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Crimes Of The Century - Gilbert Geis

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In compelling narrative, the authors probe the sensational cases of Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., and Richard A. Loeb, the Scottsboro "boys," Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Alger Hiss, and O.J. Simpson, highlighting significant lessons about criminal behavior and the administration of criminal justice.

Each case study details the crime, the police investigation, and the court proceedings, profiles the major players, and examines the outcome and aftermath of the trial. The authors untangle the perplexities surrounding the cases and illuminate the many mysteries that remain unsolved today. These celebrated trials reveal issues of overzealous prosecution, sloppy police work, judicial bias, race, class, and ethnic struggles, and the role of wealth in securing a competent defense. They also show how the temper of the times and frenzied media coverage heightened the intensity of drama in the cases.

"A gripping book."--Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times "A gripping book." Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times Kirkus Reviews" American Lawyer" Chicago Sun-Times" Booklist" "A gripping book." Neil Steinberg, "Chicago Sun-Times"" The authors offer a fair analysis of celebrated cases that address the need to see that true justice is done.-- "Kirkus Reviews" What makes the book so enjoyable and worthwhile-beyond the riveting, sometimes gory details of the misdeeds it chronicles-is its sophisticated exploration of the myriad social and intellectual currents that combine to create a crime of the century.--Jonathan S. Shapiro "American Lawyer" A gripping book.--Neil Steinberg "Chicago Sun-Times" For legal scholars as well as social historians, this work is a valuable tool, and laymen should find it an enjoyable read.--Neil Steinberg "Booklist" "For legal scholars as well as social historians, this work is a valuable tool, and laymen should find it an enjoyable read."--Booklist "A gripping book."--Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times "What makes the book so enjoyable and worthwhile-beyond the riveting, sometimes gory details of the misdeeds it chronicles-is its sophisticated exploration of the myriad social and intellectual currents that combine to create a crime of the century."--Jonathan S. Shapiro, American Lawyer "The authors offer a fair analysis of celebrated cases that address the need to see that true justice is done."--Kirkus Reviews "A gripping book." Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times"

Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Leopold and Loeb (1924) and the Cause of Crimep. 13
Scottsboro (1931) and Racial Injusticep. 49
Bruno Richard Hauptmann (1932), Public Outrage, and Criminal Justicep. 89
Alger Hiss (1948), the House Un-American Activities Committee, and the Courtsp. 127
O. J. Simpson (1994): Can the Rich Buy Reasonable Doubt?p. 169
Conclusionp. 205
Indexp. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
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ISBN: 9781555534271
ISBN-10: 1555534279
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd March 2000
Publisher: University Press of New England
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition