• The Storm Is Here

  • An American Crucible
  • By: Luke Mogelson
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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By: Luke Mogelson
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The New Yorker's award-winning war correspondent returns to his own country to chronicle its accelerating civic breakdown, in an indelible eyewitness narrative of startling explanatory power

After years of living abroad and covering the Global War on Terrorism, Luke Mogelson went home in early 2020 to report on the social discord that the pandemic was bringing to the fore across the US. An assignment that began with right-wing militias in Michigan soon took him to an uprising for racial justice in Minneapolis, then to antifascist clashes in the streets of Portland, and ultimately to an attempted insurrection in Washington, D.C. His dispatches for The New Yorker revealed a larger story with ominous implications for America. They were only the beginning.

This is the definitive eyewitness account of how—during a season of sickness, economic uncertainty, and violence—a large segment of Americans became convinced of the need to battle against dark forces plotting to take their country away from them. It builds month by month, through vivid depictions of events on the ground, from the onset of COVID-19 to the attack on the US Capitol—during which Mogelson followed the mob into the Senate chamber—and its aftermath. Bravely reported and beautifully written, The Storm Is Here is both a unique record of a pivotal moment in American history and an urgent warning about those to come.

©2022 Luke Mogelson (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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This book is an intriguing story…

I just wish I could wake up and it was only a nightmare. It’s very well written and the narration is flawless. I highly recommend.

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Engrossing

I thought I understood what led up to January 6, 2021. But this book showed me a greater depth and history and perspective that I didn’t have before. The chapter where the author is at the Capitol on January 6 was harrowing all over again. It was a hard book in some ways, but I’m so glad that I have listened to it. I have a deeper understanding now of the forces at play in American political life.

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THEY ARE US

Luke Mogelson’s “The Storm is Here” carries the risk of being an echo chamber for Americans with a particular point of view. One must ask oneself, who is this author? One should measure Mogelson’s credibility as a reporter and respected writer, published by notable international papers and magazines.

Mogelson’s facts are here for all to hear, believe, or disbelieve. The real message is “they are us” and democracy is, and always will be, a work in progress.

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A most essential read

I don’t think I’ve ever been this afraid after reading a book since reading “The Alienist” and that was a historical novel; this is happening now! The politics, the reactionaries, the violence in thought word & deed and the deep felt foolery that has been perpetuating for too many years is fomenting a new war for the control of our democracy and our freedoms which we have taken for granted since WWII. I recommend this book to anyone who doubts that herd mentality isn’t a danger to every citizen both present and future.

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Beautifully written and narrated.

If you want to understand - deeply- Jan 6th, including from the mob perspective, this is your book. If you want to appreciate the power of disinformation and the susceptibility of the disaffected to it, this is your book.

If you do not yet understand why you should be afraid for your country, this is your book.

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Read this for journalism with heart

The author has a position - we all do if we are honest - but he arrives at it with far more world experience of the darkest places human nature can go than most of us are brave enough to collect first hand. Even if you don’t agree with him - and if you’re far to either end of the political spectrum you’ll find something to be angry about - his measured open eyed presentation of the people and events he recounts here will give you something to think about. There are no easy answers here. Highly, highly recommend.

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Terrifying, gripping and essential.

Luke Morgenson gave the earliest eyewitness view of the Jan 6 riots in The New Yorker in early 2021.
He had already done plenty of homework as a war correspondent in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Then, he took his war reporter’s perspective and military training experience to the people, the places, the minds and hearts of the street players in America’s incipient And evolving civil war.
He pays repeated visits to the battle spaces of such as Portland, Minneapolis, and Lansing — preludes to the crescendoing insurrectionist riots on Nov 14 and Dec 12, 2020, and the awful culmination of Jan. 6, 2021, which is now a marker and prologue to a new ominous phase. A student of and intimate witness to civil wars, he concludes with a morbid insight on a peculiar American exceptionalism: this civil war is based less on concrete and rational grievances than on delusions — from racist Obama birtherism spread by Trump to QAnon conspiracies embraced by millions.
Trump’s damnation is self-evident but Biden gets some blistering (and, I believe, justified) criticism on the chaotic and heartbreaking Afghan withdrawal toward the end. Yet this is not a both-sides book; the author recognizes that our crisis is now existential. The storm is here.
I have read this book as the third in the following quartet of new and urgent books: This Will Not Pass by Martin and Burns (which damns the complicit who know better such as Graham and Rubio); They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance; The Storm Is Here, and, finally, They Knew by the masterful Sarah Kendzior, the St. Louis Cassandra who predicted Trump’s presidency in 2015 and the events since then. Kendzior, a scholar of Central Asian oligarchies, saw the Uzbek and Turkmen patterns in the Trump presidency, which she persuasively if provocatively describes as a transnational criminal enterprise masquerading as a government. (Have read extensive excerpts but not that full book.) No neat solutions emerge in any of these four books. other than an implicit primal scream for us to be engaged citizens locally and constructively if we wish to keep our Republic a democracy — or indeed keep our Republic at all.

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From inside Jan 6th.

Excellent retelling of events leading to Jan 6. compelling story and very good writing. Well done!

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A must read

Have read a lot of books about the recent political disaster but this gets into both sides with interviews ranging from the Proud Boys,KKK to Antifa and BLM. Reporter covered protests from Michigan to Portland. A must read to get a real feel of our times. Does not appear positive

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Essential reading on this crucible moment of 2022

This book tells stories barely covered by the media. Author Mogelson "embedded" with right-wing militias in Michigan, reveals the apocaplyptic cultural imaginary of Q-Anon, America First, Proud Boys, and Christian identity ministers affiliated with historic white supremacist organizations. All these events, culminating with the Jan 6 attack on the US capitol, the reader experiences through an eye witness observer. He expresses a concern about a possible future to which lynch mob types carrying nooses are looking forward. The Trump supporters feel like their version of America no longer exists, so they are ready to use violent force and even abandon historic democratic institutions to restore their world--even if it means dictatorship and lack of all semblance of justice for all. Strikingly we see how white protesters who are trampling, beating with sticks and sticking their thumbs in the eyes of the capital's lone police force members, did not even get arrested. Whereas all antiwar, or anti police violence marches have even national guard presence (as happened in Portland OR). It is true that 250 years of democracy is not very long, and for me, suffrage has only been available for 100 years. Slavery and colonization under monarchy lasted much longer. Mogelson seems to be asking readers like me to wake up, come out of my small media bubble, and become aware of what the US govt even under democrats has been doing that denies basic human and civil rights, especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, and let's not forget, African Americans and Native Americans. The book leaves us with the question: which version of the US will survive the transition whereby nonHispanic whites become a minority? Will principles of democratic elections, fundamental civil rights, ideals of equality, justice and self-government persist in the Us or be thwarted by a highly organized, highly armed and now, unified alt-right that has found in Trump an ideologue who wants to preserve the privileged status of white supremacists, Christians and above all white men?