Washington Post journalists Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan present an account of the investigation, impeachment, and acquittal of Donald Trump, a political drama that challenged American democracy itself.
... more than just a page-turning account of presidential malfeasance, bitter political wrangling and a failed battle to hold our top public official accountable. Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan have fashioned a portrait of the third impeachment of an American president as a barometer of the health of our democracy ... The authors, working with a team of Post reporters and editor Steve Luxenberg, have uncovered riveting new details about the House investigation and Senate trial of President Trump ... The book reveals the human instincts behind the political theater surrounding the impeachment ... with their colorful and detailed telling, Sullivan, Jordan and the Post team have turned these contemporary events into a chapter of American history — one in which party politics prevail over truth, justice and the national interest. In this way, Trump on Trial is a service to all of us who wish to believe that that particular nightmare now occupies a place in the past, that it is behind us and we can move on. But the saga also forcefully reminds us that only by recognizing the damage to our democracy can we begin to repair it and avoid the nightmare John Lewis imagined.
... there aren’t many 'reveals' ... yet, Trump on Trial doesn’t plod; it is well written and the reporting is panoramic. Its theme insinuates itself gradually ... what Trump on Trial makes clear is that the Republican response was an all-out assault on regular order, expertise, law, diplomacy and the quotidian chores of holding a democracy together. I had forgotten how blatant it was.
... meticulously thorough ... includes extensive original reporting and fleshing-out of a foundation of published work and previous interviews ... Including 45 pages of footnotes and an exhaustive index, the granular detail of this history makes it a gift to posterity—and to news junkies—but any reader who does not support Trump will find plenty of useful material. Sets a standard for political storytelling with impeccable research and lively writing.