Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence by Bill James

Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence

byBill James

Kobo ebook | May 3, 2011

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The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball now 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. 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 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 history.
Title:Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of ViolenceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439182728

ISBN - 13:9781439182727

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! Absolutely amazing book. Bill James brings a new facet to crime writing. In-depth, yet conversational, James describes crimes staring from the 1800s until the book's publication in a fascinating, and personalized way. His personal opinions regarding the cases he describes are often thought provoking, and encourages further research of the discussed cases. His book analysis' were amusing, yet informative, as were his crime movie reviews. Several of the books he reviewed have been added to my to-read list. All in all, a must read book written in such a conversational tone you'll feel like Bill James is in the room discussing popular crime with you!
Date published: 2017-01-07