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Unabomber: On the Trail of America's Most-Wanted Serial Killer Paperback – May 1, 1996
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In addition, the majority of the book is not about the case or the chase. There is alot of space devoted to another bombing case in New York City from the 40s or 50s. And a lot of space that covers the detective's history and the history of criminal profiling. Even further, there is a section devoted to another cops profile theory AND a large section that is a reprint of the Unabomber manifesto. So there is not a lot of original work from the author about the Unabomber case itself.
With that said, its pretty decent for what it is.
A manifesto on criminal profiling certainly wasn't what I expected from "Unabomber," but that's what I got.
Potential purchasers should also note that the book itself is only 150 pages long. Appendices and an advertisement for "Mindhunters" by John Douglas take up the latter 150 pages.
The book proper is padded out with stories that have little to do with the 'alleged' Unabomber, ('alleged' because "Unabomber" was published before Theodore Kaczynski was tried and convicted). These stories are interesting, especially the case of George Metesky, the 'Mad Bomber' of the '40s and '50s, who had a grudge against New York City's Consolidated Edison (Con Ed).
(George Metesky is the only bomber I've felt the faintest amount of sympathy for, maybe because I spent so many years working at an electric utility!)
The author also spends quite a bit of print defending the legitimacy of profiling as a forensic 'art.' His team's profile of Theodore Kaczynski (disgruntled genius with ties to academia) was accurate, although the Unabomber task force neglected it in favor of another profile (blue collar aviation worker). Neither profile was essential to the capture of Kaczynski.Read more ›
The rest of the book was not very interesting outside of the inclusion of the full manifesto of the Unabomber. The manifesto contains nothing shocking, but contains what you might expect an outsider hermit radical to say. I'm sure there are better books about the Unabomber than this, so I suggest you try a more detailed account.
Douglas essentially claims that the Unabomber's activity is irrational and eludes sensible thought. That is Douglas' most egregious fundamental flaw. If he's serious in that claim, then he is less insightful than he himself seems to think he is. On the other hand, Douglas' apparent perspicasity in his craft leads me to think that he has another goal in mind: distributing disinformation to the segment of the citizenry who haven't yet bothered to read, consider, and ponder Unabomber's veritable position.Read more ›
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Despite a delay with the postal service I received this book in a reasonable amount of time and it is in great condition.Published on January 15, 2007 by Heather S. Hendrix
Though not a fan of true-crime, I picked this up on an airplane and was intrigued by the intricacy of the investigation that the FBI goes through to capture criminals. Read morePublished on July 30, 2000 by Jacob Blair
Blech!!! The author is so obnoxious and condescending that I took the side of the Unabomber! Douglas kept on referring to the Unabomber as an "insignificant nobody," and... Read morePublished on January 10, 1999 by Anna Sin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
i absolutle loved this book! it was very interesting and kept me w/ my face in the pages everyday. thanx to this book i have started to read a lot more about nonfiction stories and... Read morePublished on March 29, 1998