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The Victorian Underworld by Donald Thomas
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Aug 16, 07

Read in August, 2007

This was a fairly well-rounded look at the underworld, though it may have spent a little too much time examining prostitution. I was particularly interested to hear about the prison systems at the time (or lack therof). Some of the prison break stories were fairly entertaining.

Unfortunately, though, I thought this book read too much like a book report for the works of Henry Mayhew, a Victorian contemporary. The author could not contain his enthusiasm for the (presumably better) writing of Mr. Mayhew, quoting him extensively and praising his work. At the end of the book there was a pointless look at "the future of crime," that actually left me less satisfied with the ending.

I enjoyed the history, but it wasn't the best I've read.

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