SPORTS & RECREATION

Start by Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions That Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster

Hachette. Jan. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780316532150. $28. SPORTS
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The conviction and sentencing of Larry Nassar in 2018 resolved the worst sexual abuse scandal in sports history, although the healing process continues for hundreds of victims. Winners of the Peabody Award for their previous coverage of the case, Barr and Murphy, both investigative reporters at ESPN, have written the most comprehensive account of the scandal to date, including a biographical portrait of Nassar and an in-depth investigation of the safety nets that failed to protect the young gymnasts in his care. Several survivors have released deeply affecting memoirs; theirs and others’ stories are included along with thorough research that reveals exactly how a dangerous predator went undetected for so long. From the first accusations by frightened victims to the moment of vindication in a Michigan courtroom, this is the definitive history of the case.
VERDICT The authors’ exhaustive research and relentless pursuit of the truth create an unsettling and stark record of the abuse scandal that sent shockwaves across America and which continues to resonate deeply.

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