Thirty Years a Detective (Pinkerton, #17)

Thirty Years a Detective Pinkerton A work of the author who founded The Pinkerton Agency in and was instrumental in bringing down the James gang the Molly Maguires the Reno brothers and other criminals of the day It opens a win

  • Title: Thirty Years a Detective (Pinkerton, #17)
  • Author: Allan Pinkerton
  • ISBN: 9781933698038
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • A work of the author who founded The Pinkerton Agency in 1850, and was instrumental in bringing down the James gang, the Molly Maguires, the Reno brothers and other criminals of the day It opens a window to America and its history with a little bravado, a little humor and adds the detail that made him one of the most famous lawman of his day.

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    1. The introduction in the edition I read (published in 1975 as part of the Patterson Smith Series in Criminology, Law Enforcement, and Social Problems) notes that this book,which was first published in 1884, is one of eighteen books which appeared under Allan Pinkerton's name from 1874 to 1885. "Written in a pleasant style, the books sold like novels and did much to advance the fame and prestige of Pinkerton's name," wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes in the Dictionary of American Biography, and certainl [...]

    2. Although this is by no means a great book, it is well worth reading as a historical document. The book is not a biography or autobiography of Allan Pinkerton. If you want that, look elsewhere. It is a fascinating description of the practice of crime in 19th century America. This book's main flaws are 1) it often reads like advertising or even propaganda for the abilities of the Pinkerton agency to thwart crime and protect moneyed interests, and 2) the prose is wordy and overwrought, even by 19th [...]

    3. A fascinating look at the crimes and criminals of the 19th century America. A very stark llok a the innovative detective work needed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    4. It was a really dry read but the time period and seriousness of the author excuse that. I need to get a book about the Pinkerton agency next.

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