- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; 41175th edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141655274X
- ISBN-13: 978-1416552741
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence Paperback – May 8, 2012
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“An engagingly written history of well-publicized deadly crimes.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For true-crime afficianados, this book is a hoot. James has to be the least starchy serious writer I’ve run across in years. He has the gift of writing the way a person talks—no easy task, believe me—giving Popular Crime a folksy, conversational feel.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A very entertaining book, and it will instigate arguments even as it scores many important points.”—The Washington Post
“Running through Popular Crime is an exploration of the enduring popularity of true crime. James' thought-provoking meditations elevate his book far above any routine recitation of facts.”—The Seattle Times
"Popular Crime is bloodthirstily engrossing, and you can read it with the cover proudly showing, because this is an important study of American culture and the human animal's fascination with violence. Bill James deserves a standing ovation."--Stephen King
About the Author
Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his Baseball Abstracts. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and three children.
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The biggest downside to this book is that the author sometimes makes unsubstantiated claims, the same kinds he correctly calls out other for having made in the crimes he discusses. It's a slight discredit to him, but he presents himself as containing a high enough degree of credibility that you find yourself willing to not be too concerned.
Overall, a very good book that is also an enjoying read. You learn some great nuggets about American history and about how people tend to think.
For people who are intrigued by mysteries, serial killers and the justice system, I highly recommend this book. James is a great, breezy writer who can explain situations and characters with the best of them. I really liked this.