As crime rates inexorably rose during the tumultuous years of the 1970s, disputes over how to handle the violence sweeping the nation quickly escalated. James Q. Wilson redefined the public debate by offering a brilliant and provocative new argumentthat criminal activity is largely rational and shaped by the rewards and penalties it offersand forever changed the way Americans think about crime. Now with a new foreword by the prominent scholar and best-selling author Charles Murray, this revised edition of "Thinking About Crime" introduces a new generation of readers to the theories and ideas that have been so influential in shaping the American justice system."
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When James Q. Wilson's brilliant and provocative classic "Thinking About Crime" was first published, the conversation around crime had become rigid and polarized even as crime inexorably rose. Wilson transformed the debate with his novel argument that criminal activity is largely shaped by rewards and penalties, and that therefore society's responses to crime must be based on designing payoffs that will minimize criminal activity. Now with a new foreword by the prominent libertarian scholar and best-selling author Charles Murray, the paperback edition of "Thinking About Crime" will introduce a new generation of readers to the theories and ideas that have been so influential in shaping the American criminal justice system.About the Author:
James Q. Wilson (19312012) taught at Harvard, UCLA, and Pepperdine. Author of eighteen books, including the standard college textbook on its topic, American Government, Wilson was a member of national commissions on criminal justice, drug abuse prevention, and national security. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.
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