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The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball
examines our cultural obsession with murder-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. 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 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 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 amateur's powerful examination of the
incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and