This book proves that everything you ever knew about official Washington--and Presidential politics from FDR to Clinton--was wrong. Too many of the real stories and the most important thinkers were kept inside a destructive closet. This incredibly researched book showcases the gay people who really made things happen.
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.
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