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The Historical Atlas of American Crime
  • Format
  • Authored by: Fred Rosen
  • Trim Size: 8 1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 081604841X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4841-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 364.973
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 336


The Historical Atlas of American Crime presents a geographic overview of the development of crime in America, from colonial times to the present.

Covering all varieties of crime, from murder to fraud, from organized crime to terrorism, these pages contain a fascinating survey of the most significant criminal developments in United States history. Emphasizing cases that were the first of their kind, new types of crime, and crimes peculiar to certain regions, The Historical Atlas of American Crime demonstrates how geography, shifting populations, Western expansion, and technology have shaped crime and the development of American society.

Organized into discrete historical periods, this atlas provides a unique perspective with penetrating analysis and intriguing detail. The entries are informative, but written in an engaging, "you are there" style. Approximately 50 photographs, a 16-page color insert showcasing historical maps, and approximately 40 additional maps all provide a striking visual accompaniment to the insightful text.


Photographs and maps. Index. Bibliography. 16-page, full-color insert.

About the Author(s)

Fred Rosen is a best-selling author who has written about crime for numerous magazines, including The Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, and The Saturday Evening Post. He is the author of several books, among them Lobster Boy and the true crime books Chameleon, Blood Crimes, and Gang Mom. Rosen earned an M.F.A. in cinema from the University of Southern California and is a former columnist for The New York Times.

Reviews and Awards

"For anyone who finds crime of interest, this is definitely a book to add to their personal library. It is filled with an excellent text and many maps, artwork and photos."

"This fascinating book will see lots of use and is recommended for public libraries."

"...will have a general appeal to anyone with an interest in American crime and criminals. The style is easy and the illustrations combined with the maps make it a pleasurable read."
Reference Reviews

"...brings a fresh point of view to American crime by placing it within the larger context of American history...Rosen's tone throughout is objective but informed by a dry sense of humor...a unique approach and expert research...Highly recommended."

"...an interesting book on a topic that has fascinated Americans for generations...this book is somewhat unique in its approach...What makes this book so compelling is the author's clear presentation of the material and attention to detail. The Historical Atlas of American Crime will make a good addition to collections in medium or large public libraries or academic libraries supporting history or criminal justice programs."
American Reference Books Annual

"Best Reference Source, 2005"
- Library Journal

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