Title: Blind Faith
Author: Joe McGinniss
First published January 1, 1989
464 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780451162182 (ISBN10: 0451162188)
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About the Author
Joe McGinniss, an American journalist, author, and novelist, gained recognition for his book, The Selling of the President 1968, which exposed the marketing tactics used for presidential candidate Richard Nixon. The book remained on the best-seller lists for over six months.
McGinniss is also renowned for his true crime trilogy: Fatal Vision, Blind Faith, and Cruel Doubt, which became the inspiration for various TV miniseries and films. Throughout his forty-year career, McGinniss authored twelve books.
Blind Faith by Joe McGinniss is an investigative journalism book that delves into a notorious murder case and the societal issues surrounding it. McGinniss, a bestselling author and journalist known for his true-crime books, published Blind Faith in 1989.
The book revolves around the murder trial of Maria Marshall, a wealthy New Jersey housewife, and the subsequent conviction of her husband, Rob Marshall. McGinniss explores not only the crime but also the social dynamics and cultural context that led up to it.
He uncovers the troubled history of the couple’s relationship and Rob’s infidelity, as well as his shady business dealings and ties to organized crime. The author also examines the larger issues of class, privilege, and corruption that permeated the Marshall’s upper-class world.
Blind Faith is a gripping and detailed account of one of the most high-profile cases of its time. McGinniss skillfully weaves together multiple narratives and perspectives, providing a comprehensive and nuanced portrait of the crime and its aftermath.
He shows empathy for all the involved parties without losing sight of the facts and evidence. The writing is clear and concise, and the pacing is brisk despite the complex subject matter.
McGinniss’s journalistic background shines through as he mines all available sources, conducting interviews and combing through court documents, to build a fully realized and compelling story. If Blind Faith has any flaws, it may be that some readers might find the level of detail overwhelming.
The book is packed with information, and at times, it can be hard to keep track of all the players and events. Overall, Blind Faith is a superb piece of true-crime journalism that stands the test of time.
It offers not only an engrossing narrative but also a critical examination of the societal issues that plague us to this day. Fans of true crime and journalism will appreciate this book, as will anyone interested in the intersection of crime, politics, and privilege.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.