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Reviews the book, Criminology by Donald R. Taft (1942). The author, in a subtitle, describes this new textbook as “an attempt at a synthetic interpretation with a cultural emphasis.” In the introduction he expresses fear of being attacked for the exposition of his view that criminals are the products of the tragic conditions of a civilization of which they are a part. The care with which this viewpoint is developed in the text deserves the highest acknowledgment, but younger and more progressive workers in the field of social work will consider Professor Taft's point of view neither unique nor novel. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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