Books on Crime in the US, True Life Detectives, Books Online about the Mafia, Criminal Justice System, Terrorists in the U.S.
Capital Punishment in the U.S., Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Alger Hiss, Charles Manson murders, American Prison system, Corruption in American politics, Diamond heist Antwerp, History of Lynching, Devil in the White City, Financial fraud cases, Gary May, Criminology and criminal justice
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Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Crime”. Be patient as the page loads.
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St. Martin’s Press 2004 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Archaeological thefts — Peru — Sipan. The author’s “ability to bring a story dramatically to life and his keen interest in stemming the illegal antiquities trade makes this an important book for anyone interested in archeology, preservation or the potentially tangled provenance of works they love.” -Publ Wkl
St. Martin’s Press 1999 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“Bonanno not only details Mob infighting and the struggles among rival East Coast Mob families; he also offers specifics concerning Mob influence on Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon as well as on other important political figures, such as J. Edgar Hoover .. . and Morris Udall. Even the Mob’s involvement in JFK’s assassination is spelled out. . . . Straightforward rather than chatty, the book paints a revealing picture of Mob family politics and government intervention.” -Booklist
Holt 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Drawing the parallel between Katrina’s aftermath and Bowen’s unraveling psyche, Brown creates a riveting portrait of a gruesome crime while detailing the heart of a city in distress. A grim murder-suicide story delivered with skill and verve. -Kirkus
Bugliosi, Vincent with Gentry, Curt
Norton 1994 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“This book by the prosecutor at the Tate-LaBianca murder trial tells the inside story of the Manson Family murders, the investigations, and the trial.” -Libr J
The Cases that Haunt Us; From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries that Won’t Go Away
Douglas, John E. and Olshaker, Mark
Pocket Books 2001 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The authors discuss “eight controversial cases that include the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer, and the JonBenet Ramsey killing.” -Libr J.
Random House 2002 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“Dray balances moral indignation with a sound understanding of history and politics. The result is vital, hard-hitting cultural history.” -Publ Wkly
Overlook Press 2000 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The author argues “that the prevalence of soft money has lowered the quality of leadership in Washington. The most successful politicians are no longer the best executives or the best legislators, she says, but rather the best fund-raisers…. One of the most skillfully written, as well as insightful, looks inside the Beltway to appear in a very long time.” -Publ Wkly
Fisher, Kenneth L.
Wiley 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“With five straightforward rules that would have saved any investor from Bernie Madoff, . . . [Fisher] gives readers a secure plan for fraud-proof investing, worthwhile for novices and sophisticated financiers alike. . . . Much more than what to avoid, Fisher’s concise guide should be highly illuminating and confidence-building for anyone with a bank account.” -Publ Wkly
Goldhagen, Daniel J.
PublicAffairs 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
This is an investigation into the phenomenon of genocide and mass killing—explaining why genocides begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them and why they happen so frequently; and how the international community should and can successfully stop them. The author “convincingly disparages bureaucratic ‘banality of evil’ explanations of genocide and spotlights the ideologies of leaders who exploit ordinary citizens’ hate-filled beliefs to instigate mass murder. It’s not easy reading, but Goldhagen’s vehemence and the sheer weight of horrors that he recounts move one’s conscience.” -Publ Wkly
Knopf 1999 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“A poignant, wonderfully written and deeply troubling memoir.” -NY Times Book Rev
Scribner 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“In 2004, in a remote Aboriginal community in northern Australia, Cameron Doomadgee, a drunk young indigenous man, was arrested and, a few hours later, died in his prison cell. A witness claimed that the six-foot-seven-inch arresting officer beat Doomadgee to death. The officer claimed that Doomadgee fell accidentally and that the extent of his injuries (which included broken ribs and a ruptured liver) wasn’t apparent. Through the story of the manslaughter trial. Hooper lays bare Australia’s institutional racism and the grim conditions of Aboriginal life there. A novelist, she finds a muscular music even when confronting sordid truths.” -New Yorker
Ifill, Sherrilyn A.
Beacon 2009 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The author explores the continued effects of lynching. Ifill contends that “the lynchings implicated average white citizens, some of whom actively participated in the violence while many others witnessed the lynchings but did nothing to stop them. Ifill observes that this history of complicity has become embedded in the social and cultural fabric of local communities, who either supported, condoned, or ignored the violence. She . . . [presents] ideas to help communities heal…. Ifill argues that reconciliation and reparation efforts must also be locally based in order to bring both black and white Americans together in an efficacious dialogue.” -Publisher
Pantheon 2002 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The author “provides both objective reporting and sensitive insight into the players on both sides of America’s racial divide.” -Booklist
Crown 2003 Dewey Dec. 364.1
This is an account of how “H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new’ metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during (and exploited) the city’s finest moment, the World’s Fair of 1893. Larson’s breathtaking new history is a novelistic yet wholly factual account of the fair and the mass murderer who lurked within it.” -Publ Wkly
Crown 2006 Dewey Dec. 364.1
This book “alternates the story of Marconi’s quest for the first wireless transatlantic communication amid scientific jealousies and controversies with the tale of [Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen,] a mild-mannered murderer caught as a result of the invention. … A thrilling read.” -SLJ
Yale University Press 2005 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“This is popular history at its best and shines a long overdue light on a dark chapter in the FBI’s past.” -Publ Wkly
Pepper, William F.
Norton 2003 Dewey Dec. 364.1
This book continues the author’s examination of the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. “Forget everything you think you know, Pepper insists. James Earl Ray did not pull the trigger. … Pepper gradually introduces the vast cast of characters in a dizzying murder conspiracy that winds from a Memphis bar through the shadows of organized crime to the far reaches of national government. He carefully maps each player’s place and role in the tangled web and doggedly tries to stick to a straightforward narrative. . . . Pepper attempts nothing less than a rewrite of history, and a spurring of further investigation.” -Publ Wkly
Radzinowicz, Leon and Wolfgang, Marvin E., comp.
Basic Books 1971 Dewey Dec. 364
Selection of writings about criminal justice.
Facts on File 2005 Dewey Dec. 364
“Covering all varieties of crime, from murder to fraud, from organized crime to terrorism, these pages contain a fascinating survey of the most significant criminal developments in United States history. Emphasizing cases that were the first of their kind, new types of crime, and crimes peculiar to certain regions, The Historical Atlas of American Crime demonstrates how geography, shifting populations, Western expansion, and technology have shaped crime and the development of American society.” -Publisher
Selby, Scott A. and Campbell, Greg
Sterling 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
The authors “provide an engrossing nonfiction thriller with a truly improbable story at its center, but they also provide a colorful look at the shadowy world of the diamond trade—how they’re graded, sold, secured and stolen.” -Kirkus
Facts on File 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“Provides detailed, informed, and colorful information.” -Libr J.
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Stewart, James B.
Hall 2000 Dewey Dec. 364.1
This is “not only a fascinating look at a psychopath masquerading as a healer but also a disturbing expose of the system that fails to protect the public.” -Libr J
Walker 2008 Dewey Dec. 364.1
This is the story of Inspector Jonathan Whicher of Scotland Yard, who investigated the 1860 murder of three-year-old Francis Saville Kent in the village of Road, Wiltshire. The author’s “clean writing makes . . . [this book] so dynamic that she can’t be accused of ‘freezing’ the past—instead, she has done a masterly job of reviving it, with all its curiosities and contradictions. But, most strikingly, she has created an enthralling mystery by overlaying the fictional tools of misdirection and suspense onto a nonfiction narrative.” -Am Scholar
Sutherland, Edwin H. and Cressey, Donald R.
Lippincott 1974 Dewey Dec. 364
Part One: the study of Delinquency and crime — Criminology and criminal law — Indexes of delinquency and crime — Perspectives and methods — A Sociological theory of criminal behavior — Crime, delinquency, and social structure — Physical and physiological conditions — Race and nativity — Personality — Culture areas — The home and family — Social institutions — Processes in criminal behavior — Behavior systems in crime — Part Two: the processing of delinquency and crime — Variations in punitive policies — Punitive policies and social structure — Treatment of delinquents and criminals — The police — Detention before trial — The criminal court — The juvenile court — Probation — Development of treatment in American prisons — Objectives and conditions of imprisonment — The prison community — Prison labor and education — Release from prison — Prevention of crime and delinquency
Utley, Robert M.
Tauris Parke 2002 Dewey Dec. 364.1
Examines the career of the young outlaw whose life and death were an expression of the violence prevalent on the American frontier. “Robert M. Utley does what countless books, movies, television shows, musical compositions, and paintings have failed to do: he successfully strips off the veneer of legendry to expose the reality of Billy the Kid.” -Univ. Press Books for Public Libr.
Walsh, John with Lerman, Philip
Pocket 2001 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“From the media-popular ‘Railroad Killer’ to a remorseless member of the Symbionese Liberation Army with 25 years on the lam, to ’70s iconoclast Ira Einhom, who murdered his girlfriend and hid her body for 18 months in a steamer trunk, this title captures the television show’s highlights.” -Publ Wkly
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“The author deftly marshals vast amounts of research to tell his story, including original interviews with players from the era, and he richly evokes the atmosphere of mid-century New York. A lucid, illuminating history of the epicenter of organized crime in America.” -Kirkus
William Morrow 2010 Dewey Dec. 364.1
“Welch covers the wildlife crime beat in Puget Sound, where shellfish poachers wreak havoc on the region’s once bountiful, now imperiled marine ecosystem. Writing with the sizzle of a mystery novelist, Welch portrays a complex, driven, and irresistible cast of real-life characters, from fish cops Ed Volz and Kevin Harrington to Doug Tobin, a larger-than-life Native American fisherman. . . . Welch’s utterly compelling true tale of black-market trade in endangered ocean wildlife is astounding and infuriating.” -Booklist
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Crime Investigation”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Criminology”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Law Enforcement”. Be patient as the page loads.
Facts on File 2004 Dewey Dec. 363.2
“In addition to explaining the science of forensics, Bell … reviews various disciplines related to forensic science, among them entomology, odontology, and psychology. Other entries cover professional organizations, government agencies, famous names in the field, evidence, and legal issues.” -Booklist
Brenner, John C.
CRC 2004 Dewey Dec. 363.2
Over 2,000 words and terms. “A quick reference for forensic scientists and a good source of information for armchair enthusiasts.” -Choice
Englert, Rod and Passero, Kathy
Dunne 2010 Dewey Dec. 363.2
“Englert deftly balances real-life examples and detailed scientific analysis, giving readers a richer understanding of this developing avenue of forensic science.” -Pub Wkly
Gehl, Rod, Plecas, Darryl
“A teaching text designed to assist the student in developing their own structured mental map of processes, practices, and thinking to conduct criminal investigations.” -Open Textbook Library Website
Basic 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.3
“The author describes the New York City Fire Department’s emergence from amateur bucket brigades into the beginnings of a specialized force and up to the present, never letting a memorable figure or vivid moment escape his narrative.” -Libr J.
St. Martin’s 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.2
“Kessler focuses on the agents who have made its cases and the directors who have run the bureau, from Hoover through Louis Freeh and Robert Mueller. In doing so, he probes the relationship between the FBI and American presidents, and the tension that exists between a free society and what amounts to a national police force. … ‘The Bureau’ tells the richly detailed story of a uniquely powerful institution, its profound impact on American society, and how it has changed since September 11.” -Publisher
MacLean, John N.
Holt 2003 Dewey Dec. 363.3
“This work tells of two infernos: a 1999 conflagration in Nevada and a 1953 case of arboreal arson in California that took 15 lives … Careful in analysis, MacLean turns visceral when imparting the sudden terror of life-ending flames … ” -Booklist
Ramsland, Katherine M.
Berkley Boulevard 2008 Dewey Dec. 363.2
“Renowned forensic specialist Katherine Ramsland revisits some of the most absorbing episodes of the phenomenally popular C.S.I. television franchise, and explores the real-life crimes that inspired them. She also looks into the authenticity of the forensic investigations re-created for the show, and the painstaking forensic process employed in every one of the actual cases…” – Publisher
The Science of Sherlock Holmes: from Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective’s Greatest Cases
Wagner, E. J.
Wiley 2006 Dewey Dec. 363.2
The author discusses forensic science in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of the ‘consulting detective’ Sherlock Holmes. He compares Holmes’s investigative techniques to those used in actual cases such as the killing of Lizzie Borden’s parents in 1892, the 1902 murder of Joseph Browne Elwell, and the disappearance of Dr. George Parkman in 1849. This book “will intrigue readers with incredible stories and amazing tales from the early days of forensic science.” -Christ Sci Mon
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Criminal Law”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Criminal Justice”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Administration of Criminal Justice”. Be patient as the page loads.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Prisons”. Be patient as the page loads.
Abbott, Jack H.
Random House 1981 Dewey Dec. 365
Abbott’s “letters belong with the best prison literature, not because of their accounts of atrocity, but for their disturbing picture of daily life behind bars.” -Time
Doubleday 2003 Dewey Dec. 365
This “describes how, largely under Stalin’s watch, a regulated, centralized system of prison labor—unprecedented in scope—gradually arose out of the chaos of the Russian Revolution. . . . Applebaum details camp life, including strategies for survival; the experiences of women and children in the camps; sexual relationships and marriages between prisoners; and rebellions, strikes and escapes. . . .Applebaum’s lucid prose and painstaking consideration of the competing theories about aspects of camp life and policy are always compelling.” -Publ Wkly
Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. 364.6
In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.
Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.
Henderson, Harry, ed.
Facts on File 2006 Dewey Dec. 364.6
A look at both sides of this controversial issue from social, political, ethical, and religious perspectives. Includes a glossary, bibliographies, and Internet sources.
McShane, Marilyn D. and Williams, Frank P. III
Garland 1996 Dewey Dec. 365
This encyclopedia “traces the history and development of the major prisons in the United States and provides an overview of prison issues such as convicts with AIDS, prisoners’ rights, and juveniles behind bars.” -Libr J
Oshinsky, David M.
Free Press 1996 Dewey Dec. 365
“Oshinsky’s beautifully constructed narrative brings to vivid life one of the most shameful chapters in American history.” -New Yorker
NY: HarperCollins 2001 Dewey Dec. 364.6
“Entertainingly written, well researched and documented, this is important reading for death-penalty activists, pro and con, and other concerned citizens.” -Booklist
St. Martin’s Press 2001 Dewey Dec. 365
“Wynn’s study is ultimately a call for much-needed prison reform, with emphasis on rehabilitation rather than mere incarceration, and she makes her case well.” -Booklist
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Terrorism”. Be patient as the page loads.
Allison, Graham T.
Times 2004 Dewey Dec. 363.3
“Allison’s comprehensive but accessible treatment of this vital subject is a major contribution to public understanding.” -NY Times Book Rev
Anderson, Sean and Sloand, Stephen
Scarecrow 1995 Dewey Dec. 363.3
“Encompasses individuals, groups, events, doctrines, and concepts such as Power law, which is the mathematical relation between the numbers and intensity of events… This is an accurate, objective, and clearly written resource that will be useful in public and academic libraries.” -Booklist
Combs, Cindy C. and Slann, Martin W.
Facts on File 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.3
Provides articles on the events, people, organizations and places that have played a major role in international terrorism.
Burns, Vincent and Peterson, Kate Dempsey
Greenwood 2005 Dewey Dec. 363.3
“A volume of 70 documents pertaining to terrorism and the U.S. Readings include speeches, policy statements, letters, reports and laws. An easy-to-use resource that is full of pertinent information …” -Choice
Thorndike 2002 Dewey Dec. 363.3
Smith, a retired firefighter who served in the NYC Fire Dept., “tells the story of the weeks that followed [the Sept 11 bombing of the World Trade Center] with the empathy and understanding that only an insider could bring to it. Here is his dramatic narrative … with astonishing first-person testimony from the rescuers who were present as the towers were attacked, evacuated, then fell.” -Publisher
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