Over the past few weeks i have manages to find some great book in the local charity shops or on ebay.
The first is a book i have been after for a while but has always been out of my price range, so i decided to buy an older version on ebay for the sum of £2.99. ‘The Oxford Handbook of Criminology’ by Mike Maguire is a might tome of which Amazon says:
“This is the substantially updated and revised 3rd edition of the highly acclaimed “Handbook of Criminology”. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative single volume guide to the subject; combining masterly reviews of all the key topics with extensive bibliographical references to aid further research. In addition to the history of the discipline and reviews of the contributions to criminology of different theoretical perspectives, this book provides up-to-date reviews of such diverse topics as crime statistics, policing, the criminal justice process, race and gender, drugs and the media and crime. It is essential reading for all teachers and students of criminology and an indispensable source-book for professionals working in the field. A key feature of the book is the supporting companion web site that will offer students, lecturers and practitioners the benefits of a detailed chapter by chapter bibliography and links to other key criminal justice sites. This book has established itself as the acknowledged leading reference work and textbook in the field and has become the adopted text of most undergraduate and postgraduate criminology and criminal justice courses. It combines the talents of an unusually powerful group of leading writers, who between them cover the entire spectrum of subjects now referred to collectively as ‘criminology’. This 3rd edition has been revised in recognition of changes in the politics of ‘law and order’, policy developments and the range of new topics being taught in the leading centres of criminology education and research. New or updated chapters cover, for example, the impact of New Labour on policy, proposed sentencing reform, social exclusion, the contribution of psychological theory to criminology, managerialism in policing, criminal justice and crime prevention, risk assessment and the ‘What Works?’ approach to programmes for convicted offenders.”
And has a rating of 5 out of 5.
The Next book i found in a local charity shop for 50p and i purchased just because it is unusual and not something you see every day. The book is ‘The Red Ripper: Inside the Mind of Russia’s Most Brutal Serial Killer’ by Peter J Conradi. Amazon says:
“He was a soft-spoken grandfather, a family man and a retired English teacher. But beneath the model-citizen exterior of Andrei Chikatilo lurked the most heinous of criminals – the serial killer. Sexually mutilating and eating his victims, his 12-year rampage in southern Russia finally came to an end in 1990, when an uncannily accurate profile of him by a local psychologist led police to him. He has admitted killing 11 boys and 42 girls and young women. This book probes the mind of this killer.”
And has a rating of 4.7 out of 5.
I purchased the next book because it rings home to me, my mother had Munchausen By Proxy and i suffered for quite a few years. I have never read or heard from anyone who also suffered so i thought i would try “Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood” by Julie Gregory which i managed to get from ebay. Amazon says:
“A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor’s examining table, missing yet another day of school. Just twelve, she’s tall, skinny, and weak. It’s four o’clock, and she hasn’t been allowed to eat anything all day. Her mother, on the other hand, seems curiously excited. She’s about to suggest open-heart surgery on her child to ‘get to the bottom of this.’ She checks her teeth for lipstick and, as the doctor enters, shoots the girl a warning glance. This child will not ruin her plans. From early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated, and operated on in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother’s mind. Munchausen by Proxy (MBP) is the world’s most hidden and dangerous form of child abuse, but Julie Gregory not only survived, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother’s madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman:not solely a victim of child abuse.”
And gave it a rating of 4 out of 5.
The last book arrived this morning after being suggested by a friend on Twitter after a discussion about Psychopaths. I had watched a TED talk about Psychopaths by Jon Ronson and was intrigued by what he had to say so i ordered his book “The Psychopath Test” which Amazon describes as:
“What if society wasn’t fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . . Combining Jon’s trademark humor, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.”
And is given a 4.2 out of 5 rating.
I am really busy with uni work at the moment to read much, in fact im struggling to get anywhere with “Mapping Murder”at the moment, so it may take me a while to get round to these.
I would love to hear from you guys if you have read any of these.