Popular Crime

Popular Crime

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The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball now examines our cultural obsession with murdera€”delivering a unique, engrossing, brilliant history of tabloid crime in America. Celebrated writer and contrarian Bill James has voraciously read true crime throughout his life and has been interested in writing a book on the topic for decades. Now, with Popular Crime, James takes readers on an epic journey from Lizzie Borden to the Lindbergh baby, from the Black Dahlia to O. J. Simpson, explaining how crimes have been committed, investigated, prosecuted and written about, and how that has profoundly influenced our culture over the last few centuriesa€” even if we havena€™t always taken notice. Exploring such phenomena as serial murder, the fluctuation of crime rates, the value of evidence, radicalism and crime, prison reform and the hidden ways in which crimes have shaped, or reflected, our society, James chronicles murder and misdeeds from the 1600s to the present day. James pays particular attention to crimes that were sensations during their time but have faded into obscurity, as well as still-famous cases, some that have never been solved, including the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Boston Strangler and JonBenet Ramsey. Satisfyingly sprawling and tremendously entertaining, Popular Crime is a professed amateura€™s powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and history.You can have a Level Five prison that teaches auto repair, and a Level Seven prison that operates a small auto-repair business, and a Level Six prison ... Many of the problems of the current nightmarish prison system have been created by the NIMBY problem: Not In My Back Yard. ... Many, many, many people are very willing to go into a prison, and try to help the people who are there make a better life.

Title:Popular Crime
Author: Bill James
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2011-05-03

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