"Until Proven Innocent is the most compelling true crime book of the year. Its immersion into the case and access to the major players makes the reader feel like an insider. The book is crammed full of salacious details, scientific details, background details, etc., but it never feels overwhelming. After reading the book, though, you will feel disgusted, if not outraged." --Amanda Barrett, The Chicago Sun-Times
"In their vivid, at times chilling account, the authors are contemptuous of prosecutor Mike Nifong, whom the North Carolina legal establishment disbarred for his by now well-documented misconduct. But their most biting scorn is aimed at the 'academic McCarthyism' that they say has infected top-rated American universities like Duke." --Evan Thomas, Newsweek
"From the Scottsboro Boys to Clarence Gideon, some of the most memorable legal narratives have been tales of the wrongly accused. Now Until Proven Innocent, a new book about the false allegations of rape against three Duke lacrosse players, can join these galvanizing cautionary tales. Taylor and Johnson have made a gripping contribution to the literature of the wrongly accused. They remind us of the importance of constitutional checks on prosecutorial abuse. And they emphasize the lesson that Duke callously advised its own students to ignore: if you're unjustly suspected of any crime, immediately call the best lawyer you can afford." --Jeffrey Rosen, The New York Times Book Review
“Brutally honest, unflinching, exhaustively researched, and compulsively readable, Until Proven Innocent excoriates those who led the stampede—the prosecutor, the cops, the media—but it also exposes the cowardice of Duke’s administration and faculty. Until Proven Innocent smothers any lingering doubts that in this country the presumption of innocence is dead, dead, dead.” --John Grisham
“This compelling narrative dramatizes the fearsome power of unscrupulous police and prosecutors to wreck the lives of innocent people, especially when the media and many in the community rush to presume guilt. The inspiring story of how the defense lawyers turned the tables on a dishonest DA points to the crying need for reforms to give defendants of modest means a fighting chance when law enforcement goes bad.” --Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law at the New York Law School
“In what surely is this year’s most revealing, scalding and disturbing book on America’s civic culture, the authors demonstrate that the Duke case was symptomatic of the dangerous decay of important institutions—legal, academic, and journalistic. . . . With this meticulous report, the guilty have at last been indicted and convicted.” --George F. Will
“A gripping, meticulous, blow-by-blow account of the whole grotesque affair. It is beautifully written, dramatic, and full of insights, exposing how vulnerable the prosecutorial system is to abuse and how ready the liberal media and PC academics are to serve as leaders of the lynch mob. A must read for anyone who cares about individual rights and justice.” --William P. Barr, former attorney general of the United States
“A chilling, gripping account of how our judicial system can go terribly wrong. This is an important book that brings the Duke story to life and exposes troubling facts about our justice system and our citadels of higher learning. You may think you know the Duke story—but you don’t until you read this book.” --Jan Crawford Greenberg, ABC News legal correspondent and author of Supreme Conflict
“The analysis of the notorious Duke rape case in this book is hard to accept. According to Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, this episode was not just a terrible injustice to three young men. It exposed a fever of political correctness that is more virulent than ever on American campuses and throughout society. . . . Unfortunately for doubts, the authors lay out the facts with scrupulous care. This is a thorough and absorbing history of a shameful episode. ” --Michael Kinsley, columnist for Time magazine
This book is very well researched and written.
One of the most exciting sections shows how bloggers became heroes when the national media, including Nancy Grace and the New York Times, had joined the mob.
Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson have written a superb book about a perfect storm that was the Duke-Lacrosse case.
Very informative, a lot more people should be aware of this information. The only drawbacks would be that it gets a bit monotonous at the end, and it may make you angry at the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Seth
Made all the more powerful by recent events Until Proven Innocent shows how easy it is for the media and interested parties to create a lynch mob in search of victims. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
this is a book everyone should read. shows how our "college professors " are blinded by ideology without examining the facts. shame on Duke.Published 4 months ago by Robert E. Marsico Sr.
They must be guilty because they've been charged, HAH. I guess the reporters think they know more than the public. Recommended.Published 6 months ago by D Crowder
This book along with Grisham's "An Innocent Man" should shake anyone's faith in the Criminal Justice "system. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. C. Gorman
Frightening read, and unfortunately true. I thought that the authors went a bit overboard claiming Nifong developed a hate for lacrosse players because UNC law school overlooked... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Possum Trot
Chilling look at the way certain crimes have you convicted even before being indicted.
The scariest part is that this is a true story!
I decided to read this book after finishing the Cohan book on the Duke lacrosse scandal, and now that I've read both I wonder what the Cohan book itself really contributes to our... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Harry