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The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A compelling case can be made that violent crime, especially in the period after the late 1960s, was one of the most significant domestic issues in the United States, and perhaps in the nations of the West generally. Aside from the movement for black civil rights, it is hard to think of a phenomenon that had as profound effect on American life in the last third of the 20th ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Encounter Books (first published October 6th 2015)
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Nik Conwell
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America. Barry Latzer


I'm a sucker for fact based evidence and research. Great science, economics.

Great book about rise and fall of violent crime over the past hundred years or so. Reads somewhat like a college textbook. Lots of great references and end notes. Good fact based read.

Interesting takeaways:

Causes of drops in crime: Young men going off to war, correlation with alcohol abuse (higher abuse == higher violent crime). Unemployment does not correlate; i
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Mike R
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Preface this with the fact that this is a great book for a specific audience looking for factually based evidence regarding violent crime and its current and past situation in America. Somewhat of a dry read but well referenced and written. Would recommend to those interested in this subject to shine light in the true facts the mainstream media would never tell you because their indoctrination tendencies won’t allow them. 5 stars would recommend.
Hadrian
Dec 30, 2016 marked it as read-parts-of
Read only part of a chapter excerpted in a magazine interview - just enough to understand Latzer's argument (culture, an overwhelmed justice system, a surplus of young men play into crime) and not enough to evaluate it. To look over later.
Ryan Bohl
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential to understanding crime and justice in the 21st century

Crime is not a matter of merely poverty gone violent, nor cultures gone septic, but something in between. This book demonstrates the essential tale of why American crime functions as it does, and perhaps can move us beyond our binary conversations for the future.
Kevin
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very readable history of violent crime over the past 50 years. Challenged some of my assumptions and beliefs and really pushed the envelope on race and cultural causes of crime. This author comes down in the camp of old school "tough on crime."
Fred R
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's astonishing how few people are familiar with the history of crime in America over the past century or so. This is a solid, objective refresher.
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