A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation

A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation

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A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
rev-ma More than 1 year ago
This story is compelling. It comes at the reader in little bits and you will find yourself wandering through the pages with more questions than answers, but keep the faith. The research is thorough and the people involved come to life anew as the pieces of the puzzle come together. It would make a fascinating book club read. It was pulled from the pages of family scrapbooks and newsprint from 1912 and we have only 21st century eyes with which to examine its many nuances. You'll find we haven't grown much wiser for our years, our technology, or our 24-hour global news feeds. I came away frustrated at the press, the legal system and the public's appetite for sordid tidbits of others' broken lives. Ms. Cutright has navigated some rough waters to find answers for herself and her family--Dunbars and Andersons alike. I congratulate her.
SevenAlex More than 1 year ago
An interesting report, but 500+ pages is too long. I found myself skipping over paragraphs as it became a bit tedious reading every little detail. That said, it is compelling realizing that this all happened 100 years ago...today it would be resolved quickly without causing more suffering to so many people and tearing lives apart. It kept me coming back each day to find out what happened next.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that sticks with you for a while. I was horrified to learn the role the press played in this whole fiasco. We really have not learned from past mistakes. When Bobby Dunbar went missing, no stone was left unturned. Yet when a boy was found who was similar in looks, the press was there to “get the story”. I felt like they were willing to make the story fit a happy ending no matter what. My sympathies went to Julia Anderson who had no resources due to her financial circumstances. I was pleased to learn the truth had been found but saddened by the pain everyone involved in this case suffered. The authors have done a tremendous amount of research and have successfully told the story in a way that carried the reader along, making them want to know what happened next. We are given a look at the time period and how things worked for those who had and those had not. In this day and age we have the benefit of DNA testing. Yet I wonder how much the press would be able to skew the opinions of all parties involved. It is sad that so many lives have been destroyed. Yet I feel that a mystery was left unanswered in this story. I don’t know if anyone will ever solve that mystery. This is definitely worth the read.
BooksintheBurbsBlog More than 1 year ago
Amazing Book! I felt like a reporter reading this book, because at times it read like a report or case study. I had to actually remind myself that it read that way because it is a real story that happened in America!! I was amazed at how many people were willing to lie to themselves because the alternative was too painful. As a family therapist, I was mesmerized and would have loved to have met the family. There were so many family patterns and issues that weren’t dealt with, but with anything, a lie will slowly rip apart the seams of a very intact family. It was a great book that I enjoyed reading.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Why is nothing ever as it appears to be? It is an undisputed fact that Bobby Dunbar disappeared during a family trip, and was recovered eight months later having been abducted by a man of nefarious background. The question that arose after he was found became “who does this child belong to.” Two families are claiming he is there son, and lacking the modern technology to confirm Bobby’s parentage the case is tried by public opinion. The press is allowed to draw conclusions, the public pick sides, and families torn apart trying to take this child back into their life. Who is right becomes a fight over more than just Bobby does; it became a statement against life style, discrimination, and how money can buy a verdict. The overall size of the book seems daunting but this story needs every page to make sure readers know exactly what is going on and when. The facts unfold slowly and with precise detail to showcase every step taken during the entire process where a child’s life lay in the balance. It is told through documented facts, implied conversations, and family gossip, combined together make for a compelling and riveting read you cannot put down until you have it completed. We all examine our family wondering if we know all the secrets and where the skeletons are hidden. What if every little secret about your family was documented for everyone to reflect on and you wonder your entire life if this is in fact really your family. This was more than 15 minutes of fame for Bobby Dunbar, it was a lifetime of nightmares and inconclusive information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Very interesting story and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won't ruin the plot by telling you if Bobby is really Bobby but I can't help but wonder.... what happened to the other boy.
Chowbell More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, but I really enjoy true stories with trials and investigations.  The ending is especially rewarding, I think, and I am very happy that the families got one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Impeccable research and very human. Sometimes the emotion made me tired . . . that's a compliment .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
book drawn out with tooo much unnecessary details. At times hard to keep interested. Could have been easily 100 pages shorter.
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