This book was uneven. It covered some well-known and not so well known at least to me unsolved or suspiciously solved crimes. I guess the author is a respected investigative journalist and it seemed like he did a bunch of research on these. Two of the unsolved crimes, though, I had never heard of and didn't really care about and he went on and on and on. Other chapters, the crimes were so well known that he did the reader a favor by not rehashing what was common knowledge. It seems I am contra This book was uneven. It seems I am contradicting myself, but I really didn't care for 30 pages of who killed the Vatican's banker; it could have been shortened for sure.
Then the chapter on Marilyn Monroe's death, he goes into a bunch of detail for a page and and half and then ends it abruptly a half-page later with "this is what I think happened. The end. The book was interesting, but the unevenness of the writing was distracting to me. Jun 21, Susan Liston rated it it was ok Shelves: read , true-crime. Interesting enough, but rather uneven. First off, the 35 or so cases covered are not all unsolved, but many of the solutions are controversial. Some of the more famous cases he spends very little time on, three or four pages, with a passing reference to whether or not he agrees with the conclusion, or which theory he favors if the crime is not solved.
Then he will drone at length about some other case that is much less known It would be a good introduction to famous cases for someone who knows nothing about any of them, but for a true crime obsessive like myself there is nothing much new. Mar 04, Vanessa rated it it was ok.
Well, this was informative. It was also dry, uneven, formulaic, and alternately long-winded and underexplained. Recommended if you need a quick discussion of something in particular or, of course, if you're interested in extremely in-depth discussions of Russian mid-level corruption and political intrigue. Not so much for anyone else. I downloaded this book as a lark, clicking randomly to show another person how easy it is to check out library books via Amazon.
In short: "The mysteries in The Annals of Unsolved Crimes include political assassinations, kidnappings, airplane crashes, arson, vanishings, mass murders, serial killings, poisonings, nuclear weapon smuggling, and bioterrorism. Feb 14, Anna-Kate rated it liked it.
The Annals of Unsolved Crime, by Edward Jay Epstein, is a work of nonfiction that looks at 35 different unsolved, or questionably solved, crimes. Epstein is a journalist who is interested in investigating the unexplained and unexplainable, even years after the fact. The Annals of Unsolved Crime is separated into 35 chapters, which fall under 5 categories, and then the JFK case stands on its own at the end.
Epstein went to great lengths to consolidate the facts for each case, from the The Annals of Unsolved Crime, by Edward Jay Epstein, is a work of nonfiction that looks at 35 different unsolved, or questionably solved, crimes. Epstein went to great lengths to consolidate the facts for each case, from the original notes from the case to interviews with people involved to accessing secret files from the various governments involved. He lays the gathered information out in an unbiased manner, summarizes the resulting convictions, if any, goes over the prevailing conspiracy theories, and then gives his thoughts on the case, based on the information and a lifetime of investigative journalism.
The cases are clear, concise and interesting.
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To catch the rest of this review, and more, check out my blog: theunsophisticatebibliophile. Aug 07, John rated it really liked it. Edward Jay Epstein is an investigative journalist and former professor.
This book is interesting and contains some fascinating tidbits about unsolved mysteries and crimes that most of us are familiar with although there were a few I was not familiar with. In general Epstein outlines the major theories for each of the cases, and then reveals his own assessment about what actually happened. It is not always entirely clear why Epstein comes to the conclusions he does, but since these are unsolved Edward Jay Epstein is an investigative journalist and former professor. It is not always entirely clear why Epstein comes to the conclusions he does, but since these are unsolved cases, some speculation is certainly involved.
In some places, there are grammatical errors and typos. In some places, you get the feeling Epstein falls a bit short. However, as a student of history with an interest in unsolved mysteries, I found the book relatively enjoyable. Overall, the author spends more time describing each case than he does providing evidence that supports his opinions on each one. The support of his positions are often vague, inconsistent, and smashed into the end of each chapter in a short paragraph. In addition, the pacing feels awkward: he places longer chapters pages in random places in each part, while shorter chapters pages are just dropped in after the longer chapters.
There is no set structure. I think this book would bene Overall, the author spends more time describing each case than he does providing evidence that supports his opinions on each one. I think this book would benefit more as an anthology, with one book dedicated to each part the author writes. This felt like an unsatisfying and rushed read.
Aug 02, Kyla rated it really liked it. I was personally hoping for more murders, but there is an interesting variety of unsolved and international crimes represented. I'd recommend it as a pleasant read in the true crime genre. Mar 06, Deb rated it liked it. Really found the timeline charts helpful and fascinating. Feb 23, Kris rated it really liked it. This was a great read for me. Looking at what others think, this book appears to be one of those that you either love or hate and there is just no in between.
I loved it. The author is an investigative journalist for Vanity Fair magazine.
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He looks at a series of crimes that were either unsolved, solved but had questions surrounding the final outcome or solved but not necessarily a true solve. Each chapter discusses a crime.
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They range from Jack the Ripper to Marilyn Monroe. From DSK a This was a great read for me. From DSK and his discreditation thus successfully barring him from becoming President of France to money laundering, theft and the mafia's possible involvement in a Vatican conspiracy. Political assassinations, headline crimes and conspiracies - he touches on both the well known and the unknown. Some of the headline crimes that have been rehashed a thousand times in the media are treated more cursorily with the interesting part being the authors conclusion based on his own and others research.
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On the less well known cases, he goes into great detail in order to lead the reader through the ins and outs of the case. In all cases, the authors draws a conclusion about what he thinks has occurred and if the crime was satisfactorily solved or not. At the end of the book, he offers a reading list for those interested in delving further into these crimes.
cars.cleantechnica.com/nuevo-desorden-mundial-cmic-nov-grfica.php I liked the book because there were things I had never heard about or knew very little. I loved the style because it was like reading a compendium of articles rather than a book with an ongoing narrative. That style of compiling articles is what may throw some readers. Those looking for an ongoing narrative thread from story to story will not be satisfied. Although he does group the crimes somewhat, these are basically stand alone stories - some short, some long. It also not American centric.
For people uninterested in crimes going on in other parts of the world, they might prefer to give this one a miss. For me, it was like a great cheese plate - lots of choices in different flavors and sizes.
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A great book for crime buffs. Mar 30, Maria Guzman rated it it was amazing. A lot of times, we judge a case based on headlines and popular opinions without delving deeper into it. I admit, I do this at times especially if the case is too sensationalized. Guilt by public opinion! In fact, before reading this book, I was very sure that Amanda Knox was guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher based on sensational news headlines and Knox's photos wearing inappropriate facial expressions during her trial.
Epstein's investigative research, however, made me wonder if investigators A lot of times, we judge a case based on headlines and popular opinions without delving deeper into it. Epstein's investigative research, however, made me wonder if investigators were merely obsessed with an unlikely theory of cult killing and tried to fit evidences, albeit very farfetched, to the case to satisfy their theory. How about the legendary Jack the Ripper that sends chill to anyone by just hearing his name?
What would you think if you find out that Jack the Ripper is the creation of tabloids whose business is being threatened by bankruptcy?