Careers in Crime: An Applicant's Guide [NOOK Book]

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Suppose you get that overdue promotion to hit man. The hours are great, the perks are generous, and there's plenty of room for advancement. Yet, if you are unaccustomed to strict deadlines, frequent law enforcement interactions, and severe sentencing risks, you may be miserable. --Careers in Crime

Careers in Crime: An Applicant's Guide answers all the nagging questions about how the other half works, and actually ranks 50 real-world criminal occupations. Covering time-honored ...

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Overview

Suppose you get that overdue promotion to hit man. The hours are great, the perks are generous, and there's plenty of room for advancement. Yet, if you are unaccustomed to strict deadlines, frequent law enforcement interactions, and severe sentencing risks, you may be miserable. --Careers in Crime

Careers in Crime: An Applicant's Guide answers all the nagging questions about how the other half works, and actually ranks 50 real-world criminal occupations. Covering time-honored favorites like hit man, fence, and pimp, as well as emerging growth fields like spammer, identity thief, and pirate radio operator, Careers in Crime dishes the sinfully delicious inside scoop on compensation and rewards, stresses and hazards, enforcement and penalties, and work environment.

* An exotic romp through the criminal work world, as led by your high school guidance counselor. A host of charts, graphs, and other killer visuals deepen the deadpan effect of this CareerSpeak classic.

* An irresistibly humorous read for Sopranos and Alias fans, the mother lode for true crime buffs, and the ultimate gag gift for disheartened job seekers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740788956
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

While serving as original managing editor of Jobs Rated Almanac (the first book to systematically rank American careers), Michael Weinberg came up with the irrepressible idea for this dark, deeply informative parody. He has also served as a contributing editor for The Best and Worst of Everything and What Are the Odds? In addition he is a cofounder of Buzzbait, a leading interactive agency based in his hometown of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

How We Rate: The Careers in Crime 50     vii
Arsonist     1
Art Thief     5
ATM Attacker     10
Auto Thief     14
Baby Broker     19
Bank Robber     23
Blackmailer     28
Bookie     32
Burglar     37
Carjacker     41
Cigarette Smuggler     46
Crack Dealer     50
Crooked Cop     54
Currency Counterfeiter     59
Drug Counterfeiter     64
Fence     69
Firearms Trafficker     73
Forger     77
Gangbanger     81
Hit Man     88
Human Smuggler     93
Identity Thief     98
Industrial Spy     103
Jewel Thief     108
Kidnapper     112
Loan Shark     117
Marijuana Cultivator     121
Mercenary     126
Meth Lab Operator     130
Money Launderer     134
Mugger     139
Organ Broker     144
Outlaw Biker     149
Paperhanger     155
Pickpocket     159
Pimp     162
Pirate     167
Pirate Radio Operator     171
Poacher     175
Prison Wife     179
Prostitute     183
Protected Witness     188
Rustler     193
Safecracker     197
Scalper     202
Shoplifter     206
Slave Trader     211
Snitch     216
Spammer     221
Telemarketing Scammer     226
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    A deadpan classic and perfect bathroom reader

    So good it makes you wonder what author Michael Weinberg does in his off hours. He seems to know just a little too much about a life of crime. 'Careers in Crime: An Applicant's Guide' ranks 50 activities in terms of what each illegal occupation requires, the chances of getting arrested, potential compensation, and the stresses and hazards of the job. Written in an entertainingly faux-serious style, it presents interesting facts and anecdotes about the crooked life. For example, if you're considering becoming a mercenary, Weinberg wants you to know 'Extended visits to foreign lands can provide cultural enrichment, but battlefields are often uncomfortable places, and mercenaries typically work long hours under extraordinarily challenging physical and psychological conditions....' And while meth lab operators have to worry about explosions, fires, and inhaling toxic fumes, money launderers are more likely to worry about finger and eye fatique from having to count large stacks of bills by hand. (Poor dears!) In addition to being a great novelty gift -- think of how much fun it would be to hand this over to a recent graduate while their horrified parents look on -- 'Careers in Crime' could also be useful for fiction writers who want to create a shady character or two they could use it to jump-start their research and figure out the best (or worst) life of crime for the character. Or if you're a goody-two-shoes like me you could buy the book simply to read for fun. More than once I picked it up intending just to flip through it and ended up settling back to read for a while. It's reassuring to know I've made some good choices in life. I don't like traveling enough to be a cigarette smuggler, I sunburn too easily to hang out outside all day dealing crack, and safecracking sounds way too stressful. Much better just to read about it.

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    Posted January 7, 2009

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