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Live with Brookline Booksmith! Adam Schiff: Midnight in Washington

Live with Brookline Booksmith! Adam Schiff: Midnight in Washington

Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 02:00PM ET
Event address: 
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

Live and in person from Brookline Booksmith, at Coolidge Corner Theatre! Congressman Adam Schiff discusses his new book Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could.

Register for the event!

This event is ticketed. Tickets are $8 for general admission seating, or $35 for entrance AND a signed copy of Midnight in Washington.

Ticketholders will receive email updates with important details about the program, including safety requirements, cancellations, and book signing updates.

This event will not include a signing line or meet & greet.

Vaccination Required

PLEASE NOTE: Coolidge Corner Theatre currently requires masks and proof of vaccination for all guests. Guests who arrive without proof of vaccination will be turned away, and we will not offer refunds in this instance.

 

Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

“Engaging and informative . . . a manual for how to probe and question power, how to hold leaders accountable in a time of diminishing responsibility.”—The Washington Post

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.

Adam Schiff is the United States Representative for California’s 28th Congressional District. Schiff is Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and he served as the lead manager in the first impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. Before he served in Congress, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and as a California State Senator. Adam and his wife, Eve, have two children, Lexi and Eli.