ANSWERS: 3
  • To sum up a rather lengthy investigation, it is very HIGHLY embellished. Several characters were also made up. However, it is a little more complex than this. The Smoking Gun, who first revealed that the book may not be true, provides a thorough outline of the case: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0104061jamesfrey1.html
  • From the very beginning it struck me as false. The whole waking up on an airplane - what airline in the world would take a battered, bleeding, clearly smashed out of his skull, person on board unescorted? Total bullshit. As I kept reading it there were a number of things that just didn't ring true. The timeline felt very strange, and it was clear at one point he was in university, and another working in Europe. In order to achieve what he did, he needed to collapse the timelines, so he started drinking when he was 10 and was an alcoholic and doing hard drugs by age 12. Despite that he graduated high school and went to university (and apparently graduated) then a year later he is in rehab trying to kick a 10 year habit. . . j'en doute. The Smoking Gun article filled in more of his lies, but in my opinion, there are way more than what TSG uncovered - since they were only looking at his legal record.
  • I don't think it was true either in intention or fact.

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