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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 4479 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (November 26, 1998)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 1998
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0RRY
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RJ Parker on April 1, 2012
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MINDHUNTER by John Douglas is a masterpiece. This is a must read for any real true crime reader and collector. This is the guy who coined so much of the terminology used today by the FBI.

I have been a fan of Mr. Douglas for many many years and have read all his books. When you read this book, you will appreciate the physical and mental anguish he must have endured to hone his craft as a world renowned profiler.

This book is well written, with great detail, and captivating to the last word. The crimes that the author wrote about are gruesome, sad but true. He paints a vivid picture of the inside of the BSU in the FBI. He interviewed the most notorious and ruthless serial killers the world has ever seen and spent hundreds of hours picking their brains.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in true crime, serial killers and the FBI.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2010
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This book is excellent. Being a criminal justice major and self-proclaimed buff, I can say that reading this has given me insight and further interested me in behavioral analysis. Douglas has a way of keeping the reader interested without using big, hard to understand words. He grabs you from the beginning with his own personal history and humble start into the field. He is genius and I thoroughly enjoyed this read....couldn't put it down!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Esse on June 18, 2010
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This book offered a unique opportunity to see a number of personally important and particularly illustrative cases through John Douglas's eyes. Unfortunately, it seems difficult for Douglas to leave behind his bias and write for the reader rather than himself. There are some sections of the book that drag on far longer than they need to and while I appreciate their importance to him as a reader I'm simply not as invested as he is.

He's also very clear and up front about his own philosophy of crime, its causes, and its related ethics. I often found myself disagreeing with him but he presents this material in way that's well reasoned, well argued, and only approaches abrasive without actually crossing the line. I appreciated his restraint and as a result can respect his opinions even if I don't agree with them.

Overall I think this was one of the more informative books to come out of the Investigative Support Unit, though it wasn't one of the more cohesive and poetic works.

Kindle edition: This book isn't in Topaz format but there's a strange glitch that makes the text appear one size larger than the actual setting. It's well formatted otherwise but do be aware that you'll likely need to bump the text size down a notch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xeema on April 10, 2015
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Not only is the writing not particularly good, but the authors spend far too much time on boring autobiographical information and ego inflation (although I'd guess that the main author would call a humble person "inadequate"). Also, I was hoping to gain new insight about the minds of serial killers, but the book provided nothing that most ordinary people like me haven't heard many times before. It was a waste of time and money, and I won't be reading anything else by either of the authors in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Loney on May 5, 2015
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The book was fairly interesting. The author rarely explained how he came to some of the profiling conclusions that he reached. It seemed that the book became repetitive in the sense that the author would just say "I predicted the killer would have this set of traits, and lo and behold, he did!"
The author has led a very impressive life, and he is very aware of that fact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alyssa on November 6, 2013
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Saw this book featured on daily show with John Stewart when Michael c hall was the guest talking about the final season of Dexter and he talked how he read this book to understand the character of Dexter and I knew I had to read it being a person who is interested in true crime this book really takes you behind some of the techniques the FBI has done in order to catch some of the famous killers and how the criminal mind does work
A really good read and I would recommend this to the true crime nuts like me out there
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Spadaccini on June 9, 2015
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I thought this book was fascinating. I read it within a couple days. I will say it's a little heavy, and leaves you feeling a little overwhelmed that such evil exists in the world. Gorey details are not spared, so you might need to read it slowly. But it is a excellent and informative glimpse of FBI profiling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon in Spokane on June 29, 2013
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Even though retired from 35 years of a clinical mental health career, I continue to appreciate interesting, solid, research-based insight into the aberrant mind of the violent killer. John Douglas went to the source to build his hypotheses. The killers themselves. The book is well written and informative. Thank God that brilliant minds like John Douglas and his colleagues have given over their own personalities in order to enter the violent mind and understand both the human and the monster.
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