I bought this book for one of my criminal justice classes, it met all of my expectations and came in a short amount of time. I was very surprised to learn the contents of this book. This is a great read:)
Organized Crime is a really informative book, it offers a lot of information about various criminal organizations..not just Italian Maffia, but Russian, Irish, Jewish. The information is great becaus it is expanding my knowledge base of criminal organizations and their capabilities.
I can truthfully say I did not enjoy this book in the least. The book does not go in depth into the various theories of why organized crime exists or what causes it, it is more of a generic historical overview of different Organized Crime groups with a little theory thrown in. It does not offer an unbiased view of criminal subjects, rather the authors have a decidedly conservative viewpoint on everything. This makes the overall positions very difficult to buy into, since most of the arguments assume the reader takes the same viewpoint, and does not seek to engage alternate viewpoints. Chapter Six is very telling of the authors bias, as evidenced in the comment "It is not unreasonable to assume that the number of people who become chronic, intensive users would increase substantially" when discussing legalizing drugs (p.197). Without any scientific evidence, a position is put forth that then dictates the rest of the section. Overall I would skip this book if possible (probably not if some teacher requires it), or better yet, convince your teacher to not use it by highlighting where the book falls short.
I was very please with the condition that the text was in once I received it, as for a used book the condition was flawless. If and when it is needed I will reorder another book from this seller! I also would like to add the book delivered in the dates that it stated it would!
Good value, priced to sell and served all of my needs. The package did get torn in shipping however the book was fine, keep up the good work on reasonable pricing, it is important that sellers remember that they are "used" textbooks!