Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence

Author(s): Bill James

Non Fiction

"The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball now examines our cultural obsession with murder--delivering a unique, engrossing, brilliant history of tabloid crime in America. " Celebrated writer and contrarian Bill James has voraciously read true crime throughout his life and has been interested in writing a book on the topic for decades. Now, with "Popular Crime, "James takes readers on an epic journey from Lizzie Borden to the Lindbergh baby, from the Black Dahlia to O. J. Simpson, explaining how crimes have been committed, investigated, prosecuted and written about, and how that has profoundly influenced our culture over the last few centuries-- even if we haven't always taken notice. Exploring such phenomena as serial murder, the fluctuation of crime rates, the value of evidence, radicalism and crime, prison reform and the hidden ways in which crimes have shaped, or reflected, our society, James chronicles murder and misdeeds from the 1600s to the present day. James pays particular attention to crimes that were sensations during their time but have faded into obscurity, as well as still-famous cases, some that have never been solved, including the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Boston Strangler and JonBenet Ramsey. Satisfyingly sprawling and tremendously entertaining, "Popular Crime "is a professed amateur's powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and history.

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"James turns out to be not just the most important writer/thinker on baseball of our generation but also--completely unexpectedly--to have read more books in the true crime genre than maybe anyone else alive. In "Popular Crime" he works his way though every major true crime story of the last 200 years-- from Lizzie Borden to JonBenet Ramsey--making (as one would expect) all kinds of brilliant, wildly entertaining and occasionally completely nutty Jamesian observations."--Malcolm Gladwell

General Fields

  • : 9781416552734
  • : Scribner
  • : Scribner
  • : 0.635
  • : May 2011
  • : 231mm X 157mm X 38mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bill James
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 496
  • : illustrations