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Library Journal -Joe McGinniss’s true-crime book Fatal Vision famously blamed physician Jeffrey MacDonald for the 1970 murder of MacDonald’s wife and two young daughters. Here Morris (Believing Is Seeing) argues for MacDonald’s innocence. The narration is superb; Jeff Pruden changes accents and tones dexterously, navigating the book’s wealth of material—interviews, crime lab reports, and court testimony—with finesse. Only one of the possible narratives about MacDonald is true, and readers who have followed all accounts will come away with less rather than more clarity. Still, the book raises fascinating questions about the nature of truth and journalistic responsibility.
Verdict Highly recommended for those familiar with this story. [“The Academy Award-winning director of films like The Thin Blue Line, Morris bravely goes where others have dared to go before…. Bound to be in demand,” read the review of the New York Times best-selling Penguin hc, LJ 3/1/12.—Ed.]—Victoria A. Caplinger, NoveList, Durham, NC
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