Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy

About the Book

In this searing memoir, Congressman Jamie Raskin tells the story of the 45 days at the start of 2021 that permanently changed his life 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.

Congressman Raskin’s Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy provides a vital reminder of the ongoing struggle for the soul of American democracy and the perseverance that our Constitution demands from us all.

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