Friday, April 13, 2012

Banned at Amazon: My Comments on The Crime Numbers Game, by Eli B. Silverman, and John A. Eterno: Only 15 Years Late

By Nicholas Stix

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Nice Price; Love That Index, Too!, April 13, 2012
(1 star)
By Nicholas Stix

This review is from: The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (Advances in Police Theory and Practice) (Paperback)
I won't be reading this book, unless the authors send me a copy, which is not likely to happen.

There are two reasons I won't read it. First, the ridiculous price. Second, the authors' lack of intellectual integrity. I've been publishing exposés on the NYPD's fudging of crime stats since at least 1996 ("Crime Stories," Chronicles magazine, August 1996, not online). I looked in the book for a citation of my work, and found none, in spite of my being 15 years ahead of the authors. The reason? I'm not a political crony of theirs. As I have shown, not only is the fudging of urban crime stats a story of political corruption, but so too is the reporting on the fudging.

Note that in June, 1999, Eli B. Silverman's book, NYPD Battles Crime: Innovative Strategies in Policing came out, supporting Compstat, almost three years after my first exposé had been published, on the ways in which Compstat had been corrupted, and mine wasn't the first.

My most thorough investigative report on the NYPD so far is "'Disappearing' Urban Crime," from May, 2004.

Readers who want to know what is really going on on the streets of America read my work. (I'm working on a book, which I will be selling via Amazon.)

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