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Product Details

  • Series: Beginner's Guides
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; 2nd Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781851687077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851687077
  • ASIN: 1851687076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A useful addition for a school or college library and as a quick read for a student." Educational Media

About the Author

Professor Ray Bull is Chair in Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester. His co-authors are all lecturers at the University of Leicester.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Razor on January 11, 2014
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As someone who has a bachelors degree in psychology, there's actually kind of an academic ambiguity surrounding "Forensic Psychology" that is unfortunately inaccurately informed by movies and pop culture. Outside of the academy I have been exposed to a lot of different books specifically on the topics of Criminal Psychology and Forensic Psychology, and I especially like this one for the following reasons.

* This book is an easy read. It is easily navigated and can be totally completed in two days (tops).

* Each Chapter ends with references that can be accessed for further, more comprehensive reading on any topic.

* The book is surprisingly thorough and will give the reader a basic operational knowledge of the topics listed.

* The research is accurate. I did a significant amount of research in university on stuff like eyewitness testimony, profiling, and pedophilia. There is a lot of stuff floating around out there on these topics, and what I have read in the book was very consistent with what I had encountered in my research (some of it was actually more informative).

Obviously it's part of the "Beginner's Guides" series, but I think it almost perfectly executes its function. One of the few 5 star ratings I have ever given - the thing is literally worth every penny if this is what you're looking for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Argall on July 10, 2013
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Good introduction to many concepts and thought provoking in regard to the strategies used. It is beneficial to observe the historical and cultural perspectives also. As a person new to the subject it was tailored perfectly for easy comprehension.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Niska on April 9, 2011
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I found Criminal Psychology by Ray Bull an excellent book on the subject. Initially, I purchased it as a reference guide, and because I am studying criminal profiling. I read it through in one weekend!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Arthur S. Moss on May 31, 2011
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I am beginning a Master's Degree program in Forensic Psychology, and I feel this book has given me a good start. A lot of good information is contained in this book. I highly recommend it!
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By Michael Daniels on June 21, 2014
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Another book I would recommend as required reading for all law enforcement cadets and correctional personal. I believe this book would benefit all individuals elected to public office.
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By Joelle f on June 9, 2014
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I'm a prospective Forensic Psychology MA student and this book is great for me to learn more about my passion!
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By Julie on April 7, 2014
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My daughter is really enjoying this book. She is hoping to be a profiler in the VICAP unit in the FBI one day.
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