Sandy Hook, by Elizabeth Williamson

Staff Pick

Williamson's account of the 2012 Connecticut school shooting--the darkest day of my hometown's history--focuses on the tragedy that followed the tragedy: the growth of conspiracy theories that deliberately distorted and even denied the facts of events. Her humane investigation tracks how these "truthers" caused further pain to grieving families who had already experiened far too much, and paints a chilling picture of the increasingly prominent role social media plays in such campaigns of disinformation--which don't stop at manipulating facts, but involve actively harrassing, intimidating, and threatening relatives of victims. While many fought back, many others chose to honor their loved ones in ways that felt best and right to them; neither should be judged for their decision. The memories of those lost are precious, and are not society’s to do with as it wishes.


Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth By Elizabeth Williamson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524746575
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Published: Dutton - March 8th, 2022

The Enemy of All Mankind, by Steven Johnson

Staff Pick

Johnson's Enemy of All Mankind is an account of a pirate raid wrapped in both a biography and the larger history of empire and trade building. The biography traces the life of Henry Every, one of the most notorious pirates of the late 17th century, and recounts his attack on a Munghal ship, an incident that had deep repercussions for the East India Company and British-Indian relations. Johnson is incredibly good at telling an engaging story while also keeping an eye on the larger picture of how this bit of history influenced international power shifts and led to the formation of modern businesses and corporations

Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt By Steven Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211612
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 11th, 2021

Mercury Rising, by Jeff Shesol

Staff Pick

Author, historian, speechwriter, and cartoonist Jeff Shesol has produced a masterpiece of narrative history, exploring how the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and particularly Project Mercury, defined the Cold War era. A review in The New York Times notes Shesol’s “extraordinary qualities as a storyteller,” showcasing his talent for character portraits and use of historical detail for context. Historian David Brinkley applauds Shesol for capturing the drama and tension surrounding the Mercury launch, adding that the book “has movie written all over it.” But until a movie comes out, please just read it! Shesol’s visual sensibilities as an artist and his literary flair leap off every page.

Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War By Jeff Shesol Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324003243
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2021