A Life in Our Times by John Kenneth Galbraith

By John Kenneth Galbraith

The richly adventurous memoirs of 1 of the main striking public figures to dominate the yank scene over the past decades
 
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As the ensuing investigation wore on, I struggled to understand the implications. We had always known there was another involved in the attack, so that part of his confession merely told us his identity. But if he was telling the truth that he had acted alone, then the five who had been convicted for the crimes against me were innocent. Questions assailed me. Could Reyes be believed? What if the wrong people had gone to jail? To what degree would I again be involved if there was a new investigation?

Pat opens the door, looks down at the figure on the bed. The woman's head is covered by bandages. Her face is so badly beaten and swollen it looks like some grotesque Halloween mask, barely human. Pat can't believe that the body before him is alive. He's still not positive it is his dear friend who is lying in front of him. A policeman enters, shows him the ring the victim wore— and Pat's heart breaks. It is a little golden bow. Pat calls the office to ask Joanne for numbers from Trisha's Rolodex and embarks on one of the most difficult jobs he's ever had to do: he must break the news to Trisha's family.

New York City in 1989, as New York Times columnist Bob Herbert later describes it, is "a city soaked in the blood of crime victims. Rapists, muggers, and other violent criminals seemed to roam the city at will…. " The "Jogger case" speaks to the city's worst fears, its deepest divisions, and indeed the nation's fears and divisions. The major national stories that have occupied the press— the spread of the spill of oil from the Exxon Valdes, the closing arguments in the Iran/contra trial, the scandal involving House Speaker Jim Wright— are pushed to the sidelines.

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