Book Review: Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers: Violent Crime and Disorder in Victorian Britain

bombers_rioters_coverRenowned British author Simon Webb takes a historical and comparative look at some of the most heinous criminal carnage in the British Victorian era with Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers: Violent Crime and Disorder in Victorian Britain, released by Pen and Sword Books this past November.

While many identify the Victorian age as a period of elegance, style and sophistication essentially devoid of violent crime, Webb explains through nine chapters of appalling and vicious events that criminalistic behavior is hardly a phenomenon of recent years. In fact, the back cover of Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers contains this troubling line: “Between 2003 and 2013, not a single Metropolitan police officer was murdered, yet during a typical decade in the Victorian period, 1860 to 1870, nine officers were shot, stabbed or beaten to death in London.”

Webb documents acts of terrorism, street crime and mass murder within the pages of Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers. Included are stories detailing the slayings of police officers in the line of duty, the use of military to combat rioting and an entire chapter devoted to “Victorian London’s 9/11.”

Supplementing the stories of carnage and rampage are eight pages of photographs, which provide a pictorial perspective of the bloodshed documented in Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers.

You can purchase Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers via the Pen & Sword Books website at this link.

(Special thanks to Charlie Simpson of Pen & Sword Books)

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