America has never adequately addressed sexual violence, a tragedy made worse by many who employ their own hierarchy of victimization, leaving many women and vulnerable people unaided. This meticulously researched, powerful exposé eliminates ignorance as a defense. This is a devastating but necessary read, composed by masters of investigative journalism.
This is a deep, disturbing, compelling, important book. A False Report digs into timeless issues–crime, victimhood, honesty, sexism–which have never been more timely. It is also a fascinating, sharply written story that will twist and surprise you.
Far too many women and girls who are sexually assaulted never report it–often out of fear they won't be believed. A False Report reveals the true cost of doubting women's accounts of rape. This fascinating, deeply troubling book has the power to spark a national conversation about how our criminal justice system fails victims, and how it can be reformed.
SUSAN ORLEAN, author of
The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin
author of Girls and Sex
author of Just Mercy
Ken Armstrong is an investigative reporter whose work has appeared in such places as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and This American Life. He currently works for ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative journalism.
He has won or shared in four Pulitzer Prizes, for stories on a rape investigation, painkillers, a landslide, and the shooting deaths of four police officers. His first book, Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity, written with Nick Perry, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for non-fiction. A few years ago he received the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement—the profession’s polite way of calling you grizzled.
Armstrong has worked at newspapers in seven states, from Virginia to Colorado to Alaska. At the Chicago Tribune he dug into hundreds of capital cases, an investigation that helped prompt the governor to halt executions and empty death row. In Seattle he dug up hundreds of illegally sealed court files. In Twin Falls, Idaho, he wrote about a woman who mooned the police.
He grew up in Europe, New Mexico, and the Midwest. Weirdest job? Selling snails in Germany. Worst job? Selling vacuum cleaners in Indiana. He went to law school, dropped out, joined the Peace Corps and dropped out of that. Journalism once welcomed dropouts, so he became a journalist. A graduate of Purdue, Armstrong has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Ramona Hattendorf. They have two kids, Emmett and Skye.
T. Christian Miller was one of the founding employees of ProPublica, an independent, non-profit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting. In more than twenty years as a journalist, Miller has covered four wars, a presidential campaign and reported from more than two dozen countries. Miller has published investigative projects in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, This American Life, ABC News 20/20 and PBS' Frontline, among others.
Miller has spent much of his career covering the military, criminal justice and multinational corporations. He has won accolades for his work in the U.S. and abroad, including the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting with Ken Armstrong and two Emmy Awards for a documentary with PBS' Frontline, Firestone and the Warlord. The Washington Post called his previous book, Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives and Corporate Greed in Iraq, one of the "indispensable" books on Iraq.
Miller is a big believer in the power of investigative reporting. He serves on the national board of Investigative Reporters and Editors, teaches data reporting at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
Miller, who goes by "T," a family nickname, does a few interesting things besides journalism. He likes to garden with California native plants, go abalone diving in the cold slate gray waters of Northern California and longboard on smooth, gently sloping surfaces. Miller graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors. He lives in Kensington, California, with his wife, Leslie, their three children and a goldfish named Goldie.
A captivating page-turner . . . It would be all too easy to compare the book to a Grisham novel or an episode of Law & Order: SVU, but to do so would trivialize its achievement . . . Rich in forensic detail, deftly written and paced, A False Report is an instant true-crime classic, taking its rightful place beside Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter and Dave Cullen’s Columbine.
— Hamilton Cain,