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Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox: The Real Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox [Paperback]

Barbie Latza Nadeau
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15 May 2010
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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Beast Books (15 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984295135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984295135
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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27 of 39 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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8 of 12 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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23 of 35 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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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, despite the cover 3 Oct 2013
By Lisa
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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 Beauty' (please not that Burghley, unlike Nadeau, believes that Knox is innocent).

Unlike most peoople who have worked on the case, Nadeau knows and understands Italy. As such, she is instrumental in explaining the intricacies of the legal system, and the characteristics of Italian culture to the foreign observer. She is not uncritical: she takes a very firm standpoint on the undeniable weaknesses of the prosecution case and the weak links in the prosecution.

Nadeau is also incredibly sympathetic to Knox and Sollecito: her idea is that the prosecution was unduly harsh, and that the murder took place under the influence of heavy drugs and alcohol. Her approach to Knox's inability to navigate the public opinion of a different country is also very convincing.

While I can understand while somebody convinced of Knox's innocence could not appreciate this book, I think a look at the lowest-graded reviews on this page seems to convince that they barely reference the book at all. I think of all the journalists who covered the case, Nadeau is both the most sensitive and the most open to both sides of the story.
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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 5 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 6 months ago by happy me
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 10 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 14 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 M. Speight
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Fiction
Before you read this book you might want to be aware that her book is fiction. Even SHE admits this now--sort of. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars tabloid nonsense

This book is, as another reviewer stated, tabloid journalism. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Dr. C. D. Connaughton
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