Democracy might seem like a fond memory in the age of Trump—but looking back at the fraught Obama years, democracy kind of sucked then, too. Reviewing power plays and political movements of the Obama Era, Democracy Days recounts right-wing backlash, social unrest, and widespread efforts to undermine our elections, while offering substantive reforms and shining a light on progress being made. More than a profile of a turbulent period in American politics, Democracy Days chronicles the continuing struggle to confront corrupt institutions and lays out a path to reclaiming our democracy.
Subjects range from the rise of the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and Citizens United to the downfalls of ACORN, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and the Dukes of Hazzard. Featuring interviews and insights from Lawrence Lessig, Leonard Zeskind, Code Pink’s Jodie Evans, Brad Friedman, Gov. Don Siegelman, and others.
“How we keep a healthy democracy—essential reading in the age of Trump. Ennis rightfully reminds us we don't need to, and can't rely on high priests in Washington to keep our republic. We can and need do this for ourselves.”
— Cliff Schecter, bestselling author of The Real McCain
and contributing columnist to The Daily Beast
“From the pols who purge voters unlikely to return them to power to the grifters trying to use public office for private gain, this book provides a colorful and accessible catalogue of the pre-Trump democratic problems that still need fixing from redistricting, to voter suppression, to money in politics.”
— Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Brennan Center Fellow,
author of Corporate Citizen? An Argument for
the Separation of Corporation and State
“There’s a lot here you really should know. The book is worth the take-down of Ayn Rand, idol of Young Republicans who finally read a long book and other pseudos, fakes and leaders of Congress.”
— Greg Palast, Investigative Journalist, best-selling author of
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy