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Good read. Accurate description of the chaotic Trump years and of the early Biden troubles with a split Congress. America today is what happens when you have elected representatives that place the power of the party above the progress of the nation.
This bit of instant history writing has gotten massive online, and television promotion.
But the deeper I read it the deeper my depression grew.
It has passed. The future of the newest President has passed. The future of America has passed.
There are tens of millions of American voters who are supporting politicians who are actively subverting America. While nearly all are fake patriots in the Republican party, there are many who are Democrats.
What is abundantly clear from this book is that nearly uniformly these Washington D.C. occupiers regardless of their surface masks are merely careerist parasites, and liars.
Authors Martin and Burns seem to think, or at least project, that things were once better.
That was vaguely how I recalled it as well. But reading the recent book, "Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics" by Lawrence O'Donnell, I learned that the corruption by far-right politicians is far older. In many ways Donald Trump is the culmination of the GOP's goal of over turning the election of JFK.
A single minor amusement was that there is a gross error on the hard cover page 354. Martin and Burns (or their copy editor) stated that Fox News on Nov. 3, 2020 declared Trump the winner in Arizona. The fact is they outraged Trump by declaring (correctly) that Biden had won.
I finished this book feeling slightly disappointed.
The book is nearly a blow-by-blow account of the 2020 election and President Biden's first year. But what seemed to be missing was a broader perspective, perhaps even a bit of editorializing rather than straight-forward reporting by the two journalist authors. The book's title, This Will Not Pass, is compelling, but what exactly is "This?" How did America change under Trump? Was it for the worst? Millions of Americans think not, and consider Trump the best president in their lifetime. Why? And what might we expect if Trump is re-elected?
A few statistics would also have helped paint a broader picture. How did support within the electorate change for Trump and Biden over 2020 and 2021? What does that bode for the future?
Still, reading This Will Not Pass was well worthwhile and especially helped me understand the issues Biden was struggling with during the first year of his presidency.
I found this book to be interesting and worthwhile. There’s a lot of fascinating detail and context that serves to flesh out familiar events. But there were few surprises: all the juicy new stuff came out during the promotional period leading up to the book’s release. What struck me most is the degree to which we’ve already started to forget the appalling events of the last few years.
Fair warning: while the book is thoughtful and (in its own way) dispassionate, there’s no doubt that Trump is the villain and Biden the sympathetic hero (though Harris takes more than her fair share of hits).
One complaint: the (Kindle) font is, in my view, an unfortunate choice. The strokes are too thin. It’s true that my eyes aren’t what they used to be, but it’s unusual for me to have to change Kindle font size and other settings to be able to read a book comfortably.
I have read many books about the Trump presidency and the maneuvering that has gone on. This gave me a deeper look at the inner political "game" that plays out every day, and it is ridiculous to realize that grown, savvy, educated politicians can act in the manner that they do. Many are like young children in a playground, trading marbles, you know, "do this for me and I'll do that for you" attitudes, and not caring how severly they are affecting American Democracy, people's lives and our Nations safety and pride. Pretty sad in my opinion. 🤔
I like Biden, but I found a lot of his decisions during the first few months in the White House puzzling. This book goes behind the scenes to shed light on the conversations that happened in the Oval Office with Manchin, Sinema, Moderate and Progressive caucuses that contributed to the "Dems In Disarray" drama we saw unfolding on the news. Now all that "This Will Not Pass" drama with the bills is kind of making sense. The book doesn't make me feel any more hopeful for the direction of the country, but at least now I have a better understanding of how we got here.
This book clearly reads as an important historical record of some of the most detrimental and trying times in our recent political history. The interviews span a wide array of political factions and provide a clear picture of this trying time in America history. I did feel at times that some narratives were skimmed over and could have prospered with more depth. At other times the many specific details seemed to bog down the narrative. All in all, I am appreciative of their efforts to provide this historical record and enjoyed reading this book.
Written by two NYT Journalists, so you’d expect a liberal sprinkling of “-isms”, especially when describing the temperament of our 45th president. Interesting book, well researched by my estimation: The number of cited quotes. One in particular, not a detraction from the book as much as a jaw-dropping and highly discouraging one from a “close adviser” to Biden during his VP selection process: “You know, white women are incredibly racist, as are white men”. Yeeshh. But, I guess this is the kind of dirt I wanted to read about. The authors have produced.
I purchased this for my husband. He said it starts slow, but picks up. He is enjoying it. The one negative is that so much has changed since the writing of this book it is a little difficult to keep up with what has happened and what still holds true in the book