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“No one thought more insightfully about crime than James Q. Wilson.”
—Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

“In his influential book Thinking About Crime, as he so often did when thinking, writing or speaking about public policies, James Wilson was able to present his ideas and observations in such a way that they provoked and stimulated thought, debate, and action in new directions. He certainly did that for me throughout my career and this book was just one example.”
—Bill Bratton, former Chief of the LAPD and Police Commissioner for the New York City and Boston Police Department

Thinking About Crime set the national crime-control agenda for a generation. Conditions have changed since: we have about five times as many people behind bars now as 1975. The debate has changed too. But forty years have not deprived Wilson's thinking of its fine critical edge, or his ideas of their centrality.”
—Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

“[Wilson] was that rare academic whose ideas could be put into action and improve the quality of life.... The greatest evidence of his success surrounds us—a resurgent city and thousands of New Yorkers who are alive today because of his radical solution to a tidal wave of crime.”
—Rudolph Giuliani

“The most accomplished social scientist of the last half-century.... Elegant in bearing, voracious for learning, eloquent in advocacy and amiable in disputation, Wilson was a prophet honored in his own country.”
—George F. Will
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Argues that criminal activity is largely rational, shaped by rewards and penalties it offers versus the outcome of other available activities.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Revised edition (February 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039472917X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394729176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a landmark book in American history and should be required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in criminal justice. Wilson's seminal work changed forever the delivery of police services to the public. This book stood conventional wisdom on it's head and provided the template for criminal justice reforms for the past 40 years.
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By Carrie on December 2, 2014
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I don't actually like or agree with this author and I think many of his points have some significant (intentional) gaps and oversights. I only read this because it's a topic I read about frequently and I needed this for a class. It is very dry reading.
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A classic. If you want to learn read this book.
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It is a crime that this indispensable book is out of print.
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Boring, there is no need to read past the first few chapters, all of the main points are repeated in the second half.
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