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Our Guys It Was A Crime That Captured National Attention In The Idyllic Suburb Of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Four Of The Town S Most Popular High School Athletes Were Accused Of Raping A Retarded Young Woman While Nine Of Their Teammates Watched Everyone Was Riveted By The Question What Went Wrong In This Seemingly Flawless American Town In Search Of The Answer, Bernard Lefkowitz Takes The Reader Behind Glen Ridge S Manicured Facade Into The Shadowy Basement That Was The Scene Of The Rape, Into The Mansions On Millionaire S Row, Into The All American High School, And Finally Into The Courtroom Where Justice Itself Was On Trial.Lefkowitz S Sweeping Narrative, Informed By Than 200 Interviews And Six Years Of Research, Recreates A Murky Adolescent World That Parents Didn T Or Wouldn T See A High School Dominated By A Band Of Predatory Athletes A Teenage Culture Where Girls Were Frequently Abused And Humiliated At Sybaritic And Destructive Parties, And A Town That Continued To Embrace Its Celebrity Athletes Despite The Havoc They Created As Our Guys But That Was Not Only True Of Glen Ridge Lefkowitz Found That The Unqualified Adulation The Athletes Received In Their Town Was Echoed In Communities Throughout The Nation Glen Ridge Was Not An Aberration The Clash Of Cultures And Values That Divided Glen Ridge, Lefkowitz Writes, Still Divides The Country.Parents, Teachers, And Anyone Concerned With How Children Are Raised, How Their Characters Are Formed, How Boys And Girls Learn To Treat Each Other, Will Want To Read This Important Book.


10 thoughts on “Our Guys

  1. says:

    See this www.readrantrockandroll.comI had to read this book for a college sociology class and I had zero expectations in enjoying the book given the content of it It s true that it s difficult to read at times, but the writing pulled me in and I had to know what was going to happen to the group of people responsible What s no surprise to me, even after reading this years ago, is that this behavior is sti...


  2. says:

    I just wrote some comments on the book Until Proven Innocent, which was about the Duke lacrosse fiasco In that case, a community engaging in class warfare, law enforcement, and the media all conspired to blame the accused, long after obvious contradictions had arisen Our Guys is kind of the flip side to that nightmare but is essentially the same nightmare Here the community blamed the victim and rallied around the accused, long after the damning facts came out and these athletes mythology h I just wrote some comments on the book Until Proven Innocent, which was ab...


  3. says:

    A statement on page 491 of this book pretty much says it all through her the girl who was raped life it appeared that the values of the community around her the community she grew up in, had not progressed beyond those of a high school pep rally And that s pretty much what the town of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, feels like while reading this book a town that, adults included, lived through and for its high school athletes boys only, of course , protected them at all costs, and believed A statement on page 491 of this book pretty much says it all through her the girl who was raped life it appeared that the values of the community around her the community she grew up in, had not progressed beyond those of a high school pep rally And that s pretty much what the town of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, feels like while reading this book a town that, adults included, lived through and for its high school athletes boys only, of course , protected them at all costs, and believed they could do no wrong Entire other boo...


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    I was assigned to read this book in a college class on gender, and it fit the you can t put it down category better than any other I can think of I agree with critics that Lefkowitz lets too much of his bias into the already compelling story But he does an excellent job providing background of the incident history, culture, specific people.Having recently suffered high school, much in this book didn t surprise me A reviewer from Glen Ridge gave interesting comments I lived in the area at I was assigned to read this book in a college class on gender, and it fit the you can t put it down category better than any other I can think of I agree with critics that Lefkowitz lets too much of his bias into the already compelling story But he does an excellent job providing background of the incident history, culture, specific people.Having recently suffered high school, much in this book didn t surprise me A reviewer from Glen Ridge gave interesting comments I lived in the area at the time, too , but I think that person missed the point It s not Glen Ridge, it could just as easily be Chesterfield, MO Brookline, MA Northbrook, IL Dunwoody, GA or any other upper class suburb Or indeed, anywhere period I detected a theme linking money to power to exploitation of others, though perhaps that s my liberal political leanings.I think the best quality of this book is its potential to rile people to action, and I hope readers write lette...


  5. says:

    Most compelling reason for why we should change the way we look at sport players Sad thing is, nothing has really changed since this book came out.


  6. says:

    This was a very interesting well researched book about a case I did not know anything about It happened quite a long time ago, and it is about a group of popular high school students, who were footballers and because of that and other sports they were admired even though they were not even that good at it who raped a mentally retarded girl and instead of being ridiculed by the community where they lived, they were all blaming the victim It is mostly about how in America at schools, sports This was a very interesting well researched book about a case I did not know anything about It happened quite a long time ago, and it is about a group of popular high school students, who were footballers and because of that and other sports they were admired even though they were not even that good at it who raped a mentally retarded girl and instead of being ridiculed by the community where they lived, they were all blaming the victim It is mostly about how in America at schools, sports is so big that if you play for the team, you do not have to get as high grades as the other students do When you play for the school it means if you are a gu...


  7. says:

    phenomenal book if you want to understand what happened in stubenville ohio the read this book it is a scathing indictment of the toxic american culture that breeds victimizers and rapists this book is clear that there are no bad apples but a corrosive environment that encourages the strong and affluent to pick on the weak and especially female it s a jockocracy of misogyny and it started before these boys lured their victim into the basement and raped her and is clearly still occurring tod phenomenal book if you want to understand what happened in stubenville ohio the read this book it is a scathing indictment of the toxic american culture that breeds victimizers and rapists this book is clear that there are no bad apples but a corrosive environment that encourages the strong and affluent to pick on the weak and especially female it s a jockocracy of misogyny and it started before these boys lured their victim into the basement and raped her and is clearly still occurring today this book is a must read for people who want to understand the terrible results of the toxic soup that is insu...


  8. says:

    This book could have been sensationalist pedestrian given the subject matter , frankly, the tendencies of most True Crime writers pump out that book quick before the media blitz stops I would imagine that when you are writing about something like the gang rape of a retarded teenager by a group of suburban athletes, many of whom had known her since childhood, it would be very easy to write something slick prurient Mr Lefkowitz manages to avoid that.Mr Lefkowitz spent 7 year This book could have been sensationalist pedestrian given the subject matter , frankly, the tendencies of most True Crime writers pump out that book quick before the media blitz stops I would imagine that when you are writing about something like the gang rape of a retarded teenager by a group of suburban athletes, many of whom had known her since childhood, it would be very easy to write something slick prurient Mr Lefkowitz manages to avoid that.Mr Lefkowitz spent 7 years researching this book, not only interviewing re interviewing hundreds of people either involved in the case or somehow connected to the town of Glen Ridge, NJ where the crime occurred, but he also read most of the literature on ra...


  9. says:

    This is a painfully detailed read but an important one that provides an in depth analysis of a gang rape of a girl who has mental retardation in Glen Ridge It provides insight into why and how cultures perpetuate sexual violence so that we can hopefully learn to do better.


  10. says:

    I read this book every heartbreaking word years ago, but in light of the recent Texas event one we ve all come to hear about among the many we have not , I m passing the book along to friends and plan to read it again.Who was it who said, History repeats itself When do we learn