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  • 12/2015
  • 978-0692582435 B00UBDS936
  • 580 pages
  • $19.95
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  • 03/2015
  • B00UBDS936
  • 580 pages
  • $9.99
Deconstructing Jack: The Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders

Adult; History & Military; (Market)

You Don't Know Jack.

Not because he was a quasi-supernatural entity able to perform lightning-fast kerb-side surgery whilst running split-second rings around two London police forces.

Jack the Ripper did not exist - except within the minds of his creators and those who for one reason or another have attempted for over one hundred years to turn the myth into a reality.

In 1976 Simon Daryl Wood revealed Stephen Knight's hugely popular Royal Conspiracy to be a farrago of nonsense, and since then has written extensively on the Whitechapel Murders.

"Deconstructing Jack: The Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders," the result of over twenty years' research, casts a sceptical eye over the continuous stream of lies, invention, political misinformation, self-publicity and opportunism which has kept this Victorian bogeyman alive in the darkest reaches of our 21st Century imaginations.

Can history ever bring itself to shrug off almost 130 years of dogma and cherished beliefs, and at last smile ruefully at having been suckered in probably the greatest shell game of all time? Or will this heretical challenge to orthodoxy be peremptorily dismissed as revisionist nonsense, thus allowing the time-old parlour game of Pin the Tail on the Ripper to continue ad infinitum?

Reviews
Wood’s thought-provoking reexamination of the prototypical unsolved murder mystery lives up to its billing as the Jack the Ripper Conference’s 2015 book of the year. With painstaking attention to detail and warranted skepticism toward previous accounts, Wood goes a long way toward debunking dozens of theories of the case and expands on the work of others who have questioned whether a single person was responsible for the 1888 murders. Wood plausibly casts doubt on even some of the most basic “facts,” asking, for example, whether the five women widely regarded as Jack’s victims were actually prostitutes. Unfortunately, he never provides conclusive proof of his provocative thesis “that, rather than a linear mystery, the Whitechapel murders were a series of discrete events, with a quasi-supernatural Jack the Ripper employed as an umbrella device to explain things away whilst whipping up a diversionary scare” as part of “a high-level cover-up.” Here, Wood offers intriguing speculation, rather than evidence—for example, he hints at a political agenda behind the Whitechapel murders, possibly connected with a judicial inquiry into criminal allegations by the Times against Charles Stewart Parnell and the Irish Home Rule Party. Serious students of the crimes can only hope that Wood further develops his own theories in a future volume. (BookLife)
Amazon UK

If you have any interest in the Jack the ripper murders then you must buy this book. It is simply the greatest book written on the subject.

Amazon UK

Easily, the best book written on the subject within recent years; and in the top ten ever published. Excellent work.

Amazon US

Why do I give this book 5 stars? For one, it's written exquisitely by someone who knows how to write. That makes it a a breezy read, which is necessary given the gargantuan length of the manuscript. Do I agree with Simon's conclusions? Not at all. Many of them are flawed, or are the least likely of the given possibilities. But as a reader of Simon's work for years on the internet and in journals such as Ripperologist Magazine, I've always admired his rare ability to force new thought and new consideration. He does this by not accepting something as fact just because it's sold to him as such. To my mind, that's a valuable commodity in an author. Most Ripper books are just retreads of the same old stuff. Nothing put out by Simon is so mundane, which is why I would recommend his book to any serious reader in the field. I do not recommend agreeing with him because he sounds smart (he is) nor do I recommend disagreeing with him simply because what he says runs contrary with what the old fuddy duddies of the field say. But if something in the book resonates with you and sparks your curiosity, go investigate it for yourself. Double-check the facts. Ripperology is fun, or at least it should be. Simon Wood knows this. So get this book and have a blast.

Tom Wescott, author of the award-winning "The Bank Holiday Murders."

Goodreads

This is an absolute masterpiece. Simon Daryl Wood has [written] a stunning, interesting and informative book.
 

News
05/25/2016
2016 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

Deconstructing Jack: The Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders by Simon Daryl Wood is an Award-Winning Finalist in the "True Crime: Nonfiction" category of the 2016 International Book Awards.

08/15/2015
BOOK OF THE YEAR

Deconstructing Jack won the 2015 Book of the Year Award at the Jack the Ripper Conference, Nottingham, England.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2015
  • 978-0692582435 B00UBDS936
  • 580 pages
  • $19.95
Ebook Details
  • 03/2015
  • B00UBDS936
  • 580 pages
  • $9.99

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