Unnecessary Roughness - Jose Baez, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez & George Willis

Unnecessary Roughness

By Jose Baez, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez & George Willis

  • Release Date: 2018-08-21
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 99 Ratings



The revelatory inside story of the trial and final days of New England Patriots superstar Aaron Hernandez, by his attorney and New York Times bestselling author Jose Baez.

When renowned defense attorney Jose Baez received a request for representation from Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight-end was already serving a life sentence for murder. Defending him in a second, double-murder trial seemed like a lost cause--but Baez accepted the challenge, and their partnership culminated in a dramatic courtroom victory, a race to contest his first conviction, and ultimately a tragedy, when Aaron took his own life days after his acquittal.

This riveting, closely-observed account of Aaron's life and final year is the only book based on countless intimate conversations with Aaron, and told from the perspective of a true insider. Written with the support of Hernandez's fiancée, Unnecessary Roughness takes readers inside the high-profile trial, offering a dramatic retelling of the race to obtain key evidence that would exonerate Hernandez, and later play a critical role in appealing his first conviction.

With revelations about Aaron's personal life that weren't shared at trial, and an exploration of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy diagnosis revealed by his autopsy, Jose Baez's Unnecessary Roughness is a startling courtroom drama and an unexpected portrait of a fallen father, fiancé, and teammate.


  • Unbelievable!

    By Hans ebfn12469593
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in a few short days. I learned a lot about the judicial system and misconceptions behind closed doors to the public. Highly recommend!
  • 5 stars

    By Yo to 1
    Jose is simply real, smart and funny. I didn’t plan on reading this book, but the way he shows the real side of what he does draws you in. This book is all heart and soul, and I highly recommend. Jose will take you for an interesting ride and when you finish you will never look at a courtroom the same again.
  • Unnecessary Roughness by Jose Baez

    By jayymee11
    I loved this book. I was able to see Aaron Hernandez as a true human being. The media truly villainized this man. Jose Baez is an amazing lawyer who stands with his client and always presents the facts.
  • Absolutely Excellent!!

    By Jacquie415
    I have never read a book faster in my life! Superbly written, Josè Baez sounds to be an amazing defense attorney! I could not put it down! Must read if you have any interest in the Aaron Hernandez case/cases. Shows how corrupt the state and police depts can be!! Fantastic read!
  • Candid tragedy

    By CeddyMAN
    Jose Baez knew the late Aaron Hernandez better than anyone. As his last attorney he knew the juicy gossip. However, what makes this a journey worthwhile; are the facts and possibilities. Alexander Bradley could not account for two days in Florida. The size of the 4Runner; plus Bradley and Hernandez, makes a trajectory from the passenger seat unlikely. Two men in the BMW left the scene, with their friends dying. There is no footage of the downstairs bar at Cure Lounge. These are the facts that gives the reader a candid perspective of the infamous lifestyle of Aaron Hernandez. Did he murder out of paranoia? Did he not murder anyone at all? These are the jewels of this tragic biography; and an insight into one of the most skilled minds (of our contemporary legal practitioners). Everyone respects a law degree; and Baez might be the best of them all. ... A candid tragedy ...
  • Simply Fantastic

    This book was the first iBook I purchased, and I couldn’t be more impressed. The writing is incredible, believable, and grippingly emotional. I will buy any, and every book written by JB. Well done.
  • Another been there, done that

    By Imusdog
    I really expected this book to give inside detail since Baez was working so closely with AH. It’s very superficial. Skip this and read the newspaper coverage instead. Such a disappointment.
  • Amazing!

    By tpeso1984
    5 out of 5
  • A must read!!!

    By BlueCavs
    A tragic story about a football legend.. From those who truly loved him.. Well written with much respect of Aaron.
  • Awesome book

    By CHAVO 1
    By far the fastest book i ever read. Even while on vacation i manage to read this book in 3 days. I just couldn’t stop reading it. Great insight on the case in Boston. It’s sad the way things turned out for Hernandez. P.S i don’t believe he killed himself though.