All-American Murder

All-American Murder

The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row

Book - 2018
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Everyone thought they knew Aaron Hernandez. He was an NFL star who made the game of football look easy. Until he became the prime suspect in a gruesome murder. But who was Aaron Hernandez, really? This book provides investigative reporting that gives readers a front row seat to Hernandez's tumultuous downward spiral, and will reveal the unvarnished truth behind the troubled star, with first-person accounts and untold stories, from his hometown of Bristol, CT to his college days in Gainesville, FL to the Patriots' NFL locker room where he ascended to stardom, to the prison where Hernandez spent his final days.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316412650
0316412651
Branch Call Number: 364.152 H55p
Characteristics: 386 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Abramovich, Alex 1972-
Harvkey, Mike

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Jlaignelot
Dec 03, 2018

As usual, Patterson writes prolifically. In this case he sheds light on the mysterious life of a truly great ,albeit tragic, athlete. I almost didn't want to read the book because I knew it would be unsettling emotionally. Having said that, I confess that I couldn't put the book down. The greatest take away that I gained from reading the book is its uncovering of the revealing truth inside of football and the lengths that teams and their owners, coaches, etc. go to in order to hide the truth. A willingness to look the other way when it clearly benefits the team at the expense of the wellness of individual players is the real crime!

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tnapad
Aug 13, 2018

I am a huge true crime reader, and of course I love Ann Rule (R.I.P) books, but since I have read almost every one of her books, my husband who is a James Patterson fan saw this book and convinced me to read it. I could not put it down, I read it in 1 day. I stayed up all night. I knew the story from ESPN, local news, and Sports Illistrated, and was blown away by the well written works of the authors. It made it real in a way by the authors doing his back story. I feel for the families involved all the way around. I hope that his daughter gets a well rounded and wonderful upbringing. I have to say I may read other Patterson books when I run out of true crime authors that I like.

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talk2terih
Jul 16, 2018

I agree with previous commenters who have said they knew little about Hernandez of her than what appeared on the national news. I appreciated this book for clearly and simply explaining who Hernandez was growing up, where he came from and how hish circumstances contributed to the many unfortunate decisions he made as an adult.

It is sadly obvious that the wheels had started to come off the bus even before he attended Florida. The culture of permissiveness surrounding the Florida football program enabled his increasingly dangerous behavior, and returning to New England to play pro ball put him right back in the circumstances that endangered him to begin with.

I had to chuckle when it was pointed out that Hernandez particularly enjoyed reading James Patterson books while incarcerated. I am not sure I would have been bragging on that, if I were Patterson.

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bisqit
May 07, 2018

Surprisingly good. I am not a huge sports fan but I enjoyed reading about this.

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carolsonder
Mar 30, 2018

i had heard thru news media about some of this story while it was happening and did not expect to be so captivated by this book. i kept having to remind myself that this was not one of the fictional crime novels that i usually read, but this was real! very well written!

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MplsTA
Mar 27, 2018

I am not a big reader of Patterson's books but I did like this one. The author's research into Hernandez character explained much about his actions and how he ended up in prison. I also learned more about Hernandez through the people he had around him from his wife to his family and enabling "buddies". And, no shocker, he had a serious amount of brain damage and had stage III CTE.

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