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41. Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, Fifth Edition
by Frank Schmalleger
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Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction uses real-life stories throughout that are designed to capture and sustain the attention of its readers, helping them achieve a meaningful and comprehensive understanding of its concepts. It explores how the criminal justice system balances individual rights (freedom) with the need for public order (safety). It explores the new environment of the ongoing threat of domestic terrorism; with its updated research and statistics, this edition is the most timely and relevant resource available.Real-life examples of current issues and topics in the criminal justice system round out comprehensive coverage of criminology, multiculturalism, crime reporting, criminal law, policing, adjudication and the court system, and the corrections system.With its comprehensive appendices and online resource guide, this book is an excellent reference for those involved in the criminal justice system. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!
Thank you so much for the book in the time that I needed it.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice introduction to the criminal justice field
i just bought this book at my campus the other day. I can't put it down.This book is very interesting and laid out nicely, definitions are madeclear. i feel as if i am there when i look at the pictures in this book andwhen i am reading about a particular incident.another thing i like aboutthis book is it combines traditional learning with the author wanting thereader to use the internet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Informative
A good book to read if you're studying the subject, even if it isn't required. ... Read more


42. In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
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Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
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"Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Capote Offers Much in an Amazingly Detailed Account
While Capote's work offers a deep and involving plot to any reader in search of a entertaining yet thought-provoking story, it is the lengths to which Capote goes which leave In Cold Blood a few steps ahead of a simple account of crime and its consequences. Other than offering the simple story, the author went beyond my expectations in delivering an amazingly comprehensive psycological analysis of the killers, explaining the possible reasons behind such an appalling crime.

I heard that the author spend around six years researching the Clutter case in order to write the account, and it definitely shows. Capote incorportates massive amounts of detail, yet this added information does prove to be too much for the reader. The author skillfuly informs while simultaniously drawing the reader's attention further into the grip of the story. Also to be commended is Capote's inclusion of the trial and punishment of the two men. I would recommend to anyone this book before he or she forms a truly concrete opinion of capital punishment, as the author sheds a detracted, yet sympathetic, but also somewhat vengeful light upon the operation of our capital punishment system. This harrowing account of American crime is definitely a must.

4-0 out of 5 stars In Cold Blood
In the story "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, I found that this man's version of the story was quite interesting to me. He was very descriptive in detail of all the characters of the book by being very meticulous in his writing style. He also performed such extensive research of Holcomb by describing every little detail about the town. This book was unique because of how Truman would talk about Perry Smith and Dick Hickock in one paragraph and then the next paragraph he would switch over to the Clutter family and what they were doing. He had so much information about the Clutters that he even described how the daughter Nancy was helping a little girl learn to bake a pie. By explaining in detail of what happened the day of the murder made this book so interesting that I could not put it down until I read the whole thing. When a writer explains all of the details in this way, someone who reads this book can understand what must have happened and how surprised the town was to have this happen to such a nice family in the community. I was very impressed with how Truman was so particular in his details of the murder itself. Truman identified every piece of the murder and by doing this, I felt like I got to know every character in the book. I know that with forensics today some murders do not take as long to solve, but back in 1959 murders were very rare. This murder case was so intriguing because the police did not have all of the technology of today to help solve this murder. The murder was solved with simple police tactics and this is partially what made the book so interesting for me to read. I would recommend that anyone who likes to read books of this nature, "Cold Blood" would be of interest to them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just perfect!
There are only a handful of "perfect" books out in the world. You know what I mean: Books that have a great dramatic arc; books that make "sense;" Books that bring everything together; Books that seem "Classic" even though they might have been written only a few years ago. A few come to mind. Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN is one. McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD is another. And, yes, IN COLD BLOOD is yet a third. There are a few more, but then, everyone has their opinion, so I'll leave it at that. Suffice it to say that this Capote book will NOT disappoint you with its great yet disturbing story. And lest you think that we're (as a society) numb to murder, violence, and the workings of a sick mind, think again, for Capote's brilliant work will still make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It sounds cliche to say "Classic" but that's just what it is.

5-0 out of 5 stars In Cold Blood, an undeniable classic.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a celebrated meld of fact and inference. In it Capote pioneered the genre of the nonfiction novel. Using the real-life murder of the Clutter family in 1959 Holcomb Kansas, Capote spins a story that impresses and engages everyone who reads it. The original way Capote uses scenes creates a specific and lasting impression. His take on the Clutter murders is all-encompassing. It's informative, accurate and saturated with details. Capote transforms a news article into a creative work and makes history doing it.

I thoroughly enjoyed In Cold Blood. Even though the Clutter family was murdered 50 years ago, when I read it the story it felt immediate and pertinent. The psychological insights Capote made in the book, especially when looking at the killers, were phenomenal and ahead of his time. In Cold Blood read like a romance novel with the added intensity of knowing that the content was real; that it actually happened. The connection Capote makes to the Perry is so deep that it left me feeling that Perry was almost the good guy, and although it was inevitable, he wouldn't end up being executed. I suppose that is the real difference between fiction and nonfiction: in nonfiction that author can't twist the plot to create a happy ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the five all-time great reads
This book is still holding its own after all these years, and with good reason: It's a well-crafted piece of literature by one of the last century's great American writers. Without a doubt, this is one of the top five books that everyone should read and keep. Not only did Capote develop a new hybrid of book, but he managed to couch the tale in such wonderful prose that it's still haunting and harrowing, even today after all we've seen and been through. But this is the essence of Capote--his ability to get down to the bones of the story, yet give us enough details that make the telling come alive with a fresh horror. And as if this book were not enough of a legacy for him to leave, consider how he changed all literature that came after "In Cold Blood." So many writers have taken their cue from Capote with regard to hybridizing genres (think Berendt's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," or Jackson McCrae's "The Bark of the Dogwood") that it is impossible to ignore the contributions this brilliant and damaged man has made to the cannon of American literature. But don't be put off by the fact that "Blood" is now a classic--read it for the brilliant story it is. On another note, the movie is equally as harrowing, shot in black and white, with Robert Blake. The scenes in which the Clutter family is killed are some of the most disturbing footage ever to be seen on film. Bottomline: Great book, great movie, great writer. ... Read more


43. Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition
by Vincent J. M. Di Maio
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Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition provides critical information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, bang guns, rifles, and shotguns. The final chapters explain autopsy technique and procedure and laboratory analysis relating to weapons and gunshot evidence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shocking
Very informative about the destructive power a bullet can have. As wrong as this may sound, if you own guns and have children, this is a good book to buy. It is difficult to explain to a child what a bullet can do to a human being. With this, you can show them.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent textbook on the subject of firearm injuries
This text should be in the library of any reader who has an interest in the topic of guns and the injuries they produce. While written with the practising forensic pathologist in mind, the book is appropriate for investigators, attorneys and other healthcare providers. The discussions of firearms and their features are very good and should help those with limited knowledge about guns understand what they do, how they do it and the terminology used in the field.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only book you will ever need on the topic.
As a criminal defense attorney, my clients freedom often rests on my ability to understand the technical aspects of a case. While I will seldom, if ever, know more than the "expert" opposing me, understanding the topic in a straight forward and simple manner makes my interaction with that expert a benefit to my client. This to the point of knowing when not to say anything. This book provides a one-stop resource for all aspects of firearms, gunshot wounds, and the related forensic techniques and methods. A must for anyone who needs to understand, in plain language, the issues that come into play in gunshot injury and firearm cases. The photographs, x-rays, and diagrams provide an excellent point of reference for the text.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is not a review but I can not find a way to email you
I tried to order this book by name and by author and I was told this book in not available and I could get on your list if it wanted to then I would get a notice if a new edition is printed. I said ok to that. Then I was browsing in program and I found this book and I really want to buy it but a friend of mine has had it on order, he already paid for his copies, for months and has not yet received the books. I would buy it if I could be guaranteed that I would get it sooner than 3-4 months. His name is Jeff Salyards and you can check it out. I am sorry if this goes out over the net and other customers see this but this is the only way I see how to get this message to you. ... Read more


44. Blue Blood
by EdwardConlon
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As a Harvard graduate and regular writer for the New Yorker, Edward Conlon is a little different from most of his fellow New York City cops. And the stories he tells in his compelling memoir Blue Blood are miles away from the commonly told Hollywood-style police tales that are always action packed but rarely tethered to reality. While there is action here, there's also political hassle, the rich and often troubling history of a department not unfamiliar with corruption, and the day to day life of people charged with preserving order in America's largest city. Conlon's book is, in part, a memoir as he progresses from being a rookie cop working the beat at troubled housing projects to assignments in the narcotics division to eventually becoming a detective. But it's also the story of his family history within the enormous NYPD as well as the evolving role of the police force within the city. Conlon relates the controversies surrounding the somewhat familiar shoo! ting of Amadou Diallou and the abuse, at the hands of New York cops, of Abner Louima. But being a cop himself, Conlon lends insight and nuance to these issues that could not possibly be found in the newspapers.And as an outstanding writer, he draws the reader into that world. In the book's most remarkable passage, Conlon tells of the grim but necessary work done at the Fresh Kills landfill, sifting through the rubble and remains left in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 (a section originally published in The New Yorker). In many ways, Blue Blood comes to resemble the world of New York City law enforcement that Conlon describes: both are expansive, sprawling, multi-dimensional, and endlessly fascinating. And Conlon's writing is perfectly matched to his subject, always lively, keenly observant, and possessing a streetwise energy.--John Moe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Captivating story
I do not regret that I bought this book. It is an interesting book. I like the author's style of writing and the police stories which I found exciting. I generally like cop stories and wasn't disappointed by this. If you ever want to know about the inner workings of New York City and the NYPD, then this and True Blue are recommended reads.Disciples of Fortune takes you into another setting and gives us an idea about the negative aspects of the police force out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding read....
It's so hard not to say, "fantastic first novel" because this work reads like ths best of good fiction.Knowing it's an autobiography only deepens the appeal.I look forward to more from Mr. Conlon as both his careers develop......

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing; Fascinating story
When I heard that author Edward Conlon still serves in the NYPD, I was skeptical about whether he was really free to publish a truly candid account of life inside one of the nation's largest police departments. Yet, Detective Conlon does just that and more in a remarkably frank, funny, thoughtful and brilliantly written memoir.

Blue Blood stands out primarily because of Detective Conlon's sharp wit and humor. His vivid descriptions of the characters, customs and encounters that dominate a street cop's life had me laughing out loud. Likewise, his wry observations and amusing insights into the absurd aspects of NYPD bureaucracy (i.e., the petty bosses, the pervasive internal politics, the inane departmental regulations, etc.) made for entertaining fodder. In fact, Conlon's colorful writing and artful phrasing so impressed me that after finishing the CD/audio version of Blue Blood, I bought the paperback just so that I could re-read and highlight the exceptional prose.

Blue Blood also takes an absorbing, unvarnished look at the serious side of urban crime fighting including the tragic conditions that police routinely encounter, the ever-present dangers that confront officers in the line of duty, the devastating mistakes that can sometimes occur in high crime environments, and the flawed criminal justice procedures that too often fail to keep "perps" off the streets. What proves most interesting about this book, however, is that even in the face of such trials and frustrations, there is no sense of bitterness or defeat. Instead, Blue Blood paints an encouraging picture of policing. And in Conlon, you definitely see a good man who thoroughly believes in "the Job" and who relishes in carrying out his calling as a cop.

I absolutely loved Blue Blood. The book is lengthy (559 pages), but it is well worth the time. I highly recommend this amazing work.

2-0 out of 5 stars Blue Blood by Ed Conlon
Gets off to a roaring start: vivid, full of action, and surprisingly funny. Of course we'll never know if it was the author or his editors who made the fatal decision to pad the rest of the book with all sorts of family history and politically correct nonsense... and he never misses an opportunity to remind us how Progressive he is, a tedious quirk. And by the way, no romance whatsoever. Not a single flirtation. No sex. Nothing. Not one badge bunny throws herself at him! Maybe he wants a career in Leftist circles and refrained from saying anything too colorful. Leaves you with the impression he's a somewhat dreary character, like urban municipal buildings, pigeons, the subway, the color of cement, communism, etc.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great but Long!
A terrific memoir of Conlon's life and family history (his family history is the best part of the book).However, it could have stood to lose about 300 pages or so!A handful of stories would have more than sufficed. ... Read more


45. Discipline & Punish : The Birth of the Prison
by MICHEL FOUCAULT
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Catlog: Book (1995-04-25)
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In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Power, Discipline and Institutions in Modernity
I've read this book three times: First time was in undergraduate, second time was in law school, third time was last week. I can honestly say that my understanding of this work has grown with each reading, but that growth in comprehension has come more from my reading of other books either discussing or related to Discipline and Punish.

Specifically, I would recommend Jurgen Habermas's critique of Foucault, although I now forget which book of his contains his critique. I would also recommend Goffman's "Asylums" and Sykes "The Society of the Prison" as works which can illuminate Foucault's oft dense prose.

Foucault's main thesis is that the transistion of society into modernity has resulted in institutions which are increasingly devoted to the control of the "inmate's" time. The instituions use this control of time to develop discipline. Discipline is then used to both reinforce the strength of the instituion and also to expand the reach of institution's into the community.

As other reviewers have noted, this book isn't really about Prisons. Rather, the development of the modern prison represents the pinnacle of the relationship between power and discipline. Foucault leads up to his discussion of the prison by examining developments in other instituions: the work shop, the school and the barracks.

I really would encourage admirers of this work to read Goffman's "Asylums". The two books overlap to a considerable degree, but they both complement one another.

5-0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
In "Discipline and Punish" Foucault analyzes the evolution of punishment from the 17th century to modern times and emphasizes the growing importance of the prison as an institution of punishment/reform. He builds an argument that the importance of discipline, that found its origin in the military, gradually spread to various institutions like schools, hospitals, factories and prisons. He discusses how the prison evolved from the dark dungeon, in which prisoners were thrown and were supplied with the bare essentials for survival, into machines of education , supervision and reform. Using the model system of the panopticon he explains the idea of discipline/reform through implied observation, and individualization. He further discusses how the prison was instrumental in creating the delinquent. While one can question Foucault's argumentation at many points, this book is rich in challenging ideas that should give food for thought, even to those that argue that crime can be solved by simply building more prisons. After reading this book, one can not help but wonder in how far the lofty goals of the prison as instrument of reform, that were formulated during the age of enlightenment, have lived up to their high expectations.

While Foucault's writing is miles away from Heidegger, it is not always as clear as one would desire. While he often provides numbered lists of arguments, a lot of the argumentation is far from the linearity that typifies colleagues like Spinoza and Kant. Don't let these minor points keep you from reading this book. While you may not agree with a lot of the arguments made in this book, Foucault forces you to analyze and (re)think yourself, which is the most important task for any meaningful philosopher. Required reading in the Ashcroft era!

5-0 out of 5 stars About power and agency, not prisons
This book is no more about the history of prisons than the fable of the rabbit and hare is about animal competition. Foucault is writing about the power of normalization in western society.

Within five minutes of my residence there are two large Texas state prisons. The offenders incarcerated in these facilities exist in a network of interlocking disciplinary mechanisms, mechanisms that Foucault unveils in this book. The criminal justice system, the prison environment, the educational/training opportunities available during incarceration, parolee supervision, and the limited employment options on release all coordinate to encapsulate the offender's life. The offender's agency is significantly impaired for the balance of his life regardless of his domiciliary.

I live in a master planned, suburban community subject to a detailed and lengthy list of deed restrictions. These deed restrictions dictate the colors that I can paint my house, the height to which my grass can grow, the type of trees that I can plant in the front yard as well as the insistence that I plant three trees in my front yard. My wife and I have had to paint the front door twice in the last four years to comply with homeowner association threats, and we have been chastised for offenses as "severe" as leaving a hose uncoiled for too long in the front yard.

Now I admit that there is a modicum of agency in my decision to live in this specific community; however, just like the offenders incarcerated nearby, I live in a network of interlocking disciplinary mechanisms. I contend that my agency is also significantly impaired. The difference between my life and the offender's life is one of degree, not kind.

This is the message Foucault communicates with both style and substance in this book. He identifies three means by which power works on each of us to coerce compliance with the standards of normality: hierarchical observation, normalizing judgment, and examination.

The sad and simple fact is that surveillance is coercive. We might all see the public good in maintaining records of the offenses of the violent, but think for a moment about all of the records kept on you - telephone calls, financial transactions, medical tests and treatment, insurance claims, library check outs, video rentals, credit reports, credit card transactions, property ownership, internet sites, and tax filings. Hierarchical observation is a fact of modern life, and it seems to be steadily increasing.

By normalizing judgment, Foucault is referring to the power inherent in all social expectations. Try applying for a job, a business loan, a home mortgage, or a graduate program, and you will quickly feel the power of normalizing judgments. Woe to the applicant who stands out as different! Rarely do those exercising judgment question their standards, and even more rarely do they make exceptions on an individual basis. The message is loud - conform or else.

The last and perhaps most subtle power of normalization lies in the use of examinations. Even low paying professions (public school teachers, social workers, home day care operators) must attain licensure through examination. In Texas, third graders cannot be promoted to the fourth grade without passing a statewide exam. We endure the dominance of testing because of its presumed objectivity, but we all know that testing is not objective. Bias in design and in test conditions influence outcomes, and the testing continues despite an absence of evidence that it reliably predicts future performance.

I think this book is brilliant and disturbing. It is not always easy to read, but then, what book worth reading is? Foucault is given to dramatic images, and he does little to mitigate the impact of these images on the reader. Perhaps he is really trying to increase this impact. Since he is attempting to counter the powers of normalization, he may need all of the momentum he can get.

1-0 out of 5 stars Virtual hot pincers speak volumes
It seems only to have occurred to a few of these reviewers that whatever Foucault intended as the poltical upshot of Discipline and Punish (and are we even 'allowed' to ask such a question?) its practical political effect has been to allow senior academics a face-saving way to warn graduate students not to rock the boat while denying any authoritarian tendencies. Perhpas Foucault's work has somehow had more positive political effects in gay rights work, and I would be interested in hearing that argument, but I doubt it. I think his celebrity has done that.

5-0 out of 5 stars We Are All Inside the Panopticon Now
This book has been described as Foucault's masterpiece, and for good reason. Through this "genealogy" of history, Foucault shows us how modern society has become penal and coercive in nature; and perhaps more importantly, that all us now live in the midst of an abstract, authoritative public "gaze."

Although the book traverses a lot of historical ground, Foucault's discussion culminates in an analysis of Jeremy Bentham's prison concept. Bentham, the founder of Utilitarianism philosophy, believed that individual rights are subordinate to the state. In fact, he went so far as to call them "nonsense on stilts." As long as the government protected its people and treated them decently, he did not believe that the polity could be accused of oppressing its citizen - be they convicts or otherwise. Thus, Bentham was the first philosopher to give the modern penal system its rational underpinnings. Today, we take it as a matter of course that those who do not conform to laws are trucked off to prison. But with this book, Foucault attempts to completely undermine our intuitive sense of what is right, what is coercive, what is rational, and ultimately what is true. Perhaps better than any other author out there, Foucault shows us the subtle madness of Western institutional logic.

Foucault focused on Bentham's prison model, or the Penopticon as Bentham called it - which literally means, that which sees all. The Penopticon prison, which was popular in the early nineteenth century, was designed to allow guards to see their prisons, but not allow prisoners to see guards. The building was circular, with prisoner's cells lining the outer diameter, and in the center of the circle was a large, central observational tower. At any given time, guards could be looking down into each prisoner's cells - and thereby monitor potentially unmoral behavior - but carefully-placed blinds prevented prisoners from seeing the guards, thereby leaving them to wonder if they were being monitored at any given moment. It was Bentham's belief that the "gaze" of the Panopticon would force prisoners to behave morally. Like the all-seeing eye of God, they would feel shame at their wicked ways. In effect, the coercive nature of the Panopticon was built into its very structure.

Discipline and Punish is still relevant for today, even though the Panopticon has vanished. For starters, the United States government now possesses the technology to view see and hear anybody on the face of the planet. In fact, just recently the FBI announced that they have the right (invested in them by the state) to monitor any phone conversations they deem a threat to national security. Furthermore, for the same reason, the CIA or the DIA may use high-tech satellite technology to monitor actions anywhere on the face of the planet. Currently, these satellites have the ability to spot and read the date off a dime in the street. These new technological developments have completely altered the meaning "gaze" in the modern context. In a very real way, we are all living in the Panopticon now.

Moreover, Foucault would have never guessed the future of American prison systems. Today, Americans put more people behind bars than in any other country in the world, while public education, job training, and other resources that might potentially help people stay off drugs or out of crime in the first place are under funded. Furthermore, the vast majority of convicts who are released - many having been brutalized in prison - often end up behind bars again in no time, usually for small offenses involving drugs or petty larceny (that is, non-violent crimes involving property). Thirty years ago, when Foucault died, prisons were still run by the state. However, today prisons are increasingly being privatized and run as businesses, with the further benefit of huge government subsidies. The United States now prioritizes prison funding over education and rehabilitation - spending roughly 40 billion a year on operation and construction of new prisons. The prison industry is booming.

Anyway, this book is a must-read classic. It will abhor you, enthrall you, and provide immeasurable food for thought. It drove me to ask questions about the nature of knowledge, history, and the evolution of a persecuting society. Controversial to the teeth, this work will definately activate all your higher faculties and blast you off on all sort of theoretical tangents. Once I started I couldn't put it down. As Foucault said himself, he writes "experience book," and I couldn't agree more. I highly recommend having this experience, if only for the sake of where it will land you.

A final note for those who are interested... Oddly enough, Jeremy Bentham was not buried or incinerated like most people after he died. He willed his body to be preserved and displayed. It was dissected in a medical amphitheater at the Web Street School of anatomy in London, three days after his death. (By the way, this was illegal at the time. Only executed murderers could be dissected according to the law). His organs were then removed, and the original head replaced with a wax one. After being stolen by students as a joke, the real head is now kept in a safe in the College. The body, dressed in Bentham's own clothes, remains stuffed with hay, straw, wool, cotton and lavender to keep moths away. Since he was a founder of University College, Bentham is ensconced inside a glass fronted mahogany case (on casters), set unceremoniously in a busy hallway. He is regularly visited by scholars from all over the world, once went to a beer festival in Germany, and is brought to the table once a year for the annual Bentham Dinner. Amazingly, he was also trundled to the annual Board of Directors meeting for years, who still leave his old chair empty out of respect. ... Read more


46. America's Toughest Sheriff: How We Can Win the War Against Crime
by Joe Arpaio, Len Sherman
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An unfiltered account of Sheriff Joe's no-nonsense "get smart and get tough" approach to jail. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars America's Toughest Sheriff: How We Can Win the War Against
Excellent book! We need more Law Enforcement officials like Joe!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dealing with crime and punishment
This book takes a hard look at the criminal justice system in America and makes honest and realistic assesments. It offers proven solutions to the problems faced by law enforcement agencies nationwide. It is well known that people of the liberal persuesion dislike Sherrif Joe Arpaio, but the PEOPLE of Arizona have given him the highest approval rating of any law enforcement official in the country. This speaks for itself.

1-0 out of 5 stars Weird
The title suggested that this would be a action based expose of a dynamic law enforcer. Instead it turned out to be a book about prison policy. The writer is apparently a sheriff and they have some control over local jails.

Most of the book is a description of how the author wanted to keep more people in jail but he had a shrinking corrections budget. He basically set up a concentration camp for low level offenders. (More serious offenders appear to have been kept in a normal jail)

The author has purchased a series of tents and set up a wired perimeter. Around this he has a few guards, enough to keep people in but not the normal number you would have in a prison. To complete the economy measures he has reduced the amount of money spent on food. The average cost of meal provision is 30cents. To be able to have such cheap food the author has to purchase food that is not for sale on the normal market. Meat sausage that has turned green and the like.

The writer has then spent most of his time showing news reporters from current affairs shows around his new prison.

All of this could only happen in America. Some of the book is humerous in a bizarre way. Thus the author restricted the types of films available to prisoners. He for instance was keen for them to see promotional material for conservative politicans. He allowed the prisoners to see one "drama" a corny old film called "Old Yella". This film is about a loyal dog which dies in the end role. The author was of a view that this was a touching and moving film. The prisoners however thought that the film was so bad they cheered when the dog died. The author to pay them back banned all "drama's". I'm a bit with the prisoners on this issue.

The author basically seems to be a person keen on publicity and is willing to use the vulnerable, prisoners in his care to achieve his ends.

4-0 out of 5 stars No more pampering of thugs!
If you want to read the story behind the U.S. Sheriff with the highest approval rating, then this is the book for you. A man that has made being in jail exactly what it should be, a punishment, not a country club with cable t.v and nautilus. Sheriff Joe has sent out a clear and concise message, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime" The Law abiding citizens of America salute you!

1-0 out of 5 stars Over Rated Ego Maniac Has Toots His Own Horn
Sheriff "Joke" Arpaio, Arizona's Ego Maniac has his own book. Read on how he rapes the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Maricopa County of their civil rights! ... Read more


47. Crime Laboratory Management
by Jami St. Clair
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Crime Laboratory Management is the first book to address the unique operational, administrative, and political issues involved in managing a forensic laboratory. It guides managers and supervisors through essential tasks ranging from hiring and training of staff to quality control, facilities management, and public relations.

Author Jami St. Clair has more than 20 years experience in forensic science and served as President of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors in 1998-1999.She and her colleagues have designed this book to be useful for supervisors at every level.With its combination of classic management theories and practical information, this unique resource will help managers ensure that their laboratories operate efficiently and survive the intense scrutiny of today's criminal justice system. It will also help students and professional with an interest in forensic science and crime laboratory operation to better understand the functions of labs and the critical role they play in handling and analyzing evidence.

* Shows how to handle a wide variety of administrative and operational issues in forensic laboratories
* Provides new and experienced managers with practical information from qualified experts
* Outlines standards and procedures to help ensure quality results from laboratory analyses
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48. Introduction to Fire Protection
by Robert Klinoff
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Discover what you need to know to obtain a career in fire service or fire protection! Written by a certified master instructor and hazardous materials specialist, this edition of Introduction to Fire Protection has been thoroughly updated based on the 2001 National Fire Codes, and includes the latest information on the Candidate Physical Ability test. A great resource for anyone considering a career in fire protection, this comprehensive orientation manual outlines entrance requirements in detail and provides meticulous coverage of fire-related subjects, such as: fire chemistry and physics, fire department administration, fire protection devices and equipment, emergency operations, and public and private support organizations. All statistics have been updated based on the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire codes and ordinances as well as information available from The U.S. Fire Problem. This edition also features the latest incident command system information, plus an all-new section on Risk Management, one of the driving forces behind fire protection planning today. Progressively written, this book underscores the role of public education and prevention and its importance in the modern fire service. A directory of fire-related web sites is also provided in an appendix for readers who want to take advantage of the Internet to research educational opportunities, and fire service and/or fire protection job descriptions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great for anyone just getting in to fire science
i just bout this book and it is so easy to read. it has a lot of info and it goes indepth on different careers, the chemistry of fire and other things.

3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD REFERANCE FOR THE BEGINNER
This book is good for those that are begining in the fire service field. But, its not for the technically mined ... Read more


49. The Informant: A True Story
by Kurt Eichenwald
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From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy—which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man . . .

It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most politically powerful corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, had become a confidential government witness, secretly recording a vast criminal conspiracy spanning five continents. Mark Whitacre, the promising golden boy of ADM, had put his career and family at risk to wear a wire and deceive his friends and colleagues. Using Whitacre and a small team of agents to tap into the secrets at ADM, the FBI discovered the company's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers.

But as the FBI and federal prosecutors closed in on ADM, using stakeouts, wiretaps, and secret recordings of illegal meetings around the world, they suddenly found that everything was not all that it appeared. At the same time Whitacre was cooperating with the Feds while playing the role of loyal company man, he had his own
agenda he kept hidden from everyone around him—his wife, his lawyer, even the FBI agents who had come to trust him with the case they had put their careers on the line for. Whitacre became sucked into his own world of James Bond antics, imperiling the criminal case and creating a web of deceit that left the FBI and prosecutors uncertain where the lies stopped and the truth began.

In this gripping account unfolds one of the most captivating and bizarre tales in the history of the FBI and corporate America. Meticulously researched and richly told by New York Times senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant re-creates the drama of the story, beginning with the secret recordings, stakeouts, and interviews with suspects and witnesses to the power struggles within ADM and its board—including the high-profile chairman Dwayne Andreas, F. Ross Johnson, and Brian Mulroney—to the big-gun Washington lawyers hired by ADM and on up through the ranks of the Justice Department to FBI Director Louis Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno.

A page-turning real-life thriller that features deadpan FBI agents, crooked executives, idealistic lawyers, and shady witnesses with an addiction to intrigue, The Informant tells an important and compelling story of power and betrayal in America
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Firm Meets Civil Action
Jonathan Harr, who wrote A Civil Action, wrote of this book, "I guarantee it'll keep you reading late into the night." Well, he was right. I stayed up several nights to finish this - dead tired but too engrossed to put it down.

If you like the complexity of a corporate legal case (a la A Civil Action), and you also enjoy the thrill of criminal plot twists and illegal scheming (a la The Firm), you, too, will be up late. Almost immediately such a reader will reach the can't-put-it-down stage.

Added to the fun of the read is the odd awareness that this is real - these are real people involved in real corporate crimes and real political influence. The treatment of law enforcement, the corporate principals, the lawyers, and the secondary players, was refreshingly objective. One never gets the sense that Eichenwald has some skewed perspective (this is in contrast to A Civil Action, where the author had developed the story while tagging along with the plaintiffs' attorneys).

This book involves key players at every level of the FBI - including Louis Freeh, and the Justice Department, and A.D.M., without the pain of unneeded blather; all are part of the game, and it's worth getting to know them.

The only awkward moment comes very late in the book, when the author actually becomes involved a bit in the story. But the convention may have been unavoidable given the circumstances, so it is only a bit of a bump. Arguably, some of the details may have been left out. But in defense of the author - this is not some fiction piece where every detail is forced to fit perfectly to some final climax. The detail is worth it here, and does not detract from the story in the least.

Oftern critics insist that this or that book is a "page-turner." Well, for me, this time the tag really fits. This is also the stuff of a fine movie, which surely will follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction?
On the rare occasions when the banal details of corporate crime are uncovered, developed and prosecuted, the inside story is sometimes difficult to believe. Even more often, these stories, particularly those involving complex financial chicanery, fail to survive the conversion to film or print.

An obvious exception is "The Informant," Kurt Eichenwald's extraordinary new book about the Archer Daniels Midland Company price-fixing scandal in the mid-1990s. Mr. Eichenwald, an award-winning journalist at The New York Times, has balanced a cast of a nearly unimaginable characters with meticulous reporting and sourcing built on endless of hours of government tapes, documentary evidence and interviews.

Mr. Eichenwald's masterfully constructed narrative describes how ADM, the self-styled "Supermarket to the World," conspired with international competitors to corner food additive markets. The book focuses on Mark Whitacre, the wildly contradictory former ADM executive whose secret cooperation with the FBI apparently was intended to hide his own crimes. As Mr. Eichenwald writes, the book is about the "malleable nature of the truth," and how nothing in the ADM case was necessarily what it appeared to be. Along the way, the story is told in a way that "lend[s] temporary credence to the many lies told in this investigation," according to Mr. Eichenwald. In the end, the book accomplishes what few of its kind have: it has woven an otherwise tedious collection of technical and legal details and deceptions into one of the best tales of corporate crime in the past 20 years.

As the federal government found in its development of the ADM case, it's difficult to humanize corporate schemes, whether in civil or criminal litigation, or in the news or entertainment media. Mr. Eichenwald not only overcomes this obstacle, he has succeeded in producing a book that reads like a thriller. At one point in the book, in fact, a few of the characters even question whether Mr. Whitacre is acting out scenes from a John Grisham best-seller, "The Firm." Mr. Eichenwald also is fortunate to inherit an amazing cast of characters that includes not only Mr. Whitacre, the Andreas family, and high-level law enforcement agencies but also ADM's political network -- which at various times has included Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bob Dole, Dan Quayle, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, and powerful Washington and New York law firms, among others.

My admiration of the author emanates in part from his reporting of the Prudential-Bache financial scandal in the early 1990s, both in The New York Times and in his book "Serpent on the Rock." As a part of the legal team that successfully represented 5,800 victimized investors in civil litigation against Pru-Bache, I believe Mr. Eichenwald was unequalled among journalists in his command of that subject matter. Even then, where "Serpent on the Rock" succeeded nicely in chronicling the Pru-Bache scandal, "The Informant" excels.

I believe that this book puts Mr. Eichenwald into the elite company of Jonathan Harr ("A Civil Action"), James B. Stewart ("Den of Thieves" and "Blind Eye"), Ken Auletta ("Greed and Glory on Wall Street"), and Bryan Burrough and John Helyar ("Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco").

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story, brilliantly written
Were this a review of a novel, I would criticize it for an overcomplicated, convoluted and essentially unbelievable plot. But it is a true story, one that will rivet your attention and leave your head spinning.

The basic story, that the large agri-business Archer Daniels Midland - ADM - was caught in an international price-fixing scam for food additives would merit coverage in Business Week but little else. The key to the story is the informant himself, Mark Whitacre, the President of one of ADM's largest and most successful divisions. Manipulative, deceitful, delusional, sociopathic ... these are accurate but inadequate descriptions of the man who sucked ADM, the FBI and the DOJ into a five-year whirlwind, played out on the headlines of every newspaper in the country; he will suck you in, too.

Who hasn't wondered what kind of knucklehead responds to those crazy scam letters and emails from Nigeria? Actually, so many Americans with access to large amounts of cash responded in the 1980s and 1990s that the FBI had to set up a special liaison office in Lagos to deal with them. Meet Mark Whitacre: brilliant biochemist, builder and President of a hugely successful division of a multi-national corporation; and hopelessly entangled by his crazy belief that he could hit the jackpot by aiding corrupt Nigerian officials. And more, much, much more.

The story will sweep you along, from one unbelievable plot twist to another, not reaching a crescendo until the very end. Great fun. But also a great testament to the American justice system. Battered on all sides by the media and politicians and wealthy corporate defendants and with an utterly unreliable witness, the FBI and the DOJ persevere and see their case through to what seems like a very satisfactory conclusion, all the compromises and plea bargains notwithstanding.

Eichenwald deserves great credit: not only for his real-time coverage of the story in the New York Times and the writing of this brilliant book, but also for the fact that he nearly simultaneously was covering the astonishing demise of Bache Halsey Stuart Shields in the Serpent On The Rock, another amazingly readable true story of human frailty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth is Stranger than Fiction
Corporate espionage, money laundering, greed, and one of the most bizarre whistle-blowing cases the FBI had ever seen. So is the twisted tale told in Kurt Eichenwald's The Informant. And most bizarre of all, its all true. Eichenwald, a senior writer for the New York Times, recalls the events that occurred during the 1990's at the Archer Daniels Midland Company when one of its own executives, Mark Whitacre, became a mole for the FBI. According to Whitacre, the company was working with international competitors to fix prices globally on their products, specifically lysine, a feed additive.

Archer Daniels Midland is a Fortune 500 company located in Decatur, Illinois, and was at the time led by its chairman and chief executive officer, Dwayne Andreas, a politically connected millionaire. ADM is one of the world's largest grain producers, boasting that it is the "Supermarket to the World." Among other things, the company supplies many food manufacturers around the world with food additives such as citric acid, lysine, and corn syrup. To maintain large profit margins, however, the company had acquired many corrupt and illegal practices, all to be dissolved by Mark Whitacre.

Whitacre began his career at ADM at a relatively young age. With a doctorate in biochemistry, he was the president of the bioproducts division at ADM. Whitacre began his work with the FBI in 1992 when ADM began investigating corporate espionage by a competitor. It was believed that a major Japanese competitor, Ajinomoto, had planted a virus in one of ADM's lysine plants. The virus was believed to be the cause of abnormally low production levels. It was further suspected that the competitor had an employee working undercover at ADM to sabotage the plant. Once the investigation began, however, Whitacre became nervous that he would look suspicious because he spent so much time communicating with the foreign competitors on other matters, including illegal price fixing. He was scared that he would be fingered as a suspect. Because of this fear, and others to be disclosed later, Whitacre broke down and told the FBI of the illegal deals going on at the company. The FBI was curious from the beginning however as to why such a highly paid executive would be willing to cooperate with the FBI to bring down such a major conspiracy. However, they were thrilled and anxious to begin work with Whitacre; it was rare to have such a prominent member of a company working as an informant to the FBI. Whitacre agreed to work with the FBI so long as he was granted immunity. The FBI in turn agreed, so long as Whitacre agreed to be honest and disclose any and all wrong doing that he was aware of at ADM and cooperate with the FBI to document the crimes. It seemed like a relatively simple plan, but nothing in this case would ever be simple...

5-0 out of 5 stars Dynamite true story of corporate crimes
This is a non-stop action-packed book about nefarious corporate crimes at ADM, an enormous food products company based in Decatur, Illinois.

This book follows the amazing (and at many times unbelievable, but true) twists and turns of events in the years following an initial FBI investigation into suspected corporate espionage at ADM. The investigation quickly led to price fixing and anti-trust issues based on information supplied by "informant" Mark Whitacre. And it moves from there into other corporate crimes, driven by greed.

At first the story seems to be about a simple investigation into price fixing by ADM and many of its international "competitors" (even though the company viewed its customers as the true enemy). The book is written as the events turned out for the FBI, so even though the reader is presented with Whitacre being a strange man, the reader is led to believe that it is because he is stressed about being an informant, worried about being caught by ADM and threatened (as he saw in many fictional movies and books). But it turns into much more and all is not as it seems.

Parts of this book deal with complex financial and corporate issues, but Eichenwald deals with them in a way that is easy to understand.

The book is an incredibly easy read and even though the length can look danuting, I found myself flying through the book and always wanting to see what happens next. So in a sense it is an amazing page turner, just as much as any best selling thrilling novel.

I highly recommend this and be warned that this will make you skeptical of corporate greed and misdeeds and you'll know that many corporate exces were all criminals long before the downfall of Enron. ... Read more


50. Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters
by Wally Lamb, Carolyn Adams Goodwin
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Publisher: Regan Books
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In a stunning work of insight and hope, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb once again reveals his unmatched talent for finding humanity in the lost and lonely and celebrates the transforming power of the written word.

For several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. In this unforgettable collection, the women of York describe in their own words how they were imprisoned by abuse, rejection, and their own self-destructive impulses long before they entered the criminal justice system. Yet these are powerful stories of hope and healing, told by writers who have left victimhood behind.

In his moving introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writing and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. Couldn't Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.

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5-0 out of 5 stars close to home-literally
I live about fifteen minutes from York and work at a halfway house for drug addicted women trying to get their lives back on track and many of our clients come from this prison...point being I obviously could not wait to read this book. I was not disappointed-it is uplifting and heartwrenching- it teaches compassion and shows these are women are HUMAN BEINGS not just criminals. I am glad Mr. Lamb started this writing program at the prison and that despite the efforts of some to shut it down it continues to thrive. For those who didn't like the book I can only say that you must have a very closed heart to not find any connection with any of these women...should we feel sorry for them, forgive their crimes? No-but should we be able to show some some compassion for those that may have had less than "wonderful" lives? Yes! Not everyone can have as horrible a life as some of these women and then simply pull themselves up by there bootstraps and live a "normal", happy, problem free life! Another reviewer said that it was like reading essays written by kids in grade school or some such nonesense...one must remember when reading this book most-although certainly not all-of the women who were contributers did not complete school and have not had much in the way of formal education-compassion for others is a beautiful quality-may this book help us all to cultivate that trait a bit more in our daily existence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating from the very first page!
Wally Lamb is an amazing writer. I purchased this book with a gut feeling that it would be special, and I wasn't disappointed. The individual stories of the women were touching, well written, and at the risk of sounding corny, truly inspirational. It was enlightening, educational and made me a believer in what Bonnie Foreshaw says several times throughout her story, "We are human beings first, inmates second". A highly recommended read for anyone, and if you are a fan of Wally Lamb, it will do nothing more than reinforce and further your love of his work.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok read
I had to read the book for class and I thought that is was good but I wouldnt read it for anything other than class.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but..
The book held my attention for the most part and I had it finished in 2 days. I have mixed emotions, however. My curiosity about the reality of prison life is what made me buy this book. This book portrayed prison life as a lot LESS harsh than I had imagined. In this book the prison seemed like a social club for wayward women. Being in prison seemed to actually improve the lives of some of them who had been used to harsh street life, abuse and a daily battle with society but now have three warm meals a day, shelter, clothing, social time, schooling and no responsibilities.

Nothing surprised me concerning the lives of these women. What happened to them was pretty typical in stories you hear of women in the system..child abuse both sexually and physically, neglect, lack of security, no financial stability, etc, etc. I found some of the stories to be monotonous because of this and got tired of how nearly every story went from their childhood to adulthood, childhood to adulthood..back and forth, back and forth..each one so similar. The stories..in my opinion...were very predictable and it doesn't help that you don't know why, specifically, some of these woman are in prison. You hear what drove them there socially and psychologically, but not the exact crime they committed..understandably hidden in some cases because of laws that have to be kept concerning writing about crimes, but these type of stories needed more of that information so you weren't left hanging. It doesn't tie together and flow..you are suddenly jerked to a stop at the end of each story wondering what on earth this person had done to land in jail. A brief excerpt at the end of each woman's story stated matter-of-factly why they were there but the story itself doesn't lead up to each crime..you don't understand what's going on. I kept reading partly because I thought it would pick up my interest the further I delved but that didn't happen. Sure, it has a few touching stories but I wasn't that impressed as a whole.

One thing that really bothered me is how nearly every woman was sexually abused as a child but it was almost spoken of lightly..the abuser wasn't turned in...nothing was done..almost like it's an accepted fact and a part of life. I found it deplorable that it was spoken of so generally and almost in an acceptable manner. All in all to sum it up in one sentence: it was a background on a bunch of women who had hard lives, like millions of us, but they went over the edge.

1-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Keep It To Myself
Love Wally lamb...Hated this book! The intro was good (because it was written by Lamb) but the rest of the book read like a junior high school writting class project. I know Lamb wanted to dispel any rumors that prison is a fun place to spend a relaxing 10-12 but I believe he accomplished that in the intro without dragging us through chapter after chapter of abuse. (ours and theirs)

Sorry, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. ... Read more


51. Community-Based Corrections
by Paul F. Cromwell
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This best-selling community-based corrections text focuses on all forms of corrections and correctional facilities outside of jails and prisons, from traditional incarceration programs to the most current programs such as electronic monitoring, house arrest, day-treatments, bootcamps, and fines. Despite decreasing crime rates, the prison population continues to increase. As the Federal Government sentences more and more individuals, the topic of community-based corrections is becoming increasingly important because of prison costs and space issues. A practical and balanced approach, this text reflects a strong emphasis on the legal matters related to alternative corrections. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars EZ Corrections
I am currently enrolled in a Criminal Justice Progam at PfeifferUniversity, NC.I wanted to let instructors know that this is a very wellwritten and EZ to understand book for some of us hard headed averagestudents.There is plenty of valuable information given in each chapterwhich is written in a way that I can understand without difficulty - ThankYou !!! ... Read more


52. Kirk's Fire Investigation (5th Edition)
by John D. DeHaan
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Research Book
I bought this book as a step in investigating fires and arson steps of investigation in writing a novel. It does have a lot of good information, but it's very generalized--not specific. Good for the amateur fire sleuth that wants to get enought information to be able to 'talk the language.'

5-0 out of 5 stars DeHaan Does It Again
The best fire investigation reference book on the market today. Thanks John.
Mark Howell
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Denton, Texas

5-0 out of 5 stars Must-read for anyone seeking to understand fire behavior!
Written in an understandable, practical manner, this book makes a difficult subject comprehensible by even the unscientifically minded.
The author writes clearly and the book is very readable. The text is accompanied by great photographs & illustrations.
What a relief to find this book after attempting to plow through some of the other texts on this subject. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Kirk's Fire Investigation
The chief god of fire investigation has spoken. DeHaan wrote a complete and through text about fire investigation. If you are serious about fire investigation, this is a must book in your library. It is a tough book in read. So, buy it and review it again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Fire Investigators Bible
Many myths and tales still exist about the principle of fire behavior and burn pattern analysis, but John Dehann quickly puts those to rest every time a new edition of this book is published. This edition is no exception. For those who aspire to become an arsonist for fun or profit and feel by reading this book you'll get some helpful hints - beware, this book will not help you it will hinder you, and help those of us who hunt you in trapping you at your own game. A must have as a resource manual that augments NFPA 921 for the fire investigator whether public or private. ... Read more


53. Juvenile Delinquency : The Core (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Larry J. Siegel, Brandon C. Welsh
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Siegel and Welsh's CORE presents theory, policy, and the latest research in one value-priced, student-friendly paperback! Praised as much for its authority and blabnce as it is for the authros' ability to fascinate and engage students in the juvenile delinquency course, this brief booktogether with its many FREE resourcesis an exceptional value. In 432 concise pages, Siegel and Welsh help students understand the nature of delinquency, its causes and correlates, as well as current strategies being used to control or eliminate its occurrence. The authors review recent legal cases, research studies, and policy initiatives. This current Second Edition of JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: THE CORE features a line-by-line update, new in-text learning aids, chapter-by-chapter connectivity with the Web, and a new Interactive Student CD-ROM automatically packaged FREE with every new copy of the text! ... Read more


54. Police Field Operations, Sixth Edition
by Thomas F. Adams
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The industry standard for 21st-century policing, Police Field Operations is written from the perspective of a working police officer, presenting real-life scenarios an officer is likely to encounter while on-duty. With its focus on community policing, it describes how and why certain procedures are used, and gives informative techniques from leading police academies from around the country. This fully updated edition covers the latest information on interviews and interrogations, arrest laws, search and seizure, and DUI laws. It gives the full range of skills a police officer needs to possess, by covering observations, perceptions, interviewing techniques, and crowd and riot control. Police communications, basic field procedures, traffic direction and enforcement, crimes in progress, reporting and records, and officer survival and stress reduction are all comprehensively addressed.Great resource material for those involved in police patrol procedures and police and field operations. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very basic, good book
I had to read this book for a promotional examination and found it to be a good refresher of the very basic points that we all learned at the beginning of our police careers. When I am approached by someone who is not yet in police work and wants to read a good, simply written and understandable book on law enforcement, I always recommend this one. It may seem to be too basic for those of us in this field for the years I have served, but many areas are still very relevant.

3-0 out of 5 stars Police Field Operations
Too vague and general for someone using the book to use as a reference. Does not go into a lot of key points you actually use on patrol. Also, tends to make remarks that do not reflect the reality of todays police work. The author seems out of touch with policing today. ... Read more


55. A World Apart : Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
by CRISTINA RATHBONE
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Asin: 1400061660
Catlog: Book (2005-05-17)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 3583
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56. Introduction to Homeland Security (Butterworth Heinemann Homeland Security)
by Jane A. Bullock, George D. Haddow, Damon Coppola, Erdem Ergin, Lissa Westerman, Sarp Yeletaysi
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Asin: 0750677872
Catlog: Book (2004-09-02)
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Sales Rank: 103105
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"Introduction to Homeland Security" provides educators, students, and practitioners with a comprehensive account of past and current homeland security reorganization and practices, policies and programs in relation to the government restructure. The structure of each chapter will remain consistent throughout the text and will be designed to accommodate useful pedagogical elements such as learning objectives for each chapter; definitions of the terms used in homeland security, a comprehensive contact list of Federal and State government homeland security offices and officials; case studies of past domestic terrorism events such as the World Trade Center, the Pentagon attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the anthrax crisis and the Washington, DC sniper attacks; and an Instructor Guide complete with chapter summaries, exam questions and discussion topics. Color throughout will enhance these elements
In addition the book will provide an historic context for current homeland security activities.It will document past domestic terrorism events including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and focus principally on the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.The book will recount government and private sector actions taken in the aftermath of 9/11 in the areas of legislation, government organization, communications, technology, and emergency management practices.Case studies and best practices will be included as well as a comprehensive glossary of homeland security terms and acronyms.

- Current organizational structure and responsibilities of the new Department of Homeland Security.
- Case Studies of past domestic terrorism events such as the World Trade Center, the Pentagon attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the anthrax crisis and the Washington, DC sniper attacks.
- Comprehensive contact list of Federal and State government homeland security offices and officials.
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57. A Wayward Angel : The Full-Story of the Hell's Angels by the Former Vice-President of the Oakland Chapter
by George Wethern, Vincent Colnett
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Asin: 1592283853
Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 13511
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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An inside account of the Hell's Angels, told by one of its most notorious leaders.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint at heart
This book reveals the secrets and lifestyles of the notorious Hells Angels that for so long have been shrouded in scandal, mystery and fear. Written by an ex Hells Angel himself, Wethern recounts his lifestyle with the Angels from the first beginnings of the gangs operation in California, his friendship with well known gang president Sonny, orgies, criminal activity and the rapid decline of the gang and Wethern himself as drugs became the way of life and huge source of power and income. Wethern, now hidden somewhere in the states with new identity for him and his family in fear of his life as a result of co-operating with police and officials and giving informatiuon and indeed writing this book that blows the lid on the activities of a gang that is unmerciless in it's punishment of offenders, it's disregard for police, women and just about anything, but that is fiercely loyal to the brotherhood of gang members and loyalty to the president at all costs. In what would seem an act of clearing his conscience Wethern tells his tale in a way that exposes the reader to not only the innner workings of this secret gang, but also the brokenness, regret and fear that comes from living the life of a wayward angel. ... Read more


58. BORDER PATROL EXAM 2E
by Byron Demmer, Valerie Demmer, Shirley Tarbell, LearningExpress
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Asin: 1576853535
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Learning Express, Inc.
Sales Rank: 202837
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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A job with the U.S. Border Patrol provides more than a good salary and excellent benefits. Border Patrol agents enjoy exciting jobs, diverse experiences, and promotional opportunities. Competition for these challenging jobs is stiff. You have to be courageous, honest, and physically fit. And, you have to pass the all-important Border Patrol Exam. Over 5,000 people take the exam each time itÆs offered, competing for perhaps 400 positions. To come out on top, you need all the help you can get. LearningExpress has created this easy-to-use guide to give you the edge you need to land the job you want.This new edition includes vital information and preparation for the new Spanish portion of the Border Patrol Exam. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars INS Test Prep
I bought this book because I needed to study for the Immigration Inspector exam. Unfortunately, there isn't a book available for this exam, but this book was at least helpful. I took the test yesterday, and I was so glad that I had studied. There were 200 people taking the test, and at least I felt that I had a slight edge from studying. I wish there would have been more test exams in the book - there's only two. The Immigration Inspector test doesn't include any Spanish or Artificial Language sections, but I did use the Spanish section to brush up on my skills. It takes up to twelve weeks to get your results back, which the book doesn't mention. Good luck to all and study, study, study!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy the blue one!
Until the third edition comes out (and that could be a while since this one is fairly new), this edition is the most up to date one available! The first edition still contains the old vocabulary portion which has been eliminated from the current Border Patrol test. If you wish to study the vocabulary section, I would recommend buying both books, but this is simply NOT necessary. This book gives you study tips, very realistic practice tests, and it helps you to find your weaker areas. Buy the blue one!

Ray Harris
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59. The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle: A Guide For Decision Makers
by BOAZ GANOR
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Asin: 0765802988
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Sales Rank: 83753
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ...
Saw Mr. Ganor on C-Span - May 2005. His absolute (total mastery) of the suject of the (radical) Muslim terrorist movement mindset, and his analysis how to end this (complex, difficult, and long-range problem) ... is nothing short of brilliant ! ... Read more


60. Community Policing and Problem Solving : Strategies and Practices (4th Edition)
by Kenneth J. Peak, Ronald W. Glensor
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Asin: 0131132687
Catlog: Book (2004-04-07)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 720800
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Unique in perspective and comprehensive in coverage, this volume fills a gap in the literature by providing an exceptionally up-to-date and scholarly synthesis of the collective nationwide experience in implementing both community policing and problem-oriented policing. It explains the processes and terms in detail—what they mean and how they are applied, as well as how they are implemented and evaluated. It explores both historical and operational perspectives, and provides examples of existing strategies and future considerations. Author team has over 35 years combined police service and 25 years of academic experience.The authors examine the evolution of policing, changing people, crime, and policing, community oriented government, community oriented policing and problem solving, crime prevention, planning and implementation, changing the agency culture, police in a diverse society, evaluating COPPS initiatives and COPPS in foreign venues.For police practitioners and other interested in community policing and problem solving. ... Read more


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