James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Herrnstein, Crime and Human Nature: The Definitive Study of the Causes of Crime (The Free Press, 1985, 1986, 1998).
“In the early 1970s, Wilson began to teach a core curriculum course for Harvard undergraduates with the psychologist Richard Herrnstein. Their collaboration eventually led to one of his few books not appropriate for a general audience, Crime and Human Nature: The Definitive Study of the Causes of Crime (1985). What do you say about a nearly 600-page book that claims to be ‘definitive’ and comes close to living up to its ambitious name? One is that those undergraduates got their money’s worth. Another is that Wilson’s approach to studying crime had undergone a notable shift: ‘away from current issues in crime control and tour the causes of crime.’ For those want to explore the ‘root causes’ of crime, here they are 20 dense chapters.”
R. Shep Melnick (2012)