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Midnight in Washington

Congressman Adam Schiff

Warwick's and University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences present
Congressman Adam Schiff
in conversation with Dean Noelle Norton

Midnight in Washington

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 4:00pm PDT

Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater (KIPJ Theater)
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Midnight in Washington
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$30+tax and Eventbrite fee: Includes one general admission and one copy of MIDNIGHT IN WASHINGTON

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Adam Schiff is the United States Representative for California's 28th Congressional District. In his role as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Schiff led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump. Before he served in Congress, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and as a California State Senator. He and his wife, Eve, have two children, Alexa and Elijah.

In the years leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Congressman Adam Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. But as he led the probe into Donald Trump's Russia and Ukraine-related abuses of presidential power, Schiff came to the terrible conclusion that the principal threat to American democracy now came from within.

In Midnight in Washington, Schiff argues that the Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism. The congressman chronicles step by step just how our democracy was put at such risk, and traces his own path to meeting the crisis - from serious prosecutor, to congressman with an expertise in national security and a reputation for bipartisanship, to liberal lightning rod, scourge of the right, and archenemy of a president. Schiff takes us inside his team of impeachment managers and their desperate defense of the constitution amid the rise of a distinctly American brand of autocracy.

Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, Schiff reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic against a lawless president - but also the slow surrender of people that he had worked with and admired to the dangerous immorality of a president engaged in an historic betrayal of his office. Schiff's fight for democracy is one of the great dramas of our time, told by the man who became the president's principal antagonist. It is a story that began with Trump but does not end with him, taking us through the disastrous culmination of the presidency and Schiff's account of January 6, 2021, and how the anti-democratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever.

“If he failed to secure the conviction of Donald Trump in the first impeachment trial, Adam Schiff has now vanquished him forever in these pages. This book will stand as the touchstone of truth against any attempts to distort or rewrite this crucial piece of history. Congressman Schiff has restored our faith in the nobility of public service and has shown what one dedicated patriot—courageous, intelligent, and fearless—can still accomplish even in a divided country."
— Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton 
 
Midnight in Washington is a compelling account from a man who refused to allow our venerable institutions to crumble at the hands of authoritarianism. Equally vital, he refused to allow his Republican colleagues to look the other way. Rep. Schiff does not merely provide riveting details from inside the halls of power; he delivers a much-needed warning about the threats facing America from within and an urgent how-to guide for preserving our nation.””
—Stacey Abrams, Founder of Fair Fight Action
 
"In this thoughtful, absorbing  and revelatory memoir, an important champion and defender of American democracy shows us how he became a national leader and, from his experiences on the inside, how close the Trump regime brought us to losing our system.  Please read Adam Schiff’s book carefully and pay close heed to his warnings about the dangers that remain.”
— Michael Beschloss, New York Times-bestselling author of Presidents of War
 
"Adam Schiff has performed a great public service with this engrossing and illuminating new book. By taking us inside the impeachments of the 45th president, Schiff has written an important first draft of history—but it is history that is not remote or retrospective but all too immediate, for the threats to the Republic Schiff so deftly describes remain with us. If you care about American democracy, the rule of law, and the future of our imperiled nation, this is essential reading.”
— Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion
 
“If there is still an American democracy fifty years from now, historians will be very grateful for this highly personal and deeply informed guide to one of its greatest crises. We should be grateful that we can read it now.”
—Timothy Snyder, #1 New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny

Noelle Norton, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, received her BA from UCLA and her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCSB in Political Science. Norton was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego in 2013. She joined the USD faculty in 1994, and previously served as associate dean, co-director of USD’s Living Learning Communities program and director of the Honors Program while maintaining her faculty role in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Under her leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences has opened an interdisciplinary student-centered Humanities Center; led the revision of USD’s core curriculum; designed and implemented a successful Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship program; is addressing the advancement of liberal arts at USD; is creating new interdisciplinary programs; and is implementing new methods for including adjunct faculty in the USD community. Norton’s abiding interest in promoting the humanities as the central element of a liberal arts education has led to her active involvement in the “Natural Landscapes and Human Meaning” project.

Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593231524
Published: Random House - October 12th, 2021