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Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox [Kindle Edition]

Barbie Latza Nadeau
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Book Description

Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime.

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Linda Fairstein, author and former sex crimes prosecutor "Angel Face is a brilliant postmortem of the most fascinating and disturbing true crime in recent memory." John Guare, playwright "Armchair detectives of the world, unite! Angel Face is the book you've been waiting for." Marcia Clark, former L.A. District Attorney and legal commentator "Well-researched and beautifully written, even if you're not a true-crime buff, this book is a must-read!"

About the Author

As a senior writer for The Daily Beast, Barbie Latza Nadeau provided weekly reports on the Amanda Knox case and trial throughout 2008 and 2009. She is also a regular contributor to Newsweek and a frequent commentator on CNN and the BBC. A fourteen-year resident of Rome, she has reported from Italy on everything from natural disasters to papal investitures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Beast Books (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984295135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984295135
  • ASIN: B003AY9LJO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very quick read. 7 Feb. 2015
I did not think that there was enough fact regarding the case in this book instead it was more the writers views and interpretations of the case. I did find it interesting and I found her view of what happened that night to be more credible than that of the prosecutions. What I can not get my head around throughout all of this is that neither Amanda or Raffaele have ever truly been able to remember what they were doing on that night and have never managed to get their stories to tie together. If you have read Amanda's book waiting to be heard, and Rafaele's book then the discrepancies are there clearly in THEIR OWN words. I recommend that you read both. I think one has to ask the question 'why would you say that you were there and accuse a totally innocent man if you were never there and had nothing to hide.'. I don't find the excuse of police brutality a reason for doing that, why would you even place yourself there at all???, also why if this was the case did the defence not prosecute the police for it?. I would say the book is worth reading even though it lacks substance in places.
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35 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An embarrassing read 3 Nov. 2011
I can only credit Nadeau for two things:

1) Pointing out that it's very likely Amanda was cuffed in the back of the head during the interrogation on the night she was arrested, and

2) Pointing out the misconduct of the prosecution and the flaws in their case

The rest of the book reads like tabloid fodder and was clearly written by someone who wished to make a profit off the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher. Nadeau also throws in her own theory of what happened on the night of November 1. Which, much like the prosecution's, is devoid of any real logic and is, quite frankly, preposterous: Waking up hours later with "crippling hangovers" and no memory of killing Kercher, yet still able to quickly remove ALL evidence of theirs in Kercher's bedroom while still leaving Guede's behind... Really, Nadeau? Really?

I also found this book blatantly disrespectful to the murder victim, Meredith Kercher. There was absolutely NO reason to reveal details about Kercher's anatomy or her private life for all to see. Even if I were leaning on the side of Knox's and Sollecito's guilt, I would find this morally reprehensible.
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28 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, incomplete and defamatory 6 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a truly awful book by someone more interested in 'press gang' gossip than the facts. It features a theory of the crime that rests on thoroughly discredited evidence and veers incoherently back and forth between equivocal speculation about what might have happened and unrestrained affirmations of the guilt of Knox and Sollecito (whose acquittal ought to have registered with the publisher by now). There are far better works on the subject. This is definitely at the bottom of the pile. One star is too much.
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25 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking 24 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent. Insightful and thought provoking. However, many unanswered questions remain: why were there no body searches for markings (it was claimed Amanda had a cut under her chin), why were the local bins not searched, why were the clothes in the washing machine not examined... and why was the bucket not tested for blood, why were the knives in knox's bag not why were the accused not tested for drugs? What satanic items were found in Raf's apartment and why was a pillow placed under Meredith's hips? Hopefully there will be a follow up to this book and these and other pertinent questions may be answered.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too short 8 Aug. 2014
By Hre
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An engrossing but problematic account of the infamous Perugia case. Wanted more detail and less conjecture. It's best to read the Knox and Sollecito memoirs before reading this to get to know them in their own words. The picture painted by the author of them lacks depth and doesn't take into account the many misconceptions of the case that were dispelled later on by the first appeal. The epilogue needs to be longer as well, because the book is already two years' out of date.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I would hate to have this book on my conscience 24 Nov. 2013
By Mark
This book, written shortly after the conviction of Amanda Knox, originally appeared under the subtitle, "The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox". It contains many errors of fact, either false information released by the police or outright fabrications. For the former the author could be forgiven if she had taken opportunity to correct them in this second edition, but says she chose not because "you can't rewrite history."

But Nadeau's factual errors pale in comparison to the effect of her intense personal dislike for Knox, which continues to color her subjective interpretation of the young student's statements, facial expressions, and body language.

For young Amanda Knox, appearances at trial were at least a respite from prison. Upon entering the courtroom her face glowed at the sight of her family among the spectators, and she had a warm smile for her attorneys. Photos depicting these reactions were described in tabloids and interpreted by Nadeau as evidence of Knox's narcissistic personality and excitement at being the center of attention.

Amanda loves Beatles songs so an aunt in Seattle sent her an "All You Need Is Love" t-shirt, which she wore at trial for her family on Valentine's day. This was also interpreted by tabloids as evidence of sociopathic or psychotic behavior.

Nadeau has a grudge against the Knox family for refusing to grant her an interview, and claims no major U.S. media source will run a story that has not been cleared by the all-powerful Knox PR firm. Though she blames them for everything in general, she has yet to cite a single specific item of false information issued by the Knox "machine".

By comparison her book is rife with specific errors of fact.
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Published 6 months ago by SUEDEDOG
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Very well written read in 3 days on train cannot put down at all ! Good read throughout - great
Published 13 months ago by joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars guilty as charged
guilty as charged how the americans think they can get away with anything in the world just by being american
Published 15 months ago by happy me
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, despite the cover
Despite the sensationalistic and gory cover chosen by the Daily Beast, this book is probably the best one I have read on the case together with Nina Burghley's 'The Fatal Gift of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Salacious inaccurate drivel !
The fact this journalist has the audacity to call herself a serious objective journalist, when she is tweeting inappropriate comments, boggles the mind. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Marie-Antoinette Ferreira-Pursley
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness...
Someone in the USA has actually read the evidence and studied the case properly! This book is different in that the author concentrates more on the personalities involved and the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tony B
1.0 out of 5 stars no miscarriage of justice.-Guilty
This no miscarriage of justice both knox and her ex-boyfriend, were
guilty of a henious crime, of a young innocent girl,what woman would
be up early waiting for the... Read more
Published on 5 Nov. 2011 by bookworm.
1.0 out of 5 stars guess you where wrong
Well the trial has been proved wrong and the appeal judge said she didn't do it. She is innocent not guilty.
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