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Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump Hardcover – September 8, 2020
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Praise for Seth Abramson’s Proof Trilogy
"Careful and exhaustive ... Abramson’s catalog makes a strong case for Trump’s outsized, boundless corruption." ―Kirkus Reviews on Proof of Corruption
“Detailed . . . there’s much to ponder here, and many will want to do just that.” ―Booklist on Proof of Conspiracy
“A richly documented indictment of power and corruption that bears urgent discussion in the coming electoral cycle.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Proof of Conspiracy
“Chilling . . . a useful guidebook to the still-unfolding crisis. Abramson . . . methodically assembles the most important pieces of the puzzle to present a comprehensive picture of what [he] calls the most significant criminal investigation of our lives.” ―Gothamist on Proof of Collusion
“A detailed, labyrinthine chronicle of contacts between Trump and his associates on the one hand and Russian officials, oligarchs, and fixers on the other. . . . Abramson's exhaustive amassing of published evidence is useful.” ―Publishers Weekly on Proof of Collusion
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Hardcover : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250272998
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250272997
- Product Dimensions : 6.42 x 1.72 x 9.55 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (September 8, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone who's encountered Seth Abramson on Twitter has noted his distinctive style. He doesn't just make one statement and then sit back. He's the master of marathon threads, concatenated tweets that provide logical stepping stones to connect the dots. There are lots of names, places, dates, facts. In a book as long as this one, the amount of information can feel overwhelming, but this is our shared history. We all lived through it, day after relentless day, and seeing it cataloged in one place is both darkly satisfying and terrifying. The author describes it as a "dystopian script of this period."
Before ordering this book, you may want to check out the author's website where he's linked eleven excerpts from this book, covering topics ranging from Covid to Black Lives Matter to Rudy Giuliani. And that's without the 3,000+ endnotes that are posted on the publisher's website for those of us who bought the book in electronic form. (I haven't gotten to those yet. Maybe tomorrow.) It's also worth noting that the book is written mostly in present tense, with some occasional dips into future tense. "Such and such meeting occurs. The media will describe it as..." Using present tense gives the material an immediacy it would not otherwise have.
The book concludes with an epilogue that takes us up to early summer 2020, about three months ago. Protests were just beginning; Covid cases rising. It hasn't gotten a lot better. We can only hope that those of us who care about our democracy are able to make our voices heard, lest the destruction of American laws and values be complete.
Michael Cohen's book was also released today, and I'll get to that one soon. It should be a good complement to this book: a close-up, boots on the ground perspective on the president. For the bigger picture of the nefarious presidency, I doubt anyone will surpass the Proof trilogy.
The thing I most appreciate, intellectually, about Seth's books, is the metajournalism approach of gathering together the articles and journalistic endeavours from around the world to tell the story - items that on their own are often remarkable but get drowned out or forgotten, but when put together support and expand their importance as a historical record, and a warning for a future where Trump has a 2nd term and doesn't have to be constrained by standing for re-election.
The thing I most appreciate, emotionally, about THIS book, is, strangely, the Epilogue. I know from his Twitter feed that Seth is a passionate human being when it comes to human rights and equity - legal, racial, financial, womens, animal etc. etc., but generally with the journalistic side he tries to present "just the facts ma'am" and the supporting information. But the Epilogue - WOW! I admit I cried in the audio book when the Narrator (who is excellent) read the #SayTheirNames section of a selection of the names of "seemingly numberless men, women, and children of color who have been unjustly killed by police...". This segment is an author untethered to using just cold hard facts, but who is unleashing his depth of understanding of the dangers of another 4 years of Trumpism, which he has gained via the years of plunging into the bottomless greed and lack of empathy that characterises Trump and his enablers, both in the USA and internationally. Most of us have a surface or single focus understanding of the harms already done, but the author has put all of the "known" horrors together, and US voters who ignore what that could mean with another term, and therefore the immiment peril to their democracy and freedom, will imperil all of us.
It is definitely not light reading but an absolutely necessary reading to understand the breath and impact of the trump administration's crimes
I would not be at all surprised if this is required reading in the future at the college level
BOOK EM DANNO !