Icons of Crime Fighting
Relentless Pursuers of Justice
by Jeffrey Bumgarner
September 2008, 712pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-34129-8
$193, £143, 161€, A276
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Profiles the best-known, and the most effective, crime fighters in American history

Notorious criminals have captured our imaginations for years and years. But we don’t forget, either, the many people and organizations who fight back. J. Edgar Hoover and Eliot Ness have entered into the American psyche as two of our most aggressive and successful crime fighters. Still, there are others who have risen to the occasion, combating crime in all its manifestations. From the U.S. Marshals, FBI agents, and Secret Service to Rudy Giuliani, John Walsh— host of America’s Most Wanted—and Joseph Pistone (aka Donnie Brasco), this set highlights some of the nation’s bravest crime stoppers.

Icons of Crime Fighting will enlighten the curious mind with a comprehensive overview of the most successful, the most well-known, and the most important crime fighters in recent American history. Part of our national culture, these figures represent all that is good about the American justice system. Moreover, they exemplify how individuals in the criminal justice system have made a real difference in law enforcement. These titans of law enforcement are profiled in this important and timely set. Those covered in the set include: Gun Fighters: U.S. Marshals of the Old West; Allan Pinkerton; The Texas Rangers; August Vollmer; J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI; Thomas Dewey; Robert Kennedy; Jim Garrison; Buford Pusser; Eddie Egan and Sonnie Grosso; Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein; Francisco Vincent Serpico; Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco; Vincent T. Bugliosi; John Walsh; FBI Profilers; Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Mark Fuhrman; Rudolph Rudy Giuliani; Curtis Sliwa; Dr. Henry Lee; and Dr. Bill Blass.


"This book's organization is similar to that of an encyclopedia, but this is not a conventional reference book. Bumgarner (Minnesota State Univ., Mankato) presents the evolution of law enforcement as if each entry empowers the next chapter/ generation of crime fighters. Each entry concludes with a robust list of suggested readings. Overall this title provides some much-needed material and analysis for those studying the history of crime in the US. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers."—Choice, April 1, 2009

"The essays are richly detailed and offer abundant biographical information, event time lines, interview segments, and direct quotations. Recommended for American history and criminology collections."—Library Journal, February 15, 2009

"We know the names of Al Capone and Ted Bundy, some of the most infamous criminals in history. What about the names on the right side of the law? Editor Bumgarner, a political science professor at Minnesota State University in Mankato, fills this gap with 22 detailed chapters on individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to criminal justice and investigation. ...Intriguing, detailed entries along with a 21-page selected bibliography and thorough cross-references inthe index make this an excellent reference book for criminal justice and American history students."—Booklist, April 1, 2009

"The chapters are a good introduction to the better-known personalities and will serve as a major source of information on those who are less famous. It is recommended for secondary school, college, and university libraries."—Catholic Library World, June 1, 2009
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