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  • Can Gun Control Work?by James B. Jacobs

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 34.99

    Few schisms in American life run as deep or as wide as the divide between gun rights and gun control advocates. Awash in sound and symbol, the gun regulation debate has largely been defined by forceful rhetoric rather than substantive action. Politicians shroud themselves in talk of individual rights or public safety while lobbyists on both sides make... more...

  • Hate Crimesby James B. Jacobs

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 35.99

    In the early-1980s, the US Congress and many state legislatures passed a wave of "hate crime" laws requiring the collection of statistics on, and enhancing punishments for, crimes motivated by certain prejudices. This book places the evolution of the hate crime concept in socio-legal perspective. more...

  • Mobsters, Unions, and Fedsby James B. Jacobs

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 22.10

    Nowhere in the world has organized crime infiltrated the labor movement as effectively as in the United States. Yet the government, the AFL-CIO, and the civil liberties community all but ignored the situation for most of the twentieth century. Since 1975, however, the FBI, Department of Justice, and the federal judiciary have relentlessly battled... more...

  • Drunk Drivingby James B. Jacobs

    University of Chicago Press 2013; US$ 30.00

    In this ambitious interdisciplinary study, James B. Jacobs provides the first comprehensive review and analysis of America's drunk driving problem and of America's anti-drunk driving policies and jurisprudence. In a clear and accessible style, he considers what has been learned, what is being done, and what constitutional limits exist to the control... more...

  • Statevilleby James B. Jacobs

    University of Chicago Press 1753; US$ 32.00

    Stateville penitentiary in Illinois has housed some of Chicago's most infamous criminals and was proclaimed to be "the world's toughest prison" by Joseph Ragen, Stateville's powerful warden from 1936 to 1961. It shares with Attica, San Quentin, and Jackson the notoriety of being one of the maximum security prisons that has shaped the public's conception... more...

  • James Bond and Philosophyby James B. South; Jacob M. Held

    Open Court 2012; US$ 17.95

    “Bond. James Bond.? Since Sean Connery first uttered that iconic phrase in Dr. No, more than one quarter of the world?s population has seen a 007 film. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equal ease — often, it seems, with equal enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled with his freedom to do what is forbidden to everyone else, evokes fascinating... more...

  • Breaking the Devil?s Pactby James B. Jacobs; Kerry T. Cooperman

    NYU Press 2011; US$ 22.95

    In 1988, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani brought a massive civil racketeering suit against the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), at the time possibly the most corrupt union in the world. The lawsuit charged that the mafia had operated the IBT as a racketeering enterprise for decades, systematically violating the... more...

  • Busting the Mobby James B. Jacobs; Christopher Panarella; Jay Worthington

    NYU Press 1994; US$ 22.95

    Since Prohibition, the Mafia has captivated the media and, indeed, the American imagination. From Al Capone to John Gotti, organized crime bosses have achieved notoriety as anti- heroes in popular culture. In practice, organized crime grew strong and wealthy by supplying illicit goods and services and by obtaining control over labor unions and key... more...

  • The Mob and the Cityby C. Alexander Hortis; James B. Jacobs

    Prometheus Books 2014; US$ 11.99

    Forget what you think you know about the Mafia.  After reading this book, even life-long mob aficionados will have a new perspective on organized crime. Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York... more...

  • Gotham Unboundby James B. Jacobs; Coleen Friel; Robert Raddick

    NYU Press 1999; US$ 22.95

    Cosa Nostra. Organized crime. The Mob. Call it what you like, no other crime group has infiltrated labor unions and manipulated legitimate industries like Italian organized crime families. One cannot understand the history and political economy of New York City-or most other major American cities-in the 20th century without focusing on the role of... more...