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on January 8, 2010
I'm annoyed that my professor even selected this textbook. He couldn't have read over it, or even skimmed the reviews on this website. The book isn't really terrible... It's just sort of boring. And I like Criminological theory. Even when discussing universally interesting topics like murder, the writing just isn't that engaging. The author is distant and dry.
Now it wasn't the worst written thing I've ever read, and if it weren't for the terrible organization, I would have even bumped my rating up one or two stars. The biggest problem this textbook has is with its design. I continuously lost my place while trying to read because the writing was small, and the paragraphs were huge with no visible markers in between. This makes reading intrinsically daunting and tiring. The author neglects to add subsections to his writing, so you'll get lost trying to find information unless you have a very complex highlighting system.
It's not an absolutely terrible read, really, and everything written is quite easy to understand... It's just a poorly designed textbook.
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on April 2, 2012
This book was on point and helped me understand alot of the terms I had problems with just mere weeks before. I am now ahead of my brain storming sessions and my last grade was a B+. I would recommend this textbook!
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on March 14, 2013
JUST AS GOOD AS THE SIXTH EDITION. HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD NOTE THAT THIS BOOK ACTUALLY HAS MORE INFO THAN THE NEWER EDITION. A DENSE READ BUT A GOOD TEXT NONETHELESS.
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on August 26, 2011
I bought a text book for $8 and it's in good shape, doesn't look used at all. This was a awesome buy!!!! It came on time, just in time for the semester!!!!!!!!
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on January 20, 2013
This is a required text for my criminology class and I really love it. The information is pertinent and the writing is clear and understandable. Good resource.
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on March 11, 2010
This book has proven useful in a college course I am taking. Much cheaper here than at local school bookstore. Plan on keeping this book for future reference.
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on March 3, 2013
This book was required for college online course. The book had a lot good reference as well as current insights for relevant information. Very detailed.
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on November 27, 2011
This textbook is good. It has a lot of thorough information in it. It is written clearly and concisely. As with most textbooks it is overpriced.
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on November 1, 2011
Book purchased in used condition but in great shape. Knew the contents but a great reference for future use after I graduate from college.
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on March 13, 2010
another book I had to have for class, very informative but sometimes confusing, words very small need maganifier to read easy
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