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September 2008 , Page 57 

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Book Review

By Ephraim Margolin

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Police Interrogation and American Justice

By Richard A. Leo
Harvard University Press (2008)
Reviewed by Ephraim Margolin

Professor Yale Kamisar called this “the best book on police interrogations I have ever read.” Indeed, it is the best book on this subject. Richard Leo uses data not ordinarily available. He brilliantly documents the everydayness of police dialogue with suspects in chapters discussing “professionalizing the police” and “the third degree in America” as well as through analysis of relentlessly systematic police use of deceit, manipulation, lying and disguised coercion.

For this book, Leo directly observed hundreds of investigations in Northern California police departments, and reviewed hundreds of electronically recorded police interrogations throughout the United States. He studied countless police interrogation training courses and seminars, and analyzed their published and unpublished training manuals. In addition, he interviewed numerous po

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