We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Becky Cooper was haunted by a murder. In the tumultuous year of 1969, while social unrest enveloped the Harvard campus, a 23-year-old graduate student was found beaten to death in her Cambridge apartment. No one saw anything. No one heard anything. But the presence of red ochre sprinkled on the young woman's body was an intriguing clue and rumors began to swirl around members of the anthropology department. Forty years later, the author embarked on a personal crusade to uncover the identity of Jane Britton's killer, but what bobbed to the surface of the troubled waters of her investigation was the storied university's historic, sustained, and sometimes vicious pattern of prejudice directed towards women. This is an impeccably researched, mesmerizing journey that unearths all the cracks in the foundation of one of America's most hallowed schools. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

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