Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland Audiobook, by Nancy Schwartzman Play Audiobook Sample

Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland Audiobook

Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland Audiobook, by Nancy Schwartzman Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Nancy Schwartzman, Brittany Pressley Publisher: Hachette Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549106446

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Longest Chapter Length:

58:32 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

44 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

29:26 minutes

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An incisive narrative about a teen rape case that divided a Rust Belt town, exposing the hostile and systemic undercurrents that enable sexual violence, and spotlighting ways to make change.

In football-obsessed Steubenville, Ohio, on a summer night in 2012, an incapacitated sixteen-year-old girl was repeatedly assaulted by members of the “Big Red” high school football team. They took turns documenting the crime and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The victim, Jane Doe, learned the details via social media at a time when teens didn’t yet understand the lasting trail of their digital breadcrumbs. Crime blogger Alexandria Goddard, along with hacker collective Anonymous, exposed the photos, Tweets, and videos, making this the first rape case ever to go viral and catapulting Steubenville onto the national stage.

Filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman spent four years embedded in the town, documenting the case and its reverberations. Ten years after the assault, Roll Red Roll is the culmination of that research, weaving in new interviews and personal reflections to take readers beyond Steubenville to examine rape culture in everything from sports to teen dynamics. Roll Red Roll explores the factors that normalize  sexual assault in our communities. Through inter-views with sportswriter David Zirin, victim’s rights attorney Gloria Allred and more, Schwartzman untangles the societal norms in which we too often sacrifice our daughters to protect our sons. With the Steubenville case as a flashpoint that helped spark the #MeToo movement, a decade later, Roll Red Roll focuses on the perpetrators and asks, can our society truly change?

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Nancy Schwartzman has given us the gift of an immersive, gripping narrative that thoughtfully explores the cultural rot behind one of the twenty-first century’s most notorious cases of sexual violence (so far). Roll Red Roll documents not just a shocking episode of violence and its aftermath but a germinal moment in our recent cultural history, one that pointed the way to #MeToo. This is true crime you’ll never have to apologize for loving.

— Kate Harding, author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—And What We Can Do About It 


  • “Schwartzman’s compassionate attention to these figures renders her depiction of their moral failures all the more damning: These are human beings, otherwise capable of responsibility and empathy, who did not manage to show these traits to Jane Doe.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “A searing account…Schwartzman’s sense of outrage fuels the narrative, but never overwhelms it. This tragic cautionary tale deserves a wide audience.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “This compelling account offers heartbreaking evidence of the pervasive, systemic, and toxic misogyny that thrives in many American communities.”

    — Booklist
  • “Reads like a riveting true crime story while the reader is being carefully led through a masterful assessment of the root causes of rape culture….A must-read.”

    — Dr. Caroline Heldman, executive director of the Representation Project and chair of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies at Occidental College
  • What Nancy Schwartzman does with Roll Red Roll is not only provide a necessary examination of pressing issues, but a compelling one. This book dives deep into the American political and social landscape to wrestle with issues of power, misogyny, and problems both apparent and disturbingly hidden. By the end, it changes the way you look at the world. It should be widely read and discussed—we'd all be better off for it.

    — Jared Yates Sexton, author of American Rule: How A Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People
  • Roll Red Roll reads like a riveting true crime story while the reader is being carefully led through a masterful assessment of the root causes of rape culture….A must-read.

    — Dr. Caroline Heldman, Executive Director of The Representation Project, Chair of Critical Theory & Social Justice, Chair of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at Occidental College


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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About Nancy Schwartzman

Nancy Schwartzman is a Peabody Award-nominated documentary film director and producer who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. Her documentary feature debut, Roll Red Roll, was nominated for a Peabody award, premiered in 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and garnered 7 best documentary awards. Nora Zelevansky is the author of several novels, and her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, ELLE, Town & Country, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vanity Fair among others.

About Brittany Pressley

Brittany Pressley has won several Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She has recorded over one hundred titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association’s annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials as well as several animated series and video games. She is a graduate of Columbia University.