Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence

Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence

by Bill James
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Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence by Bill James

From the one-of-kind mind of Bill James, famous for revolutionizing the way we think about baseball, comes a “thought-provoking meditation” (Seattle Times) and epic tour through American crime—now available in paperback.

The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416552741
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Edition description: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 468,746
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his Baseball Abstracts. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and three children.

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Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Chowbell More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. I love the author's casual and often humorous style of writing. As far as his critiques of others, that is his privilege, and even If I am not sure I always agree with him, I am still interested in his opinion and entertained by what he says.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who is really interested in true crime .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Things I liked about this book: details on crimes I'd only heard about by name and knew little about (e.g. Son of Sam), some snarky and witty comments, general observations by the author. Things that got annoying by the end: the author's pompous tone in critiquing other crime writers' work (even for those he said we good books, there was ALWAYS a "but" followed by his opinion of how they could've done better. Also annoying was his propensity to use bullets to lay out his thoughts. Overall it was pretty good, but it would've been a better book with more assertive editing (he made some of the same mistakes he criticized others for!). Having said all that, I enjoyed his thoughtful reasoning throughout and the fresh look at old crimes.
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Krystal Watkins More than 1 year ago
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