National Affairs: Professional Viewpoint

Thievery, defined as stealing by non-violent methods, is a profession as exclusive and exacting as law or medicine. Published this week was a solid account of the life and activities of The Professional Thief,* notable for the fact that it is not a thriller but a sociological document. Written by a thief named Chic Conwell and edited by onetime University of Chicago Sociologist Edwin H. Sutherland, it represents an informed thief's-eye view of a tight guild whose trades range from shoplifting to the suavities of the confidence man. Highlights:

¶"Codes of ethics are...

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