Nathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb were brilliant young men from wealthy families, who, seeking to commit the perfect crime, kidnapped and murderedNathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb were brilliant young men from wealthy families, who, seeking to commit the perfect crime, kidnapped and murdered 14 year-old Bobby Franks. The senseless crime captured the imagination of 1924 Chicago, as well as the rest of the nation. The newspapers ran with the story, calling it "The Crime of the Century" and readers were fascinated from the time the crime was perpetrated until the time the murderers were sentenced. Leopold and Loeb were represented in court by the great and flamboyant defense attorney, Clarence Darrow whose aim was not to have them found innocent but rather, to avoid the death penalty. Other courtroom characters included Robert Crowe, an ambitious State's Attorney and Judge John Caverly, whose mission it was to decide whether the killers should hang. Author, Higdon researched the case well and put together an excellent history. I found the sections of the book that covered the killers' time in prison and beyond, to be the most interesting part of the book. ...more
At first I was considering dropping my rating of this great book to 4 stars because of a few grammatical errors or typos but decided that no amount ofAt first I was considering dropping my rating of this great book to 4 stars because of a few grammatical errors or typos but decided that no amount of grammatical errors could take away from this excellent telling of incompetence, injustice, governmental neglect and bigotry in the disgraceful mishandling by FEMA of the rescue of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Note: Unfortunately, several days after I finished reading the book, I came across a story which informed that Zeitoun had been arrested for assaulting his wife and that, while in prison, had paid to have his wife, her son and another man murdered. This was very disappointing to me but still could not diminish the impact of the book....more
The Lost City of Z is a "can't put down" telling of the great British explorer, Percy Harrison Fawcett and his explorations in the Amazon Rain ForestThe Lost City of Z is a "can't put down" telling of the great British explorer, Percy Harrison Fawcett and his explorations in the Amazon Rain Forest which ended with his disappearance sometime during his 1925 search for "the lost city of Z" which was his name for what some felt to be what is more commonly called "El Dorado." Throughout the years after Fawcett and his party disappeared, scores of people have searched for him and for the city of Z. More than just an excellent adventure story, the book also tells of Fawcett's efforts to rise in the ranks of British explorers and also a bit of the history of The Royal Geographical Society. Still more engrossing is the information that the author, David Grann has unearthed about Native American civilizations, going back to centuries before the Incan and the Mayan eras. Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker became fascinated with the mystery of Fawcett's disappearance and, like many others before him, chose to go to South America in search of answers to what happened to Fawcett and his party. The result of his search is this amazing book that I count as one of the greatest exploration stories that I have ever read.