Thursday, February 7, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Robbers! True Stories of the World's Most notorious Thieves by Andreas Schroeder


ABOUT THE BOOK

Determined to beat the odds, professional thieves spend their lives figuring out ingenious ways to steal other people's possessions. In "Robbers!" you'll uncover the dirt on eight cunning master thieves, including: Master-of-disguise Willie Sutton, who robbed banks in costume D. B. Cooper, who hijacked a plane, demanded $200,000, and parachuted to safety London's Great Train Robbers, who held up a moving train to pull off one of the largest ever hauls of banknotes

Each story offers a glimpse into the high-octane underworld of the boldest of robbers. The writer's fascination with criminal masterminds and the illustrator's action-packed graphic depictions of real-life thievery make this a compelling read for fans of mischief, mayhem, and bad guys on the run.


REVIEW

A fascinating account of some intriguing and intricate robberies and the thieves who pulled them off.  I had no idea that such well-planned and difficult thefts had occurred.  The story about the airplane hijacker was especially incredible, and yet after so much work, the supposed thief got away with so little. Some of these thieves stole for decades without getting caught.  It's kind of sad though that these men who had such talents used their talents in such unfortunate ways and they all ended up paying for it in one way or another. 

First, there's the Italian who stole the Mona Lisa and kept it hidden for two years, only to avoid a long prison sentence because the Italian's thought he was a folk hero for 'rescuing' the painting from the French.  And who would imagine that forgetting to wash the dishes would catch an extremely thorough and careful bunch of bank thieves. And what about the thief who never carried a gun because someone could get hurt. There is quite a collection of individual stories in this book.

The illustrations provide a comic feel to the book and quite appealing.  The book should be perfect for reluctant readers who like unusual topics. I agree with the author that these stories do indeed make for great reading. Full of humor, irony, and even heartbreak, these stories provided me with a very entertaining read and reminded me why being a thief is so not a good idea.


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