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Title:
Outlaws, mobsters & crooks : from the Old West to the Internet
Author:
MacNee, Marie J.
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Publication Information:
Detroit : UXL, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
5 volumes : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Presents the lives of seventy-five North American criminals including the nature of their crimes, their motivations, and information relating to the law officers who challenged them.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780787628031

9780787628048

9780787628055

9780787628062

9780787664824

9780787664831
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Book

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This work presents the lives of 73 North American criminals, detailing the nature of their crimes, their motivations and information relating to the law officers who challenged them.


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Booklist Review

MacNee presents the lives of 75 North American criminals, from Blackbeard to 1997's computer criminal, Kevin Mitnick. The criminals have been grouped into ten categories. Volume 1 covers mobsters, racketeers and gamblers, and robbers. Volume 2 covers computer criminals, spies, swindlers, and terrorists. Volume 3 covers bandits and gunslingers, bootleggers, and pirates. A time line is provided at the beginning of each volume, listing outlaw landmarks and other important international events that coincided with criminal activity at a particular time. Within each criminal category, entries are arranged alphabetically by the outlaw's last name and vary in length from three to 11 pages. Exceptions to the arrangement relate to those outlaws who are known by their common names, such as Bonnie and Clyde, who are listed under B for Bonnie. Each entry provides personal background of the person/s, the crimes committed, the legal aftermath, and the law as it relates to the crimes. A bibliography for additional reading, including both books and popular periodicals, concludes each entry. A comprehensive index found at the end of each of the three volumes provides a listing of all the criminals and their common names, with reference to the appropriate volumes and page numbers. Access is further aided by a volume-by-volume list of contents, which is repeated in all three volumes. Illustrations, both black-and-white photographs and drawings, enhance the volumes' appeal. Sidebars provide additional information. Unfamiliar vocabulary is defined within the text, enabling students to learn terms without having to refer to outside sources. This set, although lacking in detail, does offer a wealth of information on North American criminals and is a good beginning resource for students studying crime. Highly recommended for public libraries and school libraries serving students in grades six through ten.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up‘Despite the subtitle, MacNee's rogues' gallery extends back to Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, whose brief but colorful career ended with decapitation in 1718. The dark deeds of over 70 individual American malefactors, plus those of the early 20th-century's Black Hand Society and Detroit's Purple Gang, are recounted here. The 3-to-11 page entries are grouped into 10 categories, including "Terrorists," "Spies," and "Computer Criminals." Each volume opens with the same handy annotated table of contents and closes with a complete if mechanical index, e.g., the St. Valentine's Day Massacre is entered as "St." not "Saint." In between, the author carefully separates history from legend, systematically entering biographical details. Black-and-white photos, boxed sidebars, and recommended books and films are sprinkled throughout and a list for further reading is appended to each article. From Anne Bonny and Billy the Kid to Timothy McVeigh and Clifford Irving, the feats and fates of these high-profile criminals will fascinate readers. A more selective and more up-to-date alternative to Jay Nash's one-volume Bloodletters and Badmen (Evans, 1995).‘John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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