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The Book | Getting the 411 on DSK

The Book | Getting the 411 on DSK

To describe journalist Francois Dufour's account of May 16, the day that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, sat in a New York court room facing charges of the sexual assaut of a hotel chambermaid, as forensic would be something of an understatement. In his new book, no stone - and no Tweet - is left unturned.

Monsieur Dufour had the good fortune to be one of only a small number of French reporters who cottoned on to the story in time to join the public gallery of the courtroom (thanks, as he explains in his preface, to a tip-off from his tennis partner) and his dispatches, mostly sent via Twitter, became an important news resource to the avid attentions of the French media.

The aims of the book, as its author makes clear, are not to judge the actions of DSK - which of course caused a media storm in France, where all kinds of political conspiracy theories were proposed - but simply to document in close detail the events as they unfolded, from the defendant's first courtroom entrance at 10:47am through to 8pm, when lights are turned off on Rikers Island's newest guest.

DSK May 16, 2011: From The Perp Walk To Rikers Island by Francois Dufour is available now in online version from, the paper version is available at