Its Not about the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered by Don YaegerThe main problem with this book is that Don Yaeger wrote it with Mike Pressler, who was the coach of the Duke lacrosse team at the time, so the books critical distance from events is, lets say, selective. Its tone is strident and florid, and its lack of compunction for making straw dummies out of everyone in Durham who was not a) on or coaching the Duke lacrosse team at the time, or b) either related to or legally representing any of the former is seriously undermining. According to this book, everything in this case was apparently all about reactionary liberals, the scourge of political correctness, and the you-cant-ever-trust-em black whores, all of whom nurture grudges against young, rich, privileged white men, who cant get a break, because theyre so fortunate. And I quote:
A crowd of protesters who were gathered at a vigil in front of fell to their knees and wept for the poor woman who had been brutally assulated and damaged for life.
Ironically, was on her knees at this time, too, but for a much different reason.
But my beef with the book isnt its I-dare-you-to-call-me-on-it political incorrectness (frankly, Id be happy if political correctness goes the way of all conservative ideology). Rather, its the nasty entitled narcissism that I imagine pervaded the frat house the night whatever happened happened -- that is, shame on any person, position, or institution which does not instantly ratify the entitlement of these boys to absolute respect, regard, and satisfaction. All those stupid intellectuals. All those left-wingers. The cracked-out strippers who came to the frat house that night and recoiled when one of the players asked her to penetrate herself with a broomstick. How dare the women only strip for five minutes when theyd been paid to to dance for an hour? The book even recounts (with a petulant so what? affect) that one of the players yelled after the departing dancers, Tell your grandfather I said thanks for my cotton shirt.
Yeah, something bad happened in that frat house that night. It may not have been rape, but it was pretty bad, and pretty banal, and no less awful for that, and neither the accused (i.e., the lacrosse team; everyone knows that the indicted three were more or less randomly chosen) nor the accuser can evade accountability. What makes this case so compelling is that *no one* is entirely sympathetic -- not the accused, not the accuser, not the university, not the legal system; therefore, its imperative we acknowledge that the ethical disaster of this case does not end with a triumphant, exculpatory press campaign. And Im waiting for the book that has the nerve to examine this. Jeffrey Toobin, are you listening?
The Uncomfortable Truth
The book was on top of one of the shelves of the Future of Humanity Institute, where I spend most of my working time these days. Below is my summary of Part one of the book the first pages or so. Update September 14th, : I just discovered that a second edition of this book was published in The summary below was made based on the first edition, published in For classic style, successful presentation consists of aligning language with truth, and the test of this alignment is clarity and simplicity.
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Mike Pressler walked into the bottomfloor meeting room of the Murray Building and, as he had done hundreds of times over a sixteen-year career at Duke University, prepared to address his men's lacrosse team. Forty-six players sat in theater-style chairs, all eyes riveted forward. It was P. The program's darkest hour had arrived in an unexpected and explosive announcement. Pressler, a three-time ACC Coach of the Year, informed his team that its season was canceled and he had "resigned," effective immediately. While his words reverberated off the walls, hysteria erupted.
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