Nonfiction Reveals How Lies Shaped Boston, America and the World

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William Connolly critically examines slanders and propaganda in history and contemporary events

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Attorney William M. Connolly, author of several non-fiction and fiction books and a former U.S. Public Health Service officer, traces in his latest book how lies have shaped the life and histroy of a single city, a nation and the world. He examines historical and contemporary events. Character Assassins: Carr, Dershowitz, Mudd: Who’ll Live in Infamy? encompasses history, law, politics, corrupt courts, corrupt prosecutors, biased media, conspiracies, gangsters, murder, drugs, the sport of boxing and neighborhoods with decent ordinary Americans raising good families.

Connolly’s controversial work is a brief history of the consequences of bearing false witness. It tells how “toxic talk” has led to shunning, witch hunts, persecutions, false prosecutions, executions, pogroms, famines, wars and genocides. From small acorns great oaks grow, and from small lies come poisonous fruits—ruined reputations, divided neighborhoods, class hatreds, clan violence, ethnic cleansings and blood libels—preludes to the 20th Century’s worst horrors.

The book also critically examines various contemporary events. It examines abuses in government, such as the propaganda and spin in matters of foreign affairs, including the deployment of U.S. forces. It surveys at length federal abuses of power on the home front, especially in stigmatizing and zealously prosecuting American citizens, like Dr. Samuel Mudd and FBI agent John Connolly. It details how Boston’s press and judiciary were corrupted over the last two decades. It all begins by publicly singling out “different” people for scorn.

Daring, detailed and deeply controversial, Character Assassins is a nonfiction work that makes readers stop and carefully reconsider what they may have thought were “settled” historical and contemporary facts. It challenges the public to exercise caution, prudence, due diligence and healthy skepticism before accepting any information fed to them, especially from seemingly reliable official sources inside government and inside the media.

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About the Author
William M. Connolly was raised in South Boston and Savin Hill, holds degrees from Suffolk University Law School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Boston College. He studied medicine at Georgetown Medical School from 1967 to 1971. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1975 to 1977. He co-authored, with Paul J. Walkowski, the definitive work on the St. Patrick’s Day parade case, From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court; Anatomy of a Free Speech Case (Branden 1995) and authored One Life (Xlibris), The Fix (Xlibris), Shots Heard Round the World (Xlibris) and Mac the Dog, a novel (Xlibris 2012.)

Character Assassins* by William M. Connolly, MPH, JD
Mud Begets Blood!
Publication Date: July 12, 2012
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