Since Alphonse Bertillon
developed the "anthropometric photograph" in 1882, the mug shot has
been an essential police procedure around the world. Now available
in paperback, Mug Shots presents more than 250 booking
photos spanning the history of this practice-the faces of mafia
bosses and cold-blooded killers, as well as enemies of the state
and prominent political activists.
On display in this international selection are notorious faces such
as Al Capone, Fidel Castro, O. J. Simpson, and Robert Stroud, the
"Birdman of Alcatraz," as well as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King
Jr., and Jane Fonda. Accompanying these gripping images is an
illuminating commentary that puts both the criminals and their
crimes in historical context, reconstructing some of the most
dramatic events of the 20th century.