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Kitty Genovese - The Murder, the Bystanders,…
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Kitty Genovese - The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed… (originale 2014; edizione 2015)

di Kevin Cook (Autore)

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"At last, the true story of a crime that shocked the world. New York City, 1964. A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop--a murder the New York Times called "a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change." The victim, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of 38 neighbors who "didn't want to get involved." Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the "Bystander Effect." That's the narrative--but as author Kevin Cook reveals, the story is just that, a story. The truth is far more compelling--and so is the victim. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her murder, Cook presents the real Kitty Genovese. She was a vibrant young woman--a lesbian, a bartender working (and dancing) her way through the colorful New York of the '60s. Downtown, Greenwich Village teemed with beatniks and so-called misfits like Kitty and her lover. The book evokes the Village's gay and lesbian underground with deep feeling and colorful detail. Cook also reconstructs the crime itself, tracing the movements of Genovese's killer, whose disturbing trial testimony made him a terrifying figure, especially after his escape from Attica State Prison. Drawing on a trove of long-lost documents, plus new interviews with her lover and other key figures, Cook explores the enduring legacy of the case"--Provided by publisher.… (altro)
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Titolo:Kitty Genovese - The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America
Autori:Kevin Cook (Autore)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2015), Edition: Illustrated, 256 pages
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Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America di Kevin Cook (2014)

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    Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences di Catherine Pelonero (PuddinTame)
    PuddinTame: These two works, written close together in time, are both good, with rather different takes on the subject of the apathy of the neighbors. If you only read one, I recommend Pelonero, but I found it very interesting to read both, and I will probably read at least one more book.… (altro)
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    Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case di A. M. Rosenthal (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These accounts of the brutal murder of Kitty Genovese were published 50 years apart. Kevin Cook's Kitty Genovese challenges some of the conclusions, presented in Thirty-Eight Witnesses, about what onlookers saw and did at the time.
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Two years ago or so, marked the 50th anniversary of the slaughter of Kitty Genovese in Kew Gardens, Queens. This book and one other came out around the same time, and I was fortunate that the Brooklyn Public library ordered both of them.

Depending on whom you believe, there seems to be an ongoing debate even after all these decades on why she was not helped and died a miserable death by an individual who left the house that night trawling for a victim to kill.

There is the camp that believes many of the people who heard her screams tried to help in various ways, though nobody actually came out or was successfully in having the police arrive. Camp two is very very much against the 38 witnesses in the building across the street from where she was walking and received her first stab to the back.

So this author sort of wants to let them off the hook, the other book which I liked more, is less forgiving of their actions, considering their were so many witnesses.

You will have to draw your own conclusions. ( )
  REINADECOPIAYPEGA | Jan 11, 2018 |
A short, but well-written book that sheds light on one of America's most famous crimes. ( )
  majesdane | Aug 8, 2017 |
This was an interesting account of the Kitty Genovese case.  Cook researched the case thoroughly and added lots of detail about the time-period surrounding the murder.  The main problem is Cook added too much detail about the time period.  It distracted from the main points of the case.  If some of the extra details had been edited out, the book would have moved at a much better pace.  ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
This is the first account I have read about this event, but according to the synopsis, it has been overly simplified, so I appreciated Cook's effort to more fully examine the actions of the people affected or involved. It was sad and chilling to read why some people did not react and touching to read how some did. Cook's writing, which engaged with historical details that put the story in context, made this a page-turner and very quick read. Highly recommended. ( )
  daisilla | Jan 17, 2016 |
I was curious to read this since I was living in Queens, NY at the time Kitty Genovese was killed. My opinion of human nature (the neighbors) was improved by this book. My opinion of her killer is that he was totally insane, but not in the legal way and relentless in his determination to kill her. Good journalistic style. Clear explanation of what happened. ( )
  padmajoy | Sep 8, 2014 |
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Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
He said unto him, What is written in the law?
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength,
and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.
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To the memory of Catherine Genovese,
who might have celebrated her seventy-ninth birthday in 2014
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Over the years the story became a fixture in thousands of high school and college psychology classes despite the fact that the version of it taught in those classes, the version almost everyone accepts, isn’t true. Maybe that view of the crime endures because it isn’t true, because it boils a complex, troubling story down to a single simple question: How could all those people watch what happened to her, and do nothing?
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"At last, the true story of a crime that shocked the world. New York City, 1964. A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop--a murder the New York Times called "a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change." The victim, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of 38 neighbors who "didn't want to get involved." Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the "Bystander Effect." That's the narrative--but as author Kevin Cook reveals, the story is just that, a story. The truth is far more compelling--and so is the victim. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her murder, Cook presents the real Kitty Genovese. She was a vibrant young woman--a lesbian, a bartender working (and dancing) her way through the colorful New York of the '60s. Downtown, Greenwich Village teemed with beatniks and so-called misfits like Kitty and her lover. The book evokes the Village's gay and lesbian underground with deep feeling and colorful detail. Cook also reconstructs the crime itself, tracing the movements of Genovese's killer, whose disturbing trial testimony made him a terrifying figure, especially after his escape from Attica State Prison. Drawing on a trove of long-lost documents, plus new interviews with her lover and other key figures, Cook explores the enduring legacy of the case"--Provided by publisher.

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