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|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 03 2022|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #34,206 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#60 in Elections & Political Process
#65 in Political Parties (Books)
#200 in Political Ideologies & Doctrines
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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.