"Riveting. . . .In a way that makes for compulsive reading, Lefkowitz has exposed the substrata of evil in a seemingly idyllic town. Most troubling of all, you come away with the realization that what happened in Glen Ridge could happen anywhere."
--Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action
"Lefkowitz's extraordinary chronicle...is an important book, one that should be read by parents and educator's alike...It's possible to believe that there is not a whole new batch of "our guys" graduating from high school this year all across America...We want to think that crimes like the Glen Ridge rape are a consequence of a brutalizing environment and occur only in the impoverished inner cities...But as Lefkowitz writes: "These Glen Ridge kids, they were pure gold, every mother's dream, every father's pride...in their perfection they belonged to all of us." And if a community like that, without knowing or intending it, is raising its boys to be abusive in their dealings with girls and women...then what's going on in the rest of America? Is there some dark unforeseen underside to the American Dream that leads decent, privileged boys to behave like a pack of jackals? Lefkowitz...argues persuasively that there is...for if we are raising our male children to be feral, which is to say, if they are becoming incapable of empathy for others, especially their female counterparts, then what will their children be like?"--New York Times Book Review, front page
In March 1989 a group of teenage boys lured a retarded girl into a basement in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and gang-raped her. Glen Ridge was the kind of peaceful, affluent suburb many Americans dream about. The rapists were its most popular high school athletes. And although rumors of the crime quickly spread through the town, weeks passed before anyone saw fit to report it to the police. What made these boys capable of brutalizing a girl that some of them had known since childhood? Why did so many of their elders deny the rape and rally around its perpetrators? To solve this riddle, the Edgar award-winning author Bernard Lefkowitz conducted years of research and more than two hundred interviews. The result is not just a wrenching story of crime and punishment, but a hauntingly nuanced portrait of America's jock culture and the hidden world of unrestrained adolescent sexuality.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Prize Finalist
An Edgar Finalist
This is a very important book that, to me, transcends its original foundation. This story applies to the real and perceived issues we face as a society today. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julian Wyllie
This should be required reading for all law enforcement. The tragedy of young privileged men without a touch of a moral compass is a tragedy but the author's writing is amazing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jazzlily
A very good in-depth analysis of a terrible crime that was committed a couple of decades ago by a suburban high school crowd. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ellie
If you are wondering whether to read this book: do. It is fair, thorough, engrossing, meticulous. I think it should be required reading for high school students and teachers of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
I had read this book years ago but wanted to read it again, to see its portrait of what happens when teenaged athletes are fawned over until their values are warped and they... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Scott A. Conroe
So thought provoking and mind opening. With the crazy amount of sexual abuse and violence that we find in our society, this book is a must read for anyone wanting to delve into... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Extraordinary
This book is an intense and intriguing read. Based off of true events, the atrocity that occurred in Glen Ridge inspires thought into the underlying reasons about how something... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ashley Bradley
This is a really great book. I grew up about an hour and half from the town, though I was just born when this case happened. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rebecca