The Book Cellar
About Special Counsel: Imagine Special Counsel Robert Mueller got so frustrated with the U.S. attorney general that, instead of letting the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election speak for itself, he allowed the full narrative of corruption, high crimes, and cover-ups to be revealed…
With more than 350,000 copies sold, the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election has taken its place as the defining document of the Trump administration. Replete with some of the most infamous characters and outlandish schemes in modern American history, the underlying evidence in the Special Counsel’s written testimony could have been plucked from the script of a blockbuster movie. But at 400-plus pages of bewildering redactions and impenetrable legal analysis, the text itself is so dense that even our elected officials have admitted to leaving the report unread.
Now, stripped of legalese while still faithful to fact, The Special Counsel tells the story of what really happened in a compulsively readable-yet comprehensive-narrative. Whisking readers from Manhattan’s Trump Tower to the rural towns of Pennsylvania and the frosty streets of St. Petersburg, this book brings to vivid life the people, places, and politics that have shaped our post-2016 lives. One thing is bone-chillingly clear: our democracy is under attack and only an informed American public can save it. The Special Counsel is as necessary as it is thrilling.
About Mark Caro: Mark Caro is author of The Foie Gras Wars, winner of the 2009 Great Lakes Book Award for general nonfiction, and co-author of Behind the Laughter: A Comedian’s Tale of Tragedy and Hope (with Anthony Griffith and Brigitte Travis-Griffin) and Take It To the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You (with Steve Dawson). For more than 25 years, Mark covered film, food, music, murder trials and global cities for the Chicago Tribune and also has written for the New York Times, Chicago magazine and other outlets. He created the popular “Is It Still Funny?” film series in Chicago, has hosted on WGN Radio and in the summer of 2019 launched an on-stage interview series, “Mark Caro’s Talking in Space.” Mark lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters.
About Aftershock: The world was in ruin at the end of World War II: from the Blitz in London to the aftermath of the atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A small group of Army soldiers witnessed it all.
They photographed Germany’s last push, the Battle of the Bulge, and they rode into Germany to witness unimagined destruction. They documented the Burma Road, which opened Mainland China to supplies, and saw war atrocities as far away as the Philippines.
These soldier photographers are acclaimed for their war photographs, but their work showing the impact of total war has never been compiled in a book.
As towns fell and the result of years of war were being laid bare, the world began to comprehend the impact of the war. Ruined cities were unearthed. The gates of concentration camps were flung open. Former prisoners, captured soldiers, and desperate refugees scoured the landscape for food and shelter.
These GIs used cameras instead of guns, witnessing and capturing the loss and destruction on film. Their work is a remarkable record of pictures that is now housed at the National Archives. The photos they left behind are beautiful and brutal: cemeteries and churches. POWs and DPs. Surrenders and suicides. Liberators and prisoners.
Many of the photos have never before been seen. None have been seen like this―scanned directly from original negatives for this book. Aftershock is a permanent record that shows what these soldiers saw. And it tells the story of these young photographers, whose lives were changed forever because of 1945.
About Mark Jacob: Ex-editor at Chicago Tribune & Sun-Times, now allowed to have opinions. Co-author of 8 books on history & photography. Intolerant of racism & small-mindedness.