Tony Russo

Telling compelling stories about ordinary people has been Tony Russo's specialty for the entirety of his journalism career. Whether profiling artists, community leaders, cult members, or combat veterans, he has a knack for helping readers connect to stories.

After nearly 20 years covering news and writing features for local outlets, Mr. Russo moved into independent journalism, telling stories about how small events affect the larger culture.

In addition to writing about the craft beer revolution, he wrote and hosted "This Is War," a narrative podcast documenting the personal stories of combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His award-winning work, Dragged Into the Light: Truthers, Reptilians, Super Soldiers, and Death Inside an Online Cult, looks into how one nondescript woman was able to tap into the rising paranoia that birthed the conspiracy theory culture.

Mr. Russo lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore with his wife and the only one of his four daughters who has yet to move out. Together they keep their dog and cats comfortable. He’s responsible for the weekly(ish) culture blog, “A Bagel Manifesto.”

Books by Tony Russo

Book Reviews by Tony Russo

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“in his precise writing and masterful contextualizing, Dorsey doesn’t offer an opinion. He lets the horror of our culture speak for itself.”

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Testimony challenges the narrative that Evangelical Christianity is the gateway drug to White Christian Nationalism.”

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The Cigar: Carmine Galante, Mafia Terror is more a collection of mob lore and history than an account of a mafia terror, but in those stories we see an aspect of the American mob into whic

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There are few surprises in The Midnight Kingdom, Jared Yates Sexton’s history of power corrupting absolutely, but there aren’t meant to be.

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solid, mostly engaging, offering an undeniable insight into the ongoing movement to return America to what the White Nationalist movement sees as its foundational principl