Monday, September 29, 2008

US News and World Report Reviews New Book on Leopold and Loeb

John Aloysius Farrell, a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, kinda sorta reviewed the newest book on the Leopold and Loeb murder case, For The Thrill of It, by Simon Baatz.

Farrell's review is more or less a rehash of the 1924 murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks by teenage killer Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, often called the "Crime of the Century." (Sure seems to be a lot of those, eh?)

Farrell does, however, interject a few points about the actual book in question. He does mention that Hal Higdon's book on the case is "breezier," "better," and that Baatz omitted some key research about the case. On the other hand, Farrell states that Baatz's research is "impressive."

Inexplicably, Farrell ends his review by claiming that Baatz has engaged in "revisionist" history in regard to Leopold and Loeb's attorney, Clarence Darrow.

Of course, Farrell is writing on a book about Darrow, so that might explain his rather unusual and unexplained criticism.

If you would like to purchase Simon Battz's For the Thrill of It, you can do so below:

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