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61. Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish-American Gangster
by T. J. English
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Asin: 0060590025
Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
Publisher: ReganBooks
Sales Rank: 24733
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob, from the mid-nineteenth century all the way to the present day. History shows that the heritage of the Irish American gangster was established in America long before that of the more widely portrayed Italian American mafioso, and has held strong through the modern age. In fact, the highest-ranking organized crime figure on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List -- alongside Osama bin Laden -- is not a wiseguy, a Latin King, or a gangbanging Blood or Crip, but an old-style Irish American mob boss from South Boston.

In PADDY WHACKED, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader from Hell's Kitchen; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. This is an epic story of corrupt politics, wanton murders, gambling empires, notorious brothels, tough women, and hard-drinking pugilists from the underbelly of America's most dangerous cities -- including New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, and Cleveland.

Combining storytelling verve with thorough research and a slew of never-before-published material -- including new interviews with former gang members -- English presents a riveting, seamless cultural history of the Irish American underworld. He offers a brilliant portrait of a people who fought tooth and nail for a better life from the moment they arrived in America, whether it meant taking charge within the realms of law enforcement and politics -- from Tammany Hall to the White House -- or capitalizing on what opportunities they could in the darker world beyond the law. PADDY WHACKED is an irresistible tour of the undercarriage of our history -- a ride that stretches from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations ... and along the way deepens our understanding of the American experience. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A triumph of research and story telling
TJ English's "Paddy Whacked" joins the pantheon of excellent books on terrible subject -- gangsters.While English has done a great deal of original research for this book, he is also to be credited for compiling previously published, stories, profiles and items into a single breathtaking volume on Irish gangs and criminals in America.
English traces the most notorious criminals and gangs from the time of the great potato famine migration to present day.Starting with the story ofmid 19th century boxer/politician/criminal John Morrisey, through the innumerable gangs of the later 19th century, through Owney Madden, Bugs Moran and others of the prohibition era, through Joseph Kennedy, to Whitey Bulger (currently still on the lam).
It will not surprise readers that so many of the featured figures met untimely ends, often violent ones.Readers will also see the relationship of Irish gangs with other ethnic groups, particularly the Mafia, and how the Irish gangs were eventually squeezed out of business by La Cosa Nostra.Also, the lines between organized crime and legitimate business are seen to be blurry -- a common and appropriate theme of recent works on criminal gangs.
English is a terrific storyteller.He has a knack for selecting the right stories about the right people to illustrate the overall tale and his pacing is excellent. At no point does "Paddy Whacked" lag.
English also puts his stories within the context of greater sociological, and political events of the times.
Many of the stories are graphic -- as they should be.It is easy to fall into the trap of romanticizing thugs and killers of the past, English never does, revealing the true brutality and selfishness of their actions.
"Paddy Whacked" is a triumph of research, compilation and story telling.It is at once an entertaining and important book.

5-0 out of 5 stars the italians aint so tough
(i'm 13) This is a great book that shows how tough and brutal the Irish mob really was and still is.It goes from the time of the early Irish gangsters from Tammany Hall up to Whitey Bulger who is still on the FBI'S ten most wanted list. This book also has good infro on the war between the Irish and the italians in New York, Chicago, and Boston from Prohibition up 2 now. It also has some good info on the Westies, the Hell's Kithcen Irish gang on Manhattan's West Side which terrorized the place for 20 years. they were so powerful that the mafia had 2 make an alliance with them for fear of being overrun by 'em.If you want some good info on the Irish mob from the 1850's to Present day i would definately reccomend this book

5-0 out of 5 stars Certainly Gives You a Different Light
And all this time I thought that the big time gangsters in this country came from Sicily. I guess that comes from the Godfather movies. Then this book said that the Most Wanted Gangster on the FBI's list was an old fashioned Irish American mob boss by the name of James Bulger.

I had to check, but sure enough on the FBI web site ( you can find the ten most wanted and there he is, just below Usama Bin Laden. Not only that, but there is a $1,000,000 reward for finding him (Bin Laden is worth $27,000,000).

This is, as best I can determine the first book devoted to the Irish American gangsters that's been published. The most interesting, by far, of the people discussed in the book are the Kennedy family. Papa Joe was quite a character, a flagrant womanizer, who made his fortune by importing bootleg whiskey that he supplied to Al Capone. This also puts a different impression on Robert Kennedy's attempt to blame "the Mafia" - Italian based, as the source of organized crime in the U.S.

This is quite a book, recommended to anyone who is interested in crime history, or even the political history of the Kennedys.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real eye-opener
Anyone who thinks they know the full story of organized crime in the U.S. is in for a surprise when they read this book. 'Paddy Whacked' starts with the Irish potato famine and comes right up to the present. The research is awesome and the writing style very witty and entertaining (I especially liked the chapter titles and sub-titles within the chapters). The book is long and in-depth with many names and events but well worth the time it takes to read. The early history in New York, New Orleans and Chicago is fascinating. The chapter on Joseph P. Kennedy and the JFK assassination was shocking to me. And I never before read anthing about the gang wars in Boston in the early 1960's that helped Whitey Bulger rise to power. Even though I've read lots of books on organized crime and was aware of many of the events in this story, they are told from a new perspective that made me think about it in an interesting way. This may be the best overview-type book ever written about the Mob in America. ... Read more

62. The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics (Sage Series on Violence Against Women)
by Lundy Bancroft, Jay G. Silverman
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Sales Rank: 44747
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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"This book beautifully educates the reader on the world in which batterers live and raise their children. Judges, lawyers, and others in decision-making roles will find this information very helpful in crafting appropriate decisions regarding a child’s safe contact with a battering parent."  

— Judge Bobbi Alpers, Iowa District Court

"Excellent. I’ve been waiting for this book. It is a crisp, cogent, comprehensive exegesis on batterers, their parenting styles, their custody litigation practices, and the adverse impact of their violence on battered mothers and their children. A must read for attorneys, advocates, custody evaluators, judges, and batterer intervention service providers."    

— Barbara Hart, J.D., Legal Director, Battered Women’s Justice Project/Civil Division

"This is by far the clearest and most insightful book to appear on domestic violence and custody issues, thoroughly grounded in both the research and the court system. An indispensable tool and a breakthrough, it is must reading for anyone handling the 50% of custody cases where domestic violence issues arise."  

— Joan Zorza, Esq., Editor, Domestic Violence Report 

"Critically informative for those who work directly with victims or abusers. The authors provide a comprehensive road map to the many problems batterers exhibit as parents, how these affect children, and what can be done about it." 

— David Adams, Ed.D., Psychologist, Founder and Co-Director of Emerge 

"This is a groundbreaking work that elucidates the complexity of the family dynamics engendered by a batterer’s presence in the home. Grounded in a sophisticated understanding of psychological trauma, and offering important recommendations for assessment and treatment, this book should be required reading for all professionals who work with parents or children affected by domestic violence."    

— Beth Tabor Lev, Ph. D., Director of Training, The Traumatic Stress Institute

The Batterer as Parent takes the reader inside of homes affected by domestic violence, imparting an understanding of the atmosphere that battering men create for the children who live with them. Bancroft and Silverman show how partner abuse affects each relationship in a family, and explains how children’s emotional recovery is inextricably linked to the healing and empowerment of their mothers. The authors cover the important but often-overlooked area of the post-separation parenting behaviors of men who batter, including their use of custody litigation as a tool of abuse. Readers also are guided in evaluating change in the parenting of men who batter, assessing risk to children from unsupervised visitation, and supporting the emotional recovery of children. Although the book is written primarily for professionals, its accessible style makes it engaging and useful for abused mothers and anyone else wishing to assist children exposed to battering.  

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4-0 out of 5 stars Abuse has no gender
Although much research is biased towards the most physically dangerous abusers, the ones who beat (don't like the word batter a lot) their victims and often kill them are usually men. There is of course, a lot of abuse perpetrated by mothers on children and women upon partners. Abuse is abuse, no matter what the gender, and all abuse harms children.
Lundy Bancroft deals primarily with the behaviors, patterns and impact of abuse. When anyone becomes a hardened habitual abuser who uses his or her power to intimidate, manipulate or terrify his or her victims into submission and control: he OR she is considered an 'abuser'. When they phsically hit, break bones and kill, he OR she is a 'batterer'. I work with a domestic violence agency and we have quite a few court ordered women in our program, albeit not as many as men (90% or more of the MOST serious battering is done by men the country over). I have read much of Bancroft's work and he is on target.

1-0 out of 5 stars Emperors new clothes
much of this book is unfortunate propaganda that harms more individuals then it can ever help. The domestic violence movement has an ignoble history that ignores then substitutes scientific research for this manufactured advocacy research that biases truth and put all of us at risk. Though it is clear if you are in the industry, you must subscribe to the lundy bancroft schoolk of thought. Men are bad, women are innocent, and if you cannot see that truth you are too ignorant to see the emperors clothes are made from the finest silken threads, gold, and jewels.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best professional book I have read.
This book should be a must read for all Guardian Ad Litems, Custody evaluators, Judges, Lawyers and Therapists. It explains how batterers act, why children often side with the batterer and gives an excellent guide for assessing visitation guidelines. I have only owned the book for two weeks and have already used it with three clients of mine. I am a LMFT and often work with children who have witnessed domestic violence, batterering and whose parents are fighting over custody. In reading this book I have a better understanding for the dymamics in a family with batterering. I now have research to support the things I have been recommending in regards to keeping children safe. ... Read more

63. Ethics in Crime and Justice : Dilemmas and Decisions (Ethics in Crime and Justice)
by Joycelyn M. Pollock
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-22)
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This text provides readers with the information needed to solve ethical dilemmas within the complicated criminal justice system. It begins with a straightforward presentation of the major ethical systems followed by a discussion of moral development and the ideal of justice. The book includes not only philosophical information but practical applications as well, because of the issue-based approach, which allows each student to make individual decisions. ... Read more

64. Digital Evidence and Computer Crime
by Eoghan Casey
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-08)
Publisher: Academic Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Digital evidence--evidence that is stored on or transmitted by computers--can play a major role in a wide range of crimes, including homicide, rape, abduction, child abuse, solicitation of minors, child pornography, stalking, harassment, fraud, theft, drug trafficking, computer intrusions, espionage, and terrorism.
Though an increasing number of criminals are using computers and computer networks, few investigators are well-versed in the evidentiary, technical, and legal issues related to digital evidence. As a result, digital evidence is often overlooked,
collected incorrectly, and analyzed ineffectively. The aim of this hands-on resource is to educate students and professionals in the law enforcement, forensic science, computer security, and legal communities about digital evidence and computer crime.
This work explains how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes, and how they can be used as a source of evidence. As well as gaining a practical understanding of how computers and networks function and how they can be used as evidence of a crime, readers will learn about relevant legal issues and will be introduced to deductive criminal profiling, a systematic approach to focusing an investigation and understanding criminal motivations.
Readers will receive access to the author's accompanying Web site which contains simulated cases that integrate many of the topics covered in the text. Frequently updated, these cases teaching individuals about:
* Components of computer networks
* Use of computer networks in an investigation
* Abuse of computer networks
* Privacy and security issues on computer networks
* The law as it applies to computer networks

* Provides a thorough explanation of how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes, and how they can be used as a source of evidence
* Offers readers information about relevant legal issues
* Features coverage of the abuse of computer networks and privacy and security issues on computer networks
* Free unlimited access to author's Web site which includes numerous and frequently updated case examples
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5-0 out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone for computer science and criminal justice
I have reviewed several digital forensics books for use in a class I teach. I found this one to be vastly superior to others. It provides an exellent integration of technical, procedural, and legal concepts. A standard forensics text that taught only laboratory procedure would be worthless for all but the most specialized classes. Other digital forensics books haven't realized the whole picture regardless of the quality of their 'lab procedures.' This text reinforces the application of existing knowledge to computer forensics by showing it in context of the system.

I recommend this book for investigators looking to expand their expertise to computer crime, forensics specialists with the same goal, for course adoption, and for anyone interested in the process of computer crime investigation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best computer forensic book available
Sometimes, defense attorneys have it easy: one slip-up by the prosecution and evidence is thrown out. Knowing that, law enforcement goes to great lengths to ensure that evidence is appropriately collected and protected. That works well in the physical world, where law enforcement has many generations' worth of experience. But in the modern world of computers and digital networks, where the simple act of rebooting a computer is enough to wipe out large amounts of evidence, law enforcement clearly needs thorough guidance.

Such a resource is here: Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, an excellent book that details the elements of digital crime. Author Eoghan Casey does a superb job of applying forensic science to computers. The information presented here is critical to a diverse audience: law enforcement, attorneys, forensic scientists, and systems administrators, for instance.

While cybercrime law is in some ways similar to other aspects of criminal law, it nonetheless has its own language and categories. For instance, jurisdiction is a key element in both the physical and digital realms, but it is a much trickier concept in the latter. Casey develops this topic and many more. Those new to computers and networks need not worry: the book begins with an explanation of how they function. With the basics out of the way, Casey details how computers can be used in crime and how the evidence created from these activities can be used for later analysis....The accompanying CD-ROM contains simulated cases that integrate many of the topics covered in the text. In all, the book and CD are an excellent introduction to an increasingly important area of law enforcement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book from a real expert
This is an excellent book from a real expert.

Everyone and their brother are writing books about computer security and digital forensics.

The difference here is that Eoghan Casey knows what he is talking about.

Excellent book!

5-0 out of 5 stars The book of digital crime
If you are new to this world this is where you should begin. Digital Evidence contains all the knowledge one could amass by obtaining PHD in computing. Especially when you don't have time for a Diploma. I have bought 5 books pertain to digital crime from USA and UK. But this is the one and only book I am recommending to any one in any continent who want to learn or new to this arena. All the other books in this field for Attorneys or with similar requirements are some what academic and may be boring. The CD-ROM accompanying the book gives you much needed hands on training, otherwise which will cost you at least US $ 4000, if you are to go to a training centre to do the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars University Text Book
This text was used for the digital evidence and computer crime class that I just completed. The book is clear and easy to understand. It goes into detail only when needed. I was concerned that this information would quickly become out of date, but the ideas presented are current and provide a solid background for understanding any newer technologies that come down the road. I usually sell my books after the semester ends, but I have decided to keep this one. ... Read more

by Michael Spano
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66. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: With an Introduction to Crime Scene Reconstruction, Second Edition
by Tom Bevel, Ross M. Gardner
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-26)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Used properly, bloodstain pattern analysis helps establish events associated with violent crimes.As such, it is a critical bridge between forensics and the ultimate goal of forensics, defining an accurate crime reconstruction. The second edition of this bestselling book is thoroughly updated to employ the latest protocols, includingthe application of scientific method, the use of flow charts, and the inter-relationship of crime scene analysis to criminal profiling. It provides more illustrations, including color photographs, and explains the use of computer programs to create demonstrative evidence for court. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis aids forensic scientists, investigators, and attorneys in understanding violent crime scenes.It provides quick and accurate information to help the reader understand blood stain pattern information. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
I was a student in one of Ross Gardner's bloodstain pattern analysis classes using these principles. Very informative and quite interesting. ... Read more

67. The Death of Innocents : An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions
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68. Newjack : Guarding Sing Sing
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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Most people know it's easier to get into prison than it is to get out. But for a journalist, just getting into Sing Sing, New York's notorious maximum-security prison, isn't easy. In fact, Ted Conover was so stymied by official channels that he took the only way in--other than crime--and became a New York State corrections officer: "I wanted to hear the voices one truly never hears, the voices of guards--those on the front lines of our prison policies, the society's proxies." Newjack is Conover's account of nearly a year at ground zero of the criminal justice system. What it reveals is a mix of the obvious and the absurd, with hypocrisies not unexpected considering that the land of the free shares with Russia the distinction of having the world's largest prison population. As of December 1999, it was projected that the number of people incarcerated in the United States would reach 2 million in 2000.

This is the world Conover enters when he, along with other new recruits, undergoes seven weeks of pseudomilitary preparation at the Albany Training Academy. Then it's off to Sing Sing for the daily grind of prison life. Conover correctly and vividly captures the essence of that life, its tedium interspersed with the adrenaline rush of an "incident" and the edge of fear that accompanies every action. He also details how the guards experience their own feelings of confinement, often at the hands of the inmates:

A consequence of putting men in cells and controlling their movements is that they can do almost nothing for themselves. For their various needs they are dependent on one person, their gallery officer. Instead of feeling like a big, tough guard, the gallery officer at the end of the day often feels like a waiter serving a hundred tables or like the mother of a nightmarishly large brood of sullen, dangerous, and demanding children. When grown men are infantilized, most don't take to it too nicely.
And not taking to it nicely often involves violence. Indeed, the constant potential for violence on any scale makes even humdrum assignments dangerous. It's astonishing that more doesn't happen, given that the majority of the 1,800 inmates have been convicted of violent felonies: murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, assault, kidnapping, burglary, arson. But beneath the simmering rage rests an unexpected sensitivity that Conover captures brilliantly. After encountering a Hispanic inmate with a tattoo of a heartbreaking passage from The Diary of Anne Frank on his back, he writes: "It was easier to stay incurious as an officer. Under the inmates' surface bluster, their cruelty and selfishness, was almost always something ineffably sad." Ultimately, the emphasis of Conover's work is on the toll prison exacts--most immediately on the jailed and their jailers, but also on a society that puts both there in increasing numbers. --Gwen Bloomsburg ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rueful, often painful, sometimes humorous
As in "Coyotes" and "Rolling Nowhere," Ted Conover goes undercover, immersing himself in the world he writes about. This time, instead of traveling with undocumented field workers and hoboes, he takes a job as a prison guard ("corrections officer" is the preferred term) to learn something of the inner workings of the American penal system. Over a period of eight months, after his training, he is assigned to what is apparently the most volatile, chaotic, and fabled prisons in NY state, Sing Sing.

At least one reviewer said of this book when it was first published that the author had compromised his objectivity by being a participant in the subject he was reporting on. By becoming a prison guard, he loses sight of the perspective of the prisoners, and a not-so-subtle bias creeps into what he writes. In fact, I think that's what makes this book so interesting.

What Conover gives us is a rueful, often painful, sometimes humorous account of his own transformation as a "newjack" corrections officer, dealing daily with frustration, danger, and the absurdities of life in prison. His viewpoint is the difference between the war correspondent and the grunt in the trenches. You get a direct glimpse into the hearts and minds of prison guards and acquire some understanding of how they see the world they inhabit, as well as the toll it takes on them as individuals.

I say "glimpse" because many of the men and women in this book have made a career of corrections. Some of them are survivors of prison revolts; at least two were taken hostage. Given the self-protection that the profession requires, they reveal little to Conover, except what he can read from their sometimes inscrutable behavior. Even so, Conover successfully breaks down the popular stereotypes of prison guards. After reading the book, you take the news of someone's being sent to prison somewhat differently. Instead of seeing them behind bars, you become aware of the men and women immediately responsible hour-by-hour for their incarceration.

I heartily recommend this book. As you read, you wonder at Conover's sometimes foolhardy nerve and have only the book in your hands as evidence that he somehow survives the ordeal he has assigned himself. As a companion to this book, I also recommend Daniel Bergner's "God of the Rodeo," an equally compelling account of life inside Louisiana's Angola Prison.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rare, balanced glimpse into life as an officer at Sing Sing
I found this book to be extremely balanced and fair in its reporting, and at no time demonstrated any bias towards correction officers nor inmates.

First of all, Conover should be praised for his dedication to the subject matter. Not many journalists would subject themselves to correction officer boot camp AND a whole year of working at Sing Sing just to get a story. Was it wrong for him to have deceived the prison system that way? My only answer to that would be that in a democracy like ours, an institution that gobbles up so much of the taxpayers' money and yet insist on absolute secrecy as to their methods can only expect something like this happen sooner or later. The public has the right to know at least the general process and the results of that process.

I personally did not get a sense of Conover being on the side of the inmates. In fact, if that were the case I would have been extremely turned off, as I am one of those who believe that many prisoners are there as consequences of what THEY chose to do. Conover was very careful to be fair to both sides of the story. I finished the book with a much higher respect for correctional officers. I was enlightened as to the amount of danger, frustrations and abuse that they endure on a daily basis. In fact, after reading this book, I feel that correctional officers should get more than what they're currently paid! Why would certain officers object to this book? How did the author "betray" them? (Interestingly enough, some of the worst critics of this book are the individuals that weren't portrayed in the best light in the narrative.)

As far as the inmates go, Conover relates his experiences and conversations with several notable ones who have struck an impression on him. He doesn't, at any time, make excuses for them. In fact, I appreciated the fact that he admits in certain parts of the book about wanting to punch a few of those that were especially troublesome and annoying. (At one point, after an especially nerve-wrecking episode with the inmates, he also fantasized about the entire block burning up in flames.) This may sound disturbing to some of us, but I doubt that any of us WOULDN'T think these thoughts if we were placed in a similar situation. He doesn't try to appear to be the perfect, inscrutable officer, and is very much himself throughout the entire process. Telling the readers his true emotions added a lot to the narrative.

Conover has made a valuable contribution to the literature concerning our prisons. He doesn't claim to be writing about the entire system, nor its pros and cons, but merely about HIS experiences during a year at Sing Sing. In doing so, he has produced a highly convincing and readable piece of work that has more impact than one written about the system in general by an outsider who has only stepped into a prison for interviews.

Highly recommended for all!

4-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I can't believe these guys (corrections officers) put up with the stuff they do. It takes nerves of steel to work in a place like that. The book was very entertaining. At times I could not put it down. Also recommended : Nine-o Adam, Another Day in Paradise, Junky, Slaughter House Five.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hits the nail on the head
This book is awesome. I worked in the corrections field for three years, and reading the author's experiences at the training academy and then as he started work at Sing Sing brought back a lot of memories. Sing Sing sounds like a real hell on earth from the author's descriptions, and that applies to most prisons, places where hope doesn't exist. Very well written and very accurate portrayal of what correctional officers go through on a daily basis. Very highly recommended to anyone wondering what it's like to work in, or to be incarcerated in, a prison.

4-0 out of 5 stars New Jack, Guarding Sing Sing
This book gives you a real insite as to not only what the inmates go thru but also what the officers and their families contend with on a daily bases. I think it is a great way to get an idea of what really happens behind bars. ... Read more

69. Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives (9th Edition)
by Paul B. Weston, Charles A. Lushbaugh
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-24)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Designed to help readers discover both the art and science of criminal investigation, this book explores the legal significance of evidence in the field, outlines the fundamentals of inquiry, and then carefully details each element of investigation—from the preliminaries to case preparation for prosecutor review. Reflecting the most recent changes in techniques and their application to various crimes, it features real-life case studies that give readers practice in developing their abilities to analyze, evaluate, and reason.Ethical Awareness. The Crime Scene. Witnesses and Evidence. Recording the Crime Scene. Basic Investigative Leads and Informants. Major Investigative Techniques. Laboratory and Technical Services. Interrogation of Suspects. Arresting the Accused Person. Physical Assaults. Sexual Assaults. Robbery. Arson, Bombing and Hate Crimes. Property Crimes. Dangerous Drugs, Vice/Gambling, and Organized Crimes. The Investigator as a Witness.For those involved in criminal investigations. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some of the examples are old, out dated methods
Overall, this text is not bad, although several instructional areas are out-dated material, ie: marking "shell casings, "bullets", on the face,etc. Also, todays training does not include marking handguns on every piece that can be removed, ie: frame, cylinder, barrel, grips, etc. ... Read more

70. Criminology (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Larry J. Siegel
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This best-selling text provides a comprehensive analysis of criminological theory, crime typologies, and the criminal justice system. Renowned for its unbiased presentation of theories, issues, and controversies and for its exhaustive research base, this book presents cutting-edge, seminal research, as well as up-to-the-minute policy and newsworthy examples. In this latest edition, the author has updated the text to address the latest topics, and has rewritten it for clarity and impact. This edition provides students with a gateway to online and multimedia resources that capture the immediacy of the field through CNN® videos, a CD-ROM, and the Internet. And, to help students assess their mastery of key chapter concepts, CriminologyNow??the ultimate web-based student tutorial for the criminology course?is available FREE when packaged with the text. With its updates and array of supplements, the Ninth Edition of CRIMINOLOGY presents a powerful set of teaching and learning tools for instructors and students alike. ... Read more

71. Essential Criminology
by Markm. Lanier, Stuart Henry, Mark M. Lanier
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The updated edition builds on the authors’ acclaimed theory of the "Crime Prism" Though there are a number of introductory level criminology texts available, Lanier and Henry's distinguishes itself by being comparatively compact and portable and more importantly, being more intelligently written than the competition while still being very appealing and accessible for undergraduates. In the Second Edition, they will build on the book's originality by adding more recent material on their theory of the "Crime Prism", which has since received a lot of attention in the field's top journals and competing criminology texts. They also updated the research literature to reflect the latest studies and new theoretical developments that have emerged over the last four years and added more recent real world examples. ... Read more

72. The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Private Investigating
by Steven Kerry Brown
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating
I'm a retired police officer from a major, metropolitan department who is now starting up a private investigations business. I've read other, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to..." books and have enjoyed their format, style and content. This volume is no exception.

The author, Steven Kerry Brown, does an excellent job of covering the basics and many advanced techniques for conducting private investigations. He also provides guidelines for starting and building a profitable business.

The book is informative, entertaining and comprehensive. I recommend it for any law enforcement personnel who are considering P.I. work. It will help focus your established investigative skills toward the private market with an eye on profitability. Plus, it's fun to read.

The book will also serve as an introduction and resource for anyone interested in working for a licensed P.I. It will give you a fundamental understanding of the principles and practices of the job and help you express yourself more precisely during employment interviews.

There are a variety of solid books on investigative topics available to help you hone your skills, but so far this is my choice for "Private Investigating 101."

5-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating
The following book review was released by the L.A. Times-Washington Post Service on November 24, 2002:

Title: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating

Author: Steven Kerry Brown

Data: Alpha, 384 pps. [$$$] soft-cover

Review by Michael Pakenham

Brown, an experienced professional PI with offices in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, urges that this book really could guide the reader into a career. But its greatest charm - and I suspect its main utility - is as a truly entertaining, briskly presented, rundown on how the business is conducted. Or at least how it is done by Brown. One of the 24 topical chapters: "Moving Surveillance: How best to perform one-man and two-man moving surveillances, anticipating your subject's next move, communication between units, and dealing with stoplights."

The others involve public-records checking, access to ostensibly confidential information, electronic devices and their use, tracing missing or elusive persons. Any armchair gumshoe will find the details entertaining - sometimes debatable, often provocative.

L.A. Times-Washington Post Service

3-0 out of 5 stars Remember, Everything You Are Told Smells Like A Motive
The internet's rapid evolution has left alot of this book behind. Good luck finding any free stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to Sleuth
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating is a first rate primer for anyone interested in a PI career. Written by a former special agent of the FBI, who has been a working private investigator for the last eighteen years, this book is a down to earth "nuts and bolts" approach to the art. Steven Brown deals with all aspects of the craft, from the basic tools of the trade to advanced techniques incorporating the latest advances in technology. This book should be required reading for any student of criminology in pursuit of a degree in law enforcement. As a reference tome, it belongs in the library of every active mystery writer. It's written in a flowing, easy to read style, and is packed with details that could only come from a top professional in the field. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating is far and away the best text in this genre I have yet found.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy For Both The Experienced And Novice Investigator.
As a licensed private investigator, I must commend Mr. Steven Kerry Brown for writing a book that is, in my opinion, the best book currently in print regarding the private investigation profession. This book is of great use to both the experienced and novice investigator. While there are many great titles available for specific areas of the investigtion profession, there are few good titles that cover the general aspects of private investigation - this one is the best. For the price, you should not think twice about adding this title to your investigative library. ... Read more

73. The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World's Most Baffling Crimes
by ColinEvans
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-16)
Publisher: Wiley
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Discover the surprising answers in The Casebook of Forensic Detection, a true-crime treasury of 100 of the most fascinating cases of all time. More than two centuries in the development of modern forensic procedures come to vivid life as everything from handwriting analyses and voiceprints to ballistics, DNA testing, and psychological profiles reveal whodunit (and, in some startling cases, who didn't do it).

"Pithy, concise, and remarkably accurate." —Science Books & Films

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding general history of forensics and reference book
This is the perfect starter book for anyone interested in forensics. It is organized by forensic discipline, then chronologically within each section. The author covers a number of famous cases, but has also included many more that are obscure, but equally fascinating. Each case is described ecomonically, but there is enough detail given to fully describe the case and the forensic techniques used to solve it. The writing is plain, precise, and jargon-free.

This book is also an excellent reference volume. The index and table of contents make it easy to find a specific case and I refer to this book often while reading other true crime or forensics book for names, dates, etc.

Anyone looking for a well-written, informative forensic science book need go no further than this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand yet very interesting to the knowledgable.
This a great book if you don't know a lot about forensics. It really explains everything that you may not understand. Yet it is very interesting to read how forensic different crimes. I think that this book would be suitable for anybody interested in forensic no matter how much they know on subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Casebook for Forensic Science & Law
This is an ideal book for a student of forensic science or law, who may need help to find out various cases for their studies. It gives a guide to many different cases throughout the last century, with enough detail for the student to be able to do further research.

Each new section has a brief review of what the subject matter is eg Ballistics. Colin tells a little of what ballistics is about, including some history, then he writes a little about the subject of firearms and then what can happen when firearms are fired. Other subjects covered are Cause of Death, Disputed Documents, DNA Typing, Explosives and Fire, Fingerprinting, Forensic Anthropology, Odontology, Psychological Profiling, Identification of Remains, Serology, Time of Death, Toxicology, Trace Evidence and Voiceprints.

The appendix in the book is on Forensic Pioneers and Their Cases and here Colin lists 9 forensic scientists giving their year of birth and if dead, their year of death, also a brief outline of their career or some other pertinent detail, with a list of the significant cases which they worked on.

This book is well written and with enough detail to give those who are not involved in this field a very enjoyable read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good, but Slightly Disappointing
The book was somewhat well-written, and parts were certainly enjoyable, but there is nothing that you can find here that you cannot find in greater detail and with more useful information somewhere else. The case notes were frequently short enough that you would have no real interest in the case, and it read more like a How-To book for someone interested in writing a medico-legal thriller, as long as the person writing that just wanted a lot of really general information without actually knowing enough of what they are talking about. If you really want a good general interest forensics book, check out What The Corpse Revealed by Hugh Miller. In short, the book had a lot of information in it, but none of it was unavailable or more useful here than other sources.

1-0 out of 5 stars I detect that much is lacking...
The "case studies" in this book read like a Jr. High essay - they lack substance and information and have nothing to keep the attention of the reader.

Each case is laid out in the same format - where the guilty are indicated immediately (often with negative adjectives describing them), it is stated that (fill in the blank) technology was used (without any real scientific explanation of the technology), and then it is stated that the guilty was caught due to the science (which was never described).

If all you want to know about forensic science is case names and dates, you might like this book. If you would actually like to learn about the processes used and how the technology works, you may be more than a little disappointed. ... Read more

74. Terrorism: An Introduction, 2002 Update
by Jonathan R. White
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
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Recognized as the most objective, best-selling terrorism text in the market, TERRORISM: AN INTRODUCTION- 9/11 UPDATE strives to discuss the most sophisticated theories by the best terrorist analysts in the world, while still focusing on the domestic and international threat of terrorism and the basic security issues surrounding terrorism today. The student-oriented writing style is complemented by rich pedagogy, and there is an adequate amount of research and theoretical discussion to make this an ideal text for both the undergraduate and graduate level courses. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars OK if you know nothing about terrorism
A great deal of pretty basic information. Worth the purchase price but don't let it be your only source of information.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Text On This Important Subject
Prior to Sept. 11, I took a college course on terrorism and this was the only text available at the time. It was accurate and informative then, and remains so today. Jonathan White is one of the foremost experts on terrorism and it's correlation to religion in the United States. If you are entering into the field of criminal justice or public policy, I highly recommend reading this book. ... Read more

75. Legends of Winter Hill : Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective
by Jay Atkinson
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4-0 out of 5 stars Flavorful, fast-paced and entertaining
Okay, the title is a bit much.But I enjoyed this book tremendously.Some of the criticisms point to the elements I liked best.The routine cases, how they were approached, and the results were a revelation to someone who has no real idea of police work except what I've seen on "Cops" (constant action and crisis!).There was a new story on every page, and I wound up reading until 1 a.m. on a work day because I just couldn't help reading "one more page".The descriptions of the surroundings, the characters, the sounds and smells of the settings, conjured up a real sense of being there.I was fascinated by the character faults and virtues of the people in the book, as Atkinson tried to remain true to McCain's philosophy that most people aren't entirely good or bad.As a resident of the area, I finally understand the gang wars that were taking place when I was growing up (I remember the old Boston Record American newpaper with the crime scene photos splashed across the front).I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who lives in the Northeast, and to others who'd like a glimpse into how Boston politics are practiced in every profession! ... Read more

76. Criminal Law and Procedure (with InfoTrac)
by John M. Scheb
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-18)
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The Scheb and Scheb author team bring a combined experience that is both practical and academic. This unique and successful text differs from most texts offered in the applied legal area in that it is the only one appropriate for a combined course in law and procedure. The text covers all of the necessary content in a manageable fashion and integrates the material logically. Utilizing extensive case material, this book covers the historical background and has been thoroughly updated to include the latest Supreme Court decisions and other developments in criminal justice today. The author team also publish "splits" of this text, CRIMINAL LAW and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (2000), as well as some legal texts with the #1 law publisher, WestGroup. ... Read more

77. Proactive Police Management, Sixth Edition
by Edward A. Thibault, Lawrence M. Lynch, Bruce R. McBride
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Based upon the authors' extensive experience inpolicing, and management, this introduction to the day-to-day rigors of a police department stresses that management is only effective if it is based upon a combination of both theory and practice. Using a proactive rather than a reactive approach, it stresses that police managers anticipate events through planning, use police personnel and resources effectively, and deliver a whole range of police services to the community.This comprehensive book covers police culture, police organizations, operating principles, proactive police leadership, communication and information management, 21st century technology, community policing, basic line functions, administrative functions, human resource management, training policies, proactive planning, collective bargaining, and the future of proactive police management.A useful reference for police managers and others in law enforcement. ... Read more

78. Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques
by Nathan J. Gordon, William L. Fleisher, C. Donald Weinberg
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Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques presents a practical, straightforward method for interviewing witnesses and victims, interrogating suspects, and accurately identifying them as truthful or untruthful. Instead of relying on intuition or a "gut feeling," interviewers will learn how to utilize four types of questions and apply accurate assessments of nonverbal behavior and verbal clues.They will also learn how to quantify their observations and numerically assess the truthfulness of each suspect, to minimize subjectivity.

Readers will also learn how to use the authors' Integrated Interrogation Technique, a 10-point, highly successful approach to obtaining court upheld confessions.The advantages and disadvantages of recording an interview or interrogation are discussed in detail, as well as some of the current legal aspects of these processes.

Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques includes numerous illustrations and pictures to enhance the reader's understanding as well as model worksheets and forms including: Consent Forms, Forensic Assessment Interview Technique Form, Numerical Evaluation Form, Sample Confession, and a Pre-employment Security Booklet.Investigators will turn to this book again and again to help find the truth in each person they interview.

*Features the authors' 10 point Integrated Interrogation Technique - a highly successful approach to obtaining court upheld confessions
*Numerous illustrations and pictures enhance the reader's understanding
*Comes with model worksheets and forms including: Consent Forms, Forensic Assessment Interview Technique Form, Numerical Evaluation Form, Sample Confession and a Pre-employment Security Booklet.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques
I have read several books on this topic in the past. I found this book to be very interesting and easy reading. It contained excellent information applicable for anyone involved in the field of interviewing.

The book was very well organized, and answered many questions for even a trained interviewer/interrogator.

I would highly recommend it for anyone in the fields of intelligence, law enforcement, private investigations or polygraph.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Delivers
I have just finished reading this book and I am thoroughly impressed with it's attention to detail, usable procedures, and overall organization. It was a very quick read, and I now feel like an expert in the art of interrogation. I am already confidently putting these new techniques into practice and seeing results. If your goal is attaining the truth in an interview situation, buy & read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Obligatory Handbook on Interviews and Interrogations
Nathan J. Gordon, et al have authored an outstanding publication which is well documented, authoritative, well organized, and an easy read as well as a page turner. This reviewer,who has authored several textbooks on polygraph testing, highly recommends this book to anyone involved in the art and science of interviewing and interrogation. ... Read more

by Michael A. Petrillo, Daniel Delbagno, LearningExpress Editors
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
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In police departments nationwide, advancement is the name of the game. Virtually every patrol officer is bucking for sergeant. Approximately 30,000 officers take police sergeant exams each yearùand that doesnÆt count the officers who intend to take the exam but are intimidated by the amount of studying they have to do. LearningExpressÆs Police Sergeant Exam provides fast, focused preparation for the most important, most challenging exam of a police officerÆs career.In addition to two complete multiple-choice exams on the most commonly tested concepts, the Police Sergeant Mini-Course book provides vital review and practice in easy-to-use Q&A format. Ours is the ONLY review book that includes a step-by-step preparation system, customizable study schedules, and an extensive bibliography of books for further study. ... Read more

80. The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems
by Mary Lynn Garcia
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-23)
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The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems guides the reader through the entire process of security system design and integration, illustrating how the various physical and electronic elements work together to form a comprehensive system. A great resource for both the security professional and student alike, the book is arranged in three major parts:

1) Determining the objectives
2) Designing the system
3) Evaluating the system

The book emphasizes the use of component performance measures to establish the effectiveness of physical protection systems, applying scientific and engineering principles to meet goals. The author takes a problem-solving approach to security and risk assessment, explaining the use of electronic protection elements and demonstrating how these elements are integrated into an effective system.

The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems contains numerous illustrations of concepts throughout and includes chapter summaries reviewing the salient topics covered. Each chapter includes appropriate references to additional information as well as review questions to test the reader's grasp of key chapter concepts.

The appendices include sample models for system performance analysis. In addition, the author provides additional online resources such as chapter objectives, class notes, exercises, and answers to chapter questions.

Describes the process for estimating system performance against threats.
Approaches security in a practical, systematic manner based on proven and tested measures.
Offers process-oriented security that is "user friendly" to both the novice and the seasoned professional.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent and Practical!!
This book not only gives you a broad idea of what security is, but is very practical using it in your work, e.g. risk analysis. It is helping me a lot.
Best Buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems
The recent tragedy of New York and Washington has emphasised the considerable need for this excellent book on physical security. Mary Lynn Garcia is to be congratulated on producing a book on physical protection systems that is design-based and is driven by principle rather than application. As a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National laboratories, Mary Lynn Garcia is well placed to have knowledge of best practice in design of systems, and the development of principles of asset protection. This book is markedly unique from other security publications on the market as it provides a well-structured and rigorous discussion of the major components of the principles of the protection of assets. The book entitled The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems by Mary Lynn Garcia has raised the standard of security references and texts to new quantum levels of quality and detail.

The design and evaluation process for physical protection systems is presented early in the book and provides astructured approach to the protection of assets. I am personally pleased to see that the defence in depth strategy of detection, delay and response has been applied as the foundation for the structured approaches to asset protection. The chosen approach features the major components of System Objectives, Design of Physical Protection Systems, and Analysis and Evaluation. This structure has the capacity to direct the readerr in a systematic and logical manner to the desired outcomes of the defence in depth strategy. A detailed account of the systematics of asset protection allows a well=balanced account of theory and application to be presented. An attractive feature of the book is the discussion on the computer analytical models for analysis, and the relationship of risk assessment to asst protection outcomes. The book contains review questions at the conclusion of each chapter, a glossary of terms for the unfamiliar reader, and several appendices of useful information relating to threat and analysis of risk.

...This book will prove to be most valuable for a range of academic, managerial, and practitionar personnel who have responsibility for asset protection, and should be in all major libraries and acquired by everyone with an interest in physical security.

Dr Clifton Smith
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Edith Cowan University
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