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 213 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.


  • Great

    By lenyleo
    This was such a great book couldn’t put it down , Love Baez and how he gave so much details amazing job and a sad tragedy .
  • Amazing!

    By paiks3191
    I’ve adored Aaron Hernandez and enjoyed watching him play. You know raw talent when you see it and Aaron emulated that. I initially bought this book after watching the Netflix series because I knew there was much more to that of what is on Netflix. Jose Baez is an incredibly intelligent man and the love and dedication he had for Aaron and his trial is beyond! It’s a very tragic end to a life I believe could have gone much further! Oh what could have been! This book brings peace and TRUE understanding of so many things that many have questioned about his behavior/actions although we are in no position to judge. Absolutely loved this book. I’m a mother of 3, work full time and finished this book in 4-5 days. Amazing! RIL Aaron J. Hernandez!
  • Amazing

    By clmc2o
    After watching the documentaries, i felt like i had to know more as i was so invested in this. I read this book in less than a week and i am amazed by the way the book was written and am so relieved there was a side being shown of Aaron that people couldn’t hate. A side that should be shown; because his name is being beaten while he’s not even here anymore. FACTS that were not in any of the documentaries being shown in the public. If only everyone could read this instead of being blinded by media. If i could give ten stars, i would.
  • Great read!

    By JoJo Caygs
    After seeing the Netflix documentary, I was curious about the details of the Boston case and why Aaron was acquitted. This book provided the explanation I was looking for and more! It was an easy read, I finished it in a day and a half. If you want to know the facts behind the double murder trial, I definitely suggest this book! It also goes a little into the negative affects of CTE on football players.
  • 5/5 Stars!!!

    By Bballinjay11
    Phenomenal book that would have you reading at the edge of your seat. Extremely detailed and well written. Goes into many details that the Netflix documentary does not go into. Great read!

    By Redottie
    Must read this book!!!
  • 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!