Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox

Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox

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by Raffaele Sollecito, Andrew Gumbel
     
 

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They were accused of one of the most infamous murders of our time. Targeted by the media, sentenced by the courts, and wrongfully imprisoned for four excruciating years for a crime neither could fathom let alone perpetrate, Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox were the victims in a trial so bizarre it defied all reason. Now, for the first time since his acquittal,

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They were accused of one of the most infamous murders of our time. Targeted by the media, sentenced by the courts, and wrongfully imprisoned for four excruciating years for a crime neither could fathom let alone perpetrate, Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox were the victims in a trial so bizarre it defied all reason. Now, for the first time since his acquittal, Raffaele reveals what really happened between him and his then girlfriend before, during, and after Amanda’s roommate Meredith Kercher’s brutal murder.

Filled with family drama, wild reversals of fortune, and a blow-by-blow account of the legal catastrophe as it unfolded, this harrowing firsthand account sheds fascinating new light on one of the world’s most controversial murder cases. With startling candor, Raffaele shares intimate details about his changing relationship with Amanda—one that veered in a matter of days from giddy romance to grueling police interrogations. Over the next four years, Raffaele was the only solid alibi Amanda had for the night of the murder. He came under unrelenting pressure—from his own family and lawyers as much as the police and prosecution—to change his testimony and stop vouching for her. But he wouldn’t do it. He refused to testify against her to save his own skin, because he knew she would be lost forever.

Raffaele sifts through the wild accusations depicting him as a druggie, a porn addict, and reckless thrill seeker, and shows how these stories were gross distortions of trivial episodes in his young life. With unflinching honesty, he takes readers behind the scenes of the trial of the century—and inside the day-to-day hell of prison life. Finally, and poignantly, Raffaele talks about his first face-to-face reunion with Amanda following their release.

Emotional, disturbing, and ultimately galvanizing, this memoir is more than a true-crime story—it is a riveting account of an egregious miscarriage of justice, of public condemnation, and personal survival. Honor Bound is also, at its heart, a tragic love story about a young man who trusted his feelings, refused to give up hope, and ultimately triumphed.

Editorial Reviews

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“Raffaele Sollecito is in a position to give an entirely new and shocking perspective on the truth of this case, which most likely none of the other players in this terrible and scandalous story know. One thing is certain: Raffaele Sollecito never bargained for his freedom; he took it back by himself.”

“In the FBI, we had a dark joke that we could convict anyone; the innocent just took a little more time. The line was used as a warning to any agent over-zealous for a conviction—if only the prosecutors in Perugia had shared such reverence for their institutional power. Honor Bound is not only an exquisitely crafted chronicle of how Raffaele and Amanda—two of the nicest, most honorable, intelligent students imaginable—came to be falsely accused and convicted of Meredith Kercher's murder. It also lays bare, in stark and vivid terms, the human cost of their nightmare.”

"Not only does Sollecito give a great insider’s look at the trial from his unique vantage point, he also clears up a number of mistruths that Knox’s ardent supporters pushed throughout the four-year affair.[...] Sollecito's book is sure to satisfy."

The Daily Beast
"At times witty and often sarcastic, [Raffaele Sollecito] brilliantly rehashes four years of hell, dispelling many theories on what was really going on behind the scenes and shedding an interesting light on what it’s like to be a bit player in a major media show. He is candid and believable … Not only does Sollecito give a great insider’s look at the trial from his unique vantage point, he also clears up a number of mistruths that Knox’s ardent supporters pushed throughout the four-year affair….Sollecito’s book is sure to satisfy."
Mario Spezi
“Raffaele Sollecito is in a position to give an entirely new and shocking perspective on the truth of this case, which most likely none of the other players in this terrible and scandalous story know. One thing is certain: Raffaele Sollecito never bargained for his freedom; he took it back by himself.”
Steve Moore
“In the FBI, we had a dark joke that we could convict anyone; the innocent just took a little more time. The line was used as a warning to any agent over-zealous for a conviction—if only the prosecutors in Perugia had shared such reverence for their institutional power. Honor Bound is not only an exquisitely crafted chronicle of how Raffaele and Amanda—two of the nicest, most honorable, intelligent students imaginable—came to be falsely accused and convicted of Meredith Kercher's murder. It also lays bare, in stark and vivid terms, the human cost of their nightmare.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451695984
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.05(d)

Read an Excerpt

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LOVE AND DEATH

Nessun maggior dolore che ricordarsi del tempo felice nella miseria.

No greater pain than to remember happy times in a state of misery.

—Francesca da Rimini in Dante’s Inferno, canto 5

What People are saying about this

Steve Moore
“In the FBI, we had a dark joke that we could convict anyone; the innocent just took a little more time. The line was used as a warning to any agent over-zealous for a conviction—if only the prosecutors in Perugia had shared such reverence for their institutional power. Honor Bound is not only an exquisitely crafted chronicle of how Raffaele and Amanda—two of the nicest, most honorable, intelligent students imaginable—came to be falsely accused and convicted of Meredith Kercher's murder. It also lays bare, in stark and vivid terms, the human cost of their nightmare.”
Mario Spezi
“Raffaele Sollecito is in a position to give an entirely new and shocking perspective on the truth of this case, which most likely none of the other players in this terrible and scandalous story know. One thing is certain: Raffaele Sollecito never bargained for his freedom; he took it back by himself.”

Meet the Author

Raffaele Sollecito was born in Southern Italy. He was a computer science student at the University of Perugia when he and Amanda Knox were first accused of murder in 2007. On October 3, 2011, after four years of trials and appeals, he and Knox were cleared and released. He is now moving on with his life.

Andrew Gumbel is a Los Angeles-based journalist and author. He spent six years in Italy, including stints as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and The Independent. His books include the widely acclaimed Oklahoma City: What The Investigation Missed—And Why It Still Matters.

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Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
JanetStan More than 1 year ago
This book far exceeeded my expectations! Even though it was written by the person it happened to it was hard to see what more could be said after all that's been written about this case already. Well, it turns out there was plenty more to be said! This book is like sitting down with Raffaele and hearing him tell you what happened. He is painfully honest about his feelings and disgust about what was done to Meredith. He tells of his time in prison and how a young, innocent man dealt with the hardened criminals he had to live with. You feel all of his confusion about how this could happen to someone who did nothing wrong and he tells of the pressure he was under from all sides to save himself and stop worrying about Amanda. The most surprising thing of all is that his insistance on standing his ground came not out of some massive, crazy love for Amanda but from his deep sense of right and wrong and his adamance about doing the right thing and maintaining the truth. You come away feeling bittersweet, happy and sad all at once but most importantly, it gave me new faith that there are still young people of great integrity and honor! Absolutely excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew very little about this case, but bought this book out of interest and found it riveting. Not having an opinion either way maybe helped when reading this but to me it was a fascinating picture of how far things can go wrong when people are satisfied with sensationalised storytelling rather than factually based evidence. I could not put this book down and read it in a day. Admittedly this is the only side to the story I have read, but Raffaele has thoroughly convinced me of his innocence and without a doubt explained how the Italian system could get it so wrong.
wanderllust More than 1 year ago
Honor Bound is a riveting account of the Amanda Knox trial and events as seen through the eyes of her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. The attention to detail and the intense recall of the so-called "justice" system in Perugia was overwhelming at times. Amid the chaos and confustion, the story also cast a soft romantic light on the liason between Raffaele Sollecito and the free-spirited Amanda Knox. Well-written with dramatic detail about the power struggles and the corruption between the police department and the high court, the book carried itself to the end knowing that justice would finally prevail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is beautifully written; the author shares his introspective journey with unflinching candor & compassion, giving his readers a rare glimpse into a man of integrity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you followed this case on National TV, like I did, you will find this book very interesting. The facts and explanations Mr. Sollecito gives are the same questions that surfaced in my mind when the case was unfolding. Its amazing that in today's society with DNA etc. that the classic witch hunt from our history continues to have the opportunity to evolve. Shame on the police, investigators and the Court system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I found it inspirational. Raffaele Sollecito did waht was right, even when everyone around him was telling him to save himself. Despite his circustances, Raffaele was able to overcome them in the end. Furthermore, the book's tone was very engaging, You get a real sense of the author's protected youth and how circumstances changed that youth to a cautious man. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tragic event with little respect shown the family of this poor women who was killed. Instead a horrible distraction and which hunt of the innocent tragic the court system had so little respect for finding the truth and haunting so many lives. Note to self. Stay far away from Italy.
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dutcheja More than 1 year ago
This book was so interesting. When this crime happened the focus was all on Amanda Knox. This is the story of her boyfriend, the man that was also caught up in the crime. It really opened my eyes on the Italian justice system, or lack thereof. It brought to light the way the crime was investigated, the way evidence was processed, the judges and officers that were involved. How the whole family was involved and punished for things they didn't do. This was Raffaele's story. They didn't know each other well. They had only been dating a short time but they had a bond that would carry them through 4 years of hell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent overview of his perpective. Easy to follow and reflects the emotional nature of this case well. Will now read Amanda's perspective.
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Compared to Amanda's book I thought that he did a great job of explaining what he went through internally during the trials and especially in prison. Also credit must be given that he stood by Amanda even though all he had to say is that she left his apartment that night while he stayed home and he could have walk straight out of prison. Hopefully the truth will come out someday when Guede decides to tell us.
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Timely arrival. Book was in excellent condition as advertised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raffaele Sollecito is about to have his conviction for murder and sexual assault confirmed. The circumstantial, forensic and behavioural evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable. The publication of this book is an affront to the memory of his innocent victim that he tortured to death and tramples on the rights of her family. I urge you to reflect carefully before buying this book and letting this sick, twisted man profit from his heinous crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Honor'? The choice of words would be risible, were it not so sickening. R.I.P. Meredith.