It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered

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It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered

by Don Yaeger
with Mike Pressler

Threshold editions | June 3, 2008 | Trade Paperback

It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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 4:35 P.M. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006. 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. Players cried, confused over a course of events that had spun wildly out of control. What began as an off-campus team party with two hired strippers had accelerated into a rape investigation -- one that exposed prosecutorial misconduct, shoddy police work, an administration''s rush to judgment, and the media''s disregard for the facts -- dividing both a prestigious university and the city of Durham.

Wiping away tears, Pressler demonstrated the steely resolve that helped him win more than two hundred games. For the next thirty minutes, Pressler put his personal situation aside and encouraged his players to stick together. He also made a bold promise: "One day, we will get a chance to tell the world the truth. One day."

This is that day.

Pressler, who has not done an interview since the saga began, has handed his private diary from those three weeks to New York Times bestselling author Don Yaeger, exposing vivid details, including the day Pressler was fired, when the coach asked Athletic Director Joe Alleva why the school "wasn''t willing to wait for the truth" to come out. "It''s not about the truth anymore," Alleva said to the coach in a signature moment that said it all. In addition to Pressler, Yaeger interviewed more than seventy-five key figures intimately involved in the case. The result is a tale that defies logic.

"It is tough to be one of fifty people who believed a story when fifty million people believed something else," Pressler said. "This wasn''t about the truth to many of the others involved. My story is all about the truth."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: June 3, 2008

Publisher: Threshold editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416551492

ISBN - 13: 9781416551492

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will be fully immersed in the story Very good book. As a fan of lacrosse and the environment of college sports, I found the book to be very well written. The case is highly documented. A good piece of investigation.
Date published: 2009-05-03

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It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered

by Don Yaeger
with Mike Pressler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: June 3, 2008

Publisher: Threshold editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416551492

ISBN - 13: 9781416551492

About the Book

What began as an off-campus team party with two hired strippers accelerated into a rape investigation--one that exposed prosecutorial misconduct, shoddy police work, an administrations rush to judgment, as well as the medias disregard for the facts.

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CHAPTER ONE THE PERFECT STORM It was a postcard-perfect Monday afternoon in North Carolina on March 13, 2006. A brilliant sun was accompanied by temperatures in the midseventies. The campus of Duke University was peaceful and relatively empty with the arrival of spring break. Dukies, with the exception of athletic teams in season such as mens lacrosse, welcomed the reprieve. The city of Durham, meanwhile, embraced a new work week. Durhamites savored the crisp, clean air as they scurried around town and tackled their to-do lists. Little did they know the perfect storm had started to churn on the horizon. The Perfect Storm? Yes, thats exactly what would occur. Not a drop of rain would fall in Durham over the next twelve hours, but an extraordinary combination of events would devastate a prestigious university and a proud city, changing many lives forever. Not rain, not snow, not wind would cause this massive destruction. The elements that produced this perfect storm were in a powder keg, just waiting to be ignited. That powder keg, located in the living room at 610 North Buchanan Boulevard, was packed with the politics of privilege, race, sex, and money. As the alcohol flowed, and music filled the air, the fuse was lit. There was an explosion around midnight. Duke University, ranked as the thirteenth Best University in the World in 2006 by the New York Times Higher Education Supplement , is extraordinarily picturesque. Grand Gothic buildings covered in warm, gold- toned brick s
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Table of Contents

Contents

Author''s Note

1. The Perfect Storm

2. Don''t Worry, This Will Blow Over

3. Duke and Durham

4. Lacrosse at Duke

5. The Strippers

6. The Cops

7. 1-1 and Done

8. Blue Wall of Silence

9. Who Is Mike Nifong?

10. Press Hound

11. The President

12. Perfect Offenders, Perfect Victim

13. Agendas All Around

14. The Media

15. "It''s Not About the Truth Anymore"

16. No Match

17. Politics of Race

18. All In

19. Crumbling Case

20. Summer Camp

21. General Election

22. "No Penetration"

23. "You Can''t Make Me"

24. Cruelest of Ironies

25. Duke Lacrosse 2007

26. Exonerated

27. Moving On

A Timeline of Events

The Cast of Characters

From the Publisher

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 4:35 P.M. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006. 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. Players cried, confused over a course of events that had spun wildly out of control. What began as an off-campus team party with two hired strippers had accelerated into a rape investigation -- one that exposed prosecutorial misconduct, shoddy police work, an administration''s rush to judgment, and the media''s disregard for the facts -- dividing both a prestigious university and the city of Durham.

Wiping away tears, Pressler demonstrated the steely resolve that helped him win more than two hundred games. For the next thirty minutes, Pressler put his personal situation aside and encouraged his players to stick together. He also made a bold promise: "One day, we will get a chance to tell the world the truth. One day."

This is that day.

Pressler, who has not done an interview since the saga began, has handed his private diary from those three weeks to New York Times bestselling author Don Yaeger, exposing vivid details, including the day Pressler was fired, when the coach asked Athletic Director Joe Alleva why the school "wasn''t willing to wait for the truth" to come out. "It''s not about the truth anymore," Alleva said to the coach in a signature moment that said it all. In addition to Pressler, Yaeger interviewed more than seventy-five key figures intimately involved in the case. The result is a tale that defies logic.

"It is tough to be one of fifty people who believed a story when fifty million people believed something else," Pressler said. "This wasn''t about the truth to many of the others involved. My story is all about the truth."

About the Author

Don Yaeger is the coauthor of The New York Times bestselling Under the Tarnished Dome and the critically acclaimed Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, son, and daughter.
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