Books That Inspire 2001

A General Theory of Crime
Michael R. Gottfredson

The book that has most inspired me is A General Theory of Crime, by Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi. I first read the book while in my first year of graduate school at the University of Arizona, and it changed the way I thought about criminological theory. Unlike many other theories that attempt to explain crime and deviance, Gott-fredson and Hirschi begin with the known facts about crime and create a simple, straightforward theory that explains these facts. Using a wonderful combination of logic and wit, the authors shook up the field of criminology in a way few modern theorists have.
Trina Hope
Assistant Professor Sociology