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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

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?

©2022 Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Ammerca's Futura does Not included Trump

The damage done to American democracy by Trump and his corrupt phsycophants will not be undone anytime soon. It will take years and a renewed belief in liberal democracy, or by suffering years of authoritarian rule to appreciate what was America. I fear for my country, mostly I fear for my grandchildren. They may never know the America I knew before Trump.

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Info-audicted loves this book

Audio books are the "newspapers" of old. Superior wholistic facts presented in contex. THANKS

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This book is so unfair and biased.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
I wish I read the reviews before purchasing this audible, but there weren't any yet in the pre-order option. Just another Trump bashing book and a total lie about how well Biden is doing. PATHETIC and DESPERATE democrats.

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lesson's on leadership by Joe Biden

I struggled with book, it painted Joe Biden flawless leader orator who would save democracy. if you are a left leaning person this book is for you. I want my money back!

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Bonnie Sawyer Didn’t Read This Book

This website is full of right wing books supported by paid amplifiers… Bonnie Sawyer is one.

I’ll now go read the book.

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One of the Two is a Bigger Fool

This is a story of the 2020 election and its candidates. It is a criticism of each of the four ticket holders, Biden, Trump, Harris, and Pence. The book does not concentrate on their virtues but does deeply portray and provide analysis of their mediocrity. The difference comes down to Trump does not care at all for his minions, (supporters) or the American way. Biden does care for the citizens and the American way. This Will Not Pass, Trump, Biden and the Battle for American Democracy, written by Jonathan Martin, and Alexander Burns, and narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. Its style is to tell the history of the candidates' acts, back and forth comparing how they are confronted by issues in their quest for the presidency and how they handle the problems. This book is no gift to Biden. With that said, weighing the competency of the two men, according to the book, Biden has cunning and some capacity for Congressional politics and international management and he cares. Trump has no aptitude, is not strategic, and does not have concern for his country or its people. I guess I should add, that according to the story Bifen has much in the way of mediocre smarts. Trump, is depicted of having little smarts and much evil intent.

These are two brilliant journalists telling a story so very well. If you are intrigued by American politics this is an enlightening read, of a well-written, easy-to-read documentary.

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What was undone can't easily be redone

While there are still 'news' outlets ginning up the misinformation and lies about the 2020 election and members of congress that supported the insurrection are allowed to keep their seats, America is on a downward slide. And like a 747 without its engines, it isn't a glide to ground; we may not survive the decline...

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Fascinating

Fascinating and disturbing coverage of recent events. special insight into McCarthy and Biden. Overall excellent.

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Oh come on

The reader has no clue how to pronounce notable people's names: Daniel Inouye, Steve Scalise, even Kamala Harris and there are more than just those. It's extraordinarily distracting. The book is good if you can get past that.

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Ultra biased history

This book is a poor attempt to discuss the history of the last 2 years. Although the writers attempt to discuss Biden and his administration, they only succeed in disparaging the former president and all of his supporters. This is a perfect example of the double standard to the press tries to claim does not exist. Sorry I wasted a credit on this book at hate.

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