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Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox Paperback – Large Print, December 28, 2012

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Linda Fairstein, author and former sex crimes prosecutor "Angel Face is a brilliant postmortem of the most fascinating and disturbing true crime in recent memory." John Guare, playwright "Armchair detectives of the world, unite! Angel Face is the book you've been waiting for." Marcia Clark, former L.A. District Attorney and legal commentator "Well-researched and beautifully written, even if you're not a true-crime buff, this book is a must-read!" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

As a senior writer for The Daily Beast, Barbie Latza Nadeau provided weekly reports on the Amanda Knox case and trial throughout 2008 and 2009. She is also a regular contributor to Newsweek and a frequent commentator on CNN and the BBC. A fourteen-year resident of Rome, she has reported from Italy on everything from natural disasters to papal investitures.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; Large Print 16 pt edition (December 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458761258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458761255
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,304,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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308 of 379 people found the following review helpful By Jaha on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I honestly never heard of Amanda Knox until a couple months ago but this case intrigued me. Unfortunately there is a lot of heated public disagreements over this case and as such just about all of the media surrounding it is biased in one way or another. Naturally the several books written on the case so far are also biased, each in their own way. So in my quest to gather as many facts about the case as possible I decided to just read several of the books and then hope to find the truth somewhere in the middle. I started with Murder in Italy and followed it up with this book, Angel Face by Barbie Nadeau. I found the two books to be completely different in bias, style, and substance.

First off I must warn, if you are looking to read only one book on the Amanda Knox case then I would steer you far away from Nadeau's book. The length of the book will surely attract casual readers but unfortunately the title is very misleading when it says "True Story." Here is why.

1. It's very short clocking in at a scant 200 pages typeset with an eye friendly 12 maybe 14 point font and double spaced. It reminds me of a Harry Potter book or any mid level high school history essay. It could probably be 60 pages long if you dropped the spacing, font size, and removed a lot of the filler unrelated to the case. In other words the book just isn't long enough to give a complete overview of this complex case.

2. The style is entirely Anecdotal. Murder in Italy is a dense read full of tons of facts, sources, reprints of documents, etc, whereas Nedeau's is more like she is sitting in your room just telling you her take on the case real quick and why she thinks Knox is guilty. Because of this style Nadeau offers very little in the way of citations and sources of her material.
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66 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Ceclila on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this book hoping to get some sense of the evidence against Amanda Knox since it seemed so flimsy. This book tries to prove that she is guilty but I ended up more convinced than ever that she must be innocent--which gives you some idea of how poorly written it is....
Don't waste your time or money.
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55 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Mark on October 1, 2013
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This book, written shortly after the conviction of Amanda Knox, originally appeared under the subtitle, "The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox". It contains many errors of fact, either false information released by the police or outright fabrications. For the former the author could be forgiven if she had taken opportunity to correct them in this second edition, but says she chose not because "you can't rewrite history."

But Nadeau's factual errors pale in comparison to the effect of her intense personal dislike for Knox, which continues to color her subjective interpretation of the young student's statements, facial expressions, and body language.

For young Amanda Knox, appearances at trial were at least a respite from prison. Upon entering the courtroom her face glowed at the sight of her family among the spectators, and she had a warm smile for her attorneys. Photos depicting these reactions were described in tabloids and interpreted by Nadeau as evidence of Knox's narcissistic personality and excitement at being the center of attention.

Amanda loves Beatles songs so an aunt in Seattle sent her an "All You Need Is Love" t-shirt, which she wore at trial for her family on Valentine's day. This was also interpreted by tabloids as evidence of sociopathic or psychotic behavior.

Nadeau has a grudge against the Knox family for refusing to grant her an interview, and claims no major U.S. media source will run a story that has not been cleared by the all-powerful Knox PR firm. Though she blames them for everything in general, she has yet to cite a single specific item of false information issued by the Knox "machine".

By comparison her book is rife with specific errors of fact.
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91 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Goldman on January 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a former investigative journalist, I found this book to be more than a mere embarrassment--it's a crime against the profession. Unlike other books on the same topic (A Murder in Italy, for example), this horrible piece of gossipy trash has not a single footnote. And as a woman, I am appalled by the obvious slut-shaming of a young college student who had the gall to be in touch with her own sexuality (Jealous much, Barbie?).

It was a quick read, though I regret the two hours of my life I can never get back. During that time, I learned plenty about the decidedly UNscandalous sex life of Amanda Knox, who, it would appear, behaved pretty much like any other young woman enjoying a year abroad during what should have been the best time of her young life.

Oooh--she had a vibrator! More than one sex partner at the age of 20? And a college student who smokes pot and overshares on the internet? Better call Interpol on the kinky drug-fueled slut! Amanda scrimped and saved for her year abroad and was quietly beautiful without paying undue attention to her appearance. She was quirky. She was environmentally conscious. All these details could have pointed to the obvious conclusion that Amanda Knox was exactly the athletic and ambitious young adult portrayed by the American media. But Nadeau managed to twist all these details into a portrait of a crazed sex killer. Obviously the author has been out of college a long time--the wacky weed tends to have a couch-lock effect. I have no doubt Amanda enjoyed some pot-enhanced sex, but the idea that this drug could lead to a vicious murder would be laughable if the whole experience hadn't been so tragic.
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