Unthinkable By Jamie Raskin

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Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy By Jamie Raskin


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A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.In this searing memoir, Congressman Jamie Raskin tells the story of the forty-five days at the start of 2021 that permanently changed his life—and his family’s—as he confronted the painful loss of his son to suicide, lived through the violent insurrection in our nation’s Capitol, and led the impeachment effort to hold President Trump accountable for inciting the political violence. On December 31, 2020, Tommy Raskin, the only son of Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, tragically took his own life after a long struggle with depression. Seven days later on January 6, Congressman Raskin returned to Congress to help certify the 2020 Presidential election results, when violent insurrectionists led by right wing extremist groups stormed the U.S. Capitol hoping to hand four more years of power to President Donald Trump. As our reeling nation mourned the deaths of numerous people and lamented the injuries of more than 140 police officers hurt in the attack, Congressman Raskin, a Constitutional law professor, was called upon to put aside his overwhelming grief—both personal and professional—and lead the impeachment effort against President Trump for inciting the violence. Together this nine-member team of House impeachment managers riveted a nation still in anguish, putting on an unprecedented Senate trial that produced the most bipartisan Presidential impeachment vote in American history. Now for the first time, Congressman Raskin discusses this unimaginable convergence of personal and public trauma, detailing how the painful loss of his son and the power of Tommy’s convictions fueled the Congressman’s work in the aftermath of modern democracy’s darkest day. Going inside Congress on January 6, he recounts the horror of that day, a day that he and other Democrats had spent months preparing for under the correct assumption that they would encounter an attempted electoral coup—not against a President but for one. And yet, on January 6, he faced the one thing he had failed to anticipate: mass political violence designed to block Biden’s election. With an inside account of leading the team prosecuting President Trump in the Senate, Congressman Raskin shares never before told stories of just how close we came to losing our democracy that fateful day and lays out the methodical prosecution that convinced Democrats and Republicans alike of Trump’s responsibility for inciting insurrectionary violence against our government. Through it all, he reckons with the loss of his brilliant, remarkable son, a Harvard Law student whose values and memory continually inspired the Congressman to confront the dark impulses unleashed by Donald Trump. At turns, a moving story of a father coping with his pain and a revealing examination of holding President Trump accountable for the violence he fomented, this book is a vital reminder of the ongoing struggle for the soul of American democracy and the perseverance that our Constitution demands from us all.
This book truly captured the essence of my soul! I truly wish I could meet this remarkable man and Would have loved this man, Tommy! I cried a lot in reading this book. I have read many books during these trying times filled with conspiracy theories ! Jamie Raskin fills me with hope. I am 77yrs old and have 4 grandchildren who I pray will live in a democracy and not a autocratic country. I would just love to just meet this man before I leave this earth!
Not maudlin but uplifting despite the authors Unbelievable pain. Jamie Raskins ability to put his beliefs and his son’s beliefs to paper are overwhelming. His description of the events of Jan 6th and subsequent trial is detailed- perhaps too much so. But definitely worth reading. As he says, we must remember so we do Not allow this to happen again
This is a two pronged story. The first is about the January 6 (2021) insurrection carried by Trump supporters of his “Big Lie” absolutely false story that the 2020 election was “stolen”. 61 suits to the contrary! That Trump arranged this, supported it, and stood by, as this insurrection against the government cannot be denied. That he should have been convicted and disqualified from future elections is a “black eye” on democracy. The second prong was about the suicide of Tommy Raskin on Dec. 31, 2020. Tommy was a brilliant young man who suffered from depression. So the book is also about mental illness. I encourage everyone to read this book.


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