Ryan's Reviews > American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century

American Eve by Paula Uruburu
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Feb 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: new-york
Read from January 25 to February 01, 2010

I really, really enjoyed this book, even though Uruburu's writing style is a bit verbose. The story is just so amazing, I wouldn't be surprised if the book is made into a film soon. It's very visual, and helped immensely by the amount of photography, press, and memoirs of all involved.

I had always heard tidbits of the story, but never knew all the details. It's disturbing to know that such a revered architect as Stanford White was, he was basically a pedophile rapist. Also disturbing is the level of misdirection, bad-upbringing, and victimhood of Evelyn led her to repeatedly fall back into the arms of these men (her husband Harry Thaw included) who brutally raped her. Society is brutal.

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