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Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The definitive account of Bill Cosby's transition from revered father figure to convicted criminal, told by a veteran crime reporter and former senior writer for People magazine

Bill Cosby's decades-long career as a sweater-wearing, wholesome TV dad came to a swift and stunning end on April 26, 2018, when he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Seal Press
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Judy Lesley
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american, true-crime
I paid a little bit of attention in January 2005 when the news broke that Bill Cosby had been accused of sexual assault. From my point of view the story went quiet until the announcement that a civil lawsuit had been settled between Andrea Constand and Bill Cosby so I figured that was the end of that. The next thing I was aware of was the announcement of the results of a criminal trial verdict against Cosby in April 2018. I wondered what in the world happened all those years between. This debut ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women, non-fiction
The life of a sexual predator

Race had always been a haunting backdrop to Cosby’s story. Defense attorney Andrew Wyatt was hoping that Cosby’s downfall would invoke memories of so many tragic cases in which innocent African Americans were wrongly accused and convicted. But in the case of Bill Cosby, it was not a wrongful conviction, having 60 women accuse him of sexual assault, he looked more like a serial rapist who got off easy. In fact, Cosby’s case reverberates as a case of reverse-racism, si
Sam Sattler
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I remember Bill Cosby from the beginning. I owned several of his comedy albums when those things were available only as vinyl LPs, and I paid good money to see him perform live when he came to my town. I remember well his huge breakthrough to star in the weekly television series “I Spy” with Robert Culp, a huge achievement for an African American actor of that time. And, of course, I remember the “don’t-miss” series that my own children grew up on in which Cosby portrayed the perfect father and ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was one of those who didn't believe Cosby did any of the things he was accused of. The next thing i heard was that he was convicted and was going to jail. So something had been learned by the court that took Andrea's story from 'money-hunter' to victimized woman. This book lays it all out. Fortunately it is done in a readable manner! Not too much slogging. Nicole really lays it out that Cosby had been doing this for decades, that hollywood people knew about it and they just didn't care. As lon ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
thorough recap of the sexual assault history of Bill Cosby. if it were fiction you might say it's too repetitive -- same plot points over and over [more than 60 women have come forward about him] -- the offers to "mentor" the young aspiring model/actor/dancer/whatever, the ingratiation with her family, the isolation, the drugging and raping, all enabled by his hangers-on and hushed up afterward, sometimes with the help of his money.

I never especially liked his comedy, so all the "OMG, how could
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're like me, you grew up with Bill Cosby. If you're like me, these women had to be crazy, this great comedian, civil rights activist, philanthropist and family man would never drug a woman, then rape her. And we were all wrong!
Nicole Weisensee Egan was there when the first woman came out with her story. A newspaper reporter in Philadelphia she worked the case in 2005 and never lost interest. She was ready with her notes and contacts when Cosby was charged and went to trial in 2017. She tel
Stella Fouts
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave this a 4-star rating rather than a 5 only because of the nature of the story. I couldn't take much more by the time I finished it. What a sordid story - apparently Cosby was doing this starting (at least) in the 70s. So many women...
1 in 5 women and 1 and 7 men have experienced sexual assualt. That number is too high.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Richard Luck
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinarily courageous work. If you thought you knew the full extent of the Bill Cosby affair, Nicole Weisensee Egan reveals - to this reader, at least - new levels of unimaginable horror. This, however, is a hopeful book as it is a testament to bravery and resilience.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review on Amazon. com under C. Wong. Thank you.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, library
The details of his coverup are so infuriating - the press, his handlers, snd the legal system
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a book that was uncomfortable to read at times. The fact that the accusations were virtually ignored for 9 years after being brought to light, the DA brushing everything under the carpet as swiftly as possible at the time and the fans who never believe that Cosby could ever do anything wrong in the face of evidence. People fail to realize that a person can be more than one thing. You can be a family man and a serial killer. You can be a priest and a pedophile or in Cosby's case you can ...more
Steve Peifer
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s a shame it isn’t a better written book, but it captures the most important part of the horrific Cosby story: what happens to women who are raped by a celebrity and no one believes them?

If you have ever been puzzled by why woman don’t report or delay reporting rape, this book is a gift: you will never wonder again. The incredible tragedy that a woman who has been raped experiences and then is further traumatized by a system that seemingly tries to be as insensitive as it can possibly be is
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would have titled it Run From Cosby, as I did.
I gave it 5 stars because I know it is the truth.
K. Gill
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw “Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad” by author Nicole Weisensee Egan at Barnes & Noble, its title pulled me in. I had not paid much attention to the Bill Cosby infidelity news, thinking it was just another ridiculous he-said/she-said scandal that I didn’t want to waste my time on. But when I saw Bill Cosby in handcuffs on the book’s cover, I thought, “Wow, what happened there?” So I bought the book and spent the next few days trying to absorb his horrific and preme ...more
Todd Hirata
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“...after all this time, that Cliff Huxtable, America’s most beloved dad, was never anything more than fiction. A character. A persona Cosby invented and then skillfully used to get what he wanted, at anyone’s cost. He was nobody’s hero, and perhaps he never should have been.” - NWEgan

This excerpt summed it up for me. I, like millions of others, grew up watching The Cosby Show. Know the episodes back n forth, lol at the many jokes, understand all the life lessons taught. It was a huge part of my
Chris Sosa
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicole Weisensee Egan's "Chasing Cosby" offers a strong overview of the Bill Cosby case that avoids exploiting the survivors of his crimes or minimizing the assaults through inadequate/euphemistic language. Egan does a fantastic job of highlighting the survivors who worked to ensure Cosby faced justice despite a legal system that showed repeated disinterest in holding him accountable to protect other women.

"Chasing Cosby" also captures the racial dynamics of the case, as Cosby's downfall marked
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
This book is an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at what happened when accusations against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005, how he and his people were able to squash any criminal charges back then, through his civil case, all the way through to his later two criminal trials (the first one ending with a hung jury). Nicole Weisensee Egan is one of the few reporters who wrote about the case back in 2005 and possibly the only one that didn't simply brush the allegations aside and move on to ot ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The heroines of this book, in addition to the victims who found the courage to seek justice against Bill Cosby, include the author herself. Nicole Egan is a veteran, award-winning crime reporter who was there in Philadelphia when the Bill Cosby allegations first broke in 2005, and she was still there in 2018 when a jury found Cosby, "America's Dad," guilty of drugging and then raping a woman. It was a monstrous, decades-long pattern alleged to have ensnared at least 64 women, and probably more. ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Even though I knew the story, this was a fascinating read nevertheless. Like Harvery Weinstein, Cosby’s drugging and raping was a well known secret. He meticulously courted the entire family (a la Michael Jackson). Amazing how the story died in 2005 to be resurrected in 2014 via comedian Burress.

Interesting that trading up (papers would agree to kill a story for an exclusive interview with Cosby) is no longer viable given social media.

One annoying point: author inserted herself a little too mu
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Nicole Egan did an excellent job of portraying Bill Cosby exactly as he was - an evil, depraved human being who masqueraded as a philanthropist, family man and all-around good guy while using the power that came from being a big celebrity (Cliff Huxtable, “America’s Dad”) to gain access to dozens of women, some of whom were in their early teens. After gaining their trust, he would then proceed to drug and rape them. He did this, AND GOT AWAY WITH IT, for decades. It’s unimaginable that someone s ...more
Dianne Landry
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was written by the only reporter who sided with the victims way back in 2005 when Andrea Constand first brought charges against Bill Cosby. In here she talks about how difficult it was to make anyone believe that "America's dad" was really a monster. Ms. Egan brings up a very good point, why did no one hear about this case until Hannibal Burress, a black man, talked about it in his comedy act? Why? Because Bill Cosby was a powerful man who everyone loved. No one wants to believe that C ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writer takes advantage of a cache of research and articles already conducted and published to chronicle the demise of the once-beloved, now-reviled Cosby. The writer clearly celebrates the "victims" and indeed dedicates this work to them.
The writer observes that people did not understand that it was dangerous to drug women without their consent. Huh! Seemed to me that most people got that straight out of the box.
That attitude toward "most people" provides a flag of caution for readers of t
Jane Comer
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
How sad that one who can bring so much laughter, joy and good to the world can also destroy the lives of so many women. How could so many bystanders turn aside as obviously many of his "fixers" and "handlers" knew what was going on. The book itself is dense and not an easy read as there were so many victims and so many stops and starts in Cosby's prosecution. Pills, fame, fear, power and uncertainty push the story toward its conclusion.
Dennis McClure
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Cosby did is unforgivable. The way the world reacted to his accusers? Eye opening. The fact that the man’s talent and his accomplishments have been trashed? Tragic.

This book has the whole story. It’s grim and depressing and very, very important.

I’m an old man. But I have daughters and granddaughters.
Jill Crosby
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
An A-Z narration of the fall of serial rapist and narcissistic sociopath Bill “America’s Dad”
Cosby. Chronological, informed, documented, but with little insight into what made Cosby do what he did—at the last count—to 64 women. A little disappointed in the shallowness of the telling, but found this a good starting basic reference to the criminal case that spanned 14 years.
Jan Lynch
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Nicole Weisensee Egan's writing makes for easy reading; for the most part, she is a clear and good narrator. The story itself is difficult to read--horrifying and sad--but important to read.
Lisa Williams
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
well research and very shocking. If you can stomach's def worth the read.
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