Merry Christmas To All & New Books

Hey you awesome bunch of people who frequent my blog! I hope you are all having an amazing Christmas and, for those who are a part of the OU, i hope your enjoying your two weeks off. If your doing DD101 have you started TMA 03 yet? I would love to hear how you are getting on. I thought i would pop on today to ask you all if you got any awesome psych or criminology related gifts? I got an awesome haul of book this year 🙂 you can never go wrong with books!!

Books Galore!!

Books Galore!!

Granted Two of them arn’t really related to this subject but i had already took the picture lol.

The first book is “The Big Question: Mind” by Richard M Restak

‘The Big Questions’ series is designed to let renowned experts confront the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy.

In ‘The Big Questions: Mind’ the explanations behind the ‘mysteries’ of our unique minds – including how they differ from our brains and how they create our awareness – are explored.

Among the questions discussed are: How do brains come to exist? Is the mind more than the brain? What does it mean to be conscious? What is knowledge? Does the mind play tricks? What is the ‘I’ in our brain?

Amazon rated the book as: Well they havn’t but the rest in the series got a good review.

Next we have “Forensic Psychology for Dummies” by David Canter

“A fascinating guide on the psychology of crime Thinking of a career that indulges your CSI fantasies? Want to understand the psychology of crime? Whether studying it for the first time or an interested spectator, Forensic Psychology For Dummies gives you all the essentials for understanding this exciting field, complemented with fascinating case examples from around the world. Inside you′ll find out why people commit crime, how psychology helps in the investigative process, the ways psychologists work with criminals behind bars – and how you too can become a forensic psychologist. You′ll discover what a typical day is like for a forensic psychologist, how they work with the police to build offender profiles, interview suspects or witnesses, and detect lies! Covers the important role psychology plays in assessing offenders Explains how psychology is applied in the courtroom Explains complicated psychology concepts in easy–to–understand terms If you′re a student considering taking forensic psychology or just love to learn about the science behind crime, Forensic Psychology For Dummies is everything you need to get up–to–speed on this fascinating subject.”

Amazon has rated this as 4.7 out of 5

The next book is “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

“What makes a serial killer?

Only one man really knows. FBI Special Agent and expert in criminal profiling and behavioural science, John Douglas. A man who has looked evil in the eye and made a vocation of understanding it. Now retired, Douglas can let us inside the FBI elite serial crime unit and into the disturbed minds of some of the most savage serial killers in the world.

The man who was the inspiration for Special Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs and who lent the film’s makers his expertise explains how he invented and established the practice of criminal profiling; what it was like to submerge himself mentally in the world of serial killers to the point of ‘becoming’ both perpetrator and victim; and individual case histories including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and the Atlanta child murders.

With the fierce page-turning power of a bestselling novel, yet terrifyingly true, Mindhunter is a true crime classic.”

With a rating of 4.2 out of 5 it looks like a good read.

“Cocky: The Rise and Fall of Curtis Warren, Britain’s Biggest Drugs Baron” by Tony Barnes, Richard Elias, Peter Walsh is next, descibed as:

Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

Curtis Warren is an underworld legend, the Liverpool scally who took the methods of the street-corner drug pusher and elevated them to an art form. He forged direct links with the cocaine cartels of Colombia, the heroin godfathers of Turkey, the cannabis cultivators of Morocco and the Ecstasy manufacturers of Holland and Eastern Europe. His drugs went around the world, from the clubs of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden beaches of Sydney.

His underlings called him the Cocky Watchman. His pursuers called him Target One.

This best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric rise from Toxteth mugger to `the richest and most successful British criminal who has ever been caught.’ It relates how the Liverpool mafia became the UK’s foremost drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang warfare and how he corrupted top-level police officers; unveils the inside story of the biggest UK law enforcement operation ever undertaken; and reveals the explosive contents of the covert wiretaps that brought his global empire crashing down.

Thoroughly revised and updated, Cocky is a shocking insight into organised crime and an important investigation into the workings of the international drugs trade.”

Rated 4.1 out of 5

Having read the book “The Jigsaw Man” by Paul Briton i thought it only right i follow that up with his other title. “Picking Up The Pieces” is descibed as:

“Forensic psychologist Paul Britton can ‘walk through the minds’ of those who murder, rape, torture, extort and kidnap. He can see the world through their eyes and know what they’re thinking. That is why the police have called on him to help with many high-profile criminal investigations and catch those responsible.

How does he do it? Paul Britton’s newest book, Picking Up the Pieces, reveals the psychological and forensic foundations upon which he has based his expertise. It is a remarkable journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind. From top security prisons and mental hospitals to ordinary outpatients’ clinics, Britton introduces us to his clinical and forensic work. A man turns into a werewolf at four o’clock every afternoon. Another has built an electric chair in his basement to kill his father. A woman accepts the blame for abusing her child when she had nothing to do with it. How can they be helped? When Britton so accurately profiled the child killers of Jamie Bulger in Liverpool, or told police the true nature of Frederick and Rosemary West, he could do so because he had treated disturbed children and confronted sadistic sexual murderers in his consulting room.

For twenty-five years Britton has interviewed, assessed and treated people with damaged or broken minds. Some were responsible for terrible crimes, others were stopped before it was too late. The answers aren’t hidden at bloody crime scenes or in the post-mortem photographs. Instead, the truth is often locked away within someone’s mind or deep in their past.

Picking Up the Pieces is not a sequel to Britton’s award-winning autobiography The Jigsaw Man, but a companion volume that shows the heart of his work and the knowledge that underpins his conclusions.

It is a unique and revealing book that will fascinate and provoke discussion.”

With a rating of 4.3 out of 5 i hope this one is a bit better then the last.

Next is a book on a subject i know very little about. “Beyond Evil” by Nathan Yates is descirbed as follows:

“The horrific murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman shocked and sickened the nation. The man found guilty of their murders is now one of the most reviled men in the country. As if his crime was not dreadful enough, he has recently admitted that he lied under oath about the circumstances of one of the murders. This in-depth book is written by investigative journalist Nathan Yates, who witnessed the murder hunt first-hand and even interviewed Huntley and former girlfriend Maxine Carr. Yates also has an exclusive source for contact with Ian Huntley and will have further revelations about how far Huntley has lied about what happened that tragic day.”

Amazon has a rating of 4.3 out of 5. Im starting to notice a trend with these ratings lol.

Last but not least is “Jack the Ripper: CSI: Whitechapel” by Paul Begg.

“Over 100 years have elapsed since what is believed to have been Jack the Ripper’s final murder, yet he still has a powerful hold over the public’s imagination, which is manifested in the hundreds of books, television programs, and films that are produced every year on the subject. “Jack the Ripper: Crime Scene Investigation” is the first and only book to enable the reader to travel back into the London of 1888 by reconstructing key scenes from Jack the Ripper’s murders in pin-point accuracy. Through detailed and atmospheric crime scene recreations, plus thoroughly researched text written by experts in the field of Jack the Ripper, this book explores the movements of each victim, the position of witnesses. and the location of various buildings and streets to give the reader the most complete view to date of the gruesome crimes that shook Victorian society.”

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 this will be my first reading on Jack.

Books Mofo!

Books Mofo!

Well i hope you have enjoyed this summery and i will have detailed reviews as i read them. Would love to hear from you if you have read any of these.

Happy Christmas!!!!

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6 comments

  1. I just got the email with your latest blog entry…. It always makes me nervous to find that in my email inbox as I realise how far I am behind with my work! 😊
    And no I haven’t started tma03 yet but I am looking forward to it!

    I am off to Germany tomorrow to see my parents for a week and hope to get some piece and quiet to actually get it done — and not just a few hours before I have to hand it in!

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic start to the new year!!

    Ps: I didn’t get any psychology related presents — but I got a mug with my name on it!! 🎄🎅 enough said!

    Looking forward to your next entry…. Please let it be one where it says that you’re behind on your work… 😉

    Lara

    1. Hi Laura 🙂

      Christmas in Germany sounds amazing, my family are part German. I wouldnt worry about my blog too much i try and stay a week ahead, so you may be worrying without need 🙂

      Have a great break

      Kevin

  2. This looks like a great reading list. I don’t really find the time to read “extra curricular” – I did when we only had two kids and I was on level 1, but level 3 + 3 kids = no chance. However, I have bought a couple of books – one on the Victorian workhouse and another on the atrocities of Mai Lai. I’m sure you would probably find both of these a good read.
    Of your reading list, I’ve only read the Holly & Jessica one. Heartbreaking stuff, approach with caution. I think this case, and the Sarah Payne case were the ones in this country where people actually know the cases because of the victim’s name and not just the killers. The killers became less important than the children themselves, which obviously made a difference to their famillies – not many people can list Brady & Hindley’s victims, for example. Have a good break from uni and onwards for 2014!

    1. I think the H&J one will have to wait a bit as its still a happy time of the year lol. I dont tend to get too upset about these books but when it comes to the kids i do find it hard.

      Being from Liverpool you can probably appreciate there is a lot of James Bulger books on my shelf, they are the ones that get to me the most.

      How was your holiday? Im getting back to the uni work later or tomorrow depending on when i can motivate myself lol.

      1. Our local library is named in his memory. So sad.
        We have had a good Christmas but I had secretly planned on getting ahead with my uni work, but with three kids obviously that was just going to be impossible! Instead, I have caught up with what I was short on, so it’s all cool. I do love the OU reading, it’s just getting time.
        I’m still waiting on my TMA result as well. Hate waiting! I like the feedback before starting on my next, but my own fault for getting an extension, seems a longer wait. Hope you are getting on OK 🙂

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