On My Watch: A Memoir, by Virginia Buckingham
Courage and Resilience
As the nation came together to mourn, to support, and to rebuild in the aftermath of 9/11, Virginia Buckingham was singled out for blame.
As the head of Boston’s Logan International Airport, the launching pad for the hijacked planes that destroyed the Twin Towers, she was scapegoated by the media and political leaders for supposed airport security lapses, forced to resign, and later officially notified that a 9/11 victim’s family intended to sue her for wrongful death, holding her personally responsible.
A rising star at age thirty-five—she had served as chief of staff to two consecutive Massachusetts governors before becoming the first woman to head the state’s Port Authority—Buckingham’s life and career was suddenly derailed.
Grappling with issues of trauma, faith, leadership, and resilience, this unique memoir shares her struggle to rebuild her life and come to terms with being blamed for the unimaginable tragedy that occurred on her watch.
Shenanigans: The US-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times, by Trina Vargo
As Senator Ted Kennedy’s foreign policy adviser, Trina Vargo was instrumental in the controversial effort to convince President Clinton to grant a travel visa to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams—a crucial step in the Northern Ireland peace process. Vargo served as the Irish-issues adviser to every Democratic presidential campaign from Dukakis through Obama. She founded the US-Ireland Alliance and the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship program, which introduces future American leaders to the island of Ireland. Vargo has navigated the corridors of power in Ireland and the United States, experiencing first-hand the deep affection each country holds for the other. She has also seen valuable opportunities squandered—and sabotaged—by those on both sides of the Atlantic who jealously defend their turf against imaginative ideas.
Vargo passionately believes the US-Ireland relationship needs to evolve and to survive. This page turning memoir gives an unvarnished account of the challenges and poses serious questions about the future of the relationship that should be carefully considered by anyone who cares deeply about both countries.
The Shepherd’s Calculus, by C.S. Farrelly
The Shepherd’s Calculus is a fast-paced political thriller that examines what happens when those cornerstones of American identity–capitalism and religion — clash with its principals of justice.
When journalist Peter Merrick is asked to write a eulogy for his mentor, Jesuit priest James Ingram, his biggest concern is doing right by the man. But when his routine research reveals disturbing ties to cases of abuse and clues to a shadowy deal that trades justice for power, everything he believed about his friend is called into question. With the US presidential election looming, incumbent Arthur Wyncott is quickly losing ground among religious voters. Meanwhile, Owen Feeney, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is facing nearly a billion dollars in payments to victims of sex abuse. When Feeney hits on a solution to both men’s problems, it seems the stars have aligned. That is until Ally Larkin—Wyncott’s brilliant campaign aide—starts to piece together the shocking details. As the election draws closer and the stakes get higher, each choice becomes a calculation: Your faith, or your church? Your principles, or your candidate?When the line between right and wrong is blurred, how do you act, and whom do you save? At this explosive intersection of greed and faith rests the calculation each of us makes about when to do the right thing and why.
Like John Le Carre’s The Constant Gardener and Netflix’s “House of Cards,” The Shepherd’s Calculus takes an unflinching look at democracy, idealism and the price paid in between.