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A Matter of Conscience: Redemption of a Hometown Hero, Bobby Hoppe

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1:00 a.m., July 20, 1957. Auburn football star Bobby Hoppe was enjoying a beautiful mid-summer night as he headed home from a date with his girlfriend. He certainly wasn't expecting trouble as he drove down the steep, winding road in North Chattanooga. When a darkened car, its headlights off, cruised up behind him, he assumed it was old high school buddies playing a prank. ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Wakestone Press (first published September 27th 2010)
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Cresta
The book has an excellent premise...because it's true. The life and times of Bobby Hoppe is one of those moments where clearly real life is far better than fiction; or in his case, more interesting. Sherry Hoppe, his now widow, tells his story through her memory of what it was like to live with and love this man tormented by a secret that ravaged him for years.

The prose is well written and the court transcripts are told in great detail (sometimes too much, but I assume necessary). I cannot fatho
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Shirley Schwartz
This true life story of Bobby Hoppe is much more than a true-crime story, or a true-legal story. Yes it tells us about hometown football hero, Bobby Hoppe and the terrible secret that he has lived with for 31 years. Yes, we get an up close and personal look at famous defense attorney Bobby Lee Cox, but we also get the story of true love and of a couple that truly live for each other. Bobby Hoppe has had to face up to the fact that he indeed killed a man 31 years ago, and he has admitted this to ...more
Michelle Dickerson
I've always loved reading mysteries, starting with Nancy Drew in the 3rd grade I suppose. Then beginning in middle school I developed a sort of addiction to political and sports hero biographies. Those two genre remain my favorites. So, to combine the two was very fascinating reading for me. This true crime story, based primarily on court transcripts, reads with the intensity and suspense of a thrilling novel.

Although I had no prior knowledge of the book's content (and was I ever surprised!), r
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Lisa
This review will be published in Tennessee Libraries.

Imagine what you would do in this circumstance. You have fired a gun at the driver of a moving car. The car crashes. Do you continue driving? Bobby Hoppe did. When you find out the driver is dead the next morning, do you turn yourself in to the authorities? Bobby Hoppe waited nearly thirty-one years to do so. Readers of this memoir are informed of these facts soon after opening the book. What may appear to be a fairly simple story at the outs
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Liza
I skimmed a lot of the football highlights. But overall this is a very well researched, well written book. I don't know that I would have ever picked it up if my family didn't know the author and her family, but I'm glad I had a chance to read it.
Rosemary
What I brought away from this book was the total devotion the author had for her husband. It provided a different perspective of a woman I only knew on a professional level.
Redgeorgiadawg
True Crime at it's best!
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After almost 20 years as a college and university president, Sherry Lee Hoppe retired as president from Austin Peay State University (TN) in 2007. Today, she works fulltime writing. A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE: Redemption of a hometown hero, Bobby Hoppe, takes readers inside her husband's historic trial for first-degree murder, giving a glimpse of "the man behind the mask." Man's conscience runs the ga ...more
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“Between the radiant white of a clear conscience and the coal black of a conscience sullied by sin lie many shades of gray--where most of us live our lives. Not perfect but not beyond redemption.” 21 likes
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