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The Central Park Five
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Sarah Burns graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in American studies and went on to work for Moore & Goodman, a small civil rights law firm based in New York. She is now producing a documentary film with Ken Burns based on this book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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"Riveting. . . An important book." -The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Burns's gripping tale may serve as an allegory for some of the most pressing criminal justice issues of our time." -The New York Times Book Review

"This is a controversial and important book, presenting a powerful argument that the minority youths who are convicted of raping and nearly murdering "the Central Park Jogger" were innocent of that crime (though not necessarily of other violent crimes committed in Central Park that night). It demonstrates that our justice system is far from full proof even in the face of alleged confession, eyewitness and forensic evidence. Were these false convictions based on understandable mistakes? Or were they based on racial stereotyping? Read this fine book and make up your own mind." -Alan M. Dershowitz, author of The Trials of Zion

"Burns is a calm, lucid, and concise writer."--NPR

"Gripping from start to finish, The Central Park Five is an unvarnished look at one of the most infamous crimes in New York City history. You may think you know the true story of the Central Park jogger, but you don't. Sarah Burns tells a harrowing story, in which her only allegiance is to the truth." -Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland "Remarkable...Straightforward, thought-provoking reportage." -Booklist "A riveting retrospective." -News Blaze

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