Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: June 3, 2008
Publisher: Threshold editions
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.
Read from the Book
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
Table of Contents
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
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
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
"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.