1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest; the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school; and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious twenty-three-year-old graduate student in Harvard’s Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment.
Forty years later, Becky Cooper a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she’d threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for ten years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a ‘cowboy culture’ among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims.
𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨!
Another fantastic recommendation for #nonfictionnovember.
I’m impressed by how well researched this book was, it was fascinating to learn about this case and Cooper’s investigation.
A must read for fans of true-crime.
Thank you Grand Central Publishing for this gifted copy.
𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦: 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘦-𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘕𝘰𝘯 𝘍𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘊𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘔𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘺, 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘪𝘳𝘴.
𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲-𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀?