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The Encyclopedia of American Crime

Sifakis, Carl

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ISBN 10: 0871967634 / ISBN 13: 9780871967633
Published by Facts on File Inc, New York, 1920
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. First printing of first edition. Book and unclipped dust jacket are crisp and clean, with tight binding and sharp corners. Light thumb-soiling at bottom corner. Illustrated. 4to. 802 pp. including index. In protective Mylar. Heavy (nearly five pounds)--will require additional postage if shipped outside the U.S. Bookseller Inventory # 81331

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Title: The Encyclopedia of American Crime

Publisher: Facts on File Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1920

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First edition.

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In this comprehensive and objective reference to America's criminal past, the author offers 2000 A-to-Z entires covering significant crimes, criminals and law enforcement figures and techniques. Entries are chosen based on their symbolic or historical relevance and consist of biographies, definitions and detailed accounts of criminal activities. The second edition features new and updated entries on such figures, topics and events as the Oklahoma City bombing; Lee Harvey Oswald; bank robberies; serial killers, such as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and Andrew Cunanan, as well as female serial killers; the O.J. Simpson case; the World Trade Centre bombing; the Unabomber/Theodore Kaczynski; the Hillside Stranglers; Jean Harris and the Scarsdale Diet Doctor; the Sunset Slayer; the treatment of sex criminals; white collar criminals, such as Charles Keating and Michael Milken; and wrongful convictions.

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Gr 9-Up A welcome update of a standard resource. More than 2000 alphabetically arranged entries chronicle every conceivable manifestation of crime in the U.S. from the Salem witchcraft trials to today's cash-machine rackets. Articles range from a paragraph to more than a page, and most begin with a helpful identifying phrase. The writing is lively and informative, but in most cases assumes some familiarity with the subject. However, many relevant terms, such as bigamy, hoodlum, three-card monte, plea bargaining, and drygulch, have their own entries. The most significant revision is the inclusion of many biographies, on such figures from the last 20 years as the Mayflower Madam, John Gotti, Matthew Shepard, and Charles Keating. Unfortunately, unlike the 1982 edition, there is no indication on the spines as to which letters are covered in which volume. Scattered black-and-white photos and reproductions illustrate the text. A useful set for student reports, answering reference questions, or perusing for insights into the society we have created. Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL

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