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A Brief History Of Crime Hardcover – 10 Apr 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (10 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843541483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843541486
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

Politicians have failed to combat the decline in justice and order which now reaches into the lives of almost everyone in modern Britain. Despite much talk of 'tough' legislation and increasing police numbers, governments of both major parties have failed to make the slightest real impact on the problem.

But worse than this they are increasingly turning to repressive and liberty-threatening laws and measures. The English people have never been so surveyed, filmed, filed, recorded and snooped upon. It is as if the entire population is being punished for the crimes of a few.

I fear that this process will end with the extinction of important liberties, while probably still failing to restore peace and order to our streets. It is time for a re-evaluation of conventional wisdom about crime, since the left-liberalism of the late 20th century has plainly failed.

I argue that a return to the concept of punishment, combined with the restoration of preventive policing - on foot - is the only effective answer to the problem which will also preserve the liberties of the citizen. These things need to be accompanied by a moral restoration and a reversal of much of the cultural revolution described in 'The Abolition of Britain' to which, in a way, this is the companion volume.

About the Author

Peter Hitchens is a well-known and controversial commentator, a columnist for the Mail on Sunday and a frequent broadcaster. His first book, The Abolition of Britain, made an impact on both Left and Right with its argument that Britain had chosen the wrong future in the 1960s, and that Thatcherism had not only failed to halt the moral and cultural revolution launched by the Left, but had in many ways accelerated it.


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