Great Is the Truth (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a definitive recounting of the months and years after Kamil’s publication of “Prep School Predators.” Kamil, a Horace Mann alum who personally knew many of the victims and abusers, is joined by Sean Elder, a writer whose work has appeared in Parenting, Men’s Health, and Psychology Today. Together, they provide an insider’s look at the survivors’ legal efforts to seek damages and get some kind of official apology out of their alma mater. Stonewalled at first and eventually treated as an annoyance, the victims’ journey from quiet support meetings to legal mediation chambers is nothing short of harrowing, and told with fly-on-the-wall intimacy by Kamil and Elder.
Great Is the Truth tells a tale of courage and honor as men and women who were traumatized decades ago find the strength to stand up and have their stories heard. It is a story of holding forth the convictions and lessons learned from an institution at a time when the institution itself chooses to forego those lessons.
PRAISE FOR GREAT IS THE TRUTH
“Yes, Amos Kamil and Sean Elder’s Great Is the Truth is shocking, riveting, and appalling, but it is also much more: a cautionary tale of how an elite, privileged institution can lose its way, not realize it, and, even after the corruption is revealed, still be incapable of doing the right thing. A must-read!”
—WILLIAM D. COHAN, author of The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities
“Great Is the Truth is a terrific, probing tale of an important subject. In the best journalistic tradition, Amos Kamil and Sean Elder have combined a penetrating investigation with a moving and intimate narrative. They have revealed the previously hidden culture of sexual predation at one of our leading private schools and, more frightening still, the culture of complicity of what seems at times the school’s entire professional community. This is a powerful, harrowing book. Everyone should pay attention.”
—STEVE FISHMAN, writer at New York
“There is something inexhaustibly mysterious about our infamous pedophilia contagions. How exactly did so very many Catholic priests get away with it? Does the serial molester Jerry Sandusky really believe he was framed for forty-five guilty counts, as he insists to this day? And when Amos Kamil’s New York Times Magazine story about teachers molesting students at the elite New York prep school Horace Mann appeared, it was as if a many-roomed mansion bright with sunlight went suddenly dark, moldy, and rotten. Great Is the Truth reopens each shrouded room and every last closet. Kamil and Sean Elder have walked straight into the darkness and come back with a fearless, revelatory book.”
—LORRAINE ADAMS, author of Harbor
“ Amos Kamil made headlines when he broke three decades of silence surrounding the sexual abuse of students at one of the nation’s top prep schools. Now, with a rigorous passion for the truth, he and Sean Elder explore why the school he loved has refused to look into its shocking past. This book, brimming with empathy for schoolmates who were betrayed by the teachers they trusted, is a righteous demonstration that the truth is great—if only we have the courage to tell it.”
—MARC FISHER, senior editor at The Washington Post
“Part memoir, part investigative reporting, Great Is the Truth is a richly layered and ultimately balanced account of the decades-long trend of sexual abuse at Horace Mann. Kamil’s deeply personal perspective and his and Elder’s dogged research enhance each other, conflicting emotion and comprehensive information blending to create a compelling narrative.”
—SARAH SAFFIAN, author of Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found
“Predators. Pedophiles. Rapists. No sum of money, no apology, can right the wrongs that were committed against the students of Horace Mann. But Great Is the Truth is the next best thing: a clear-eyed account of the institutional corruption that made the abuse possible.”
—JAMES S. HIRSCH, author of Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend and Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter