Book Review: Brodie, T. G. (2005). Bombs and Bombings: A Handbook to Protection, Security, Detection, Disposal and Investigation for Industry, Police and Fire Departments (3rd ed.). Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas. pp. xi, 316

AuthorWilliam L. Dunn
Published date01 March 2008
Date01 March 2008
DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1177/0734016808314556
Subject MatterArticles
as rational actors—an assumption about the causes of sex crime that neglects other causal
factors like the disinhibition of alcohol and drug use or of assault as an expression of impul-
sive rage rather than a planned event. In addition, Carney takes little account of offenders
with mixed offending patterns, despite empirical research to show that sex offenders may be
more like other criminal offenders rather than uniquely sexual in their criminality (his men-
tion of opportunistic rapists, p. 190, could have addressed this but is unsatisfactory in the
ways described above. For some of the best available research on sexual offending in the
United States, which would provide a good balance to Carney’s text, visit the Association
for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, http://www.atsa.com, and the Center for Sex Offender
Management, http://www.csom.org)
Despite its limitations, Carney’s book provides a good overview and should be read by
those likely to be first officers on the scene, as well as by managers.
Chrysanthi Leon
University of Delaware
Reference
Sample, L., & Bray, T. (2003). Are sex offenders dangerous? Criminology and Public Policy, 3, 59-82.
Brodie, T. G. (2005). Bombs and Bombings: A Handbook to
Protection, Security, Detection, Disposal and Investigation
for Industry, Police and Fire Departments (3rd ed.).
Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas. pp. xi, 316.
DOI: 10.1177/0734016808314556
This book is a practical manual, not a theoretical treatise. Hence, it will be useful to those
brave men and women who participate in activities in which explosives might be encountered.
The author is an experienced bomb specialist who has set out to provide information that
might be of use to others who may have to deal with bombs and bombings. To this end, the
book is very useful. This third edition is extremely timely because of the proliferation of the
use of conventional explosives in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorist groups.
The author is a retired Police Captain who has had an illustrious career that included 24
years on the bomb squad. There is little doubt that Captain Brodie is an expert in the field
of bombs and bombings and that this book provides much useful, relevant, and practical
information concerning conventional (i.e., chemical) explosives. The book mentions steam,
nuclear (fission and fusion), and electrical explosives, but only in passing. That the book is
not encyclopedic in covering all types of explosives is a fact but not a shortcoming. It is
quite reasonable to focus in depth on an aspect of a subject, and this the author does.
The book that Captain Brodie has enhanced to its third edition occupies an important
subspace in the general volume of information about explosives. It is to be contrasted with
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