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The vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, from the rise of autocracy unleashed by Trump to the January 6 insurrection, and a warning that those forces remain as potent as ever - from the congressman who led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump

“If there is still an American democracy fifty years from now, historians will be very grateful for this highly personal and deeply informed guide to one of its greatest crises. We should be grateful that we can read it now.” (Timothy Snyder, number one New York Times best-selling author of On Tyranny)

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.

©2021 Adam Schiff (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“When American democracy faced a near-death experience, Adam Schiff served as an able guardian, protecting our nation from enemies foreign and domestic. Schiff not only provides riveting details in this compelling account, he delivers a much-needed warning about the threats facing America from within and an urgent how-to guide for preserving our nation.” (Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight Action)  

“Adam Schiff has performed a great public service with this engrossing and illuminating new book. By taking us inside the impeachments of the forty-fifth president, Schiff has written an important first draft of history - history that is not remote or retrospective but all too immediate, for the threats to the republic he so deftly describes remain with us. If you care about American democracy, the rule of law, and the future of our imperiled nation, this is essential reading.” (Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House)   

“In this thoughtful, absorbing, and revelatory memoir, an important champion and defender of American democracy shows us how he became a national leader and, from his experiences on the inside, how close the Trump regime brought us to losing our system. Please read Adam Schiff’s book carefully and pay close heed to his warnings about the dangers that remain.” (Michael Beschloss, New York Times best-selling author of Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times)  

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gripping story

This was an amazing book from beginning to end. I enjoyed Adam Schiff's narrative , only he could tell it in such a way.
I was hooked from beginning to end and replayed several parts, especially the Alex Vindman story. And the chapter where he Schiff is not alright with what's happening in America
Well written pleased and grateful for the insights.
Thank you Sir.

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  • Shari Buckley
  • 2021-10-14

This book is an American gem that shines!

This book was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't put the book down. I think everyone should read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-14

Excellent book.

Fascinating to hear history making from the perspective of one of the key players who was making it. Excellent book.

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  • Sam
  • 2021-10-17

The Truth

I do not have words to express my feelings about this book. As a senior (in age) political geek, I am speechless (and in tears) as I listen to Mr. Schiff's epilogue. His blunt truth on these pages makes me realize I am not alone with my thoughts.

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  • Boston
  • 2021-10-15

A wake up call to save our Republic

This should be required reading in every college. It is well written, clear and factual.

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  • Jennifer J Kearney
  • 2021-10-14

We take Democracy for granted at our own peril

A critical history of the Trump presidency with unknown background information by Author Schiff.
Beautifully written and read by the author.

I could listen to him read the dictionary.

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  • Myrna Estrada
  • 2021-10-14

INSIGHTS

This book gave me more insight into our problems here in the US. We need to stop Trump and his followers.

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  • R. Alembik
  • 2021-10-17

A work for the ages

A gripping first-person account of one of the darkest periods in American history and how we can avoid repeating it.

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  • Paula B.
  • 2021-10-17

This book is the best!!

This book is the best book written so far explaining the last 5 years of our history. I enjoyed learning more about "who" Adam Schiff is as well. The book is so well written and read - it's hard to pause.

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  • forwhatitsworth
  • 2021-10-17

A Must Read for Understanding the Impact of the Trump Presidency

Adam Schiff meticulously walks the reader through how it is we find our country today.
Time passes, events become a little fuzzy in our minds. For those who have the courage to seek a comprehensive look at what the Trump Presidency had on our two party system, the assault on truth, and the implications for our future will be richly rewarded.

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  • Brenda Lee
  • 2021-10-17

I loved it! Start to finish.

Most political books are dry as toast, or long on agenda without enough detail; this was not that. I haven't listen to a book straight though since Diana B's last release, I could not put this down. Mr.Schiff reminds us what happens when good people say nothing. Has renewed my soul hearing there are others that will quietly do the right, moral, and just thing. The counter to "Don't tread on me" is "Here, right matters".

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