Start By Believing

From ESPN journalists whose investigation garnered a Peabody Award, the full devastating story of former physician Larry Nassar's serial abuse of America's elite gymnasts and others, revealing the win-at-all-costs culture in youth athletics and higher education that enabled him.

Praise for Start By Believing

“[R]eporting so deep, broad, and incisive that it is unlikely to be surpassed. …The go-to book about a horrific series of crimes.” — Kirkus Reviews

“I have the utmost respect for John Barr, Dan Murphy, and their work, and applaud them for what they have achieved with this empathetic, sensitively written book, Start by Believing. This important narrative takes a deeper dive into the lives of the people who were hurt and shines a spotlight on their courage. It is rewarding to read such a factual account of the events.”
Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu

“If you want to understand how these unimaginable crimes continued for so long, and what we need to do to ensure that no more young athletes have to face similar dangers, you need to start by reading Start by Believing.”
RAINN President/Founder Scott Berkowitz

“In this hard-hitting exposé, Peabody Award–winning ESPN reporters Barr and Murphy recount the rise and notorious fall of Larry Nassar … Barr and Murphy vividly convey the sense of confusion and helplessness that beset victims as their claims met with patronizing disbelief, sometimes from their own parents. The result is a searing indictment of a child molester and the culture of silence and submission that abetted him.” Publisher’s Weekly 

“A taut dramatic narrative, critical new reporting and a full understanding of how Larry Nassar’s unfathomable evil was enabled and given long life.   John Barr and Dan Murphy perform important work here.  Start By Believing will shock you with its truths, and lift you with the courage of these women.”
Former ESPN host Bob Ley 

“Thank you John Barr and Dan Murphy for shedding light on the historical account of the crimes of Larry Nassar. This book connects the dots of when and how this atrocity happened and chronicles the stories of the brave women who eventually acknowledged their truth, found their voice, and fueled a revolution of Time’s Up. I read this book in its entirety in one setting, finally having answers to so many of the questions, in particular, ‘How could this have happened?'”
Former UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field

“This is a horrifying story, and an important one, powerfully and carefully told by journalists John Barr and Dan Murphy. Their meticulously reported narrative presents a riveting account of the courage of these heroic women who will forever define the beginnings of the #MeToo movement.”
Bestselling author and USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan

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