Great Is the Truth, which takes its name from the school’s motto, 'Magna est veritas et praevalet,' is not a great book. But it is, nonetheless, a cleareyed account of how money, power and prestige collude both to enable absolutely monstrous behavior and to prevent those most deserving of justice from getting it.
At once fair-minded and tendentious, the book has its share of digressions, repetitions and inside baseball (actual baseball, too — Kamil's ticket from the streets to Horace Mann). But, on the whole, it is an important and engrossing read.
A weakness is Kamil’s self-congratulatory tone and lack of finely-drawn characters — among them the narrator, who relies on broad-strokes ('I was more of a Springsteen guy') to stand for telling detail. But portraiture is not the aim of his book; Kamil is after honest accounting, and it’s decades overdue.