- Mass Market Paperback: 289 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; Reissue edition (4 February 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312950446
- ISBN-13: 978-0312950446
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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About the Author
Robert K. Ressler (1937-2013) was a supervisory special agent of the FBI as a reserve colonel in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) before retiring. He later served as the director of Forensic Behavioral Services, a business dedicated to training, learning, consulting, and expert witness testimony. He is the author of Whoever Fights Monsters and the inspiration for one of the main characters in the Netflix Original Series Mindhunter.
Tom Shachtman is the co-author with Robert Ressler of Whoever Fights Monsters and Justice is Served. He's also the author of several books of history, including How the French Saved America.
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Whoever Fights Monsters is about the history of criminal profiling and how Robert started his journey into this area. He is very humble when talking about his efforts and contributions to the field. He also is very careful to give credit to those that have earned it, which makes him very endearing.
Robert talks about the interviews he conducted with serial offenders throughout his career, and he demonstrates how the information he gathered has helped in identifying people at risk of becoming potential criminals. He also discusses how this information has informed profiling current offenders.
The whole book is insanely engaging and is right up my alley. Personally, I’m in the middle of my Psychology and Criminology degree. Though I believe it would be interesting to whoever is intrigued by the human mind and what happens with things go wrong.
A warning, there are crime scene photos in the book which could be triggering for some people.
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I just finished reading this fascinating novel by Ressler Sunday night. I believe it was originally published in the early '90s, but I was handcuffed to audio books at that time. I really didn't have an opportunity to read it. This incomparable account of the history of criminal profiling was available in ebooks a few years back but for whatever reason I didn't get around to buying it until this past November. Ironically, I just finished reading an incredibly lousy fictional crime thriller that mentioned Ressler's book. I thought to myself what a perfect time to read Ressler's novel. In a few short months (May) it will mark the sixth anniversary of the passing of this giant among men in his field. I certainly had procrastinated long enough!
Frankly, I was stunned by Ressler's uncanny ability to capture my attention from the very first page, and then to keep me captivated throughout the entire book. I have had a keen interest in true crime, more specifically serial killers, since my early teens. Needless to say, I have read countless novels over the years about real life sexual homicides and the men who committed them. I managed to buy a book on tape written by famous FBI profiler John Douglas (JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS) years ago. I am ashamed to say that I have his book MINDHUNTER on my kindle right now. In any case, I can honestly compare the writing style of Ressler and Douglas. I enjoyed Ressler's book immensely, and frankly the novel by Douglas, while interesting, cannot compare.
I loved so many aspects of Ressler's book that it would take a book to name them all. I think what I enjoyed most was learning facts about so many of the killers that I had read about, in some instances quite a lot about, and had not managed to ferret out. Ressler's writing style is sensational in that it is so easy to just sit back and allow yourself to ride along like you are on a tour, and he is your knowledgeable, fascinating guide. A Customer Review caught my eye, I think it was written for the hardback copy of this book. Anyway, the reviewer was able to sum up my feelings in a sentence (..."insanely engaging and right up my alley"). I would have absolutely loved to have met this father of criminal profiling and shook his hand. His warmth, courage, sense of humor, and strong moral convictions come across with integrity throughout the pages of his travel along the road to enlightening others and helping to create the FBI resources that are in place today.
He truly left an everlasting legacy. I would recommend this truly fascinating journey into the minds of madness to anyone who enjoys forensics, psychology, and of course...crime fiction. Take an unforgettable "trip" into the past and learn how profiling got started from the man who coined the phrase "serial killer".
Ressler seems extremely arrogant, and makes it seem like he was the only one in the FBI working on things like this. In addition, he rarely gave thanks or praise to the many people who helped him get to where he was. Anytime something positive arose it seemed like it was all due to him and his efforts, which I find hard to believe.