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John Carter Wood
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Attended Downers Grove North High School
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A new special issue co-edited by yours truly on crime stories in the 1920s and 1930s: policing, sexual assault, murder, human trafficking and violent gangs. We got it all!
The events of the Pace case occurred within the context of inter-war British crime, media and police history, the study of which has been rapidly expanding in recent years. I am very pleased to be able to announce that a special issue of Media History edited by myself and Paul Knepper ...
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On directing "the madness of crowds to unexamined targets of outrage"
While I certainly don't agree with everything in Gary Indiana's review of a new biography of William Burroughs (is it really necessary to disparage realism and coherent narrative in praising more experimental fiction? I think not), it is certainly a readabl...
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"Quite simply an absorbing read"
The June issue of the English Historical Review contains a very fine review of The Most Remarkable Woman in England which is all the more enjoyable because it was written by Adrian Bingham , who is not only one of the leading historians of the twentieth-cen...
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Adrian Bingham, saying some nice things about my book in the English Historical Review:

"Although this book is clearly designed to appeal beyond the academy, it will be of interest to scholars.... Firstly, it is quite simply an absorbing read. The case itself is a fascinating one, and Wood does it full justice. He writes crisply and vividly, and shows a real empathy for his protagonists, teasing out the likely motivations for their actions.... He has clearly learned well from the crime novelists, such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, who so entertained the British public in the 1920s."
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"The last gasp of romantic hatred of the twentieth century"
I happen to have been reading Philip Roth's 1990 novel Deception today (which is engrossing and quite interesting, though not at the top of my list of Roth-so-far), and as this passage seemed relevant to events today --25 years later--I thought I would plac...
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Switch it off
Although I'm someone who once had (cautiously) high hopes for the Internet becoming a force for creating a better informed, better connected and more tolerant global public sphere, I have been becoming increasingly aware--like a lot of us--that it's about a...
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You're welcome! (I don't check by g+ all that often, hence the delay in replying.)
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La liberté vint de la mer
The Normandy American War Cemetery and Memorial,  Coleville-sur-Mer (2006) On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, I have to think of two members of my family who were, to varying extents, involved. In going through some of my parents' war-time corre...
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Special journal issue: Crime Stories
I am very pleased to be able to announce that a special issue of Media History edited by myself and Paul Knepper -- "Criminality, Policing and the Press in Inter-war European and Transatlantic Perspectives" -- has now left the printers (which I can confirm ...
I am very pleased to be able to announce that a special issue of Media History edited by myself and Paul Knepper -- "Criminality, Policing and the Press in Inter-war European and Transatlantic Perspectives" -- has now left th...
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Forthcoming article on ethnicity and the British criminal justice system, 18th and 19th centuries
I have just noted that an article by myself and Prof. Peter King -- "Black People and the Criminal Justice System: Prejudice and Practice in Later Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century London" -- has now appeared in an "advance access" version at Historic...
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Hotel art #10
Part of an occasional series . Le Petit Hotel , Turin, Italy (July 2014).
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Part of an occasional series. Le Petit Hotel, Turin, Italy (July 2014).
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Hotel art #9
Part of an occasional series . John Dodgson House (a UCL residence hall), King's Cross, London (July 2014)
Part of an occasional series. John Dodgson House (a UCL residence hall), King's Cross, London (July 2014)
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And there's a step missing: "Wash fork thoroughly." (Or, perhaps better: "discard fork".)
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Hotel art #8
Lindner Hotel and Spa (near Speyer), 22 June 2014
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British historian born and raised in America now in Germany. Author of books and articles on crime history. Blogger. Guitarist.
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