Book Review: Walker, J. T., & Madden, S. (2005). Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Analysis and Interpretation (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. pp. xi, 423

Published date01 March 2008
Date01 March 2008
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the handbook put out by the National Academy of Sciences (Existing and Potential Standoff
Explosives Detection Techniques, National Research Council, National Academies Press,
Washington, DC, 2004), which provides detailed theoretical information on chemical
explosive compositions, detection techniques, and the like. Captain Brodie’s book provides
detailed practical information on dealing with threats posed by chemical explosives. In this
sense, this book complements other theoretical literature in the field.
The author presents us with a two-edged sword. On the one hand, he paints himself an expert
(which he certainly is) by almost exclusively including examples from his own experience. For
instance, many of the figure captions mention or refer to the author. On the other hand, he does
not provide a thorough review of the work of others. There are in fact no references whatever. I
find this rather telling. Is the author the only person who has dealt with bombs? I think not. From
an intellectual viewpoint this not referencing others seems self-serving. However, the author
may not have intended to produce scholarly treatise. Rather, he appears to have set out to help
colleagues deal with dangerous situations. If this was his objective, he succeeded.
I hope that I have made it clear that this book can be very valuable as a resource for tech-
nicians who have to deal with the practical aspects of chemical explosives. The book contains
many useful figures (almost all photographs of actual situations), and it contains many pro-
cedures (carefully articulated) for dealing with various scenarios. I recommend this book for
the practitioner. However, it may also be of use to the scientist who studies explosives and
who may want to have a tie to the practical matters involved in field activities where real
explosives are (or might be) present.
William L. Dunn
Kansas State University
Walker, J. T., & Madden, S. (2005). Statistics in Criminology
and Criminal Justice: Analysis and Interpretation (2nd ed.).
Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. pp. xi, 423.
DOI: 10.1177/0734016808314555
Reviewing a statistics textbook such as this one is difficult without the answer to one key
question: who is the intended audience of this textbook? This question is never addressed
in the text. This agnosticism may be intentional on the part of the authors, but to do the
book justice, it must be reviewed from two different points of view: namely, that of an
undergraduate instructor and that of a graduate instructor.
As an introductory text for undergraduates, Walker and Madden do a terrific job of covering
a large breadth of material in a manner that would not put off those unfamiliar with statistics,
which is an unfortunate commonality among social science undergraduates. The material
covered in the first few chapters is an excellent introduction to the link between theory,
research methods, and statistics, even presenting the possibility of a department blending a
research methods and statistics course into one course, rather than two separate courses.
Furthermore, integrating the book’s ability to serve as a research methods and statistics text,
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