American Caliph, by Shahan Mufti

Staff Pick

9/11 and January 6 are forever associated with atrocious acts of domestic terrorism. Here, Mufti makes the case that March 9 also belongs on this list of infamous dates. On that day in 1977, the Hanafi Movement, a splinter Black Muslim group, raided three DC locations simultaneously. A reporter was killed, Marion Barry (then a DC Council Member) was shot, and 149 people were held hostage at gun- and knife-point. Despite bringing the city to a screeching halt and making national and international headlines, the event has largely been forgotten--something this page-turner rectifies by walking us through how and why the whole thing went down, and what it means today.

 

American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC By Shahan Mufti Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374208585
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 22nd, 2022

A Death on W Street, by Andy Kroll

Staff Pick

You may remember headlines from 2016 about Seth Rich: a twenty-something with a gin for politics who came to DC with eyes wide open--only to be heartlessly killed in a midnight mugging gone bad.  As if the sudden death of a young man wasn't sad enough, conspiracy theorists made the situation even worse by falsely claiming Seth's murder was part of a massive election coverup perpetrated by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Based on extensive reporting, interviews with Seth's family and friends, and deep research on the dark web, Kroll deftly dissects how the Far Right, including Fox News, Julian Assange, and QAnon,  wove a sticky and complex web of lies to make the name "Seth Rich" synonymous with presidential-election tampering.   In addition to Seth's story, A Death on W Street is about how difficult it is to reset truth in the shadow of fake news.

 

 

A Death on W Street: The Murder of Seth Rich and the Age of Conspiracy By Andy Kroll Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541751149
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 6th, 2022

The Other Side of Prospect, by Nicholas Dawidoff

Staff Pick

This page-turner is really three books in one: a social commentary on how America's southern racism bathes northern cities; a true-crime story about a senseless neighborhood murder; and an intimate account of a young Black man trying his best to get his life back after nine years in prison. All this happens only a stone's throw from Yale's idyllic campus in New Haven, Connecticut. They say your zip code shouldn't decide your destiny.  In this case, it's shocking what a difference a few streets can make.

The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City By Nicholas Dawidoff Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781324002024
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 18th, 2022

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