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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674047311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674047310
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,401,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Drawing on a plethora of real-world examples--from the internet user who accesses a store's wireless network from his car, to the Florida man who falsely asserted that he had won the Medal of Honor, to Mark Zuckerberg's alleged theft of his classmates' social networking website idea . . . Green demonstrates how changes over the last half century have rendered theft law wholly incompatible with its moral foundations. Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle offers conversation-sparking principles for reform that will aid politicians, jurists, and scholars alike.' -- Harvard Law Review

'A great theoretical introduction to theft law. Highly recommended.' Choice Reviews

'Groundbreaking in every sense, Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle lays the foundation for the serious study of the law of theft. No one will be able to write on the subject of property offenses without learning from Stuart Green's book.' (Markus Dubber, University Of Toronto )

'Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle is a tour de force—as wonderful as its title and as fascinating as its subject. Theft law is strange and this book tries to explain that strangeness—why it matters so much just exactly how something is stolen, by robbery, larceny, fraud, or other means; why only certain things are considered capable of being stolen; why the theft of electricity, sexual services,or glory are so problematic. This is a work of first-class scholarship, in addition to being just plain fun to read.' (Leo Katz, University Of Pennsylvania )

'Theft law, that vital but underexamined part of our jurisprudence, gets its best contemporary treatment from Stuart Green. This book is at once a comprehensive treatise, a pedagogic tool, and a provocative argument of both moral philosophy and social policy. Especially as we focus increasingly on intangible property, Green's book guides us to a fresh inquiry into what ways of taking things—and what things are taken—should lead to criminal condemnation. It will dominate discussions of theft in the coming years.' (Robert Weisberg, Stanford

"[A] book of extraordinary richness . . . . Thirteen Ways is one of the most interesting and imaginative books I have ever read." -- Roger Shiner, Law and Politics Book Review

"Green's impressive achievement is to provide us with simple tools for thinking about [the complexity of theft law] clearly. In his view, the consolidating law reforms of the 1960s got rid of needless complexity and archaic categories . . . .But in doing so, reformers flattened out important moral differences and lumped together offences that ought to be distinguished. Green takes us back to basics, analyses the issues, and reconstructs a conceptual scheme flexible enough to deal with 'theft in the information age' as well as more traditional forms." -- David Garland, Times Literary Supplement

"Who could resist a book with such a tempting title? This is an engaging and innovative  reconsideration of the law of theft and -- more importantly -- of the behaviours that might or might not, should or should not, be labelled as criminal. . . . Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle is a delight to read." Bronwyn Naylor, Sydney Law Review

"Stuart Green has already produced a substantial body of work, which has become central reference in the field. [Here] he deals specifically with theft, its wrongfulness and its normative-conceptual boundaries. It is a thorough and comprehensive study of the offence of theft--indeed, the first of its kind--and it tackles pressing questions, which have so far largely fallen by the wayside of normative criminal law theory. The book is incredibly rich in content and full of fascinating insights on various levels of abstraction." -- Emmanuel Melissaris, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

"The book is a great theoretical introduction to theft law. . .  Highly recommended." -- J. M. Keller, Choice

About the Author

Stuart P. Green is Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar at Rutgers School of Law--Newark.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 12 Nov. 2012
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Format: Hardcover
13 Ways to Steal a Bicycle presents a brilliant philosophical analysis of theft. Unlike so many books on legal topics, this one is not beyond the reach of the non-lawyer. Professor Green should be congratulated on bringing such clarity and depth of insight to a complex and important societal issue.
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