Long-held myths defining the sources of and cures for crime are shattered in this ground-breaking book - and a chilling profile of today's criminal emerges.
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If you're looking for a new religion, maybe.
Nothing can save this book, it is antiquated and assumes that everyone convicted of a crime is a criminally minded human being that like an alcoholic can never recover only maintain. Ironically at that: considering that when it's time to discuss reformed convicts supporting convicts that need to reform. The author claims that method/way of thinking to be equal to saying that a person who has been to a dentist can perform dental work. A terrible analogy in the first place made far far worse by suggesting that a human is so non-dynamic that their behavior is like a tooth, once it's broken it's broken forever. It may in fact be harder to deal with than a tooth in so much as we cannot remove it when all else is failing. To suggest in the face of the resent case studies from programs in the prison system where success begets success is ludicrous.
I wouldn't waste this much time on anything else written by Samenow. I was wondering at points in this book if this might not be a pen-name behind which Debbie Downer, Eeyore, and Rush Limbaugh are co-penning at the behest of some executives in private capital that are heavily invested in maintaining or increasing the prison population.
If this has been less of a life and death topic for so many people I would have thought this was hilarious satire. He reads it with tones that are unbelievable. If the book uses 95% truth to try to create a straw man arguments by presenting correlation as causation, then then Mark's reading of it balance is out to 50% facts 50% bullshit by adding in ridiculous intonations.
To completely discount everything in the book as made up would be easy, considering the few raw data points that I know anything about were off by magnitudes. The one that stuck out most to me was Bernie Madoff. The author claims Madoff defrauded his clients of "millions of dollars." Not even 10's of millions or 100's of millions when in fact the damages were in the "billions." Also something like fraud has cost elderly people as much as 11 million dollars in one year and citing AARP. I don't care to sit here and research it, but really? $11M? It's probably in the many 100's of millions.
If you're even vaguely hopeful of change, don't read this book and if you read it anyway, think of Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., if they had believed that changing people was impossible, where would the world be today? This is a 30 year old book poorly revised to fit today's criminals. It should be pulled off of the shelves of book stores and archived for research on the flawed thinking of yesterday only.