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Doc ë Popular Crime ☆ Bill James

Doc ë Popular Crime ☆ Bill James The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball now examines our cultural obsession with murder delivering a uniue 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 Dahli Sometimes you just need that non fiction read to shake things up in your reading life This was that book for me I actually enjoyed it I have always had an interest and read many books on the theories of crime This was a slow read I spent a lot of time googling different cases that he brought up in the book just to get background Don't pick up this book thinking it will magically provide you with some fascinating insight on crime and the media In fact he actually admits himself in the book that he's just some guy who's read a lot of crime books It reads like a annotated bibliography of crime throughout the 20th century than anything else He actually recommends and doesn't recommend particular books throughout Up until the very last chapter I was wondering if the book actually had a point or rather a thesis But he pretty much lays it all out in the last chapter clear as day If I had to read it all over again for the first time I would read that last chapter first This should not be your first read about the social science of crime You definitely need to have a solid back ground in some sort of social theory involving crime to full appreciate this book The stories are very fragmented and he assumes his reader has a mastery over the knowledge of all the popular crimes throughout the 20th century particularly in the later part of the 60s 70s and 80s and has widely read on the subject I can only think of maybe 4 people to whom I would personally recommend this book in real life

Ebook Popular Crime

Epub ´ Popular Crime ´ 496 pages Download Ù Moneyexpresscard á The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball now examines our cultural obsession with murder—delivering a uniue engrossing brilliant history of tabloid crime in America Celebrated writer and contrarian Bill James has vora E 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 amateur’s powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society culture and histor Bill James is an unusual writer He is best known for sabermetrics a new way of collecting baseball statistics that better reflects the performance of players But during all the years that he has been writing his baseball books and advising teams he has also been reading books about crime Not mysteries or thrillers true crime He estimates he has read about 1000 of these books about murders ranging from Lizzie Borden to Jon Benet Ramsey James approaches any subject in an almost entirely unbiased manner and with as little emotional input as he can manage Using a detailed timeline he makes a pretty convincing case for example that Lizzie Borden could not have killed her father given the time it would have taken her to clean up all the blood from attacking him with an axe She was neat as a pin five minutes later Of course anyone else’s having done it is almost as unlikely And whether you like Lizzie Borden or not what the neighbors thought about it and the moralizing of various law enforcement and judicial figures are not part of the euationPopular Crime touches on almost all the famous cases of American murder including the Lindberg kidnapping the Scottsboro Boys the Boston Strangler the O J Simpson case and a hundred others I don't always agree with him but I have respect for his arguments and every page of the book fascinated me One of the top 10 books I’ve read in the last two years2011 No 78 Coming soon Ann Veronica by H G Wells

Bill James ☆ Popular Crime Reader

Popular CrimeA 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 centuries even if we haven’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 th I had a hard time deciding what to rate this book On the one hand it was a genuinely entertaining read On the other hand I grew so weary of James' bluster James has no problem admitting that he's an amateur in the field of crime However this fails to stop from him from firmly declaring that he has all or at least a good many of the solutions to the American criminal justice system that those lawyers are just too lawyer like to understand Nor does this confidence extend only to the subject of criminal law Some of James' ideas are actually interesting and may have merit Others are the uneducated ramblings of a blowhard The book is also entirely unsourced and disorganizedMost of the time I enjoyed reading Popular Crime But there were simply too many times I had to pause and grimace or sigh or smack my forehead From the title I expected something much rigorous and thoughtful It's not the book's fault that it wasn't what I expected but it could at least have been better at being what it was