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Life: The Most Notorious Crimes in American History: Fifty Fascinating Cases from the Files - in Pictures (Life (Life Books)) Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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This book pulls out photographs published in life on notorious crimes in American history. Obviously, some of the photographs of the Lincoln assassination and the Lizzie Borden murders involve historical photos, but the crimes after the mid-20th Century are from Life's libraries. There are several dozen crimes collected here and they are grouped under politics, passion, profit, and pointless mayhem.
It starts off with the assassination of Lincoln, JFK, the Rosenberg trial and executions, Mississippi Burning, the murders of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, Watergate, Patty Hearst, the shooting of Ronald Reagan, the Oklahoma City bombing and others.
The Passion section has a number of strange cases, many of which are not famous anymore. But it does cover Pamela Smart, Amy Fisher, OJ, and Laci Peterson.
The Profit section covers Sacco & Vanzetti, various Mob related stories, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder, the story behind Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", and Enron.
Pointless Mayhem covers Lizzie Borden, Leopold and Loeb, Sam Sheppard, Psycho, The Boston Strangler, Richard Speck, Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, the Beltway Snipers, the murder of John Lennon, and others.Read more ›
A clear example of inadequacy is the Chester Gillette case, later made into the movie, A Place in the Sun. From the text here, you could be excused for thinking Elizabeth Taylor played the murder victim. She did not--Shelley Winters did. If Liz, playing the woman Montgomery Clift really loved, had a real-life counterpart, it isn't mentioned here.
I can understand the limitations of space but do have to wonder that Jesse James, John Dillinger and the other famous robbers of their time are absent, along with many other of my favorite crimes. I guess I wanted a bigger and more thorough book than this one.
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Came in great condition and just a really interesting book if you are into crimes. I really enjoy reading about past crimes so it really was a perfect book for me.Published 21 days ago by Katie Chachula
Like all Time-Life books it was very informative with great pictures- It is a book that I will pick up from time to time to look through and read again.Published 17 months ago by Ted G. Byrd
The book was in pretty good shape and the photography inside pretty cool. It was a good dealPublished 19 months ago by Georgia Bieneman
This book was a great read. I am definitely intrigued by criminal cases this collection does a wonderful job in providing the information in an easy-to-read, yet engaging format. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jay Marshall
A Great history lesson and coffee table book.
Excellent price and condition..........................
I bought a second copy of this for a criminal justice class that was using the media center but I also see students just browsing through it. great pictures and infoPublished on June 12, 2014 by Marianne Fitzgerald
was very interesting and glad I ordered it. It was very diverse and not just about the same topics throughout.Published on February 17, 2014 by Nina A Stirlen
well i have yet to read the book, but i am not here to judge the writing, but the pictures. Now if you look at the back cover which is letter N and on the page talking about the... Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by angel