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  • You the Jury: Deciding Guilt or Innocence in a Recovered Memory Case (1997, 2008) by Gini Graham Scott, Mark E. Roseman, William B. Craig
    Can a person repress memories of childhood sexual abuse and suddenly "recover" those memories 10, 15, or 20 years later? You the Jury offers a balanced approach in which you will hear arguments on both sides of the question in a representative case argued by opposing attorneys. It's a fast-paced legal drama that takes place both inside and outside the courtroom, when the plaintiff, 27-year old Roberta Claire, decides to file a lawsuit charging sexual abuse by the defendant, her 66-year old stepfather, Lloyd Adams. Although the alleged incidents occurred more that fifteen year ago, Roberta is convinced they actually happened, while Lloyd insists he is innocent and that Roberta's psychologist planted the awful memories in his step-daughter's mind. When the case goes to trial, you'll be invited to participate in the decision-making process as a voting member of the jury. So are the memories of abuse real and do you find for the plaintiff? Or do you reject the theory of recovered memories as "junk science" and find for defendant? You decide.
  • How to Collect When You Win a Lawsuit (1999) by Gini Graham Scott and Robin Leonard

  • Collect Your Court Judgement (1997, 1999) by Gini Graham Scott, Lisa Goldoftas, and Sephen Elias
    After you win your judgment in court, you still have to collect - and some debtors can make it very hard to do so. This book shows you what to do to get your money, including finding where it is. It describes how to get the necessary court papers for doing levies on banks, wage garnishments, placing liens on property, conducting debtor examinations, and more. 

Personal and Personal Development
  • Want It, See It, Get It!: Visualize Your Way to Success (February 20, 2009 release)
    As children, most of us are taught to repress our natural intuition in favor of more “logical” thinking. But cognitive studies show that by reclaiming the more immediate, instinctive responses that stem from the right side of our brains, we can gain insights and understandings that help us make better decisions and choices...and more often get what we want.

    Incorporating the very latest research on how the brain works, Want It, See It, Get It! reveals easy-to-learn techniques for using mental imaging and visualization to see clearly what we want, and how to use that clarity to attract amazing business success. The book gives readers practical strategies that will enable them to:

    • set goals and attain them

    • problem-solve more effectively

    • unleash creativity

    • improve work relationships

    • be more persuasive

    • improve skills

    • increase energy

    This book helps readers rid themselves of the kind of thinking that holds them back...and achieve what they want more quickly and effectively.

  • Enjoy!: 101 Ways to Add Fun to Your Work Every Day (2008)
    Every year, we find ourselves working harder, longer, and at a faster pace. Many of us find it impossible to find time to relax, much less create ways to make our jobs more enjoyable. Finally here is an antidote for overstressed workers everywhere. As an expert in personal and professional development, Gini Graham Scott has helped people all over the world find more enjoyment in their work and personal lives. In Enjoy! she shares her secrets for adding fun to life at the office. Using examples from her workshops and interviews with psychologists and recreation professionals, she shows how to relieve stress, anxiety, and tedium from everyday life. Readers will find tips on how to:

    • change their attitudes so they have more fun

    • bring humor and laughter to the workplace

    • use relaxation exercises to help them ease tension during the work day

    • pinpoint what they most appreciate about their job

    • use fantasy and visualization to conquer boredom

    • rethink their work goals to avoid frustration and feeling stuck

    Most of us spend more than a third of our lives at work. Finally, here is the book that can make that part of our lives infinitely more enjoyable.

  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Memory (2007)
    With phones ringing off the hook, constantly changing to-do lists, and increasingly complicated schedules, having a good memory has become more important than ever. Drawing on the latest research from cognitive experts and psychologists, 30 Days to a More Powerful Memory provides hands-on, practical strategies and exercises that anyone, young or old, can use to sharpen their memory -- fast! The book introduces readers to memory-boosting techniques such as mnemonic devices, visualization, chunking and clustering, and mental triggers, and also shows how to:

    • effectively decrease anxiety levels and combat the negative emotions that can affect recall

    • create powerful backup systems to help trigger associations

    • exercise both body and mind, and improve overall health to improve memory

    • get the kind of restful sleep that will increase one’s ability to retain information.

    The book discusses common myths about memory, clarifying what’s true and what isn’t. Packed with tips and memory-boosting activities, this guide provides readers with the simple but powerful methods they need to increase their mental agility.

  • Fantasy Worlds: New Ways to Explore, Adventure, and Play with Fantasy (2006)
    Fantasy! The very word conjures images of escape from reality, from the mundaneness of ordinary daily life. Fantasy Worlds combines a look at the psychology and power of fantasy with profiles of a dozen groups of individuals exploring different types of fantasy. While some play with fantasy as an occasional release, others turn fantasy into an ongoing lifestyle that adds spice to their everyday routines. The groups featured include those with members who enjoy role-playing and other games, participate in fantasy parties, travel into past and future eras, explore offbeat adventures, and experiment with erotic fantasy games. It concludes with a discussion of how many individuals use fantasy for personal growth on their own or in role-playing groups. Besides illustrating some popular fantasies, the book shows how we all need some fantasy in our lives; how we are all fantasy seekers.

  • The Innovative Edge: How to Find It, How to Use It (2002)
    Whether in business or daily living, new and better ideas can often make the difference between failure and success. Or between success and spectacular success. Mental imaging exercises and step-by-step examples help readers ‘limber up' both sides of their brains to encourage creativity and innovation, challenge outmoded premises, turn difficulties into opportunities, and find more effective ways of thinking and acting.

  • The Fantasy Seekers: Exploring Fantasy in Everyday Life (2000)
    This book combines a discussion of the psychology of fantasy and the dynamics of fantasy play with a series of profiles of groups of individuals exploring different types of fantasy. While some play with fantasy as an occasional release, others turn fantasy into an ongoing lifestyle that provides a fulfilling balance to the day to day routines of life. The groups featured include those who enjoy role-playing and other types of games, participate in fantasy parties, engage in lifestyles from past and future eras, explore offbeat adventures, and join in erotic fantasy games. It concludes with a discussion of how many individuals use fantasy for self-growth on their own or as members of a role-playing group. The book is designed to illustrate some of the more popular fantasies, along with an understanding of how we all need some fantasy in our lives.

  • Can We Talk?: The Power and Influence of Talk Shows (1996)
    This book takes a close look at the talk show explosion, how it came to be, how it continues to shape our world, and where it might lead in the future. The book looks at the history of talk shows in both radio and TV, at the major players in the industry, and at the effect of these shows. It includes interviews with key personalities and experts on radio and TV.

  • Private Eyes: What Private Investigators Really Do (1994) with Sam Brown, Detective
    A look at the role of the private investigator in American marriage, business and industry. The book features interviews with top private detectives and it highlights some of their most interesting cases and the techniques they used in their investigations. Areas covered include surveillance, going undercover, using public records, doing interviews, high-tech devices, criminal defense, and working with attorneys and the police. 

  • The Power of Fantasy: Illusion and Eroticism in Everyday Life (1994)

  • The Truth About Lying: Why and How We All Do It and What to Do About It (1994, 2006)
    A book about how and when people lie, how we respond when other people lie to us, how to tell when someone is lying, and how we lie to ourselves. After an overview of the pervasiveness of lying today and throughout history, the book looks at the range of lies and the reasons people lie. It includes the stories of ordinary, respectable people, discussing how and why they lied in various situations, and discusses how to deal with lying in your own life.

  • The Empowered Mind: How To Harness the Creative Force Within You (1993, 2006)
    These powerful techniques help you tap into the creative force we all possess, and shows you how to focus and direct this inner power like a laser beam to achieve virtually any goal you desire. Acquire new skills, make better decisions, increase your creativity, get along with anyone, and boost your energy and self-confidence.

  • Lying in Everyday Life(1991)

  • Sell Your Book, Script or Column: How to Write a Winning Query and Make a Winning Pitch (2007)
    However you do it, how you write your initial query is the key to success. This is what gets your e-mail query opened and read. Then, this initial impression shapes the way your project is considered.

    Sell Your Book, Script, or Column will help you write a powerful query letter, drawing on my experience of over four years of writing queries for over 900 clients, as well as writing my own successful queries leading to sales of over a dozen books and options on a dozen scripts and TV projects.

    The book includes articles on writing good query letters, guidelines to write your own letter, and samples of letters I have written that led to high responses and resulted in deals in different industries.

    The first section provides general tips on pitching your material, writing a good query, and formatting it for an e-mail query, which is different from sending a postal query. It includes articles about whether to directly contact the publishers, editors, producers, and production companies or seek an agent to represent you. The next sections feature guidelines for writing a query for books, articles, columns, and screenplays. The basic principles are the same from industry to industry. The last section includes some sample letters, organized by industry.

    You’ll find this information invaluable in knowing how to best make that all important connection. Then, when you are ready to make those connections, you can send out your own query letter or use a query service, such as PublishersAndAgents or ScreenplayWritersConnection to help.

Sales, Marketing and Financial
  • Positive Cash Flow for Your Small Business: Your Complete Guide to Credit and Collections for Your Business (February 1, 2009 release)
    Small businesses employ over half of the United States' workforce. Unfortunately, over a decade, over 60 percent of these businesses fail. One of the largest problems causing businesses to fail is cash flow.

    In this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, you will learn proven methods to keep money coming into your business. This book gives you specific tips on how to establish a credit policy for your business, keep track of accounts and debts, and reduce the number of customers who don't pay you on time.

    It also shows you:

    • How to decide when to send polite reminder notices and when you should use something stronger

    • How to determine if a consumer or business should be extended credit in the first place

    • How to collect from overdue accounts while still keeping those accounts as future clients

    • How to collect money from deadbeats who have no intention of ever paying their bills

  • Success in MLM, Network Marketing, and Personal Selling: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Powerful Sales Organization and Becoming Rich and Successful in Multi-level and Network Marketing (2007)
    By whatever term it’s called, multi-level marketing, network marketing, or personal selling, this type of sales, done right, offers you an opportunity to become rich and successful by not only selling a product but by building a growing sales team to sell. This complete and easy-to-use guide reveals how you can sell virtually any type of product or service this way. You can easily start the business out of your home or set up a small office, and as your sales network multiplies, your income grows from this expanding sales team. So the profit potential is almost unlimited.

    The book shows you how to do it with techniques for getting started, setting goals, prospecting for leads, selling your product or service effectively, putting on presentations, building a sales organization, working with distributors, hosting meetings and sales parties, participating in a trade show, speaking to promote your product, doing your own publicity, and more. It includes worksheets, checklists, and formulas to pick the most profitable products or services to sell, prepare weekly or monthly schedules, control costs, and get maximum productivity from your sales team. Other aids include sample letters, flyers, posters, and other tools that have produced big sales for other marketers and are easy to adapt.

  • How to Collect the Money People Owe You: A Complete Credit and Collection Guide for Individuals and Small Businesses (2000)
    (Previously published 1995 as The Small Business Credit and Collection Guide)
    Many people give up collecting debts before they should, because they don't know how to effectively collect them. Others take chances and extend more credit than they should and end up with debts they can't collect. This book is designed to help both individuals, small business owners, and others collect money in two ways. First, it will help you establish a good credit policy so you can make the best decision about whether to expend credit (in the form of money, work, or sales). Second, it will help you determine exactly what to do when you have problems collecting after you have extended credit.

  • Work With Me!: Resolving Everyday Conflict in Your Organization (2000, 2007)
    In Work with Me!, author Gini Graham Scott presents her proven conflict resolution model—first outlined in her popular book Resolving Conflict and now in Disagreements, Disputes and All-out War. Here she applies this model to the workplace, guiding readers on how to manage emotions and use logic and intuition to resolve common problems on the job. Written for everyone within an organization—workers, managers, supervisors, human resource directors , and CEOs—this book offers the tools needed for taking charge of workplace conflicts and developing the skills to:

    • Conquer emotional barriers to resolving conflicts

    • Overcome common communication problems

    • Recognize the organizational and political factors that can create friction

    • Identify individual interests, needs, and wants that drive conflict situations

    • Deal with difficult people

    • Apply a variety of conflict and negotiation styles

    • Brainstorm ideas to generate resolution alternatives

    • Visualize optimal outcomes

  • Mind Your Own Business: The Battle for Personal Privacy (1995)
    A look at the privacy battles that have led to the growing loss of privacy we face today. The book highlights the landmark court cases from the 1850s to the 1990s that have contributed to where we are now. Then, it deals with current privacy issues involving the workplace, police, press, health care, government, financial institutions, schools, home and neighbors, advertising and marketing, and the new developments resulting from the explosion of E-mail and the Internet.

  • The Small Business Credit and Collection Guide: Collect Overdue Bills, Establish Effective Credit Policies, and Maximize Your Cash Flow (1995)
    Republished 2000 as How to Collect the Money People Owe You: A Complete Credit and Collection Guide for Individuals and Small Businesses

  • Collection Techniques for a Small Business  (1994) with John Harrison
    A comprehensive, step-by-step guide with proven methods used by successful and profitable small businesses. Provides tips on how to establish a credit policy for your business; keep track of accounts and debts; reduce the number of customers that don't pay on time; recognize and deal with the most common objections and stalling tactics; write collection letters; set up a reminder system for sending overdue notices to debtors; use special motivational techniques to get the debtor to pay; use lawyers, collection agencies, and the courts; and more.

  • Building a Winning Sales Team: How To Recruit, Train, And Motivate The Best (1991, 2007)
    Building a Winning Sales Team provides the basic steps for setting up, growing, and motivating a successful sales team for company owners and sales managers and supervisors. The book begins with chapters on recruiting sales people, whether you want to organize your own sale team or set up a network of independent distributors. Other chapters cover orientating and motivating your sales people, setting up a training program, managing time and territory, providing support for your sales people, creating materials to sell, and organizing effective sales meetings. The book includes charts, templates, and other materials you can adapt for your own organization. The book is ideal for both entrepreneurs starting their own company and company owners and managers in a corporate setting.

  • Success in Multi-Level Marketing (1991)
    A more comprehensive approach to building a multi-level business, that covers similar topics to GET RICH THROUGH MULTI-LEVEL SELLING, except in more detail. An excellent book for the really serious multi-level professional who wants to build a high-power team.

  • Resolving Conflict: With Others and Within Yourself (1990, 2006)
    Everyone has some conflicts at work and in everyday life, from difficult bosses and co-workers to annoying neighbors and problem family members and friends. And then there are all sorts of inner conflicts, from low-esteem to hard-to-make decisions about personal goals.

    Resolving Conflict treats conflict as both an inner and outer problem, recognizing that there are two related types of conflict: difficulties with other people and conflicting desires within oneself. The book provides a step-by-step guide to the unique E-R-I method of conflict resolution. It's based on dealing with the negative emotions, using the reason to understand the situation and consider alternative conflict resolution strategies, and employing the intuition to come up with alternatives and decide on the best approach. In time, this model becomes second nature, so it can be easily applied in any situation.

    The book features a wide range of hands-on techniques and examples, with chapters that explore:

    • assessing major conflicts and determining their causes

    • tools of communication, negotiation, and empathy

    • creating alternatives and finding solutions

    • ways of turning conflicts into creative opportunities

    • dealing with both work and personal conflicts

    • making conflict management a part of your life

  • Debt Collection: Successful Strategies for the Small Business (1987) with Rosanno Alejandro, ed.

  • Effective Selling and Sales Management: How to Sell Successfully and Create a Top Sales Organization (1987, 2007)
    Effective Selling and Sales Management is designed for anyone with a product or service to sell, from entrepreneurs and small business people to managers of corporate sales groups. The first chapters feature effective sales techniques; then the book deals with how to recruit salespeople and build a powerful sales team. The chapters cover these topics:

    • Creating sales materials

    • Getting started

    • Selling techniques

    • Finding Leads

    • Using the telephone effectively

    • Effective presentations

    • Recruiting others to sell for you

    • Recruiting a sales manager

    • Recruiting your own sales team

    • Interviewing sales people

    • Orienting new sales people

    • Organizing new sales people

    • Setting up a training program

    • Coordinating sales activities

    • Keeping your sales group motivated

    • Providing extra assistance and support

    • Training sales people to train others

  • It's Your Money!: How to Collect What People Owe You (1987)

  • Mind Power: Picture Your Way to Success in Business (1987, 2006)
    (Audio Cassette)
    Apply the power of mental imaging to visualize your way to success in your work, business, and personal life. Use the techniques in this book to set goals and achieve them, increase your energy, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your relationships, and more. Here are just a few of the scores of mental imaging techniques to improve your chances for success:

    • 4 Ways to Overcome Stress and Tension in the Workplace—and Get More Done in Less Time

    • 2 Simple Techniques to Increase Energy and Overcome Fatigue—Tackle and Master Even the Toughest Jobs

    • 5 Key Ways to Increase Your Confidence and Feelings of Self-Esteem to Achieve Greater Success More Quickly

    • 3 Mental Imaging Techniques That Improve Your Memory and Your Ability to Concentrate

    • An Easy Way to Create the Personality and Self-Image That Can Propel You to Success in Your Field
      Improve a Rocky or Unsatisfactory Relationship with Your Boss or Co-Workers—And Land a Promotion and Substantial Raise in the Process

    • Increase Your Creativity to Come Up with More Productive Ideas

    • Improve Your Ability to Brainstorm to Solve the Most Complex Problems

    • Eliminate Your Bad Habits at Work and at Home

    And More…

  • Get Rich Through Multi-Level Selling: Build Your Own Sales and Distribution Organization (1986, 1989, 1998)
    A step-by-step approach to building a multi-level business. Deals with how to find and sell to customers, and how to recruit, motivate, and train a sales organization. Includes information on getting leads, telephone techniques, advertising, making presentations, selling at trade shows, finding good distributors, putting on meetings for customers and salespeople, coordinating a sales team, and more. Ideal for introducing new distributors and training them. New edition includes chapters on selling health products and being a speaker to gain sales. 

  • Strike It Rich in Personal Selling: Techniques for Success in Direct Sales, Multi-Level and Network Marketing (1985, 2000)
    Personal selling is still the key to success in direct sales, multi-level marketing, and network marketing, even with the Internet and e-commerce. Strike It Rich in Personal Selling provides the tips and techniques on how you can use this approach effectively to get to the top and stay there. It emphasizes committing your efforts to one or two carefully chosen companies and how to choose them, rather than falling prey to the number one success breaker—trying to work with too many sales programs or jumping from company.

  • Secrets Of The Shaman (1993)
    Secrets Of The Shaman is a follow-up book to
    The Shaman Warrior, in which the author, Gini Graham Scott, a sociologist/anthropologist, describes her experiences in studying personally with Michael Fairwell, the shaman teacher she first met at a magical encampment. After she joined his group and studied with them in Northern California, as described in The Shaman Warrior she met with Michael Fairwell and some of his students for advanced training in the L.A. area. The book describes how she participated in a variety of exercises and lessons, from working with altered states of consciousness and raising and manipulating subtle energies to working with intention and creating gateways into other dimensions.

  • Shamanism and Personal Mastery: Using Symbols, Rituals, and Talismans to Activate the Powers Within You (1991)
    A hands-on, practical guide for using shamanic techniques to tap the personal power within each of us. Techniques include using power words and rituals, creative visualization and consciousness projection, dream recall and analysis, and using personal power objects. It suggests applying certain principles, such as having patience, persistence, courage, and commitment to achieve one's goals.

  • Shamanism for Everyone (1989, 1997)
    A guide to gaining shamanic wisdom safely and easily and using it in your daily life. The book includes techniques for "seeing" into other realities, working with the forces of nature, mental projection, looking into the future, becoming more sensitive and perceptive about others, and more.

  • The Shaman Warrior: An Investigation of a Group Practicing Shamanism (1988, 2007)
    The Shaman Warrior is a classic book of magic and psychic exploration, much like the series of books by Carlos Castaneda and by Lynn V. Andrews. The author, a sociologist / anthropologist, first met Michael Fairwell, the shaman teacher she studied with, at a magical encampment, and much of Shaman Warrior consists of her descriptions of expeditions into the wilderness to work with Michael and other members of the group in contacting and communicating with the forces of nature. But she also highlights Michael’s teachings of the principles of the shaman warrior way, provided in a series of ten lessons by Michael. These cover such topics as “seeing” into other realities, directing and stepping into dreams, projecting one’s consciousness into other places and the future, getting in touch with one’s inner voice, meeting one’s ally, and working with trance, channeling, and ritual. Author Gini Graham Scott additionally sparks up the book with some of the interpersonal dynamics going on in the group of students she studied with.

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shamanism (2004)

  • The Open Door: Traveling in the USSR (1990)

  • The Creative Traveler: New Ways to Enjoy Your Travel Wherever You Go (1989)
    The Creative Traveler helps any traveler, whether alone or part of a group, enjoy the trip more. Wherever you are going and whether you are on a short trip or extended vacation, you can use these techniques to enhance your travel experience. Techniques include creative visualization, mental imagery, and other methods to provide a richer more enjoyable experience whatever your itinerary - from visiting a museum or historic site to shopping in local marketplaces, sampling local cuisine, or hiking in the wilderness.

    The Creative Traveler
    is especially helpful if you want to truly experience another culture. Also, use these techniques to help you meet and get to know local inhabits and to more creatively use your waiting time for planes, trains, and other transportation. Use your camera or video recorder more creatively, too.

  • Before the Modern Russian Revolution: A Memoir About Traveling in the U.S.S.R. in a Time of Transformation (2008)
    Today, when Russia has regained its power on the world stage and Putin is restoring many of the old traditions and systems, it is helpful to understand what Russia was like at the time of transformation set in motion by Gorbachev and continued by Yeltsin. For a time Russia went through a period called "glasnost" and "perestroika" when all things seemed possible and a spirit of democracy was in the air. The Soviet Union was breaking up and everyday citizens were imagining a new democratic future, though this restructuring soon led to a rampant period of new capitalism and crime, before the crackdown and new economic transformation under Putin.

    Before the Modern Russian Revolution is a look back at this time of rapid change be a sociologist and anthropologist who traveled to the Russia and other countries that were then part of the Soviet Union. She traveled there three times between 1987 and 1990. This book describes her journey there in 1988 as part of a citizen diplomacy group that offered an opportunity to make personal connections with people in all walks of life. It is an engaging personal account of a journey to the Soviet Union done the "citizen diplomacy" way-meeting people face to face in their homes, schools, churches, courtrooms and marketplaces. It takes you to the heart of Soviet daily life, where you will meet working mothers, the new entrepreneurs, lawyers, artists, journalist, psychologists and others. While providing a marked contrast to the lifestyle of Russians today, these portraits help to provide insight into the new society Russia has become.

  • In the Land of Difficult People: 24 Timeless Tales Reveal How to Tame Beasts at Work (2008) by Gini Graham Scott and Terrence L. Gargiulo
    Treasured for centuries, the world's folk tales have left a legacy of wisdom for countless generations. Going beyond simple entertainment, stories such as "The Lion and the Hare" and "The Woodcutter's Daughter" instruct through exam­ple how to live in a world populated with dishonest, petty, and conniving characters. In the Land of Difficult People presents 24 charmingly illustrated fables. Taken from around the world, each exemplifies the best methods to use when dealing with difficult people at work. This helpful book identifies eight major types of difficult people, giving readers strategies for working with each of them. From Untrustworthy Ravens to Insincere Monkeys, this instructive collection follows each story with a down-to-earth analy­sis of how to manage any situation involving the toughest of characters. For anyone venturing "into the woods" of modern-day life, this book is a powerful potion of common sense that will lead to happily-ever-after endings every time.

  • Let's Have a Sales Party: A Complete Guide to Success in Party Plan Selling (2008)
    Party plan selling offers a great mix of making money with having fun by selling your products or services at a party. LET’S HAVE A SALES PARTY provides a complete step-by-step guide on how to do it, with tips for both the newcomer and the old-timer who wants to further expand the business.

    The book includes tips on how to:

    • choose your product and company,

    • develop your sales pitch,

    • recruit prospects for your party,

    • plan a great party, increase your sales,

    • expand your business by

    • creating a sales organization, and more.

    It provides practical information on:

    • avoiding the mishaps that befall some party plan sellers,

    • creating advertising to help you find hosts and customers for your parties,

    • developing a presentation and a marketing campaign,

    • finding a host,

    • choosing a location,

    • planning the menu,

    • mastering a solid sales pitch,

    • building to a strong close,

    • asking for the sale,

    • taking orders,

    • getting referrals,

    • confirming orders,

    • and managing deliveries.

Additionally, it offers expert tips on how to avoid scams and choose a reputable party plan company, a directory of major party plan companies, and more.

  • American Murder: Homicide in the Early 20th Century (2007)
    Two volumes.  America has long had the reputation as the most violent and murderous of modern industrialized nations. Even while violent crime has dropped in recent years, our murder rate is still incredibly high. Since the beginning of the 20th century, our society has undergone profound changes. Our technologies have advanced, but the motives and methods for murder and escaping the "long arm of the law" have kept pace, often capitalizing on available technologies. In addition, as the century progressed, the media became an integral part of murder in America, helping investigations, glamorizing murder, and bringing it into our homes on a daily basis. Here, Scott examines the changing face of murder in the context of societal changes and traces the advances in investigative techniques and technologies. Each chapter offers vivid accounts of the most notorious and representative murders for each time period, focusing especially on those murderers who have had the edge on their pursuers, even escaping detection to this day. Beginning at the turn of the century, Scott details one of the most notorious cases of the day, in which a jealous woman poisoned the wife of her lover. The book ends with the still-unsolved Tupac Shakur murder case. Taking readers through the various developments in methods of murder, and the techniques used to capture the criminals, Scott provides a fascinating overview of the way murder has changed through the decades and how law enforcement has kept pace. This insightful book sheds light on both our fascination with murder and on murderers and their nemeses over the last one hundred years.

  • Disagreements, Disputes, and All-Out War: Three Simple Steps for Dealing with Any Kind of Conflict (2007)
    The potential for conflict exists in every interaction. But when one doesn’t know how to deal with these disagreements constructively, they can escalate into unproductive and even destructive situations. The key is not to avoid conflict, but to recognize and manage it skillfully to produce the best possible outcome. In this powerful and practical guide, author Gini Graham Scott shows readers how to identify the reason for the conflict, recognize and control the emotional factors, and find the best solution. Disagreements, Disputes, and All-Out War offers a simple but proven system for resolving conflicts resulting from:

    • poor communication and misunderstandings

    • different agendas, interests, and values

    • political power struggles

    • incorrect assumptions about others’ motives and actions

    • difficult people

Written in an accessible, conversational style, packed with real-life examples, and including simple exercises and tools to help assess conflict situations, this indispensable guide shows readers how to handle whatever life throws at them.

  • A Survival Guide to Managing Employees from Hell: Handling Idiots, Whiners, Slackers, and Other Workplace Demons (2006)
    All managers get saddled with "problem" employees from time to time; what sets great managers apart is how they deal with them. Drawing from real-life stories, this helpful and humorous guide provides readers with practical advice for handling a wide range of difficult types, including:

    • The Impossible "I"s: Incompetents, Idiots, and Imbeciles -- clueless employees who simply don’t know what they’re doing

    • The Bull in the Office China Shop -- the frequently angry worker ready to confront anyone and everyone

    • The Party-Time Performer -- the employee who, although great with people, constantly turns work-time into fun-time

    • I’ve Got a Problem -- employees whose work is compromised by any of a range of personal demons, from drug and alcohol problems to emotional issues

From whiners and wastrels to the needy and nefarious, this book gives readers the tools they need to handle any type of difficult employee.

  • When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Sturgeon: And Other Wrong Things That Kids Write (2006)
    Art Linkletter famously said that “kids say the darndest things.” This book shows that they are now committing their fractured insights to paper and handing them in. Berkeley psychologist Gini Graham Scott canvassed teachers from elementary school through high school for these entertaining, revealing, sometimes touching, and just plain funny examples. They include the third-grader who insisted, “Our father who art in heaven; Howard be thy name”; the junior high schooler who opined, “Necessity is the mother of a lot of kids”; and the high school student who warned, “You have to be careful of a wolf in cheap clothing.” This colorful package challenges conventional laments over the sorry state of students’ spelling and grammar, offering instead an amusing, warmhearted collection of bloopers that reminds readers that to err is . . . one of the privileges of youth.

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Party Plan Selling (2005)
    Come join us and learn new ways to enhance and expand your business -- whether you are new to the business or an old-timer; selling on your own or part of a team; making some extra money or growing a full-time company. You'll find tips and techniques that will contribute to your success and help build on what you learn in the Party Plan Selling book.

  • A Survival Guide for Working With Bad Bosses: Dealing With Bullies, Idiots, Back-stabbers, And Other Managers from Hell (2005)
    Being saddled with a terrible supervisor can turn even the best job into a nightmare. Unfortunately, not every boss is the great symbol of managerial perfection one would hope for. In fact, more people than not consider themselves stuck with a "bad boss." But short of remaining miserable or quitting a job, what can be done about it? "A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses" provides readers with savvy, practical advice for coping with managers and supervisors who are mean, incompetent, unethical, and worse. The book includes powerful strategies for not only working with -- but thriving under -- such bad boss types as:

    • The Great Betrayers -- how to defend yourself against a corporate backstabber * The Know-Nothing Bosses -- what to do when a boss is clueless

    • The Bad Communicators -- how to respond when a boss is consistently unclear Whether a boss is high-strung, incompetent, or a power-mad tyrant, this book has the solution.

  • Homicide by the Rich and Famous: A Century of Prominent Killers (2005)
    Many people express shock and horror when they hear of a wealthy or famous person killing another person. As a society, we seem to expect the rich and famous to behave better, to commit fewer crimes, to be immune to the passions that inspire other, less prominent people to kill. After all, the rich and famous have everything--why would they need to murder? But the rich and famous kill for the very same reasons other do: love, power, money, jealousy, greed, revenge, and rage. Here, Scott takes us on a tour of murders committed by the rich and famous during the last century, looking at the motives, the responses of the community and local law enforcement, the media, and the outcomes. She argues that the rich and famous may kill for the same reasons as others, but they receive vastly different treatment and are often able to get away with murder.

    Homicide by the rich and famous is not new in this country, nor is fascination with the crimes committed by our most revered citizens. But being among the upper echelon of society does afford such suspects with a greater ability to escape punishment. They have greater access to better representation, they have the means to flee the country, they have influential friends in high places willing to put themselves on the line, and they are generally treated better by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. This book profiles the many ways in which homicides committed by the rich and famous are similar to other murders in their motives, but differ from those committed by everyday citizens in their outcomes. Scott provides readers with a showcase of crimes that will infuriate and fascinate readers.

  • Do You Look Like Your Dog? (2004)

    Is your next-door neighbor the spitting image of his rottweiler? Does your spouse wear spotted pajamas to more closely identify with your dalmatian?

    We all know someone whose resemblance to his or her dog is uncanny, baffling, or just downright entertaining. We also know how irresistible it is to spot these look-alikes on the street, in the park, or at the family picnic. Now, there's no need to keep your eagle eyes on constant alert--Gini Graham Scott has done the work for you. She has unleashed her passion, travelled far and wide, and solicited pantingly good photographs from fans of her web site, www.doyoulooklikeyourdog.com, gathering portraits of the world's best dog-human pair-ups.

    So curl up in front of the fire with your Irish setter or your cockapoo, start turning the pages, and get ready for the ultimate celebration of the canine and the canine-obsessed.

  • A Survival Guide for Working with Humans: Dealing with Whiners, Back-Stabbers, Know-It-Alls, and Other Difficult People (2003)
    Between dealing with difficult people and navigating through unexpected and complicated situations, the typical day at the office involves making countless choices on how to engage with others. To succeed in the long run, good work relationships must be carefully developed and maintained.

    A Survival Guide for Working with Humans presents real-life scenarios of specific work relationship problems, along with interactive quizzes, and answers on how to solve each of the problems. The book shows readers how to:

    • Deal with ethical dilemmas in the workplace

    • Resolve everyday conflicts

    • Know when to speak up, when not to, and what to say

    • Make a graceful retreat from an unwinnable confrontation

A snappy, conversational style combines with dozens of practical tools and examples to make a fascinating, essential book.

  • Homicide: One Hundred Years of Murder in America (1998)
    A comprehensive overview of 50 of the most fascinating and baffling murder cases from 1900 to the present. The book highlights the changing investigative techniques used to solve these murders from decade to decade. Featured cases include Belle Gunness, the Hall Mills case, Black Dahlia case, the Coed Killer, the Trailside Murders, and many more.

  • Making Ethical Choices, Resolving Ethical Dilemmas Author (1998)
    A revolutionary new system for understanding one's ethical approaches and that of others. This book does for ethics what Myers-Briggs does for personality, by describing the four dimensions of ethical choice -- orientation, style, philosophy, and approach to rules. Where one falls on these four dimensions creates a unique personal profile on an Ethical Choices Map. Then, the book illustrates the varying approaches people use to deal with the ethical dilemmas affecting themselves and their relationships with family members, friends, work associates, and others.

  • Erotic Power: An Exploration of Dominance and Submission (1997)
    An exploration of erotic dominance and submission, based on interviews with dozens of members of a community involved in D&S activities (which includes S&M, B&D, and other erotic activities that have become trendy today). The book looks at lifestyles, personal relationships, reasons for getting involved, and more. The book is now in its 12th printing and has become a classic in this field.

  • Dominant Women Submissive Men: An Exploration in Erotic Dominance and Submission (1983)

  • The Magicians: An Investigation of a Group Practicing Black Magic (1983, 1986)
    The Magicians describes the experiences of the author, a sociologist-anthropologist, who spent six months as a participant observer in a black magic group. In the book, this California-based national secret magical and religious group is called the “Church of Hu”, though it has become nationally known as the Temple of Set. Members of the group, mostly from the well-educated middle class, consider themselves an elect and seek to develop themselves magically to achieve power.

    The Magicians looks at the group’s beliefs, attitudes, and values, and shows how its focus on power and magic affects the members in everyday life. The book also discusses the dynamics involved in the search for power and considers the danger to society of groups using black magic to achieve power.

  • Cult and Countercult: A Study of a Spiritual Growth Group and a Witchcraft Order (1980)

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