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American Homicide

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In American Homicide, Randolph Roth charts changes in the character and incidence of homicide in the U.S. from colonial times to the present. Roth argues that the United States is distinctive in its level of violence among unrelated adults--friends, acquaintances, and strangers. America was extraordinarily homicidal in the mid-seventeenth century, but it became relatively ...more
Hardcover, 655 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Belknap Press
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Meaghan
First, a warning: this book isn't really for general audiences. It's very dense, with lots of statistics, 90 pages of notes and 60 or so of references, and the author assumes the reader knows a fair amount of American history. He talks about things like Nat Turner's rebellion and the Mollie Maguires and the Reconstruction without bothering to explain what those things are.

But if you already know your history and you're willing to wade through this nearly 700-page tome, I think you'll find it wor
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Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Thoughtful and comprehensive analysis of the trends and causes of the homicide rate in America from colonial times to the present. A scholarly work, but if you are not an academic, read the introduction and the conclusion and skip the rest of it, because the facts and figures can become quite boring.
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