Chasing Cosby The downfall of America's dad

Nicole Weisensee Egan

Book - 2019

"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" -- From summary.

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2nd Floor 364.153/Egan Due Sep 1, 2022
Berkeley, California : Seal Press [2019]
Physical Description
xv, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Nicole Weisensee Egan (author)
  • Introduction: Cosby's gift
  • Pound cake and police reports
  • A wonderful sense of humor
  • We don't punish people for making mistakes
  • Cold medicine
  • It smacks of sensationalism
  • Blindsided
  • A deal with his devil
  • The joke
  • Career advice
  • Fashion week
  • I couldn't care less what you think of me
  • Then came Hannibal
  • Call us by name
  • The Cosby effect
  • You know I'll be hilarious
  • Powerful, popular, privileged, protected
  • Disco biscuits
  • Do you want to go to Heaven or do you want to go to Hell?
  • I am the sovereign
  • The good wife
  • This is where the truth happens
  • The tapes
  • Deadlocked
  • Ask for Seymour
  • Possible errors in judgment
  • You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?
  • Pack of wolves
  • Inside the jury room
  • No one is above the law
  • Epilogue: a new legacy.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Most people are aware that actor Bill Cosby was convicted of indecent assault in 2018; however, many may be surprised to learn that the victim in that case reported the assault to law enforcement back in 2005; almost 12 years before charges were filed against Cosby. Egan, who worked as a Philadelphia Daily News reporter at the time, followed the story from the beginning. While the mainstream media mostly ignored the allegations in 2005 and questioned the victim's integrity, Egan pushed to keep the story in the news, despite multiple threats from Cosby's attorneys. It wasn't until a comment from a fellow comedian in 2014 brought the allegations into the national spotlight and more than 60 women came forward with similar stories that prosecutors finally decided to press charges. Egan interviews several of Cosby's victims, tracing some allegations back to the 1970s, then examines the factors that allowed Cosby to continue these behaviors for so long, citing the media and entertainment industry, racial issues, and the societal tendency to doubt victims. VERDICT The shocking details of the calculated, predatory crimes committed by a formerly beloved American icon are sure to draw wide interest.—Melissa Stoeger, Deerfield P.L., IL Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An award-winning journalist provides a detailed account of the downfall of Bill Cosby, who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in early 2018, after being accused of the crime 13 years prior. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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 magazineBill 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.