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A Book Of Remarkable Criminals

A Book Of Remarkable Criminals

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[W]e must be content to study in the microcosm of ordinary crime those instincts, selfish, greedy, brutal which, exploited often by bad men in the so-called cause of nations, have wrought such havoc to the happiness of mankind. It is not too much to say that in every man there dwell the seeds of crime; whether they grow or are stifled in their growth by the good that

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[W]e must be content to study in the microcosm of ordinary crime those instincts, selfish, greedy, brutal which, exploited often by bad men in the so-called cause of nations, have wrought such havoc to the happiness of mankind. It is not too much to say that in every man there dwell the seeds of crime; whether they grow or are stifled in their growth by the good that is in us is a chance mysteriously determined. As children of nature we must not be surprised if our instincts are not all that they should be.
-from the Introduction

Writing in the sobering aftermath of World War I, Irving's famed 1918 treatise on some of the most infamous murderers of his day is powerfully fueled by the then newfound recognition that the evil men do is not limited to criminals.

But this remains, nevertheless, a hugely entertaining narrative of such villains as Charles Pearce, the "outstanding popular figure in nineteenth-century crime," a professional burglar brought down by a crime of passion; Robert Butler, who "desire[d] to acquire things by a short cut, without taking the trouble to work for them honestly"; the gentleman murderer Professor John W. Webster; and H. H. Holmes, who was "completely insensible to all feelings of humanity." Crime buffs and readers of 19th-century history will find a gruesome delight in these Remarkable Criminals.

British author HENRY BRODRIBB IRVING (1870-1919) studied law at Oxford University, but turned to writing about legal matters only after a long, acclaimed career as an actor on the British stage. He also wrote Studies of French Criminals of the Nineteenth Century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596057319
Publisher:
Cosimo
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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A Book Of Remarkable Criminals 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you can get past the intro. Fairly good book. Some editing problems due to age of book. About 200 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The words r not spelled correctly ... o' is of 'n' is and I dont knpw why but they cant spell very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A poorly drafted high school term paper at best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read. Mine wasn't full of typos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this work on various criminals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating study of various criminals from the 1800s. Very well-written and entertaining. This is a nice version too, with no typos or errors. The other comments must be for a different version. My version has an ugly criminal face on the cover.
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Very badly digitalized
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too many typos to understand whats going on