Midnight in Washington - Adam Schiff

Midnight in Washington

By Adam Schiff

  • Release Date: 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 143 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, from the rise of autocracy unleashed by Trump to the January 6 insurrection, and a warning that those forces remain as potent as ever—from the congressman who led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump

“Engaging and informative . . . a manual for how to probe and question power, how to hold leaders accountable in a time of diminishing responsibility.”—The Washington Post

With a new afterword by the author

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 antidemocratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever.


  • An exceptional read

    By rfkent
    An extraordinary read with exceptional detail of the most harrowing time in modern US history. This work is masterfully composed with insights on the inter workings and personalities of our current government officials. Thank you Mr. Schiff for your service and patriotism.
  • A known liar

    By Cinful70
    Just wondering who is stupid enough to pay for this book. Schifty-Schift is a proven liar. Whoever bought this book…deserves to get ripped off by this creep
  • Truth.

    By WildBill222
    This is an outstanding current affairs book from a genuine American Patriot.
  • Great book!

    By Dal3500
    Very good points and facts. Eye opening and a call to take recent events seriously. We must protect our democracy. Thank you Rep. Adam Schiff for writing this book. Great job!
  • LIAR

    By luvnidaho
    Why would anyone buy a book by a know LIAR?