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Great Is the Truth: Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice at the Horace Mann School
Contributor(s): Kamil, Amos (Author), Elder, Sean (Author)

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ISBN: 0374536503     ISBN-13: 9780374536503
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2016

Annotation: "A shocking exposâe of sexual abuse and the struggle for justice at one of America's most prestigious schools The Horace Mann School, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, represents the pinnacle of private education. With all its accolades andprestige, few could have anticipated the scandal that erupted in 2012 when The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story by the journalist and Horace Mann alumnus Amos Kamil detailing a decades-long pattern of sexual abuse by teachers. In Great Is the Truth, Kamil and his coauthor, Sean Elder, uncover the full story of what happened at Horace Mann, and recount what has occurred in the aftermath of Kamil's watershed article. With craft and poise, they reveal a high-stakes environment of demanding academics and barely hidden debauchery, where many faculty members exploited their unchecked and undue influence to horrifying ends. Fast-forwarding to the present, Kamil and Elder relate how survivors emerged and petitioned for redress with the aid of celebritylawyers while administrators and trustees scrambled to protect the school and themselves. They also look closely at how other schools have responded to scandal, often with far greater compassion and candor. How can institutions rectify their complicity in abuse and prevent it from recurring? How can victims achieve their due? "Great is the truth and it prevails," may be the motto of Horace Mann, but for many alumni, the truth remains all too hard to come by"--
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BISAC Categories:
- True Crime | Sexual Assault
- Education | Violence & Harassment
- Social Science | Sexual Abuse & Harassment
Dewey: 364.153
Physical Information: 0.57" H x 6" W x 9" (0.82 lbs) 256 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Elder, Sean: - Sean Elder has written for Newsweek; New York; National Geographic; O, The Oprah Magazine; and numerous other publications. He lives in Mill Valley, California.Kamil, Amos: - Amos Kamil is a playwright, screenwriter, and investigative reporter. His 2012 cover story in The New York Times Magazine brought the Horace Mann scandal to light.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 August #4)

Kamil's book-length treatment of the sexual abuse scandal at an elite New York City prep school tells the story behind his 2012 New York Times Magazine feature on the topic, and reports on the tumultuous aftermath of the feature's publication. Following the Sandusky calamity at Penn State University, and long after a close friend and classmate confided in Kamil that he had been raped by one of their revered Horace Mann teachers, Kamil uncovers other stories of similar sexual abuse at the school. The incidents occurred over 30-plus years dating back to 1960s. After the story breaks, more alumni come forward claiming abuse, and the victims band together to demand accountability from the prestigious institution. In all, former students implicate 22 teachers on 63 charges of abuse and claim negligence on the part of multiple administrations. On Facebook and in a support group held in N.Y.C., factions debate what justice should look like and how best to seek it, especially in a state with such a conservative statute of limitations. Finally confronted (in a meeting at the Harvard Club), the school's board of trustees refuses to submit to a full-scale, independent investigation, and individual parties mediate meager settlements. It's tedious reading, but the story runs hot for Kamil, who learns firsthand—and seemingly for the first time—that a powerful institution might value its reputation over its ethical obligations. The cast of characters is unwieldy, and pages of Horace Mann reveries, complete with clinking glasses of Scotch, don't exactly welcome readers to the rarified world of the N.Y.C. prep school and its alumni. Agent: Todd Schuster, Zachary Schuster Harmsworth. (Nov.)

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