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You'll get lost in the huge paragraphs of tiny words...
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.