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David Plotz's Top Book Recommendations

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A renowned investigative journalist exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America's mass incarceration crisis, and also offers a way out.

The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. But in practice, it is prosecutors who have the upper hand, in a contest that is far from equal. More than anyone else, prosecutors decide who goes free and who goes to prison, and even who lives and who dies. The system wasn't designed for this...
Recommended by David Plotz, Rashad Robinson, and 2 others.

David PlotzWhat a fantastic and well deserved review for @emilybazelon great new book (Source)

Rashad RobinsonElected leaders cannot be rewarded for putting as many Black bodies in jail as possible. This book by @emilybazelon about how politicians used “tough on crime” policies to further their careers, at the expense of Black communities, is a must-read. (Source)

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Atlas Obscura

An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that’s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia,...
Recommended by Adam Savage, David Plotz, and 2 others.

Adam SavageAtlas Obscura. Go to the site. Buy the book. Seriously great content. My favorite way to travel (this endorsement based only in love) @atlasobscura (Source)

David PlotzI'm here to solve your holiday gift buying problems! Today we release the Second Edition of the No. 1 bestselling Atlas Obscura book, with 100 new wondrous places, 12 city guides, a foldout map. It's gorgeous and fun and an amazing gift. (Source)

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