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(7,432 posts)
Tue Jan 9, 2024, 08:03 PM Jan 2024

'Prequel' by Rachel Maddow is an astonishing book.

It's amazing. She's an excellent historian -- most of this is brand new to me, and I've been a consumer of history for a long time. Intelligent, detailed, and utterly American -- just a beautiful work, full of detail and heart.

I got it for Christmas and I'm almost done. I'm at the finale -- the grand trial of 1944, in which eight prominent American fascists are being tried in a small Brooklyn courtroom for aiding and abetting Hitler's strategy to degrade the United States and keep us out of the war.

The villainous Nazi-enablers are predominantly Republican and the outnumbered heroes are all brave American liberals -- it's very much like watching a Marvel script, but it's absolutely real.

I loved it. So good. A powerful book.

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'Prequel' by Rachel Maddow is an astonishing book. (Original Post) byronius Jan 2024 OP
I was impressed by all her research for this n/t lordsummerisle Jan 2024 #1
My chick gave it me for a solstice gift. mikeysnot Jan 2024 #2
Republicans I_UndergroundPanther Jan 2024 #3
As much as the GOP pushes slavery in our faces TexasBushwhacker Jan 2024 #5
Still early into it.. somewhat hard to read Maeve Jan 2024 #4
Great book, but I have one criticism . . . SarcasticSatyr Jan 2024 #6
It this fiction or non-fiction? Ligyron Jan 2024 #7
Non-fiction radical noodle Jan 2024 #8
Thought so, thanks! Ligyron Jan 2024 #12
Thanks for the synopsis. Sounds like an excellent book. Martin68 Jan 2024 #9
I listened to it JustAnotherGen Jan 2024 #10
I know what I'm spending an Audible credit on! budkin Jan 2024 #11


(12,611 posts)
3. Republicans
Tue Jan 9, 2024, 08:51 PM
Jan 2024

Seem to have nazi problems.

I think conservatism has always had the seeds of fascism inside it.

For instance republicans fight equality because they believe in a "natural order".

A hierarchy.A social hierarchy where they end up putting themselves on top.
Rich conservative white cis het and male.

Its not a coincidence.
The old republican party had fascist beliefs on its platform worded to look benign.

Wish we could replace the republican party with a more progressive party and let the gop wither away along with its beliefs .


(42,404 posts)
4. Still early into it.. somewhat hard to read
Tue Jan 9, 2024, 09:17 PM
Jan 2024

But only because the story is so scary. We got thru it then; can we get thru it this time?
Agreed that it's well written! But wish we lived up to our ideals better


(32,324 posts)
10. I listened to it
Tue Jan 9, 2024, 11:29 PM
Jan 2024

Really wonderful job of laying how the landscape - and very obviously shows history repeating itself.

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