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Excellent collection of unusual cases that people have forgotten. Well organized and well written.
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What would have made Psycho USA better?
A story--any kind of story--would have made this title better. It's like someone got together a whole bunch of newspaper articles from the pre-internet era, culled the sensationalism--not just sensationalism but really anything that might lead to an emotional response--and began to read.
What was most disappointing about Harold Schechter’s story?
There was no story. No connection between the vignettes, no higher-order commentary or analysis. No historical context. Just endless droning.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator didn't have a lot to work with, but in what must have been an effort to imbue the text with some sort of interest, he adds a sing-song element to his reading that makes it come off rather cartoon-like.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
This title may have some redeeming qualities, but several chapters were enough to get me to stop looking.
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