Current Books we are Reading

EsoWon's staff and friends are always reading some kind of interesting book. Let's keep the learning tradition going, together, and share some of what each of us is reading. Much thanks for shopping with Eso Won Bookstore, we depend on you.

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Between the World and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

An excellent researcher, writer and a person that knows his way around a bookstore. Coates is another piece of the puzzle trying to get to that illusive thing called  justice. Highly recommend Between the World and Me and The Beautiful Struggle. The Atlantic writings on Repartations and the historical context that is given is well worth the read. The next James Baldwin? Maybe. Maybe not. Those shoes (and eyes) are huge but he is definitely moving in that direction.

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

If you can support Nike, Reebok, Addidas and all that mess you should atleast send a few dollars to the Equal Justice Initiative this program is infinitely more important.  Just Mercy is a dynamic account of the disfunction within the Criminal Non-Justice System and what you as an individual can do to help make a correction. If James Brown was 'the hardest working man in show business' then Bryan Stevenson is the hardest working man in 'the legal profession' and absolutely deserves your support.

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Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171458
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Published: Anchor - January 12th, 2016

This in the digital Screen We Trust attitude with anything digital may be your great downfall. Simply, because you/we have no idea what's going on behind it. Goodman addresses many issues concerning digital technology and its sometimes extra-legal uses. No doubt there are benefits to using digital this and digital that (Internet of Things) but like everything there is this other side that if you're not careful (over confident, cocky and/or ignorant) will reap much havoc in your life. And, when you invite them in (C'mon down!) Goodman will astound you with the damage that can be done and in many cases irreversible. Strongly Recommended!

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Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
By Devery S. Anderson, Julian Bond (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781496802842
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University Press of Mississippi - August 18th, 2015

Concerning the murder of Emmett Louis Till, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery Anderson is pretty much all that needs to be read. Anderson, I believe, has written the definitive work on the subject. Now, maybe ten, fifteen, twenty years from now there will be another work on Mr. Till but it is hard to believe that it will add anything of significance to the narrative. Anderson did his homework.

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Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375423222
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Published: Pantheon - August 23rd, 2016

It is unnerving to know that in 1971 conditions in prisons such as Attica were at best horrible and have decayed since. Thompson has done an expert job exposing the New York prison system and the corrupt, murderer/racist/white supremist Nelson Rockefeller. Again, when you place no value on black people then anything goes and in this case anything went. Imagine, having to crawl through shards of crushed glass naked on your hands and knees, being whipped, beaten (baseball bats, rifle butts), kicked and pissed on. Who are these people incharge? Oh, by the way, Thompson won the 2017 pulitzer for history, which in this case was well deserved.

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From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674737235
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Harvard University Press - May 2nd, 2016

I must say if Hinton is representative of the type of scholarship among the youth of today we are in excellent shape. If you're at all interested in the history of law enforcement militarization and mass incarceration of today this is the book. It is extremly important that we have all the facts together and in order, so you're hesitant when starting with Nixon and begin with Hoover, Kennedy, Johnson and the like, when it comes to surveillance, name taking and thuggery. In this regard Hinton is extremly helpful.