangs out of business. The unit spent many long and exhausting years trying to bust the “Wild Cowboys,” the city’s “most dangerous gang”—a case it ultimately won. Journalist Stone details many of the political and personnel strains the unit faced as a result of the arduous investigation, occasionally reporting too many of these real-life heroes’ flaws. The author’s journalist roots are evident in his strong writing, but the book too often reads like a series of articles. (From Library Journal)

         Bill Valentine shares exclusive information about gangs in the United States, gleaned from his experience as a gang intelligence officer at Nevada Stale Prison. Take a behind-the-scenes look at where today’s gangs came from, how they recruit and train new members, why gangs are so appealing to many youths today, how gang members capitalize on and risk their lives for the lucrative but competitive drug markets and more. Included are more than 90 photos and illustrations of such gang identifiers as tattoos, hand signs, emblems and graffiti. (From the publisher)

    History & Biography

    DeLong, Candice and Petrini, Elisa (2001). SPECIAL AGENT: MY LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES AS A WOMAN IN THE FBI.New York: Hyperion, ISBN: 0786867078
         DeLong offers a lively account of a single mother’s 20 years in America’s most conservative federal law enforcement agency. She was a registered nurse, seasoned by work in locked psychiatric wards, when a romance with a veteran agent led her to apply to the FBI. Her initiation in 1980 at the Quantico training academy was a grueling process of “flush[ing]out the weak,” at a time when the old guard and even many younger agents remained openly hostile to the notion of female agents. DeLong shrewdly addresses such gender issues, depicting how the first women agents forced a sea change to a more integrated FBI. DeLong initially performed research and telephone work. She at last moved on to undercover work on major cases including long-term surveillance of a terrorist bombing cell, the Chicago-based FALN (members’ sentences were recently commuted by President Clinton) and the Unabomber and provides gripping accounts of these events. She also became an early proponent of “profiling”, a technique scorned early on by many cops until its worth was proved and it was made famous by agent John Douglas (“Mindhunter,” etc.). (From Publishers Weekly)

    Gallo, Gina (2001). ARMED AND DANGEROUS: MEMOIRS OF A CHICAGO COP. New York: Forge, ISBN: 0312870353
         All the ugliness, danger, and misery of life as a big-city cop, told with perception, humor, and apparently without fear of reprisals by a 16-year veteran on the Chicago police force. Gallo joined up in 1982 because she needed a secure job to support her two children. After six months at the police academy, where brutality and humiliation were freely employed as teaching techniques and after six more months as a recruit (during which time she killed a man in a shootout), she was assigned to a beat. She has much to say about attitudes toward and treatment of female cops, by both the public and policemen, and it’s not pretty. Gallo’s career on the force ended in 1998 when she was badly injured. An utterly credible picture of what a big-city cop’s life is really like and of how being a cop affects thinking, beliefs, and behavior. (Kirkus Reviews)

    Hixson, Walter L. (2001). MURDER, CULTURE, AND INJUSTICE: FOUR SENSATIONAL CASES IN AMERICAN HISTORY. Akron, Ohio: The University of Akron Press; ISBN: 1884836674
         Walter Hixson’s pithy narrative account of four sensational national murder cases — the Lizzie Borden murders, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping/murder, the Sam Shepard case, and the O. J. Simpson case — offers interesting observations into the greater cultural and political forces that shaped their verdicts. His step-by-step analysis of the details of each case provides not only insight by skillful synthesis of the existing literature but also a solid overview of the events surrounding these four cases, each of which became a national obsession as well as a miscarriage of justice. The author takes a fresh look at the criminal justice system and the role of the media in the larger American milieu. (From the publisher)

    Kerik, Bernard B. (2001). THE LOST SON: A LIFE IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN: 0060009012
         From the sagging row houses of Paterson, New Jersey to the cocaine fields of Columbia, from the razor wire of Rikers Island to the streets of New York City, Bernard Kerik has dedicated his life to a single goal: to fight the injustice around him. A jail warden with a background in international security and anti-terrorism, Kerik took a substantial pay cut to become a beat cop on the streets of Times Square in 1986. A fearless narcotics detective, he went undercover to buy drugs in Harlem, seized millions of dollars of cocaine from the Cali cartel, and was awarded the Police Department’s Medal of Valor for saving the life of a fellow officer. In the 1990s, as the city’s Commissioner of Correction, he ended the hellish violence at Rikers Island and transformed it into a model of its kind. And yet Kerik’s greatest battle was not pitched on tough city streets, but within himself. He never looked back until he reached the top, and when he did, he faced the greatest unsolved case of his life — the tragic mystery of his own mother, who abandoned her young son 41 years earlier. NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik’s memoir had only just been completed when the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers rocked New York and the nation on Sept. 11. This extraordinary memoir — by a man “universally recognized as one of the heroes of this story,” in the words of ABC’s Peter Jennings — has been updated to include a 60-page afterword and 16 pages of never-before-seen photographs of the attack and its aftermath. (From the publisher)

    Lardner, James and Reppetto, Thomas A.(2000). NYPD: A CITY AND ITS POLICE; THE INSIDE STORY OF NEW YORK’S LEGENDARY POLICE DEPARTMENT New York: Henry Holt and Co., ISBN: 0805055789
         An insider takes us behind the blue wall of America’s biggest, baddest police force. Founded in 1845, the NYPD is the biggest municipal police force in the world, the oldest in the land, and the model on which the others-for better or worse-have patterned themselves. The authors-two seasoned experts of police operations-unearth the hidden truths behind the headline-making stories and explain how cops privately interpret incidents such as the shooting of Amadou Diallo and the Louima torture case. Beyond the inner life of a remarkable institution are the characters and stories, including baffling mysteries, horrific crimes, inspiring heroics, and dreadful scandals. NYPD illuminates the old maxim of the vet to the rookie on his first night on patrol: “Forget everything you learned in the academy, kid.” (Editors of

    Maple, Jack and Mitchell, Chris (2000). THE CRIME FIGHTER: HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY CRIME FREE. New York: Broadway Books, ISBN: 0767905547
         When New York City transit cop Jack Maple was appointed deputy commissioner of the NYPD in 1993, he set out to lower New York’s soaring crime rate. This is the story of his success. By 1995, homicides had dropped by 50 percent, and the overall crime rate had been reduced by 39 percent. By 1998, the homicide rate was lower than it was in 1964. How did Maple do it? Simple: he went after the bad guys, caught them, prosecuted them, and took them off the streets. Maple, who used to get in trouble for arresting too many people (arrests cause paperwork), changed the way New York cops did their jobs and, just like the cliché says, cleaned up the town. (From Booklist)

    Marfino-Reiker, Catherine. 999 OFFICER DOWN!: THE RUSS REIKER STORY. Baltimore: AmErica House, ISBN: 1893162664
         Reiker was a seasoned street cop in Phoenix for 21 years. Two months before his planned retirement, he was traumatically injured while on duty. He should not have survived, but he did. Chronicling his career with many extraordinary and remarkable incidents, this story culminates with the intensely personal moments preceding Russ and during his impending death - memories that have, until now, been shared with only a few very special people. (From the publisher)

    McKinnon, Isaiah and Granholm, Jennifer (2001). STAND TALL. Chelsea, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press, ISBN: 1886947961
         Former Detroit police chief McKinnon traces the path of his life from a black 14-year-old male beaten without reason or provocation by two white police officers, to his 30-year service as an officer himself, to his eventual rise to the highest position in the police department. (

    Roth, Mitchel P. (2000). HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, ISBN: 0313305609
         Viewing policing from an international perspective, this volume covers the history of law enforcement from early accounts of policing under Caesar Augustus to such present-day events as Rodney King and the LAPD. American policing dominates the book, but it also covers such items as the 1829 London Metropolitan police model and Continental innovations stemming from Napoleonic France. While including such well-known Americans as Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, the book also covers important policewomen, forgotten but exceptional African American policemen, and Indian Police forces that ranged the Oklahoma Territory. (From the publisher)

    Sitton, Thad (2000). THE TEXAS SHERIFF : LORD OF THE COUNTY LINE. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, ISBN: 0806132167
         Interesting social history of the rural sheriff in the 1950s. Light and dark, political correctness and extreme political incorrectness are closely juxtaposed in this book. Sheriffs possessed social and political power beyond formal definitions of office and often interpreted the law by their own definitions in order to “take care of their people.” A few sheriffs slid into excesses of violence and corruption, while others continued to work diligently, until they died in office. Based on oral interviews with Texas sheriffs.

    Wilson, Christopher P. (2000). COP KNOWLEDGE: POLICE POWER AND CULTURAL NARRATIVE IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ISBN: 0226901327
         Wilson’s use of a multidisciplinary approach to connect the history of policing to cultural representations of crime, criminals and cops offers the reader intriguing new ways of approaching these subjects. (Times Literary Supplement)