Open Democracy Book Club: "Democracy Awakening"

Join Open Democracy Book Club on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm Eastern for a discussion of Heather Cox Richardson‘s vital and urgent call to action about the precarious state of American democracy. Professor Richardson will be joining us for the discussion and Q&A.

At a time when the very foundations of democracy seem under threat, the lessons of the past offer a roadmap for navigating a moment of political crisis. In Democracy Awakening, acclaimed historian Heather Cox Richardson delves into the tumultuous journey of American democracy, revealing how the roots of Donald Trump’s “authoritarian experiment” can be traced back through the earliest days of the republic. She examines the historical forces that have led to the current political climate, showing how modern conservatism has preyed upon a disaffected population, weaponizing language and promoting false history to consolidate power.

With remarkable clarity and the same accessible voice that brings millions of readers to her newsletter, Letters from an American, Richardson wrangles a chaotic news feed into a coherent story that singles out what we should pay attention to and what possible paths lie ahead. Her command of history and trademark plainspoken prose allow her to pivot effortlessly from the Founders to the abolitionists to Reconstruction to Nixon to the January 6 insurrection, highlighting the political legacies of the New Deal, the lingering fears of socialism, the death of the liberal consensus, and the birth of “movement conservatism.”

An essential read for anyone concerned about the state of America, 
Democracy Awakening is more than a history book; it’s a call to action. Richardson reminds us that democracy is not a static institution but a living, evolving process that requires constant vigilance and participation from all of us. This powerful testament to the resilience of democratic ideals shows how we, as a nation, can take the lessons of the past to address today’s challenges and secure a more just and equitable future.

Purchasing information

Available at your local book store (Hardcover 30.00): 

Gibson's Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Concord, NH 03301  603-224-0562

Water Street Books, 125 Water St., Exeter, NH 03833   603-778-9731

Toadstool Bookstores, 12 Depot St., Peterborough, NH 03458   (603) 924-3543


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking (September 26, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593652967
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593652961
December 11, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Online via Zoom
Forrest Seymour Terry Cowdrey Theo Dunfey Geri Davidson Debbie Blane Ak Heffernon Sue Nastasi Debra Myers Fran Clougherty Sharon Eaton Amira Mansour Doreen Desmarais

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