Booked: The Last 150 Years Told Through Mugshots

Booked: The Last 150 Years Told Through Mugshots

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Overview

Every year twelve million Americans are arrested and photographed by the police. In many ways, mug shots are our history. Using a dazzling selection of mug shots that are arrestingly raw in their starkness and strangely eloquent in their simplicity, this absorbing, humorous, often bewildering collection sheds a whole new light on our rebellious century.
From political icons Martin Luther King Jr.and Angela Davis, to A-list celebrities Hugh Grant and 50 Cent, from killer Ted Kaczynski to the actor who aided in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, from prisoners of Auschwitz to a bearded Saddam Hussein, all of them declare a simple truth: The last 150 years told through police photography is truly an alternative history. Author Giacomo Papi’s brisk and insightful commentary enlightens us with intriguing backstories and little-known facts.
A feast for the eyes and the mind, Booked presents an ingenious and utterly unique snapshot of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583227176
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 04/15/2006
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

GIACOMO PAPI is the author of Era una notte buia e tempestosa (It was a dark and stormy night), an anthology of the best opening lines in world literature, Papa, a best-selling humorous guide for expecting fathers, and several other books. Since 2000 he has worked as a journalist for Diario, an Italian weekly news magazine. Together with Massimo Coppola, he runs ISBN Edizioni, an imprint of the Italian book publisher Saggiatore.

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