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The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: fire! Films and Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981783708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981783703
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,561,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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163 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Scott Walton on November 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
You can't get grape juice by squeezing a lemon. You can't get watermelons to grow from an apple seed and you aren't going to get anything truthful from a perjurer and a liar. (And now, in 2011, a murderer.)

This young woman, in an act of selfishness, lied & defended her lies and negatively impacted the lives of many people in our area. Some lost jobs, some had their careers destroyed, some lost scholarships, many had their entire lives dominated with defending themselves against something that never happened.

If this weren't being pawned off as someone's memoirs it MIGHT make for interesting grade-B pulp fiction.

Save yourself the time, money and mental anguish and buy something worthwhile to read.
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74 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Ominous on February 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I thought this might be a good insight into the case.... wrong. Absolute junk, I cant believe someone published this. Horrible. Save your money.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E. Toomey on April 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Some very confused people, like a few of the reviewers herein, believe that everyone has the right to have their story heard. Indeed, people may have the right to tell their story, but not the right to have it heard. No one is obligated to listen. It is difficult to find a better example of a story that sharply delineates the difference between these two points than Crystal Gail Mangum's ghost written opus.

One day we will be treated to a thoughtful recounting of the horrific saga of the Duke rape hoax. We will revisit the night when a drug-addled stripper with a lengthy criminal record and a set of morals that, comparatively speaking, would entitle an alley cat to canonization, drifted into and out of a stag party, the details of which she can't even remember. We will review the sordid spectacle of 88 cowardly Duke professors who rushed to stoke racial hatred and bigotry when only the sketchiest of details about perjured accusations had been surfaced. We will recall the pitiful cowardice of Duke President Richard Brodhead who secured his place in infamy by firing the coach of the Duke lacrosse team within days of the false allegations being made public, an act for which he has yet to apologize or be held fully to account. We will avidly recount how an out-of-control Durham county prosecutor intent of winning reelection in a largely black voting district sought to enflame racial tensions by deliberately misrepresenting the truth and undertaking a consistent pattern of falsification, perjury, evidence tampering, subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice in order to sustain indictments against three Duke students he knew to be innocent.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By N on February 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Even as a die-hard UNC fan and graduate I could not believe the fact that this stripper would try to profit off the way she ruined the lives of the Duke lacrosse players. Just absolutely disgusting and I hope she doesn't make a dime off of this and I would recommend this piece of garbage to absolutely no one. Maybe she should take the profits and pay for the ruined opportunities experienced by those players or their legal fees. She is one of the most awful people I have ever heard of and I am ashamed to even know that she exists.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Simple Woman on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Nothing more than pages and pages of absolute trash, distortion, dishonesty and poorly written dribble. Crystal Mangum wouldn't know the truth if it took her out to lunch. Shame on any promoter for trying to make money off this so-called "book". Last time I checked, she's in trouble with the law again, and has popped out another baby. (Three now) The REAL victims are her children who are exposed to this grossly unfit mother.
An update: Well, for those of you who don't follow Durham's professional victim-in-residence, Mangum is charged with murder. She apparently stabbed a man. So much for poor Sister Survivor trying to her life back on track. I guess the evil white people who she blames for her every problem, somehow held her hand and made her kill another human being
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. Orgel on April 20, 2011
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If you are curious about this book, my advice would be don't buy it. I can sum up the whole story in 4 words..."It's not my fault".

Mangum, who infamously fabricated a story of being raped by 3 Duke lacrosse players at a party that she was hired to "perform" at, tells her side of the story in this book, still insisting that she was assaulted at the party, even though her story has been so thoroughly discredited by unassailable evidence that the North Carolina Attorney General not only dropped the charges against the accused players, but totally exonerated them.

The rest of the book is a recounting of her life prior to the Duke hoax. Mangum makes horrible decision after horrible decision, but never takes responsibility for her own actions, nor does she seem capable of learning from her mistakes. N. C. Attorney General Ray Cooper tried to do her a favor by not prosecuting her for her numerous false reports to police and prosecutors, stating that her history of mental illness may have compromised her ability to tell the truth from the fiction that she created, instead urging her to get help. Subsequent convictions for child abuse and vandalism, and now imprisonment while awaiting trial for the stabbing death of her boyfriend show that, again, this woman is incapable of learning from her mistakes.

I cannot recommend this book for anyone.
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