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MITCHEL P. ROTH received the Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1993 and is currently professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He has written extensively about the history of crime and punishment and was selected by the Texas Department of Public Safety to write its history and update it three times over the past fifteen years. His books include Crime and Punishment: A History of the Criminal Justice System, Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement, and The Encyclopedia of War Journalism.TOM KENNEDY spent twenty-five years with the late Houston Post as a columnist and member of the Editorial Board. His columns focused on politics, police, and criminal justice. He authored From Waco to Wall Street, the biography of SYSCO founder John Baugh. A Baylor University journalism graduate, he resides in Houston with his wife Glenda.
"The authors do an exceptional job piecing the history together. The vivid descriptions of life in early Houston, as well as the elaborate details concerning the evolution of policing in the country's fourth largest city, make this a highly engaging read."-- Daniel M. Stewart , criminal justice, University of North Texas | " Houston Blue leaves the reader with a true sense of history and pride for the many Houston Police officers--the men and women in blue--who gave so much of themselves and their families to serve the citizens of Houston for the past 175 years. It is a must read for anyone with a fondness of history and policing, for the art of storytelling and the early days of good guys and bad guys, and for the surprising appearance of John Wayne in the annals of the Houston Police Department."-- Michael Bozeman , criminal justice, University of Texas-Tyler