Kitty Genovese: The Murder The Bystanders The Crime That Changed America by Kevin Cook

Kitty Genovese: The Murder The Bystanders The Crime That Changed America

byKevin Cook

Paperback | March 17, 2015

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"Vividly transforms Ms. Genovese from an iconic urban martyr to a three-dimensional protagonist in a case that transformed the criminal justice system." —Sam Roberts, New York Times

In 1964 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was brutally stabbed to death on her front stoop in plain view of numerous witnesses. Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and became the stuff of urban legend. Kevin Cook’s “provocative” (Wall Street Journal) investigation upends the simple story we thought we knew. His unprecedented minute-by-minute reconstruction of the crime shatters the fable of the 38 passive witnesses—a myth perpetuated by the New York Times, movies, TV programs, and countless psychology textbooks. For the first time, Cook introduces us to a neighbor who did intervene, and he brings to life a vibrant and charismatic Kitty, working (and dancing) her way through the colorful, fast-changing New York of the ’60s.

A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy''s Honor, Kitty Genovese and The Dad Report. He lives in New York City.
Title:Kitty Genovese: The Murder The Bystanders The Crime That Changed AmericaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.2 X 5.5 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.2 X 5.5 X 0.7 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393350576

ISBN - 13:9780393350579

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Editorial Reviews

Cook is [an] adept storyteller. His peppy knowing style calls to mind pop-culture products from the time of the murder…he is firmly and persuasively in the revisionist camp.—The New YorkerProvocative.—The Wall Street JournalProvocative… As much about the alchemy of journalism as urban pathology.—Edward Kosner, The Wall Street JournalKevin Cook is raising big questions.—NPR''s All Things ConsideredCook’s restoration helps make Kitty human, not merely iconographic.—Cleveland Plain DealerA fully-realized portrait of Kitty… Readers won’t forget that she was a person, not a player in an anecdote.—Michael Washburn, Boston Sunday GlobeSmart…suspenseful. [Cook’s] reporting…is rich and deep.—Tampa Bay TimesCook manages to maintain an impressive level of tension…[M]oving…compelling.—Jordan Michael Smith, Christian Science MonitorKevin Cook rips the cover off an enduring urban myth. He’s done a first-rate reporting job, one that delivers the truth at last about an infamous murder that came to define an age.—Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd and Paradise AlleyThis is not a good book. This is a GREAT book. I don’t think I’ve read its compelling equal in twenty years. Every page reveals astonishing new facts about one of the most paralyzing events in the flawed soul of the American character. This is modern history at its storytelling best, ignored at the reader’s peril.—Harlan Ellison