The Most Hated Man by Mark Pendergrast (Book Review #408)

The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment is a non-fictional book written about Jerry Sandusky who was convicted of being a serial pedophile in 2012 and was a former Penn State assistant football coach and founder of the Second Mile. The book discusses the fact that it is possible that Sandusky is innocent. It suggests that memory warping psychotherapy, police probing, and the media had an influence on the verdict, and it could have all been a fabrication.

The author is very brave to challenge the judgment on one of the most hated men in America. He examines all of the alleged victims’ memories and retrieved thoughts in therapy and analyzes how they all could have been not true. After reading the author’s other book, entitled Memory Warp, I finally could understand how he could connect this book to his other researched work.

The argument of the book was easy to follow and the work presented was well organized and investigated. The author’s intentions were clear, and I admired his attempt to explain the hazards of repressed memory therapy and use this case as an example of the problem we may be facing in determining what is real and what is not.

I recommend this book to people who are into true crime, false convictions, psychology, repressed memories, science readers and anyone in the field of medicine.

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