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Lapham's Quarterly: Crime & Punishment

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In the criminal justice system, heinous offenses have been committed throughout history. From ancient lawbreakers to modern prison inmates, these are their stories.

Among the contributors: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jack the Ripper, Franz Kafka, Jean Genet, Haruki Murakami, Hannah Arendt, Dexter Filkins, Maximilien de Robespierre, Michel Foucault, Jeremy Bentham, Primo Levi, S
paperback, 221 pages
Published March 2009 by American Agora Foundation
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great issue, however I'd rate it slightly below all the others I've experienced so far. This one just didn't seem to have the breadth of different perspectives and topics that other issues have covered. Especially the last section, "The Penalty". Still an amazing read and the insightfulness with which Lewis Lapham manages to relate these topics to current events is always striking to behold. ...more
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(See my Wordpress version of this review, when it's finished, here:

Apologies for any formatting issues. 'Lost in translation.'

Side Quotes:
“It could probably be shown by facts and figures
that there is no distinctly native American
criminal class except Congress.” –Mark Twain, 1897 (p. 25)

“Organized crime in America takes in over forty
billion dollars a year and spends very little on
office supplies.” –Woody Allen, 1978 (p. 41)

“Seeing that America is a societ
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my first Lapham's, which sent me scrambling for other back issues (as well as a current subscription). Really interesting anthology, one I'm sure I'll return to (and an inadvertently thought-provoking companion while studying criminal law). ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
The first 2/3rds were ok, but the selections chosen for the third section, and the new contributions are outstanding.
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Lewis Henry Lapham was the editor of Harper's Magazine from 1976 until 1981, and again from 1983 until 2006. He is the founder and current editor of Lapham's Quarterly, featuring a wide range of famous authors devoted to a single topic in each issue. Lapham has also written numerous books on politics and current affairs.

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