Byron Williams is one of the leading public theologians in the nation. He is a columnist, author, and adjunct professor at Wake Forest University. He is also host of the NPR-affiliated broadcast The Public Morality.
He is the author of Solitaire Magda Goebbels: A Banality of Ambition and Evil. His previous books include: 1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility, which won the 2014 International Book Award for US History, and Strip Mall Patriotism: Moral Reflections on the Iraq War, is a series of essays covering the Iraq from 2003-2007.
In 2010 and 2011, Williams' work was nationally recognized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which nominated him for “Columnist of the Year.”
Williams writes a weekly column that appears in the Bay Area Newsgroup, Huffington Post. the Winston Salem Journal, and Politics NC.
Williams has spoken across the country and appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC Radio, Fox News, and National Public Radio.
Solitaire Magda Goebbels: A Banality of Ambition and Evil
Solitaire is the ambitious, seductive and macabre story of the "unofficial" First Lady of the Third Reich, Magda Goebbels. On May 1, 1945, after Adolf Hitler committs suicide, Magda murders six of her seven children and sits down to play solitaire in the Fuhrerbunker, as she waits for her husband, Josef, to return so they can execute themselves in the Reich Chancellery gardens. Magda goes on a retrospective quest for redemption, examining her loving relationship with her Jewish stepfather, Richard Friedlander and her first love, Chaim Arlosoroff, a Zionist leader. She is forced to confront her indefinable desire for "more"... which inevitably leads to the woman she had become --- a banality of ambition and evil. Her obsession with her public image as the paragon of German womanhood has blinded her to the humanity of others, including her own. It was a life that ran a parallel course with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany."
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