Law scholar Paul and writer and researcher Sarah Robinson examine a series of major crimes of different forms from the early twentieth century to the present which sparked outrage and brought about social reforms.... These useful case studies form an excellent survey of government reforms, going beyond the sensationalized events and even beyond the initial resulting reforms to raise questions about how change occurs in America. The text’s structure brings order to the chaotic unfolding of human events, even as the Robinsons consider how crimes often defy generalization. Readers interested in American history, law, political science, social movements, and psychology will find this book useful, as will aficionados of the true-crime genre. Crimes That Changed Our World is an ambitious cataloging of the many ways crime has shaped America.
Quite engaging [and] accessible to the reader . . . a perfect book for those who have a general interest in the events and their subsequent reforms.
6/21/20: USA Today and other outlets published co-author’s op-ed, “Don't abolish the police. It didn't work for 1960s communes and it won't work for us.”