Anne Nelson

Shadow Network: Media, Money and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

“An absolutely momentous piece of investigative journalism.” – Publishers Weekly

“You can’t convert anxiety into votes without cash, and Nelson does an excellent job following the money . . . . Readers curious about how the American right gets its message out will find much to admire in it.” –

“Anne Nelson’s work on middle America in Shadow Network reveals a political trend that threatens both our form of government and our species.” – TIMOTHY SNYDER, Levin Professor of History at Yale University and author of ON TYRANNY and THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM

Shadow Network shines a light on a secretive network of right-wing fundamentalists, oil barons, and other interests, who have waged a forty-year campaign to take over Washington. It coordinates the political activism of many member organizations, including the National Rifle Association, the Federalist Society, and Family Research Council. In 2016 its members cut a deal with Donald Trump, who has been advancing their agendas from the White House. This eye-opening account describes their media platforms, their digital campaign strategy, and their chilling plans for America’s future, as they wage war against public health, public education, and the public interest. Past and present members include Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Jay Sekulow, Richard DeVos, and Wayne LaPierre.

Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris

“‘Suzanne’s Children’ vividly dramatizes the stakes of acting morally in a time of brutality.”

Wall Street Journal

Anne Nelson is an author and lecturer in the fields of international affairs, media and human rights.  As a journalist she covered the conflicts in El Salvador and Guatemala, and won the Livingston Award for best international reporting from the Philippines.  She served as the director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.  In 1995 she became the director the international program at the Columbia School of Journalism, where she created the first curriculum in human rights reporting.


Literary Agent
Ethan Bassoff
Ross Yoon Agency

Suzanne’s Children

Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

A story of courage in the face of evil. The tense drama of Suzanne Spaak who risked and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi Paris to Auschwitz. This is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust.



APRIL 29, 2020 – Yale Club of New York

Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

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October 19, 2019 – Wisconsin Book Festival

Shadow Network: How Fundamentalists and Oil Barons Propelled Trump’s Campaign

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NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC.

Suzanne’s Children: The Hidden History of Women’s Resistance


NOVEMBER 6, 2017 – Central Queens Y, Queens, New York

Suzanne Spaak and the Jewish Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris

The compelling story of how Suzanne Spaak and her friends in the immigrant Jewish underground in Paris created a complex network to rescue Jewish children from deportation.


NOVEMBER 19, 2017 – One Day University, New York City

German Resistance in WWII: What We Know Now That We Didn’t Know Then

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that the entire German nation succumbed to Nazi ideology. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, stunning new evidence locked in the Stasi archives became available to support a deeper understanding.