Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him


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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah Weinman is the author of Scoundrel and The Real Lolita and the editor, most recently, of Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit & Obsession. She was a 2020 National Magazine Award finalist for reporting and a Calderwood Journalism Fellow at MacDowell, and her work has appeared in New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. Weinman writes the crime column for the New York Times Book Review and lives in New York City and Northampton, MA.


Praise for Unspeakable Acts--///
"Irresistible." --People
Sarah Weinman has taken a minor footnote in American history--conservative icon William F. Buckley's strange friendship with (and advocacy for) a convicted murderer--and spun a breathtaking narrative about the criminal justice system, betrayal, and our culture of celebrity. Brilliantly reported and immensely readable, Scoundrel is a smart social commentary with all the twisted pleasures of a psychological thriller. I defy you to put it down.--Abbott Kahler, author (as Karen Abbott) of The Ghosts of Eden Park
"Scoundrel is a thoroughly mesmerizing work of true crime and American history, and Sarah Weinman leaves no stone unturned in this extraordinary story of empathy, betrayal, celebrity, and the criminal justice system." --Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Devil in the Grove
In the court of public opinion, a woman who devotes herself to freeing an imprisoned murderer, only to regret unleashing a sociopath on society, is often judged a victim of her own desperation as much as a man's manipulation, but what about the eminent public intellectual who uses his platform to do the same thing? Sarah Weinman defies the genre of true crime in this extraordinary book about a cause célèbre gone terribly wrong.--Alexis Coe, New York Times bestselling author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
"Enthralling.... The book is a must-read for true crime fans, but it will appeal to nonfiction readers across genres for its thrilling blend of crime, media, and politics in mid-century America.... An immediately absorbing story."--Library Journal (starred review)
Wholly compelling reading.--Kirkus Reviews
"In this mesmerizing account, Weinman (The Real Lolita) does a masterly job resurrecting a stranger-than-fiction chapter in American criminal justice.... [An] instant classic."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Weinman does an impeccable job with this wild story of murder, celebrity, politics, and the American ability to put unsavory characters on a pedestal.--Literary Hub
Weinman, rightly acclaimed for 'The Real Lolita," again examines the misogyny inherent in true-crime culture, then and now.--Los Angeles Times