DNF files: Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth

By Elizabeth Williamson

Page I bailed on: 44

Verdict: I really wanted to like this one, but it turned out to be not what I was expecting. There was too much stuff on the families coping with the tragedy, a lot of which felt overwritten (“Neil carried his grief like hard water in a metal container, blunting its corrosive power by staying in motion . . .”). What I was looking for was something more in-depth on the rise of conspiracy culture in politics and the media, which is where Williamson was heading but she was taking way too long getting there. I skimmed ahead a bit, but the book came out just before the first of Alex Jones’ trials so it all felt a bit behind the times. Then there was an extra point off for putting “American Tragedy” in the title. Wasn’t that the name of Matthew Lysiak’s Newtown book? It was.

So not a bad book, from what I read of it, but not one that I thought was going to repay the time spent finishing it. A longish magazine article might have handled the subject just as well. It’s quite a tome, going on for nearly 450 pages, and I couldn’t see myself hanging in there.

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