From Library Journal
According to the CIP data, this latest offering from prolifi true crime compiler Nash is "condensed from the Encyclopedia of World Crime " ( LJ 8/90). While there is a smattering of information about foreign criminals and about events, this is primarily a biographical collection concerning American mobsters, the Mafia predominantly. The main section consists of articles, ranging from less than 100 words to a few pages, with see references to related articles. There are hundreds of photographs and a lengthy bibliography (although it would have been more useful if relevant citations had been included in the text). A separate section--20 percent of the book--has very brief listings arranged geographically. Nash has a rather lurid style, geared to the general reader, not the specialist. The coverage is extensive but uneven: figures long-dead get more attention, and why, for example, does Charles Birger, an obscure 1920s rural bootlegger, rate four times the space accorded current Mafia boss John Gotti? Despite weaknesses, this book is unique and is recommended for libraries with strong organized crime collections, although presumably it won't be needed by those that already own Encyclopedia of World Crime .- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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About the Author
Jay Robert Nash is widely recognized as the world’s foremost encyclopedist of crime, and has authored more than seventy single-volume and multi-volume reference works, including the Encyclopedia of World Crime.