The Kitty Genovese Case
Publication Date: April 2008
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"[Rosenthal] told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes—and hearts—and voices."
—Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes
It remains one of the most notorious deaths in New York City history not because of who was murdered but because of the circumstances: 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered, in an attack that took nearly thirty minutes and had thirty-eight witnesses...not one of whom did a thing to stop the murderer or even call for help.
A.M. Rosenthal, who would later become one of the most famous and controversial editors The New York Times has ever had, was the newspaper's city editor then; the murder happened on his beat. He first published this book in 1964, the year of the murder. It is part memoir, part investigative journalism, and part public service.
Samuel G. Freedman is a columnist for "The New York Times" and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of six acclaimed books, four of which have been "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year. Freedman also has written frequently for "USA TODAY", "New York" magazine, "Rolling Stone", " The Jerusalem Post, Tablet, The Forward", and Salon.com. He lives in Manhattan with his fiance and his children.