This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for American Democracy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The shocking, definitive account of the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden presidency by two New York Times reporters, exposing the deep fissures within both parties as the country approaches a political breaking point—now including exclusive recordings from the January 5th and January 11th GOP Conference calls referenced in the book’s original reporting.
This is the authoritative account of an eighteen-month crisis in American democracy that will be seared into the country’s political memory for decades to come. With stunning, in-the-room detail, New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns show how both our political parties confronted a series of national traumas, including the coronavirus pandemic, the January 6 attack on the Capitol, and the political brinksmanship of President Biden’s first year in the White House.
From Donald Trump’s assault on the 2020 election and his ongoing campaign of vengeance against his fellow Republicans, to the behind-the-scenes story of Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate and his bitter struggles to unite the Democratic Party, this book exposes the degree to which the two-party system has been strained to the point of disintegration. More than at any time in recent history, the long-established traditions and institutions of American politics are under siege as a set of aging political leaders struggle to hold together a changing country.
Martin and Burns break news at every turn, drawing on hundreds of interviews and never-before-seen documents and recordings from the highest levels of government. The book asks the vitally important (and disturbing) question: can American democracy, as we know it, ever work again?
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|Listening Length||17 hours|
|Author||Jonathan Martin, Alexander Burns|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 03, 2022|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,103 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The most high-profile story to date has been Kevin McCarthy’s having told other Republican lawmakers that he would suggest to Trump that he resign, lying about it, confronted with the tape of it, and then coming amazingly close to lying about lying about it.
Lindsey Graham’s well-known ping-pong ball convictions: This bounces from January 6, when he threatened a White House lawyer with drumming up support in the Cabinet to remove Trump from office via the 25th Amendment, to the authors’ firsthand narrative of Trump putting him on speakerphone unknowingly, so the reporters were free to listen to his amplified shameless grovel of the Wonders of Trump.
On the surprising-even-for-Sen.-Kyrsten-Sinema front, her arguing with White House staff about being asked to wear a mask when seeing President Biden, and in other parts of the book, bragging about making Palin-esque political use of her cleavage around male GOP lawmakers.
And yes, as reported, Trump had a trinket treasure room filled with MAGA merchandise next to his office in the White House.
Twenty five years ago, or even ten years ago, some of these could have been Saturday Night Live skits. Martin and Burns have shown that now, sadly, it’s real.
I'm about 1/3 of the way through and I'm amazed at the thoroughness of the authors' research and substantiation.
I am grateful for the credible news agencies.
Martin and Burns are two highly lauded political reporters for the New York Times. From that aspect, this book is a success. There is a lot of reporting and according to their introduction, they employed every method available to them to collect data from the people involved with the election in 2020, all its surrounding events both pre and post, January 6th, Biden’s first year, Georgia’s run off election, George Floyd, and of course, every possible opportunity to bash, trash and thrash Donald Trump.
What’s different about this book from the myriad of other political books? These authors give us a detailed insight to the players behind the big guys. I did read things that were new to me, I’m just not sure how much to trust the presentation given the obviousness of the slant. More than a few times it felt like I was reading a script for an 8 part streaming video. Still, the introduction to individuals that none of the reporting agencies brought to light has value.
“This Will Not Pass” is worth reading. If you’re right of center, prepare to be annoyed but informed with potential new facts. If you’re open minded, this is a book that will suit you well and provide food for tho’t and hopefully, positive conversation. Folks to the left of center will cheer unless they are thoughtful and find that even the authors are concerned about the state of our democracy📚