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April 09, 1984 12:00 PM

by Carl Sifakis

In prose that is as calm and unsensational as its subject matter is lurid, this paperback offers nearly 800 pages on every major crime committed in this country. For those who think assassinations are a recent aberration, the entry on that subject states: “While Andrew Johnson was President, 13 political officeholders were shot at and 12 of them killed. During Ulysses S. Grant’s two terms, from 1869 to 1877, there were 20 attacks, resulting in 11 deaths.” Other entries include famous prostitutes, Mafia lords and Western outlaws. The illustrations are appropriately gory. (Facts On File, $17.95)

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