Item description for The Great Pictorial History of World Crime by Jay Robert Nash...
This unparalleled reference spans the entire scope of world history offering a thorough investigation into the most infamous crimes and their perpetrators throughout recorded time. Arranged by subject, from Assassination to Terrorism, each chapter begins with an essay that introduces the topic and provides a concise overview of the historical, social, and quite often, political significance of the crime. Subjects are further developed crime-by-crime, from ancient to modern times through descriptive entries covering the criminal acts, modus operandi, criminal background information, and motives along with insightful anecdotes. Every major crime category is presented as a separate, all-inclusive history. Within the two-volumes there are thousands of in-depth profiles and more than 2,000 illustrations, almost half of which are published here for the first time and drawn from the author's personal collection of photographs, drawings, and primary documents. An extensive bibliography of more than 5,000 entries and a comprehensive proper name and subject index make this an easy-to-use and essential reference for those searching for details of the people, places, and events in the world of crime.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.3" Width: 8.9" Height: 4.3" Weight: 11.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 28, 2004
Publisher The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
ISBN 1928831206 ISBN13 9781928831204
Reviews - What do customers think about The Great Pictorial History of World Crime?
Not So "Great" Dec 27, 2004
I was excited at the prospect of the author updating his earlier works, especially the "Badmen and Bloodletters" series. What I saw was a shock. To begin with, did anyone edit this before it was printed? There are pictures with incomplete captions, misspelled names, incorrect names. A lot of what appears was lifted directly from those earlier Nash books without any updates or editing. Thus, I was shocked to see the continued use of the offensive word "Negro" in Nash's narratives.
In some cases, Nash covers old ground from his previous work. For example, although he goes into greater detail on the William Heirens case, he ignores recent information that casts doubt on Heirens's connection to the infamous lipstick message. Allegations that some of the evidence that put Heirens away aren't new, and I was surprised that Nash didn't cover them, especially with his connections to the Chicago area where Heirens operated.
Although I can accept using motion picture "stills" to illustrate historical figures when actual photos aren't available, this tactic was over-used.
Finally, Nash uses the book to attack authors and others who displease him. He repeats his grievances against Ann Rule, for example, in connection with her work on Ted Bundy. That was, again, just copied from his other books. However, he adds a diatribe against Bill Kurtis, a fellow Chicagoan and well-known "true crime" television host. The passion with which he attacks Kurtis is puzzling.
Few know crime history as well as Jay Robert Nash, but this book doesn't do justice to his talents and knowledge.
With a true crime bibliography of more than 12,000 entries Jun 6, 2004
The result of ten years of painstaking research which has subsequently been distilled into a two-volume work of seminal importance by compiler and editor Jay Robert Nash, The Great Pictorial History Of World Crime offers a vividly narrative text of profiling the faces of crime around the world and is enhanced with more than 2,500 illustrations, an annotated index of approximately 10,000 entries, and a true crime bibliography of more than 12,000 entries. Alphabetically organized, Volume I ranges from Assassination; Bigamy; Burglary; Cannibalism; and Drugs, to Fraud, Gangs, Gangsters & Organized Crime; and Kidnapping. Volume II ranges from Celebrity Slayings; Mass Murder; Serial Killers; Unsolved Homicides; Piracy; Robbery; Secret Criminal Societies; and Terrorism. Drawing from local, national, and international archives, police and intelligence agencies, museums and historical societies, as well as Nash's own vast private collection, The Great Pictorial History Of World Crime is quite justifiably recognized as the standard reference work in the very specialized field of historical research dedicated to crime and the criminal. This is a unique and strongly recommended acquisition for personal, academic and community library World History and Criminology Studies reference collections.