Crime in America

Crime in America

by Milton Meltzer

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- First come the grim statistics, and then the varieties: violence on the streets and in homes, drug-related crimes, the Mafia, government and business fraud, insider trading--all presented with facts and anecdotal specifics. All of this is overwhelming and at some points even misleading as in the chapter that discusses rape and date rape. However, the last third of the book is worth waiting for. The discussion of the apprehension of suspected criminals and the workings of the courts is insightful and expertly written, and demonstrates analysis to match the material. Meltzer paints the picture of a society at odds with itself, working with adversarial institutions seemingly contradicting their stated purposes. His chapter on prisons only heightens the dilemma. In his final chapter, ``What Can Be Done,'' he sharpens the focus and shows the uniquely American nature of what is truly a crisis. An ambitious and at least partly successful introduction to a less-than-uplifting topic. --Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA

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