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Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case (Melville House Classic Journalism)
Synopses & Reviews
"The most important book by perhaps the most important newspaper editor of the last half century."-Gay Talese
"Abe Rosenthal told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes-and hearts-and voices."-Mike Wallace
"A memorable book that needs to be available to anyone who struggles to live an honorable life."-Robert Coles
It's one of the most oft-cited murders in US history: Thirty-eight people in Queens, New York, watched from their windows as twenty-eight-year-old Kitty Genovese was chased by a madman with a knife up and down their respectable, middle-class street, screaming for help while she was attacked, again and again, until she was dead. The murder took over half an hour. Not one of the thirty-eight witnesses did a thing to help her.
Legendary newsman Abe Rosenthal was metro editor of TheNew York Timesthen, and the murder occurred on his beat.
Thirty years after its first publication, his Thirty-Eight Witnesses remains the only book on the subject, as well as the only book ever written by the great journalist. It is part memoir, part investigative journalism, and part public service.
A.M. Rosenthalwas, for many years, the executive editor of The New York Times, deciding to run the Pentagon Papers, among other notable stories. Before that, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism. He died in 2005.
"[Rosenthal] told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes—and hearts—and voices."
—Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes
It remains one of the most notorious deaths in New York City history not because of who was murdered but because of the circumstances: 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered, in an attack that took nearly thirty minutes and had thirty-eight witnesses...not one of whom did a thing to stop the murderer or even call for help.
A.M. Rosenthal, who would later become one of the most famous and controversial editors The New York Times has ever had, was the newspaper's city editor then; the murder happened on his beat. He first published this book in 1964, the year of the murder. It is part memoir, part investigative journalism, and part public service.
A.M. Rosenthal was editor of The New York Times from 1969 through 1986, during which time he gained fame for the paper's coverage of the war in Vietnam, Watergate, the Iran-Contra scandal, and in particular for his decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. Prior to that he was a foreign correspondent for the Times, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. He died in 2006.
About the Author
A.M. Rosenthal was, for many years, editor-in-chief of the New York Times, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter before that. He died in 2006.
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