The Lynching

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062458353
Release Date: 2016-06-07
Genre: Social Science

The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history—the Ku Klux Klan. On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death—the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan’s motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today. The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.

The Lynching

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062458361
Release Date: 2017-06-27
Genre: Social Science

The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history—the Ku Klux Klan. On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death—the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan’s motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today. The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.

The Price of Justice

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805094718
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Genre: Business & Economics

A best-selling author and award-winning journalist describes how the tyrannical head of a large energy conglomerate bought judges, disregarded safety standards for mine workers and polluted drinking water until challenged by two lawyers who brought him to justice.

A Lawyer s Journey

Author: Morris Dees
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: STANFORD:36105060994774
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This book dramatically chronicles the significant events that led Morris Dees to the front lines of the civil rights struggle and his ongoing crusade against hate groups.This is the story of the courageous and often lonely journey of a skilled and controversial trail lawyer whose career has paralelled a nation's struggle to ensure freedom and equality for all its citizens.

The Family Tree

Author: Karen Branan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476717180
Release Date: 2016-01-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In the tradition of 12 Years a Slave and Lee Daniels' The Butler, the provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912—written by the great-granddaughter of the Sheriff charged with protecting them. Hamilton County, Georgia, 1912. A white man, the beloved nephew of the county Sheriff, is shot dead on the porch of a black woman. Days after the Sheriff is sworn into office, he oversees the lynching of a pregant woman and three men, all African American. Now, in a personal account like no other, the great-granddaughter of that Sheriff, Karen Branan, digs deep into the past to deliver a shattering historical memoir a century after that gruesome day. In researching her family's history, Branan spent nearly twenty years combing through diaries and letters, visiting the Harris County countryside and courthouse, and conversing with community elders to piece together the events and motives that led up to the lynching. But this is more than a historical narrative; throughout Branan weaves her own personal reflections about coming into touch with difficult, inexplicable feelings surrounding race and family, and ultimately challenging her own self-image as an educated, modern woman who transcends the racism practiced and experienced by the people who raised her. Part of that came with uncovering a startling truth: Branan is not only related to the Sheriff; she is a relative of the four African Americans as well. A story of racism, power, jealousy, and greed, The Family Tree transports you to a small Southern town entrenched in racial tension and bound by family ties. What emerges is a gripping explanation of that awful day in history, but also the crucial issues that follow us into the present.

King of the Night

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062037473
Release Date: 2011-03-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A candid, unauthorized portrait of Johnny Carson draws on the observations of ex-wives, paramours, colleagues, family, and friends to provide a close-up study of America's most famous talk-show host.

The Last Lynching

Author: Anthony S. Pitch
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781510701762
Release Date: 2016-03-22
Genre: History

Nothing casts a more sinister shadow over our nation’s history than the gruesome lynchings that happened between 1882 and 1937, claiming 4,680 victims. Often, in a show of racist violence, the lynchers tortured their victims before murdering them. Most killers were never brought to justice; some were instead celebrated as heroes, their victims’ bodies displayed, or even cut up and distributed, as trophies. Then, in 1946, the dead bodies of two men and two women were found near Moore’s Ford Bridge in rural Monroe, Georgia. Their killers were never identified. And although the crime reverberated through the troubled community, the corrupt courts, and eventually the whole world, many details remained unexplored – until now. In The Last Lynching, Anthony S. Pitch reveals the true story behind the last mass lynching in America in unprecedented detail. Drawing on some 10,000 previously classified documents from the FBI and National Archives, Lynched paints an unflinching picture of the lives of the victims, suspects, and eyewitnesses, and describes the political, judicial, and socioeconomic conditions that stood in the way of justice. Along the way, The Last Lynching sheds light into a dark corner of American history which no one can afford to ignore. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Like Trees Walking

Author: Ravi Howard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062278326
Release Date: 2013-03-05
Genre: Fiction

Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South. On the morning of March 21, 1981, in Mobile, Alabama, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was found dead, his body badly beaten and hanging from a tree on Herndon Avenue. Brothers Paul and Roy Deacon of the Deacon Memorial Funeral Home are called upon to bury their close friend and classmate, and the experience will leave them forever changed. Along with other residents of their hometown, the Deacon brothers must struggle to understand the circumstances surrounding Donald's murder—the city's first lynching in more than sixty years and a gruesome reminder of racial inequalities in the New South.

The Kennedy Women

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0449911713
Release Date: 1996-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A sweeping chronicle of five generations of Kennedy women provides fascinating portraits of the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters who played key roles in the Kennedy dynasty and provides intriguing revelations about the lives and fates of these women. 200,000 first printing. Tour.

Dark Tide

Author: Stephen Puleo
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807096673
Release Date: 2010-11-10
Genre: History

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.

Make believe

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: Harpercollins
ISBN: 0060151021
Release Date: 1983
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A biography of President and Mrs. Reagan describes their careers in Hollywood, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at life in the White House

The President s Butler

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher:
ISBN: 0692765743
Release Date: 2016-09-07
Genre: Fiction

Just when you thought you couldn't take it any longer comes The President's Butler, a novel that will make you laugh out loud about politics and maybe cry a little. You'll join Vincent V. Victor on the most wildly improbable journey of our time. Although Victor is a fictional character, he sounds much like Donald Trump. The flamboyant New Yorker evolves from the most hated businessman in America to a populist hero. When Victor falls on financial hard times, he decides to run for president and sets off on a campaign that changes America forever. And who's there to tell the story but the man who knows Victor best, his butler Billy Baxter. The butler sees it all, forgets nothing, and tells everything. Laurence Leamer has written fifteen books, five of them New York Times best sellers. He has spent forty years observing American politics in preparation for this portrait of a Manhattan hillbilly reaching the White House. And it isn't only politicians who are savagely skewered in this searing fictional portrait of American politics and culture gone wrong. American journalists are portrayed as every bit as self-serving as the politicians they report upon. The President's Butler is one of the funniest novels in years, but it is also drop dead serious. It is a book that no one who reads it will ever forget. Early praise for The President's Butler "The President's Butler cannot be read without thinking of....well, you know who. But a reader won't know whether to laugh or cry at this spot-on satirical romp deftly eviscerates modern-day politics that are almost too absurd to parody yet also too frightening to ignore. " David Corn, Washington bureau chief, Mother Jones "Laurence has produced not just another political story with a short shelf space. This is a wonderful read and he has combined all the elements of some of the greatest American novels. There is a whole lot of Gatsby here along with much that is something reminiscent of bestselling Fletcher Knebel's Dark Horse. The narrator talks to us in the voice of Jack Burden, the haunted and dark soul who suffered through his years with Willie Stark, the Huey Long type in Robert Penn Warren's classic All the King's Men. While the relevance to the 2016 Presidential campaign is obvious, this novel is really for the ages."John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and author of We Are Many, We Are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in 21st Century America "A wickedly funny, astute, acerbic and well developed parody about a ruthless and incredibly politically incorrect billionaire running for president" Splash "Beautifully written, The President's Butler will make readers groan and roar with laughter, and puts Leamer in heady company, as the worthy inheritor of Sinclair Lewis, Robert Penn Warren and Tom Wolfe. Leamer's protagonist, Vincent Victor, is the new Gatsby, reflecting all that compels our era's rendezvous with inanity: ambition, class, politics and greed." Mark Perry, bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur "Parts of The President's Butler may be laugh-out-loud funny, but this is a serious and important book that must be read. Laurence Kotlikoff, presidential candidate at Kotlikoff2016.com "Damn-well written, racy, readable, funny and sharp, with a glorious mix of snobbery meets the American bottom line. Reminds me of A Confederacy of Dunces!" Nigel Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of Commander in Chief

Fantastic The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429906367
Release Date: 2006-05-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The life of Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most remarkable success stories in the U.S. Here is a young man from an Austrian village who became the greatest bodybuilder in history, a behemoth who even today in retirement is the dominating figure in the sport. Here is an immigrant with a heavy accent and a four syllable last name, who marries a Kennedy princess and becomes the number one movie star in the world, an icon known and celebrated everywhere. Here is a political novice with no administrative experience who becomes governor of California in one of the most unusual and controversial elections in American history, and confounds his critics by proving an effective, popular leader. In Fantastic, Leamer shows how and why this man of willful ambition and limitless drive achieved his unprecedented accomplishments. As the author of a celebrated trilogy on the Kennedy family, Leamer has access to a unique array of sources. Leamer traveled with candidate Schwarzenegger during the gubernatorial campaign. He has interviewed Governor Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, and their closest friends and associates, most of whom had never talked to an author before. The result is a startlingly intimate book, the pages studded with news making revelations. This book of passionate intensity captures a Schwarzenegger unlike any other public figure of our time, a unique political/cultural figure, his time in Sacramento only a way station on a journey where no one has traveled before. The book captures the personal Schwarzenegger, too, and the story of his single days, marriage, and family life. No one who reads this book will ever see Schwarzenegger in the same way again.

Madness Under the Royal Palms

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 9781401395551
Release Date: 2009-01-20
Genre: History

Love, lust, and fatal hatreds inside America's most exclusive enclave of wealth and privilege--Palm Beach. Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme devastated the eternally sunny world of Palm Beach, bringing down multimillionaires and destroying once-wealthy widows. The South Florida island and its rarified life suddenly found itself at the epicenter of the scandal, with this strange universe of wealth and privilege under an unrelenting spotlight. Now, in Madness Under the Royal Palms, Laurence Leamer shows us--as no one else has--this world of the megawealthy, which he calls "as hidden a place as I have ever resided." Digging deep, he hits a dark well of conflicting ambitions--right up to and including murder--much darker than the sky-blue weather and sunny Lily Pulitzer prints most of us associate with Palm Beach.

As time goes by

Author: Laurence Leamer
Publisher: Onyx
ISBN: 0451400224
Release Date: 1987-04-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Of all Ingrid Bergman's classic roles, none was as dramatic as her own life. As Time Goes By is the stunning and sometimes shocking story of this talented actress. Miniseries rights optioned by Warner Brothers. 32-page photo insert.