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

ISBN-10: 1416551492
ISBN-13: 9781416551492
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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."

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.

Mike Presslerwas the head coach of the Duke Lacrosse team. Under his leadership the team won three Atlantic Coast Conference championships,ten NCAA tournament berths, and made an appearance in the 2005 Division I men's lacrosse championship game. He now coaches the lacrosse team at Bryant College in Rhode Island.

Author's Note
The Perfect Storm
Don't Worry, This Will Blow Over
Duke and Durham
Lacrosse at Duke
The Strippers
The Cops
I-I and Done
Blue Wall of Silence
Who Is Mike Nifong?
Press Hound
The President
Perfect Offenders, Perfect Victim
Agendas All Around
The Media
"It's Not About the Truth Anymore"
No Match
Politics of Race
All In
Crumbling Case
Summer Camp
General Election
"No Penetration"
"You Can't Make Me"
Cruelest of Ironies
Duke Lacrosse 2007
Exonerated
Moving On
Epilogue
A Timeline of Events
The Cast of Characters

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