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andlt;Bandgt;The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball examines our cultural obsession with murderand#8212;delivering a unique, engrossing, brilliant history of tabloid crime in America.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 andlt;Iandgt;Popular Crime, andlt;/Iandgt;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 centuriesand#8212;even if we havenand#8217;t always taken notice. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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, andlt;Iandgt;Popular Crime andlt;/Iandgt;is a professed amateurand#8217;s powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and history.

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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 havent 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 amateurs powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and history.

About the Author

Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his andlt;iandgt;Baseball Abstractsandlt;/iandgt;. He has been tearing down preconceived notions about America's national pastime ever since. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife, Susan McCarthy, and three children.

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chicagomark1960, June 26, 2012 (view all comments by chicagomark1960)
Bill James applies his analytical mind to crime and our justice system. There would be no "money ball" without Bill James. I hope that he has a similar effect on our criminal justice system. If you like any of his baseball books you will like this book. However, even if you do not care at all about baseball but are interested in crime and our justice system, you will find this interesting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416552741
Author:
James, Bill
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Subject:
violence in america; american crime; lizzie borden; lindbergh baby; black dahia; oj; oj simpson; scott peterson; jonbenet ramsey; moneyball; jodi arias; boston strangler; mary rogers; casey anthony; johnny cochran; kardashian; texas chainsaw massacre; kat
Subject:
violence in america; american crime; lizzie borden; lindbergh baby; black dahia; oj; oj simpson; scott peterson; jonbenet ramsey; moneyball; jodi arias; boston strangler; mary rogers; casey anthony; johnny cochran; kardashian; texas chainsaw massacre; kat
Subject:
violence in america; american crime; lizzie borden; lindbergh baby; black dahia; oj; oj simpson; scott peterson; jonbenet ramsey; moneyball; jodi arias; boston strangler; mary rogers; casey anthony; johnny cochran; kardashian; texas chainsaw massacre; kat
Subject:
violence in america; american crime; lizzie borden; lindbergh baby; black dahia; oj; oj simpson; scott peterson; jonbenet ramsey; moneyball; jodi arias; boston strangler; mary rogers; casey anthony; johnny cochran; kardashian; texas chainsaw massacre; kat
Subject:
violence in america; american crime; lizzie borden; lindbergh baby; black dahia; oj; oj simpson; scott peterson; jonbenet ramsey; moneyball; jodi arias; boston strangler; mary rogers; casey anthony; johnny cochran; kardashian; texas chainsaw massacre; kat
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-p b-w photo insert
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 512 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781416552741 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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 havent 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 amateurs powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and history.

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