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The Anatomy of Motive

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From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.
Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.
Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 413 pages
  • 104.14 x 165.1 x 35.56mm | 181.44g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • POCKET BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0671023934
  • 9780671023935
  • 5,885

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Kathy Reichs author of "Deja Dead" Gripping and terrifying. "The Anatomy of Motive" paints the world of the profiler in vivid detail. James Patterson author of "Kiss the Girls" and "Cat & Mouse""The Anatomy of Motive" finds John Douglas at the top of his form -- as always. This is a terrific book for true crime and mystery lovers alike. Patricia Cornwell crime novelist I met John Douglas in the early days of my research. He is masterful and unrivaled in scientific and gifted probing of the violent mind. Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D. clinical psychologist and author of "Inside the Criminal Mind" Douglas and Olshaker have done it again! In their latest work, "The Anatomy of Motive, " they offer penetrating insights based on their keen probing of the remotest and darkest dimensions of human nature. Liz Smith "New York Post" A marvelous, thrilling, chilling, and riveting read. Liz Smith New York Post A marvelous, thrilling, chilling, and riveting read. Liz Smith"New York Post"A marvelous, thrilling, chilling, and riveting read.
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From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late.
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