Reconsidering Monsters

Joseph R. Stains

The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment. By Mark Pendergrast. Mechanicsburg, PA: Sunberry Press, Inc. ISBN 1-62006-765-9. 391 pp. Paperback, $19.95.

Jerry Sandusky is a monster, a serial pedophile!” is so deeply entrenched in the American psyche that it is virtually impossible to mention another view without arousing contempt or condescending pity. The only way to see the case through a fresh set of eyes would be a work by someone detached from all things Pennsylvania—a credentialed, disinterested investigator with a flair for thorough, balanced research and with an established track record of even-tempered integrity.

Mark Pendergrast has achieved that niche with The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment, probably the most even-handed and thoroughly documented volume on the topic.

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