Documentary Film Book Of The Day: A Wilderness Of Error: The Trials Of Jeffrey MacDonald...

I don't read as much as I should and there's no good reason for it.  Whenever I finish a book I like, I think about how rewarding it was and how I really should read more, but then I quickly forget and watch a shitload of movies.  This past weekend we rented a remote log cabin on Lake Michigan with no TV, internet, or phone and I was forced to choose between counting chipmunks or reading a book.  To play it safe, I chose a book by my favorite documentary filmmaker, Errol Morris.  It reads like a documentary.  It re-opens the Jeffrey MacDonald case and picks it apart in a thorough and ultimately maddening way.  He was the Green Beret doctor who was accused of brutally killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters in 1970 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.  There was a book and TV movie made about it called "Fatal Vision".    As with most of my documentary recommendations, I don't like to give too much away.  Just know that I finished all 500+ pages in two days, which for me is unprecedented.  It's really, really excellent.

Available HERE.

1 comment:

Scope said...

I saw the author on one of the morning TV shows. Sounded very interesting.