It was a crime that captured national attention. In the idyllic suburb of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, four of the town's most popular high school athletes were accused of raping a retarded young woman while nine of their teammates watched. Everyone was riveted by the question: What went wrong in this seemingly flawless American town? In search of the answer, Bernard Lefkowitz takes the reader behind Glen Ridge's manicured facade into the shadowy basement that was the scene of the rape, into the mansions on 'Millionaire's Row', into the All-American high school, and finally into the courtroom where justice itself was on trial. Lefkowitz's sweeping narrative, informed by more than 200 interviews and six years of research, recreates a murky adolescent world that parents didn't - or wouldn't - see: a high school dominated by a band of predatory athletes; a teenage culture where girls were frequently abused and humiliated at sybaritic and destructive parties, and a town that continued to embrace its celebrity athletes - despite the havoc they created - as 'our guys'.
But that was not only true of Glen Ridge; Lefkowitz found that the unqualified adulation the athletes received in their town was echoed in communities throughout the nation. Glen Ridge was not an aberration. The clash of cultures and values that divided Glen Ridge, Lefkowitz writes, still divides the country. Parents, teachers, and anyone concerned with how children are raised, how their characters are formed, how boys and girls learn to treat each other, will want to read this important book.
Publisher: University of California Press
Number of pages: 428
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 41 mm
"Extraordinary. A calm, methodical, painstakingly researched, and important book that should be read by parents and educators alike." * New York Times *
"One of the most essential . . . reads in recent memory." * Atlanta Journal-Constitution *
"Heartbreaking. . . . A brave and unequivocating book, as important as Susan Brownmiller's Against Our Will." * Newsday *
"A shocking and horrifying example of cultural dysfunction that, the author asserts, is not limited to Glen Ridge." * Kirkus Reviews *
"Parents, teachers, and others need to understand what Lefkowitz so capably exposes about the 'All-American' male cultural setting. Highly recommended for a broad readership." * Library Journal *
"Lefkowitz has written a compelling account of the incident and the resulting trials. He examines a part of American culture that appears to condone wildness and aggression in its young males and passive servitude in the females. . . . Highly recommended." * Booklist *
"This passionate, compassionate true-crime tale looks past the perps and their coconspirators to indict an entire way of life." * Entertainment Weekly *