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BKLYN Bookmatch: Making Sense of 1/6/2021

The events of January 6th, 2021 in our nation's capital captured the attention of Americans and nations throughout the world. The invasion of the Capitol building by insurrectionists, seeing the Confederate flag flying, and watching police take selfies with rioters were shocking but unsurprising. This list includes modern and historical non-fiction and fiction titles about sociopolitical upheaval, the presidency, and important historical contexts and was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit Bklyn BookMatch here:

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Stupid wars

Ed Strosser and Michael Prince. |

A humorous look at epic fails in historical upheavals, putsches, and coups. While those events were quite serious and devastating, looking through a sardonic lens can help us process events like these.

How to get rid of a president : history's guide to removing unpopular, unable, or unfit chief executives

Priess, David, author. |

From the calumny and chaos of John Tyler's presidency to Andrew Johnson's drunken swearing-in, many leaders have committed conduct unbecoming and been taken to task by their parties and people.

Will he go? : Trump and the great election meltdown of 2020

Douglas, Lawrence, author. | eBook

Addresses the very real fears of our 45th president failing to leave office peaceably.

Alt-America : the rise of the radical right in the age of Trump

Neiwert, David A., 1956- author. |

Reportage on the toxic beliefs and conspiracy theories of white supremacists, nationalists, xenophobes, and others who fall into the category of "Alt-Right".

We should have seen it coming [electronic resource] : From reagan to trump—a front-row seat to a political revolution.

Seib, Gerald F. | eBook

The trajectory of the modern Conservative movement and its devolution into populism.

American sanctuary

A. Roger Ekirch. |

Political crisis and national identity in the early years of the United States.

The oath and the office : a guide to the Constitution for future presidents

Brettschneider, Corey Lang, author. | PRINTED MATL

Understanding the important parts of Constitutional law pertaining to the office of President with help from a legal scholar.

American government 101 : from the continental Congress to the Iowa Caucus, everything you need to know about U.S. Politics

Sears, Kathleen, author. | PRINTED MATL

A wide-ranging primer on the basics of US government and politics.

Burning the Reichstag

Benjamin Carter Hett. |

Examines the many accounts of the Reichstag fire of 1933 and disputes claims that it was perpetrated by one individual. Investigates Nazi involvement and how the fire was used to boost the Nazi party and discredit the Communist party.

Birch Bayh : Making a Difference

Blaemire, Robert |

Worked on the 25th (Presidential disability & succession) and 26th (Lowered voting age to 18) Amendments.

Hitler's first hundred days : when Germans embraced the Third Reich

Fritzsche, Peter, 1959- author. | eBook

Documents the suppression of dissent and dissenters and the ascendance of Nazi power.

Playing with fire [electronic resource] : The 1968 election and the transformation of american politics.

O'Donnell, Lawrence. | eBook

The political upheaval, assassinations, and dirty tricks in the 1968 elections and the specter of treason.

Fault lines in the Constitution : the framers, their fights, and the flaws that affect us today

Levinson, Cynthia, author. |

From gerrymandering to presidential succession, this book breaks down some important pieces of the Constitution and looks at flaws and potential solutions.

Everything you love will burn : inside the rebirth of white nationalism in America

Tenold, Vegas, author. | EBOOKS

A Norwegian journalist embedded with white nationalists in the US in the years leading up to the 2016 election.

A most wicked conspiracy : the last great swindle of the gilded age

Starobin, Paul, author. | eBook

Political corruption and greed at the turn of the 20th century.

Surviving autocracy

Gessen, Masha, author. | eBook

Defining autocracy and how close we came to autocratic rule during the Trump presidency in informative, concise chapters.

Unmaking the presidency : Donald Trump's war on the world's most powerful office

Hennessey, Susan, 1985- author. | eBook

Details Trump's rejection of political norms and expectations for presidential behaviour.

The fixers : The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President

Palazzolo, Joe (Journalist), author. |

Wall Street Journal reporters document questionable actions by Trump prior to (and during) his presidency.

If this be treason

Jeremy Duda. |

Where does dissent end and treason begin? This book looks at several historical moments in which people declared treason acts were afoot.

American kompromat : how the KGB recruited Donald Trump, and other tales of sex, greed, and money

Unger, Craig, author. | Book

This book explores the kompromat, or compromising information, that Russia may have had on major political figures including Trump.

Bag man : the wild crimes, audacious cover-up, and spectacular downfall of a brazen crook in the White House

Maddow, Rachel, author. | Book

The lesser-known story of Spiro T. Agnew, Nixon's second-in-command, and the bribery and extortion ring he ran while in office.

The impeachers : the of trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation

Wineapple, Brenda, author. |

Insights into Andrew Johnson's abuse of executive orders and his impeachment.

The Watergate girl : my fight for truth and justice against a criminal president

Wine-Banks, Jill, author. | eBook

The Watergate scandal and Nixon impeachment as told by Jill Wine-Banks, a trial lawyer on the special prosecutor's Watergate task force.

An artist in treason

Andro Linklater. |

General James Wilkinson was charismatic and complicated, fought for his country yet repeatedly acted against it. In cahoots with the likes of Benedict Arnold and Aaron Burr only to reveal their betrayals.

Night of Camp David

Knebel, Fletcher, author. | EBOOKS

A fictional story about an American president coming unhinged and ranting about conspiracies.

Impeachment : a citizen's guide

Sunstein, Cass R, author. |

An accessible primer on impeachment's past, present, and future. 2019 edition.

Impeachment : A Citizen's Guide

Sunstein, Cass R. | PRINTED MATL

An accessible primer on impeachment's past, present, and future. 2017 edition.

The Case for Impeaching Trump

Holtzman, Elizabeth | PRINTED MATL

Attorney, politician, and author Elizabeth Holtzman lays out the requirements for an impeachment and the necessity of one.

How Did We Get Here? [electronic resource] : from Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump

Dallek, Robert. | eBook

Personalities and politics from the early 20th century until now and how we've arrived in our current political milieu.

The Presidents : Noted Historians Rank America's Best--and Worst--chief Executives

Lamb, Brian/ Swain, Susan/ Brinkley, Douglas (INT)/ Smith, Richard Norton (INT) |

A survey of leading historians and presidential biographers on the best and worst of America's presidents.

Richard Nixon

John A. Farrell. |

The life and political career of Richard Nixon, 37th President, who resigned before he could be impeached.

The trial of Adolf Hitler

David King. |

The book recounts the arrest, trial, and imprisonment of Hitler and others for treason after the Beer Hall Putsch.

It can't happen here

Sinclair Lewis ; with an introduction by Michael Meyer and a new afterword by Gary Scharnhorst. |

A cautionary, fictional tale about fascist presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip and totalitarianism.

1876 [electronic resource].

Vidal, Gore. | eBook

A fictionalized tale of Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler's life in the 1870s with a focus on the Hayes and Tilden election of 1876.

Rutherford B. Hayes

Hans L. Trefousse. |

Chronicles the disputed election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden in 1876.