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Faculty Book: K.C. Johnson

Stuart Taylor, Jr. and K.C. Johnson

Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case
(New York: Thomas Dunne, 2007)

The story of this ever-deepening American tragedy harbors multiple dramas, including the actions of a DA running for office; the inappropriate charges that should have been apparent to academics at Duke many months before; the local and national media, who were so slow to take account of the publicly available evidence; and the appalling reactions of law enforcement, academia, and many black leaders. Until Proven Innocent is the only book that covers all five aspects of the case (personal, legal, academic, political, and media) in a comprehensive fashion. Based on interviews with key members of the defense team, many of the unindicted lacrosse players, and Duke officials, it is also the only book to include interviews with all three of the defendants, their families, and their legal teams. The context of the Duke case has vast import and contains likable heroes, unfortunate victims, and memorable villains—and in its full telling, it is captivating nonfiction with broad political, racial, and cultural relevance to our times. K.C. Johnson is a professor of history at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: SEP 4, 2007

Category: History, Faculty Books