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A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and The Kodak Patent War - Ronald K. Fierstein
Call Number: TR140.L28 F54 2015
ISBN: 9781627227698
Publication Date: February 16, 2015

Apple founder Steve Jobs once hailed Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid and the father of instant photography, as "a national treasure" and once confessed to a reporter that meeting Land was "like visiting a shrine." By his own admission, Jobs modeled much of his own career after Land s. Both Jobs and Land stand out today as unique and towering figures in the history of technology. Neither had a college degree, but both built highly successful and innovative organizations. Jobs and Land were both perfectionists with an almost fanatic attentiveness to detail, in addition to being consummate showmen and instinctive marketers. In many ways, Edwin Land was the original Steve Jobs. This riveting new biography visits the spectacular life of Edwin Land, perhaps the most important, yet least known inventor and technology entrepreneur in American history. Land s most famous achievement was the creation of a revolutionary film and camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken. A Triumph of Genius takes you behind the scenes of this reclusive genius s discoveries, triumphs, and defeats. You'll learn details of Land s involvement over four decades with top-secret U.S. military intelligence efforts during World War II and through the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents. Additionally, you'll thrill to the compelling first-hand look at one of our nation s most important legal battles over intellectual property Polaroid versus Kodak. This corporate and legal struggle is a story of almost operatic dimension. What began as a cooperative and collegial relationship ended in Kodak s betrayal. The conflict led to an epic legal battle, a dramatic event for Land who, from the witness stand, personally starred in a compelling courtroom drama. More than a simple business biography, A Triumph of Genius chronicles the man and the icon whose technological brilliance paved the way for another of the 20th century s greatest innovators, Steve Jobs."



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Why Not Jail? Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction - Rena Steinzor
Call Number: KF9350 .S74 2015
ISBN: 9781107053403
Publication Date: 2014-12-08

The US Department of Justice is under fire for failing to prosecute banks that caused the 2008 economic meltdown because they are too big to jail. Prosecutors have long neglected to hold corporate executives accountable for chronic mistakes that kill and injure workers and customers. This book, the first of its kind, analyzes five industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment. From the Texas City refinery explosion to the Upper Big Branch mine collapse, the root causes of these preventable disasters include crimes of commission and omission. Although federal prosecutors have made a start on holding low-level managers liable, far more aggressive prosecution is appropriate as a matter of law, policy, and justice. Written in accessible and jargon-free language, this book recommends innovative interpretations of existing laws to elevate the prosecution of white-collar crime at the federal and state levels.


Criminal Law

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The Death Penalty: What's Keeping It Alive - Andrea D. Lyon
Call Number: HV8699.U5 L96 2015
ISBN: 9781442232679
Publication Date: 2014-11-06

The United States is divided about the death penalty 17 states have banned it, while the remaining states have not. From wrongful convictions to botched executions, capital punishment is fraught with controversy. In The Death Penalty: What's Keeping it Alive, award-winning criminal defense attorney Andrea Lyon turns a critical eye towards the reasons why the death penalty remains active in most states, in spite of well-documented flaws in the justice system. The book opens with an overview of the history of the death penalty in America, then digs into the reasons capital punishment is a fixture in the justice system of most states. The author argues that religious and moral convictions play a role, as does media coverage of crime and punishment. Politics, however, plays the biggest role, according to the author, with no one wanting to look soft on crime. The death penalty remains a deadly political tool in most of the United States."


Legal History

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Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History - Steven W. Bender
Call Number: KF4749 .B39 2015
ISBN: 9781479899623
Publication Date: 2015-01-09

In Mea Culpa, Steven W. Bender examines how the United States' collective shame about its past has shaped the evolution of law and behavior. We regret slavery and segregationist Jim Crow laws. We eventually apologize, while ignoring other oppressions, and our legal response to regret often fails to be transformative for the affected groups. By examining policies and practices that have affected the lives of groups that have been historically marginalized and oppressed, Bender is able to draw persuasive connections between shame and its eventual legal manifestations. Analyzing the United States' historical response to its own atrocities, Bender identifies and develops a definitive moral compass that guides us away from the policies and practices that lead to societal regret. Mea Culpa challenges its readers. In a different era, might we have been slave owners or proprietors of a racially segregated establishment? It's easy to judge immorality in the hindsight of history, but what current practices and policies will later generations regret? More than a historical survey, this volume offers a framework for resolving some of the most contentious social problems of our time. Drawing on his background as a legal scholar, Bender tackles immigration, the death penalty, the war on terror, reproductive rights,welfare, wage inequity, homelessness, mass incarceration, and same-sex marriage. Ultimately, he argues, it is the dehumanization of human beings that allows for practices to occur that will later be marked as regrettable. And all of us have a stake in standing on the side of history that resists dehumanization.


Military Law

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Drones and Targeted Killings: Ethics, Law, Politics - Sarah Knuckey
Call Number: UG1242.D7 D77 2015
ISBN: 9781617700996
Publication Date: 2014-11-01

The book addresses the key dilemmas around the use of force in national security (or counter terrorism) policy and human rights. The anthology offers an overview of the targeted killing program, the decision to go to war in Afghanistan, and the choices involved, as well as looking to the challenges ahead in the use of force in the fight against terrorism. It emphasizes future dilemmas/concerns/ issues, and human rights based approaches to remedy past wrongs and promote rights through the long term.



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Stewarding the Earth: Rethinking Property and the Emergence of Biocultural Rights - Sanjan Kabir Bavikatte
Call Number: K3488 .B38 2014
ISBN: 0198098669
Publication Date: 2014-08-26

The book analyses the emergence of biocultural rights as a sub-set of third generation group rights in environmental law. It argues that these rights, which advocate people's duty of stewardship over nature, have arisen as a response to the world's ecological crisis. The book uses a multipronged approach, relying upon economic, anthropological, political, and legal theories, to deconstruct the current concepts of private property from the perspective of indigenous peoples and traditional communities. It further presents evidence that this discursive shift is gaining formal legal recognition by referring to negotiations of multilateral environmental agreements, judicial decisions of regional, and domestic courts and community initiatives. The book also gives a description of the new biocultural jurisprudence including its application through innovative, community-developed instruments such as biocultural community protocols.


New DVDs

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The Sopranos: The Complete First Season - Chase, David
Call Number: PN1992.77 .S677 v. 1
Publication Date: 2013

Tony Soprano is your average, middle-aged businessman. Tony's got a dutiful wife, a not-so-dutiful daughter, a son named Anthony Jr. a mother he's trying to coax into a retirement home, a hot-headed uncle, a not-too-secret mistress and a shrink to tell all his secrets, except the one she already knows: Tony's a mob boss.


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