Official Review: The Quiet Revolution by Ed Barajas

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Official Review: The Quiet Revolution by Ed Barajas

Post by LivreAmour217 » 22 Oct 2015, 13:45

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Quiet Revolution" by Ed Barajas.]
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In The Quiet Revolution, author Ed Barajas seeks to debunk some common misconceptions about the state of the criminal justice system in the United States. A twenty-seven year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mr. Barajas uses his extensive professional experience and knowledge to shed light on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. justice system, and provides details about the methods that have been most effective in reducing crime.

Like many Americans, if you had asked me about the crime rate in the United States before I read this book, I would have said that it's out of control. Every time I watch the evening news, I get bombarded with stories that depict my country as a place that is seemingly overrun with violent criminals. Fortunately, reading The Quiet Revolution has set me straight. In spite of the media hype that tends to portray an escalation in violent crime throughout the United Sates, the truth of the matter is that crime has actually been on the decline for the past two decades, and Mr. Barajas takes the reader on a journey that explains how this seemingly unlikely trend has come about.

However, no institution is perfect, and the author also addresses aspects of the justice system that could be improved. Additionally, he takes on the well-intentioned (but often misguided) reform movement that tends to portray the justice system as biased and overly punitive.

Although the subject matter is heavy, The Quiet Revolution is an easy to understand book that does not require the reader to have a background in criminal justice. The author gives more than adequate explanations when needed, and has provided a glossary of the terminology used throughout the book. The writing itself has an almost conversational style that smoothly transitions the reader from one chapter to the next, with minimal errors that can be easily corrected.

Mr. Barajas uses plenty of statistical data to back up his points, and provides a list of references for each one. Interestingly, he also provides the names of several books that oppose his viewpoint in the introduction, which I highly respect, as this gives readers an opportunity to become familiar with both sides of the issue and make their own decisions.

In addition to addressing the modern-day criminal justice system, Mr. Barajas provides historical background that explains how it came to its present state. These history lessons not only helped me gain better comprehension of the subject matter, but were also very interesting in and of themselves.

The Quiet Revolution is an educational and thought-provoking read, and I give it 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to all U.S. citizens, as the criminal justice system is a significant part of our lives. The knowledge within can also help one weed out the truth from the hype when watching media coverage on the matter.

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Post by VinuW » 30 Oct 2015, 15:02

Nice review! I don't usually read crime, but I think I might give this book a try.
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Post by peprica21 » 30 Oct 2015, 15:14

Great review! Sounds like a fascinating book.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 30 Oct 2015, 16:06

@ VinuW and Pepeica21: Thank you guys very much! :)
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Post by hsimone » 30 Oct 2015, 16:42

Great review! Sounds very informational, but friendly. Sometimes informational books can be too much and to wordy, but it doesn't seem like the case with this one. Thank you for your thoughts about the book and congratulations to the author for a positive review!
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Post by gali » 31 Oct 2015, 00:21

Great review indeed. I am glad you enjoyed it.
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Post by VictoriaR » 31 Oct 2015, 00:57

This looks very interesting. I will have to take a look at it, since I regard the justice system as biased and punitive, and would like to be enlightened if I am wrong.
Thanks for reviewing this book.

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Post by rssllue » 31 Oct 2015, 02:12

Great review on a book that seems very interesting! I will definitely be giving this one a read thanks to your review! :)
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 31 Oct 2015, 04:30

Great review, LivreAmour217! This book sounds very interesting.
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Seems like a very needed book that I would be interested in reading. Great review and thanks for sharing.
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Post by chytach18- » 31 Oct 2015, 10:38

I am the UK citizen but I think this book can be of my interest too. British justice system might not be that cruel (we have no death penalty), but still... Great review.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 01 Nov 2015, 16:47

hsimone wrote:Great review! Sounds very informational, but friendly. Sometimes informational books can be too much and to wordy, but it doesn't seem like the case with this one. Thank you for your thoughts about the book and congratulations to the author for a positive review!
Thank you, hsimone! The author definitely deserves congratulations, as this is an excellent book!

-- 01 Nov 2015, 17:47 --
gali wrote:Great review indeed. I am glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks, Gali!

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VictoriaR wrote:This looks very interesting. I will have to take a look at it, since I regard the justice system as biased and punitive, and would like to be enlightened if I am wrong.
Thanks for reviewing this book.
Thanks for reading my review, Victoria! I hope that you enjoy the book, and learn from it as I did!

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@ Rssllue, Leon Durham, Tanaya, and Bookowlie: Thanks for reading my review, guys! If you do get to read the book, I hope that you enjoy it!

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chytach18- wrote:I am the UK citizen but I think this book can be of my interest too. British justice system might not be that cruel (we have no death penalty), but still... Great review.
Thank you, chytach18! Our two nations do have different justice systems, but I'm sure that there are quite a few similarities within them.
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 01 Nov 2015, 19:48

Nice review! Would be interesting to read an insider's point of view on this subject. I'm also glad to hear that crime is actually declining! Sounds like a good book :)
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 02 Nov 2015, 13:19

Rachaelamb1 wrote:Nice review! Would be interesting to read an insider's point of view on this subject. I'm also glad to hear that crime is actually declining! Sounds like a good book :)
Thank you, Rachaellamb1! I, too, was glad to learn about the declining crime rate. I hope that you enjoy the book!
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