The Crime of Our Lives

THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES collects his observations and personal reminiscences of the crime fiction field and some of its leading practitioners. He has a lot to say, and he says it here in convincing and entertaining fashion.

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher:

ISBN: 1951939026

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 250

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An MWA Grand Master and a multiple winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Maltese Falcon awards, Lawrence Block's reflections and observations come from over a half century as a writer of bestselling crime fiction. THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES collects his observations and personal reminiscences of the crime fiction field and some of its leading practitioners. He has a lot to say, and he says it here in convincing and entertaining fashion.

Connecting Sociology to Our Lives

Serious crimes are called index crimes (criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larcenytheft, motor vehicle theft, ...

Author: Tim Delaney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317262138

Category: Education

Page: 450

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Many introductory texts claim to make sociology relevant to student interests. Perhaps no other text has done this so completely - and engagingly - as Connecting Sociology to Our Lives. Tim Delaney not only uses popular and contemporary culture examples, he explains sociology thoroughly within the frame of the contemporary culture of students - a culture shaped by political, economic, and environmental trends just as much as by today's pop stars. This book will help academics to engage their students in sociology through the prism of their own culture. It involves students in critical thinking and classroom discussion through the book's many 'What Do You Think?' inserts, and will inspire them to careers with the book's unique chapter, 'Sociology's Place in Society: Completing the Connection'.

Stories of Our Lives

That all of these stories relate to crime is probably not surprising. Nationally, a number of urban legends deal with crime and criminals, and it might well ...

Author: Frank de Caro

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9780874218947

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

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In Stories of Our Lives Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give meaning to our recollections. Featuring an array of colorful stories from de Caro’s personal life and years of field research as a folklorist, the book is part memoir and part exploration of how the stories we tell, listen to, and learn play an integral role in shaping our sense of self. De Caro’s narrative includes stories within the story: among them a near-mythic capture of his golden-haired grandmother by Plains Indians, a quintessential Italian rags-to-riches grandfather, and his own experiences growing up in culturally rich 1950s New York City, living in India amid the fading glories of a former princely state, conducting field research on Day of the Dead altars in Mexico, and coming home to a battered New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Stories of Our Lives shows that our lives are interesting, and that the stories we tell—however particular to our own circumstances or trivial they may seem to others—reveal something about ourselves, our societies, our cultures, and our larger human existence.

The Media

Discusses the power and influence of the media and explores the consequences of the information revolution.

Author: Julian Petley

Publisher: Heinemann/Raintree

ISBN: 0739831755

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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Discusses the power and influence of the media and explores the consequences of the information revolution.

Angels Mobsters and Narco Terrorists

In this ground-breaking book, Antonio Nicaso, an internationally renowned expert on organized crime groups, and Lee Lamothe, a veteran investigative journalist specializing in criminal conspiracies, present solid evidence of how established ...

Author: Antonio Nicaso

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470675276

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

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In this ground-breaking book, Antonio Nicaso, an internationally renowned expert on organized crime groups, and Lee Lamothe, a veteran investigative journalist specializing in criminal conspiracies, present solid evidence of how established organized crime groups — such as the Mafia and the Triads — have changed their tactics and allegiances to protect their interests against the rise of violent and power-hungry gangs from Albania, Mexico, and Russia. Angels, Mobsters, & Narco-Terrorists reveals how, due to their shared border, the USA and Canada have become prime targets for criminal groups that engage in money laundering and prostitution rings, and trafficking in human cargo, narcotics, and arms. On the international scene, state-sanctioned crime is thriving on heroin profits and cyber crime is emerging as a very lucrative and baffling activity to investigate and shut down. Dive inside the world of organized crime and discover how far it has penetrated our lives.

Writing Our Lives

From the day of the finding of the mutilated body of the little boy Franks , this crime fascinated the world , and little else occupied our minds in Chicago ...

Author: Steven Joel Rubin

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society

ISBN: 0827603932

Category: History

Page: 347

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Twenty-eight selections from the writings of some of the best-known American-Jewish novelists, dramatists, critics, and historians span the social and cultural history of American Jews in the twentieth century. Often joyous, occasionally tragic, they provide a fascinating record—from immigration to assimilation, from life in the ghetto to the current movement by many to recapture their Jewish identity. At once personal and historical, the selections are poignant and moving testimonies to the perseverance of the American-Jewish people.

Shades of Deviance

This book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in the fields of criminology and sociology and those preparing to embark on degree courses in these fields, as well as general readers.

Author: Rowland Atkinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317907213

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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Written in a unique format, Shades of Deviance is a turbo-driven guide to crime and deviance, offering 56 politically engaged, thought-provoking and accessibly written accounts of a wide range of socially and legally prohibited acts. This book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in the fields of criminology and sociology and those preparing to embark on degree courses in these fields, as well as general readers. Written by field-leading experts from across the globe and designed for those who want a clear and exciting introduction to the complex areas of crime and deviance, this book provides a large number of short overviews of a wide range of social problems, harms and criminal acts. Offering a series of cutting-edge and critical treatments of issues such as war and murder, paedophilia, ecocide, human experimentation, stalking and sexting, this book also gives a guide to further readings and suggestions for other media to develop the reader’s understanding of these issues. Shades of Deviance requires readers to critically reconsider their ideas about what is right and wrong, about what is socially harmful and which problems we should focus our attention on. It also provides careful analysis and reasoned explanation of complex issues in a world in which sensationalist headlines, anxiety and fear about crime permeate our lives - read it to be prepared!

Future Crimes

This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips open his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils.

Author: Marc Goodman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780552170802

Category: Computer crimes

Page: 682

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* THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank-accounts and wiping out computer servers. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips open his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, but based in startling fact, Goodman raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly, will empower readers to protect themselves against these looming technological threats - before it's too late.

Literature in our Lives

Two features he singles out for comment are, first, the very unusual nature of the crime or crimes (is throwing stolen property into a lake a crime?) and ...

Author: Richard Jacobs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429581328

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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This book recreates in written form seventeen of the most popular, frankly personal and engaging lectures on literature given by the award-winning teacher Richard Jacobs, who has been working with students for over forty years. This is a book written for students, whether starting their studies or more experienced, and also for all lovers of literature. At its heart is the conviction that reading, thinking about, and writing or talking about literature involves us all personally: texts talk to us intimately and urgently, inviting us to talk back, intervening in and changing our lives. These lectures discuss, in an open but richly informed way, a wide range of texts that are regularly studied and enjoyed. They model what it means to be excited about reading and studying literature, and how the study of literature can be life-changing - perhaps even with the effect of changing the lives of readers of this eloquent and remarkable book.

True Life Crime

We search the length and breadth of the UK, and deal with reporters all over the world, to find the best true-life crimes for our pages, and those in our regular special Crime Confidential magazine.

Author: Real People Magazine

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 9781783015610

Category:

Page: 76

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Murder...Crime...Weapons....Simply thinking of such things is enough to send shivers of terror into our hearts. Even the words are dark and scary. We all like to imagine that we are safe, that the world is a rational and reasonable place. But who knows what the person standing next to you is really capable of...? And if pushed, how far would you go to protect someone you love - or punish someone you hate?As editor of Real People, one of Britain's leading true-life magazines, I see horrific details of hundreds of crimes every week. We search the length and breadth of the UK, and deal with reporters all over the world, to find the best true-life crimes for our pages, and those in our regular special Crime Confidential magazine. From terrifying Russian cannibals to scorned lovers who will stop at nothing for revenge, it's often hard to accept just how brutal and depraved some people can be. The flip side of the coin is the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. My staff and myself are regularly humbled by talking to and reading about amazing individuals who have been the victims of terrible crimes, yet they have rebuilt their lives, learned how to forgive and moved on.It's this spine-chilling mix of horror and strength that makes crime such an addictive genre. True crime stories feature the full scope of human emotions, from anger to despair, from fear to relief. Suspects will wriggle and change their stories, but their arrogant confidence can crumble in the face of clues and police discoveries. And most shockingly, true crime stories show just how easy it is for normal people to find themselves in a situation of utter despair, or utter madness.Crime is not rational and there's only so far you can go to protect yourself. The people in our stories are just unlucky. Some are tricked or trapped by the evil intentions of others. Some are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. As we go about our daily lives, shopping, working and meeting friends - crime is the fear that we all share. But we should all take comfort in the fact that violent crimes - however terrible they may be - are still incredibly rare. So, as they say on Crimewatch, don't have nightmares...

Deadly Honeymoon

THE CLASSIC CRIME LIBRARY brings together Lawrence Block's early crime novels, reformatted and with new uniform cover art. This second volume in the series contains as a bonus the first chapter of COWARD’S KISS.

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Lawrence Block

ISBN: 1524298034

Category: Fiction

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“You may rape the bride…” David and Jill Wade wanted a properly traditional start to their marriage. For openers, they decided to delay its consummation until after the ceremony. They planned a perfect honeymoon at a secluded lakeside resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Joe Carroll, the guest in the cabin next door, seemed friendly enough. They took his dinner suggestion, then returned to their cabin and prepared to retire—until a noise alerted them, and they went to the porch and watched a group of men descend on Joe Carroll’s cabin. They dragged him out at gunpoint, then executed him in cold blood. And Jill screamed… The men heard her, rushed the Wade's cabin. There they took their turns with Jill. Then they left. And the newlyweds barely considered reporting the violation to the police. Instead, with only a name and a few bare clues to steer them, they set out to hunt down the men who’d done the awful deed and the crime boss who’d given them their orders. DEADLY HONEYMOON was Lawrence Block’s first hardcover novel. It’s a powerful tale of revenge, and of a man and woman far more closely bound by their shared mission than they would have been by a more ordinary honeymoon. THE CLASSIC CRIME LIBRARY brings together Lawrence Block's early crime novels, reformatted and with new uniform cover art. This second volume in the series contains as a bonus the first chapter of COWARD’S KISS.

Our Lives Before the Law

Statistics indicate that the incidence of violent crimes against women decreased between 1991 and 1995, but the numbers are still high.

Author: Judith A. Baer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400823331

Category: Law

Page: 296

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According to Judith Baer, feminist legal scholarship today does not effectively address the harsh realities of women's lives. Feminists have marginalized themselves, she argues, by withdrawing from mainstream intellectual discourse. In Our Lives Before the Law, Baer thus presents the framework for a new feminist jurisprudence--one that would return feminism to relevance by connecting it in fresh and creative ways with liberalism. Baer starts from the traditional feminist premise that the legal system has a male bias and must do more to help women combat violence and overcome political, economic, and social disadvantages. She argues, however, that feminist scholarship has over-corrected for this bias. By emphasizing the ways in which the system fails women, feminists have lost sight of how it can be used to promote women's interests and have made it easy for conventional scholars to ignore legitimate feminist concerns. In particular, feminists have wrongly linked the genuine flaws of conventional legal theory to its basis in liberalism, arguing that liberalism focuses too heavily on individual freedom and not enough on individual responsibility. In fact, Baer contends, liberalism rests on a presumption of personal responsibility and can be used as a powerful intellectual foundation for holding men and male institutions more accountable for their actions. The traditional feminist approach, Baer writes, has led to endless debates about such abstract matters as character differences between men and women, and has failed to deal sufficiently with concrete problems with the legal system. She thus constructs a new feminist interpretation of three central components of conventional theory--equality, rights, and responsibility--through analysis of such pressing legal issues as constitutional interpretation, reproductive choice, and fetal protection. Baer concludes by presenting the outline of what she calls "feminist post-liberalism": an approach to jurisprudence that not only values individual freedoms but also recognizes our responsibility for addressing individuals' needs, however different those may be for men and women. Powerfully and passionately written, Our Lives Before the Law will have a major impact on the future course of feminist legal scholarship.

The Best Years of Our Lives

“From whatever I've read and observed, the universe believes in equilibrium.” “Then why is our world full of villains? Crime bosses, corrupt politicians, ...

Author: Vishal Dhawan

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 9781946204127

Category: Fiction

Page: 366

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Mesmerize your senses through a journey into the Nostalgic ‘90s, a life-changing voyage through the realms of Friendship, Love, Adventure, Humour, Separation, Pain and Redemption. Monfort Memorial High, that's where our story begins. For Vihan and his friends, life is innocent, it's funny, and it’s mysterious. They seek adventure. Puberty has just marked its arrival. As seasons change, they encounter the blatant realities of life. We are introduced to new characters. Characters that are lovable, characters that are downright disdainful and characters that have observed melancholia to its depth. These characters draw new perspective to the story. Waves of existence gush forward and give rise to a plethora of emotions; preconceived notions are shattered, evil shows its ugly face, there is a call for rebellion and amidst all the disruption, there is the calming influence of eternal love and undying friendship. Adolescence is our first love affair with life… It is wild and untameable like a fresh stream. Take a plunge and relive those cherished years.

Chapters of Our Lives

“Who do you think is committing the crimes?” asked John. “I don't know We are hoping that the police will find the person or persons who are doing this.

Author: Mary

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465399809

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 398

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A work of fiction that is at turns poignant, thoughtful, redemptive and heartbreakingly sad awaits readers in Chapters Of Our Lives. The novel is divided into 32 chapters that unmask the feelings of each character through the written word. Chapters Of Our Lives is based on the knowledge, imagination and perception of the author Mary. Readers will meet The Boyds - John, Mary and Robert. John and Mary is an ordinary couple living in a very influential neighborhood. John is a plumber by trade but a millionaire. They live on over two hundred acres of land which Mary calls their crowdom. Their elite neighbors do not like them, because they are blue collar workers; therefore, they have no finesse. Mary feels they are the crows among the peacocks, but she loves to be a crow rather than a peacock. She feels the crows are smarter than the peacocks. John, on the other hand, does not care what people think about him. He wants to do his work and do it well. Robert is the only son of the Boydsa brilliant child who makes mistakes and ends up in jail for murder he did not commit. And theres Jean Peterson, Ginger, Sally, Victoria, Grandma Lainy, Damian, Grandma Bailey and the Bailey twins. The story follows the intertwining lives of these characters- struggles, conflicts, and inner demons that humans fight with every single day. Woven with such craft as if the characters leap out of the pages themselves, the author brings her creative spark to give birth to an elegant piece of fiction. When asked what her story is all about, the author candidly replied that its all about regular things that happen to people. Yet, Chapters Of Our Lives is a solid novel that is carefully constructed, giving special attention to the details, and yet provides it characters space to breathe and exhibit feelings that are genuine, real and raw.

Ariel

By the book's end, almost everyone believes that Ariel is a monster -- including Ariel herself. “Great characterizations, wonderful descriptions -- I want to live in Ariel's house.

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Lawrence Block

ISBN: 1524274003

Category: Fiction

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Here’s one reviewer’s take: “Originally marketed as "occult horror", Ariel is neither. It's a story of the madness that lies just under the surface, and what it takes to bring it out; the need to give evil a face and a name. Who better to scapegoat for unexplainable tragedies than the one who is Different? Ariel is adopted, and looks slightly unusual. Her unstable mother never fails to assume the worst, almost deliberately misreading the girl's ordinary teenage perceptiveness and need for privacy. By the book's end, almost everyone believes that Ariel is a monster -- including Ariel herself. “Great characterizations, wonderful descriptions -- I want to live in Ariel's house. I could wish for a sequel, or just for more books like it.” And here’s LB’s: “A publisher provided the premise of Ariel—an adoption that went awry. I was in Charleston when I began the book, and chose that extraordinary city as its setting. I don’t know to what extent the book works—I should note that not every reader agreed with the one quoted above—but I greatly enjoyed the interplay of Ariel and her friend Erskine, and on certain nights I can still hear her flute off in the distance.” This Classic Crime Library edition of Ariel includes as a bonus the first chapter from the third book in the series, Grifter’s Game.

The Best Saturdays of Our Lives

miscellaneous computer sprites) defend their home Mainframe from the machinations of Megabyte, the chaos of Hexadecimal, and the uncertainty of the games ...

Author: Mark McCray

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781491755075

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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Mark McCray wasn’t the only boy who loved Saturday morning cartoons, but he may have been the only one to call the networks and tell them what he liked and disliked about them. For instance, he was blown away by the direction Hanna-Barbera took with Josie and the Pussycats, the kids in the wrong place at the wrong time who rose to the occasion and saved the day. It wasn’t long before he was writing his own newsletter, titled The Best Saturdays of Our Lives, which he circulated to animation and television executives, networks, studios, and comic book publishers. The newsletters chronicle the origins of competitive Saturday morning programming—from the 1966–67 season straight through to the 1990s—and they’re compiled in one place for easy reference in this book. You’ll get an insider’s look at the inner workings of the cartoon and television industries, competition between broadcast networks, and how the industry has changed over the years. Mark’s curiosity, probing insights and love of television, come together to create The Best Saturdays of Our Lives.

Sharing our Lives Online

... and may be exaggerated (Florencio & Herley, 2011), the upset and inconvenience associated with this crime cannot be reduced to financial losses alone.

Author: David R. Brake

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137312716

Category: Social Science

Page: 193

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Why do we share so much about our lives on social media when we often have little idea who might be reading or viewing? David R. Brake examines the causes and consequences of moving towards a radically open society.

Cinderella Sims

I recalled the book he meant, but dimly; I had, after all, written it in 1960. But I didn't need to remember it all that vividly to know the answer to his suggestion. "No, I told him.

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Lawrence Block

ISBN: 1524227897

Category: Fiction

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There's no glass slipper in this fairytale - just a damsel in distress, a bag of cash, and a whole lot of dead bodies. Reporter Ted Lindsay is trying to forget his ex-wife, and New York City's tough streets are just what the doctor ordered. They're also filled with alluring women, but only one catches Ted's eye. Cinderella Sims is not only beautiful, she's on the run and needs Ted's help. She's got a bag full of cash and some very angry people staking out her apartment. Before long Ted's forgotten his heartbreak and is launched into the dark streets of crime with Cindy at his side. The author speaks: "Look, this wasn't my idea. "Three or four years ago, Bill Schafer suggested that I might give some consideration to republishing a book of mine called $20 Lust, which had originally appeared under a pen name. I recalled the book he meant, but dimly; I had, after all, written it in 1960. But I didn't need to remember it all that vividly to know the answer to his suggestion. "No, I told him. "A little later I suggested he might want to publish a fancy edition of Mona, the first book under my own name; it had come out as a paperback original in 1961, and we could celebrate its 40th anniversary with a nice limited edition hardcover. "Bill was lukewarm to the notion, but had an alternative proposal; how about issuing a double volume, containing Mona and $20 Lust? Once again, I didn't have to do a lot of soul-searching to come up with a response. "No, I told him. "Time passed. Then Ed Gorman, the Sage of Cedar Rapids, used an ancient private eye novelette of mine in a pulp anthology. When it came out he sent me a copy, and, while I didn't read my novelette—I figured it was enough that I wrote the damned thing—I did read his introduction, which I found to be thoughtful and incisive and generous. I e-mailed him and told him so, and he e-mailed me back and thanked me, adding that my early work was probably better than I thought. "'And,' he added, 'I really think you ought to let Bill Schafer publish $20 Lust.' "I felt as though I'd been sucker-punched. Where the hell did that come from? "So I got in touch with Bill. 'I suppose I could at least read it,' I said, 'except I can't, because I don't have a copy.' Three days later, a battered copy arrived in the mail. I hollered for my wife. "'Bill Schafer wants to reprint this,' I said. "'Great,' she said. "'Not necessarily,' I said, and explained the circumstances. 'I'd like you to read this,' I said, 'or as much of it as you can without gagging, and then tell me it's utter crap and I'd surely destroy what little reputation I have if I consent to its republication.' "'Suppose I like it?' "'Not to worry,' I said. 'I'll sign the commitment papers, and I'll make sure they take real good care of you.' "Well, she liked it. And Bill Schafer published it, and a lot of people liked it, and my agent sold it in France, where even more people liked it. Shows what I know. And it's now my pleasure to include it in the Classic Crime Library. "Cinderella Sims was originally intended to be my second crime novel for Gold Medal, to follow Grifter's Game (aka Mona). At some point along the way I lost faith in it, and wrapped it up in a hurry, and sold it to Nightstand Books. Hope y'all enjoy it!"

Crimes That Changed Our World

Crimes That Changed Our World explores some of the most important trigger cases of the past century, revealing much about how change comes to our modern world.

Author: Paul H. Robinson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538102022

Category: Law

Page: 404

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Can crime make our world safer? Crimes are the worst of humanity’s wrongs but, oddly, they sometimes “trigger” improvement in our lives. Crimes That Changed Our World explores some of the most important trigger cases of the past century, revealing much about how change comes to our modern world. The exact nature of the crime-outrage-reform dynamic can take many forms, and Paul and Sarah Robinson explore those differences in the cases they present. Each case is in some ways unique but there are repeating patterns that can offer important insights about what produces change and how in the future we might best manage it. Sometimes reform comes as a society wrestles with a new and intolerable problem. Sometimes it comes because an old problem from which we have long suffered suddenly has an apparent solution provided by technology or some other social or economic advance. Or, sometimes the engine of reform kicks into gear simply because we decide as a society that we are no longer willing to tolerate a long-standing problem and are now willing to do something about it. As the amazing and often touching stories that the Robinsons present make clear, the path of progress is not just a long series of course corrections; sometimes it is a quick turn or an unexpected lurch. In a flash we can suddenly feel different about present circumstances, seeing a need for change and can often, just as suddenly, do something about it. Every trigger crime that appears in Crimes That Changed Our World highlights a societal problem that America has chosen to deal with, each in a unique way. But what these extraordinary, and sometime unexpected, cases have in common is that all of them describe crimes that changed our world.