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March 15- March 22, 2007 Edition
Threshold To Publish
On Lacrosse Scandal
NEW YORK, NY/3/12/07–Louise Burke, Pocket Books’ Executive Vice President and Publisher, announced today that Threshold Editions will publish an explosive insider account of the Duke University Lacrosse Scandal in June 2007. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE TRUTH by Don Yaeger with Mike Pressler, the former head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, will reveal for the first time what really happened after the infamous stripper party, and how the rush to judgment has affected the lives of those associated with the incident. Duke University and its men’s lacrosse team came under national scrutiny after a Durham woman–one of two female strippers hired to dance at a team party in March 2006–alleged she was raped. Three team members, all of whom maintain their innocence, were indicted on rape charges. Although those charges have been dropped, they still face indictment on kidnapping and sexual assault charges, despite exculpatory evidence and statements by the second stripper that discredited the accuser’s account. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE TRUTH will recount, among other events, the vilification and ostracization of the team members, Pressler’s forced resignation and the subsequent cancellation of the remainder of the team’s season, and even death threats aimed at the players by some of the Durham community.
“Lives have been ruined in the wake of this tragedy.” says Louise Burke, “This book serves as a testament to truth and justice for all those involved.”
Don Yaeger has been one of Sports Illustrated’s top investigative reporter for the last ten years. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller, Under the Tarnished Dome and the critically acclaimed Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL.
Mike Pressler spent 16 seasons at Duke, where he compiled a 153-82 record with three ACC championships, 10 NCAA tournament berths and an appearance in the 2005 national championship game. Pressler was voted ACC Coach of the Year three times and honored as the U.S. I. L.A. National Coach of the Year in 2005. Currently, he is the head coach of the Bryant University men’s lacrosse team.
Executive Editor Margaret Clark, who will edit the book, acquired world rights from Ian Kleinert of The Literary Group International. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE TRUTH will be published as a Threshold Editions hardcover in June 2007. Threshold Editions is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
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