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"Riveting. . . An important book.” –The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Burns’s gripping tale may serve as an allegory for some of the most pressing criminal justice issues of our time.” –The New York Times Book Review
“This is a controversial and important book, presenting a powerful argument that the minority youths who are convicted of raping and nearly murdering “the Central Park Jogger” were innocent of that crime (though not necessarily of other violent crimes committed in Central Park that night). It demonstrates that our justice system is far from full proof even in the face of alleged confession, eyewitness and forensic evidence. Were these false convictions based on understandable mistakes? Or were they based on racial stereotyping? Read this fine book and make up your own mind.” –Alan M. Dershowitz, author of The Trials of Zion
"Burns is a calm, lucid, and concise writer."--NPR
“Gripping from start to finish, The Central Park Five is an unvarnished look at one of the most infamous crimes in New York City history. You may think you know the true story of the Central Park jogger, but you don’t. Sarah Burns tells a harrowing story, in which her only allegiance is to the truth.” –Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland
“Remarkable…Straightforward, thought-provoking reportage.” –Booklist
“A riveting retrospective.” –News Blaze
Sarah Burns graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in American studies and went on to work for Moore & Goodman, a small civil rights law firm based in New York. She is now producing a documentary film with Ken Burns based on this book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.See all Editorial Reviews
I thought I was ordering the DVD, so was surprised whens I realized I ordered the book instead. I have only started reading it.Published 10 months ago by Louann P. Dunn
Until reading this book [and also watching the film put together by Sarah Burns' husband], I had no idea to what extent racism played a role in finding the original Central Park... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Wilma Wake
A SAD BUT TRUE BOOK. VERY INTERESTING....VERY WELL WRITTEN. I DID ENJOY IT TO THE VERY END.
I VAGUELY REMEMBER THE HEADLINES BUT NEVER KNEW THAT REAL STORY OF THESE YOUNG... Read more
This book has left out many facts that prove the 5 that were convicted were correctly convicted. Typical liberal account of facts. Leaving many inconvenient facts out.Published 17 months ago by Cage
I got this book for my mom for Christmas. She loved the book and raves so much that I am going to borrow and read.Published 23 months ago by Jacquelyn Smith
This book recounts the steps that led to a horrible injustice done to five teen aged boys who are referred to as the Central Park 5, who were convicted of raping the Central Park... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Maria
The brutal rape and battering of the Central Park jogger was one of the most notorious crimes in the last quarter century. It is also a flagrant case of false confessions. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Paul Froehlich