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The list : a week-by-week reckoning of Trump's first year / Amy Siskind ; foreword by Sarah Kendzior.
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9781635572711
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New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
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xiv, 509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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The shocking first-draft history of the Trump regime, and its clear authoritarian impulses, based on the viral Internet phenom "The Weekly List."

In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and the founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline: " Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember " Siskind's "Weekly List" began as a project she shared with friends, but it soon went viral and now has more than half a million viewers every week.

Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump's first year. Beginning with Trump's acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year to the day later, we watch as Trump and his regime chips away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, of women, of us all, via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines but just as important, the myriad smaller but still consequential unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through cracks. It is this granular detail that makes The List such a powerful and important book.

For everyone hoping to #resistTrump, The List is a must-have guide to what we as a country have lost in the wake of Trump's election. #Thisisnotnormal


Author Notes

Amy Siskind is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. A former Wall Street executive, she's President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, and campus sexual assault. She is a frequent source for the national press, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times .


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this illuminating work, New Agenda cofounder and former Wall Street exec Siskind compiles her weekly lists, first published on her website, of events from the first 52 weeks following Donald Trump's election that point to the weakening of democracy in the United States. In the preface, Siskind writes that she was inspired by experts on authoritarianism, including Sarah Kendzior, who suggest "making a list of the specific things they never would have believed... before the regime came into power." Over the course of the 52 lists, their length rapidly grows from nine items in the first week to scores of items per week, involving attacks on groups that are not white, male, and straight; failure to appoint or retain staff; connections to Russian election meddling; continual lying; a broad lack of empathy; diplomatic disasters; and more. Siskind also chronicles actions taken by Americans and people abroad to investigate, censure, and counter the activities of Trump and his supporters. Following the nearly 400 pages of lists, each of which is accompanied by a few sentences of summary or commentary, are another 90 pages of citations for nearly every item. This is not a tour de force of prose, and Siskind provides only brief reflections with each week, but this is a worrying document of the current state of American affairs. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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