Jeff Benedict

Book List

THE SYSTEM

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL has never been more popular—or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

But behind this glittering success are darker truths: “athlete-students” working essentially full-time jobs with no share in the oceans of money; players who often don’t graduate and end their careers with broken bodies; “janitors” who clean up player misconduct; football “hostesses” willing to do whatever it takes to land a top recruit; seven-figure black box recruiting slush funds. And this: Despite the millions of dollars pouring into the game, 90 percent of major athletic departments still lose money. Yet schools remain caught up in an ever-escalating “arms race”—at the expense of academic scholarships, facilities and faculty.

Celebrated investigative journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian were granted unprecedented access during the 2012 season to programs at the highest levels across the country at a time of convulsive change in college football. Through dogged reporting, they explored every nook and cranny of this high-powered machine, and reveal how it operates from the inside out. The result: the system through the eyes of athletic directors and coaches, high-flying boosters and high-profile TV stars, five-star recruits and tireless NCAA investigators and the kids on whom the whole vast enterprise depends.

Both a celebration of the power and pageantry of NCAA football and a groundbreaking, thought-provoking critique of its excesses, The System is the definitive book on the college game.

From the Hardcover edition.


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How to Build a Business Warren Buffet Would Buy

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Any entrepreneur will love and appreciate this fascinating story sharing the life lessons that Bill Child learned as he built R. C. Willey, a highly successful furniture business eventually bought out by the legendary Warren Buffett. Lessons on leadership, frugality, honesty, integrity, innovation, and customer service will inspire and motivate readers. How do you take a good company and make it one that billionaire Warren Buffett would buy?The blueprints are in the footprints of a remarkable man: Bill Child.

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Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat

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When six-year-old Lauren Rudolph was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and fever, doctors were mystified as to the cause of her sudden and terrifying symptoms. Just five days later Lauren would become the first victim of a mysterious bacterial pathogen. Hundreds of sick children began to show up at hospitals across the Western states, three more children died.

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Little Pink House

A True Story of Defiance and Courage

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In Little Pink House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us behind the scenes of this case -- indeed, Suzette Kelo speaks for the first time about all the details of this inspirational true story as one woman led the charge to take on corporate America to save her home.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mormon Way Of Doing Business

 MormonWay-April2012-header200wWhat do the CEOs of JetBlue Airways, Dell Computers, Deloitte & Touche, and Madison Square Garden have in common with the CFO of American Express and the former dean of the Harvard Business School? As shown in this one-of-a-kind business book, they are all devout Mormons. They rarely work Sundays, they come home for dinner, and they do chores around the house. Yet they compete very successfully against workaholics who routinely put in seventy- to eighty-hour weeks.

 
 
 
 
 

Out Of Bounds

Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence, and Crime


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Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence, and Crime is a searing indictment of professional basketball players who live in a world where criminal laws and social norms don't exist, a world where they are given license to act above the law.

On the court, they dazzle us with their spectacular physical feats. They generate millions of dollars of revenue for the NBA and their teams. They inspire adulation. But underneath all the glitz, the money, and alley-oops is a seamy underbelly, a rash of lawlessness that is gripping the NBA.

 

 

No Bone Unturned

no-bone-unturned-headerB200wDr. Douglas Owsley, curator for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and forensic scientist "reads bones like most people read books." He also gains as much knowledge from them. In No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of the Smithsonian's Top Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for America's Oldest Skeletons, Jeff Benedict presents a double story: a sensitive portrait of this extraordinary scientist and a thorough reporting of the landmark 1996 lawsuit, Robson Bonnichsen et al v. U.S. et al. Benedict admits that his initial plan was to focus on the lawsuit, in which a group of scientists sued the federal government for the right to study the remains of 9,600 year-old Kennewick Man--the oldest complete human skeleton to be found in America and claimed by the Umatilla Native American tribe for reburial, but shifted his focus after hearing about Owsley. The result is a fascinating account of how one man's commitment to science and knowledge could help rewrite North American human history.

 

Without Reservation

without reservation header200w For thousands of years the Mashantucket Pequot lived in southeastern Connecticut between the Thames and the Pawcatuck rivers. Then in 1636, their fortunes began to plummet. The anti-Pequot war that began that year was only one of the causes of the nation's eventual near-extinction: Poverty, disaster, and real estate plunder forced the tribe to recede into a remote 214-acre vestige of a reservation. In the 1970s, just as the Mashantucket Pequot seemed to be dissolving into irrecoverable history, their fortunes changed as quickly as the spin of a roulette wheel. Without Reservation chronicles how a dwindling group of Indians became the proprietors of Foxwoods, the world's largest gambling arena.

 

Pros And Cons

Criminals Who Play In The NFL

prosandcons-header200w They're America's heroes. They drive the most expensive cars. They live in the biggest homes. Darlings of television sports and role models to millions of kids everywhere, National Football League players have come to personify the American dream. But there's a dark side to this hero worship, a seamy element that's rarely addressed by the league itself or the public.

 

Public Heros Private Fellons: Athletes And Crimes Against Women

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Public-Heroes-header200w While arrests of celebrated college and professional athletes for crimes against women escalate at an alarming rate, popular sports figures routinely escape accountablility for their offenses. Shielded by a lucrative sports industry that fosters the athlete's positive image as role model to the nation's youth, few players are successfully prosecuted in the courts and they rarely face sanctions on their eligibility to play.

Jeff Benedict thoroughly investigates ffor the first time athletes' abusive behavior, delving into the full spectrum of complex factors that give rise to and perpetuate the disturbing pattern of frequent sexual and domestic violence toward women. And, opposing the public stance of sports organizations, he offers compelling evidence that male athletes commit more crimes against women than do their peers.

 

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Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat

 
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