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. We will learn about how media outlets like The New York Times made enormous efforts to stoke racial resentments and keep a crumbling criminal case alive by filing sloppily researched or even willfully false stories about the case. And we will learn how, even with all of the institutional machinery aligned against the defendants, the case eventually unraveled under the weight of so much falsehood, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice.
Needless to say, this book is not that book the reading public eagerly awaits. Instead, this book is a very valuable addition to the supply of material suitable for wrapping fish, lining bird cages or as sanitary wipe in the restroom.