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August 7, 2006

Our Guys by Bernard Lefkowitz

Our Guys is an extremely well-written, thoroughly researched and penetratingly analytic study and account of the crime that took place in a Glen Ridge, NJ basement in March 1989. A mentally retarded girl was raped by a handful of jocks and Lefkowitz examines not only the perpretrators and the victim but also the town, its values and the adults who were all, to varying degrees, culprits to this horrendous crime. What unfolds is a grim picture of a culture that worshipped school athletes above everything else, the confused and often twisted sexuality of teens in our over-sexed society and the leg up that people of higher socio-economic levels will always have. Furthermore Lefkowitz doesn't shy away from the complexities of the case which make the case uncomfortably gray at times but ultimately results in a richer, more nuanced investigation. If this sounds interesting to you let me warn you, it's hard to put this book down, even at 500 plus pages long.

The New York Times Book Review writes, "Extraordinary. A calm, methodical, painstakingly researched, and important book that should be read by parents and eductors alike."



I just love reading your blogs. I don't know how I stumbled across your site, but I found it and ended up looking at it for a good hour or so (while at work.. WOOPS.)

I too love little things, animals, paws, and so many of the silly things you find entertainment in. It's like we're 'random interest' soulmates.. but since we don't know eachother, that's just creepy. haha. I'll end it there.

Thanks for the good laughs.

Posted by: Keni at August 7, 2006 7:34 PM

I've a theory about gray "issues"...

These issues aren't so much gray as much as they are perceived to be gray. What is lacking or perhaps more correctly stated - missing - is the appropriate magnifying glass (e.g., a plan, procedure, process, regulation, or law) through which one might review the issue in an attempt to better distinguish the black and white sub-issues. It's only because the black and white sub-issues are so closely-linked that we (as fallable humans) elect to call it gray.

If we take the time needed to truly look, then we usually find the answers.

Posted by: |mr|Darcy at August 8, 2006 5:46 PM

Hey--I read this on your recommendation, and it was as good as advertised. Thanks!

Posted by: tomas at October 13, 2006 6:10 PM

Nice! I'm happy to hear that, Thomas.


Posted by: Andrea at October 13, 2006 6:35 PM
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