This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Shakespeare Reference in Whoever Fights Monsters
Monsters, written by Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman, is a book about
serial killers and about profiling violent criminals. It’s certainly
interesting, even though Robert K. Ressler does sometimes come across as a bit
full of himself. He is certainly not above boasting at times. Anyway, the book contains
a Shakespeare reference. Ressler writes: “My CID agents worked their way into
groups that were planning disruptive activities, and reported back with what
they had seen, not just to me but also to the FBI. Lest the reader think that
this was much ado about nothing, I should point out that one of these groups
had stolen explosives from Fort Sheridan and was interrupted while planning to
bomb some military targets” (p. 27). The groups to which he’s referring are the
anti-war student groups of the 1960s, so, yes, I was one of the readers who
considered it much ado about nothing, at least as far as the necessity for the government to infiltrate the majority of them (though of course I am glad a bombing was stopped).
Monsters was published in 1992. The copy I read was the St. Martin’s
paperback edition from 1993.