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Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth

Books on Tape Mar. 2022. ed. by . 16:13 hrs. ISBN 9780593344811. $95. CRIME
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Narrator Rebecca Lowman (Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America) brings her cool, calm best to this timely audiobook about the shooting in Sandy Hook and the rise of conspiracy theories. The prologue, author’s note, and epilogue read by New York Times features writer Williamson set the tone for Lowman to take over as she presents the results of hundreds of hours of research, interviews, and analysis of court records. The compelling topic is enhanced by Lowman’s skilled performance. She emotes empathy for the victims and their families. Anger and disgust are reserved for those who spread lies and deceptions about the tragedy and the trolls who committed identity fraud or stalked survivors using social media. Her captivating delivery of facts and detailed information about the arrests and trials of conspiracy theorists Alex Jones, James Fetzer, James Tracy, and Wolfgang Halbig will make listeners cheer. Woven into the time line of the Sandy Hook aftermath is the expansion of conspiracy theorists and the havoc wreaked on the lives of others as they continue to spew “fake news” and lies for selfish reasons.
VERDICT An outstanding treatise on the history and rise of conspiracy theories today.
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