Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals

Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals

by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
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Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker — authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession — comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.
Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.
Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671023935
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 07/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 121,952
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John E. Douglas is a former special agent with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, one of the first criminal profilers, and a criminal psychology author. His works include Mindhunter, Obsession, and Journey Into Darkness, among others.

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VanillaBear More than 1 year ago
I use this book for my class when I teach Criminal Psychology. It is a fast read and takes the ficiton out of the make believe world as depicted on TV and film. Motivation is a crucial issue. It's more than the "why" of things--it's the human psyche behind the "why." This book helps to bring it into reality. Criminal investigation is tedious, but an accurate outcome, as this book will show you, is worth the chase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a student who is interested in a career in criminal psychology this book was truly fascinating! Taking an inside look through the mind of a profiler (the pseudo science of finding a criminal based on the circumstantial evidence found on the scene and throughout the crimes). This book exceeded my expectations. I was not expecting the stories he told to be so personal and factual. I was encouraged to pursue my career after this read. This book pulled you in with each story. My personal favorite story was 'Guys Who Snap' to me it was the most intriguing and  made  the most sense to me. Taking the fiction out of the book made it an in depth look at how people truly act. My only disappointment was the morality of the whole subject. Should we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? I was hoping to get some sort of the authors view on the subject instead of just a factual read, but overall i am very impressed with the writing style and lexicon. ABlakely Book Review
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Douglas' books. This is the first that I had read from him and the enjoyment and mind stimulation that it brought to me and how it made me view things simply compelled me to buy the rest of his collection.
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I really enjoy these types of books that explore the psychological reasoning for criminal behavior. Very fascinating read.
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To anyone that's trying to make sense of the Boston Marathon bombing, this guy was an FBI profiler. He goes over serial killers, mass bombers, spree killers etc. I found it readable while still pertinent to the lastest killings in Sandyhook and the Boston bombing which he couldn't even have known about when this book was written...
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
Writers often go to many lengths, in the name of research, to produce quality fiction for their readers. THE ANATOMY OF MOTIVE proved a rather enjoyable read, as I delved into the minds of serial killers, spree killers, and mass murderers. This book’s approach proved perfect for my research endeavor. It described the crimes that took place, analyzed many high profile incidents, and then it delved into the mind of the man or woman that would commit such an act. It ended with a series of four cases where the co-authors asked readers to judge who might have committed four alleged crimes. All-in-all, it was exactly the book I needed as I attempt to write my serial killer novel, and more than that, it gave me insights into another book I plan on writing in the near future. So if you’re looking for profiling, straightforward analysis, and a brief dip into the mind of a criminal, then this is the book for you. If you’re an author looking for your own research material, as you delve into the mind of a killer, then this is one book you probably want to add to your to-read list. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigato
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George7171 More than 1 year ago
a look into the minds of these killers and motives that drive them
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