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Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad

Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad

by Nicole Weisensee Egan
Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad

Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad

by Nicole Weisensee Egan


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The definitive account of Bill Cosby's transition from revered father figure to convicted criminal, told by a veteran crime reporter and former senior writer for People magazine

Bill Cosby's decades-long career as a sweater-wearing, wholesome TV dad came to a swift and stunning end on April 26, 2018, when he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. The mounting allegations against Bill Cosby—more than 60 women have come forward to accuse him of similar crimes—and his ultimate conviction were a shock to Americans, who wanted to cleave to their image of Cosby as a pudding-pop hero.

Award-winning journalist and former People magazine senior writer Nicki Weisensee Egan was the first reporter to dig into the story when Constand went to the police in 2005. Other news organizations looked away, but Egan doggedly investigated the case, developing ties with entrenched sources and discovering incriminating details that would ultimately come to influence the prosecution.

In her debut book, Chasing Cosby, Egan shares her firsthand account of Cosby's 13-year run from justice. She tells us how Cosby planned and executed his crimes, and how Hollywood alliances and law enforcement knew what Cosby was doing but did nothing to stop him. A veteran crime reporter, Egan also explores the cultural and social issues that influenced the case, delving into the psychological calculations of a serial predator and into the psyche of a nation that fervently wanted to put their faith in the innocence of "American's Dad."

Rich in character and rife with dramatic revelations about popular culture, media power, and our criminal system, Egan's account will inform and fascinate readers with its candid telling of humanity's most enduring tale: the rise and fall of a cultural icon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580058964
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 465,586
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Nicole Weisensee Egan has been the lead investigative journalist reporting on the Cosby case since 2005, first for the Philadelphia Daily News and then as a Senior Writer for PEOPLE magazine. She covered the trial for The Daily Beast and is already working on her second book. She lives in Royersford, PA.

Table of Contents

Note from the Author vii

Introduction: Cosby's Gift ix

Part 1 (January 2055-October 2014)

1 Pound Cake and Police Reports 3

2 A Wonderful Sense of Humor 12

3 We Don't Punish People for Making Mistakes 16

4 Cold Medicine 24

5 It Smacks of Sensationalism 34

6 Blindsided 45

7 A Deal with His Devil 52

8 The Joke 60

9 Career Advice 64

10 Fashion Week 72

11 I Couldn't Care Less What You Think of Me 79

Part 2 (October 2014-June 2017)

12 Then Came Hannibal 87

13 Call Us by Name 95

14 The Cosby Effect 104

15 You Know I'll Be Hilarious 117

16 Powerful, Popular, Privileged, Protected 128

17 Disco Biscuits 135

18 Do You Want to Go to Heaven or Do You Want to Go to Hell? 143

19 I Am the Sovereign 149

20 The Good Wife 156

Part 3 (June 2017-September 2018)

21 This Is Where the Truth Happens 163

22 The Tapes 174

23 Deadlocked 180

24 Ask for Seymour 187

25 Possible Errors in Judgment 198

26 You Remember, Don't You, Mr. Cosby? 206

27 Pack of Wolves 218

28 Inside the Jury Room 227

29 No One Is Above the Law 235

Epilogue: A New Legacy 244

List of Sources 253

Notes 278

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