The Professional Thief

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 1988 - Social Science - 269 pages
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This monograph by a professional thief—with the aid of Edwin H. Sutherland's expert comments and analyses—is a revealing sociological document that goes far to explain the genesis, development, and patterns of criminal behavior. "Chic Conwell," as the author was known in the underworld, gives a candid and forthright account of the highly organized society in which the professional thief lives. He tells how he learned to steal, survive, succeed, and ultimately to pay his debt to society and prepare himself for full and useful citizenship. The Professional Thief presents in amazing detail the hard, cold facts about the private lives and professional habits of pickpockets, shoplifters, and conmen, and brings into focus the essential psychological and sociological situations that beget and support professional crime.
  

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wow... ever wanted to know how to be a confidence man, pickpocket or just not get "beat"?.... amazing book, hard to find, but worth the effort. Read full review

Contents

The Mob
27
Stealing as a Business
140
The Social and Personal Life of the Thief
154
The Thief and Society
172
Interpretation
197
Conclusion
229
GLOSSARY
235
BIBLIOGRAPHY
247
INDEX
255
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