Tierney’s (2006), Criminology: Theory and context (2nd ed.), provides a clear historical introduction to the field of criminology. His text combines an engaging style with a rich analysis of the discipline to enhance student understanding of this diverse and sometimes controversial field. Tierney provides insight into the development of the science, including its theories and models drawing on socio-cultural values. Ultimately, Tierney focuses on how to define crime and criminology in the current time, to engage students in the discourse as to what the field should focus itself on.