From Library Journal
This bibliography provides extensive annotations of a broad selection of accounts of actual crimes (e.g., American State Trials) as well as literary works based on actual crimes (e.g., Truman Capote's In Cold Blood), generally excluding Wild West and organized crime cases. Though books on murder get substantial coverage, Borowitz is interested in a wide range of criminal activity from almost all times and places, heavily stressing literary achievement within the genre rather than the crimes themselves. The coverage includes titles from the Anglo-American, French, and other traditions (extending to ancient Greece and Rome), though African traditions were excluded because of "language barriers." Borowitz's 40-page introduction provides an excellent and informative overview of the subject. Over the past few decades, Borowitz has published many well-received books on crime literature (e.g., Innocence and Arsenic: Studies in Crime Literature), and this unique book, suitable for any library whose patrons are interested in reading about crime, is a very successful culmination of his efforts in this field. (Index not seen.) Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI
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About the Author
The two authors of this book have had their professional career in history, JACQUES BARZUN in Modern Cultural, HENRY F. GRAFF in American Political and Diplomatic, both at Colombia University. They first collaborated in creating the course in historical method required of all first-year graduate students, and the material for it was and remains the core of The Modern Researcher. Both scholars have published widely in periodicals of specialist and general interest and each has a list of influential books to his credit. Jacques Barzun s latest is From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural History. A summing up of his lifelong studies, it stayed on the best-seller list for weeks in 2000. Henry Graff s latest almost simultaneous are a third edition of his classic compendium The Presidents: A Reference History and Grover Cleveland, a biography.