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Midnight in Washington : how we almost lost our democracy and still could / Adam Schiff.

Schiff, Adam B., (author.).



"From the congressman who led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump, the vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, and a warning that the forces of autocracy unleashed by Trump remain as potent as ever. In the years leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Congressman Adam Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. But as he led the probe into Donald Trump's Russia and Ukraine-related abuses of presidential power, Schiff came to the terrible conclusion that the principal threat to American democracy now came from within. In Midnight in Washington, Schiff argues that the Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism. The congressman chronicles step by step just how our democracy was put at such risk, and traces his own path to meeting the crisis--from serious prosecutor, to congressman with an expertise in national security and a reputation for bipartisanship, to liberal lightning rod, scourge of the right, and archenemy of a president. Schiff takes us inside his team of impeachment managers and their desperate defense of the constitution amid the rise of a distinctly American brand of autocracy. Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, Schiff reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic against a lawless president--but also the slow surrender of people that he had worked with and admired to the dangerous immorality of a president engaged in an historic betrayal of his office. Schiff's fight for democracy is one of the great dramas of our time, told by the man who became the president's principal antagonist. It is a story that began with Trump but does not end with him, taking us through the disastrous culmination of the presidency and Schiff's account of January 6, 2021, and how the anti-democratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever."--Publisher's website.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593231524
  • ISBN: 059323152X
  • Physical Description: xvi, 510 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2021]

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: why should I? -- part 1. Against our will comes wisdom. Insurrection ; The one thing they can never take away ; Take out your Rolodex ; A man may change his clothes, but he is still the same man ; You know how it goes -- part 2. Truth isn't truth. Two stories ; The midnight run ; Keep doing what you're doing ; If I could only speak to a couple hundred million people ; The Barr deception ; You might think it's okay -- part 3. Impeached for life, impeached forever. Crossing the Rubicon ; I would like you to do us a favor, though ; You need to come home on the next plane ; This for that ; Here, right matters ; Everyone was in the loop -- part 4. Impartial justice. The four and the forty million ; Does he really need to be removed? ; One man had said "enough" -- part 5. Someone's going to get killed. Heads on pikes ; Right would have to wait -- Epilogue: He is not who you are.
Subject: Trump, Donald, 1946- > Influence.
United States > Politics and government > 2017-2021.
Democracy > United States.
Democracy > United States > History > 21st century.
Authoritarianism > United States.
Political culture > United States.
Political culture > United States > History > 21st century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Commentary & Opinion.
Trump, Donald, 1946-
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Political culture.
Politics and government.
United States.
Democracy > United States.
Political culture > United States.
United States > Politics and government.

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