Ed Williams is a longtime newspaperman who never lost the passion that brought him into the craft. Passionate about the explicit and implicit promises of the American creed and no less passionate about the need to confront its false prophets and and bigoted betrayers, Ed never backed away from a fight or beat his chest as he entered one. But as you read these pages, discover another Ed Williams – a man who believes in community, believes in dialogue more than loud debate and is a genuinely good human being to boot. A fine writer who put facts first, the record of his disciplined output over the last half century is worth reading – and teaching – from first page to last.
– Hodding Carter, award-winning journalist, former president of the Knight Foundation, now University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill.