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Forensic Photography: Importance of Accuracy
Forensic Photography: Importance of Accuracy
by Sanford L. Weiss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £101.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this book., 15 Oct. 2014
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Unforgivably Disappointing...for the price, quite frankly, I expected much better. At least one other reviewer has made the same initial criticism that I am about to make...for a book on forensic photography all the photographs (bar the one on the cover) are in black and white. This format died in the courtroom a decade ago. We now use only colour. Additionally, the reproduction quality of the photographs is appalling; many are slightly out of focus, contrast is poor, and clarity is missing in most. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, either a practitioner such as myself, or a would-be student.

The author seems to enjoy a high profile, from reading some of the comments, but this book does not add to his credentials one little bit.


Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution Of Human Sexuality (SCIENCE MASTERS)
Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution Of Human Sexuality (SCIENCE MASTERS)
by Jared Diamond
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but misleading, 10 Jan. 2011
In absence of the title, i found this book to be fascinating and insightful to a lay-person. The descriptions of the sexual practices of other animals and creatures in opposition to humans was very revealing. However, the title of the book is a question, which i expected to be answered at some stage, and in a succinct form. In this, the book singularly fails. The author does not at anytime say "so why is sex fun? Because...xyz" It just doesn't happen.

I don't wish to detract from the very cogent arguments that are postulated, but the title remains unanswered, and for that reason i was left disappointed. Perhaps much like the unrequited orgasm, i was left wanting.

It's a pity, because Diamond is a very insightful writer - perhaps a bit doom and gloom if you read Collapse - but i really wanted an answer from him; i was begging from an answer, a succint answer that never came.

Otherwise a good read.


Forensic Pathology, Second Edition (Practical Aspects of Criminal & Forensic Investigations)
Forensic Pathology, Second Edition (Practical Aspects of Criminal & Forensic Investigations)
by Dominick DiMaio
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £102.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forensic Pathology - Pathology for Dummies, 17 Aug. 2006
A fantastic book for many people. I practice as a Forensic Engineer and I regularly reference this book. I have even been able to leave it in the hands of barristers who have carried out successful cross-examinations of medical witnesses in trials.

It is practical, informative, interesting, factual. Whether a practicioner of whatever discipline, or simply an interested bystander, this is a valuable book.

Buy the book, and when you pay for it make a charitable contribution to boot. Worth every penny (cent). Go spend, read, be informed.


Cracking Crime: Jim Donovan - Forensic Detective
Cracking Crime: Jim Donovan - Forensic Detective
by Niamh O'Connor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Crime - Puts Me to Sleep, 17 Aug. 2006
The book promises much, but delivers little.

The book masquerades as being the cutting edge of a "relatively new science" yet is hyprocritical within a few pages as the long history of forensic work is revealed.

The first third of the book is not an exposition of forensic science - either of its successes, frustrations or failings - but of Dr Donovan's personal greivances about his Nemesis Martin Cahill. While the perspective is understandable it is misplaced in such a book: it becomes wearisome.

When the book considers international crimes it is bland and absent of good detail relevant to the matters under consideration. The recount of the Lindeburg kidnapping and investigation in particular was singularly vacuous of some of the beneficial forensic detail. These cases are much better presented in other publications.

If you have never read any general forensic science history books then this book will give you a place to start. It is entertainment for the virgin CSI voyer. If, however, you have some knowledge of forensic science and its historical perspective, simply avoid this book. It will add nothing to your knowledge or interest. Save your money and spend it on something of more substance.


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