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Author: Adam Jentleson Narrator: P. J. Ochlan Publisher: Kalorama Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2021 ISBN: 9781696603249
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An insider's account of how politicians representing a radical minority of Americans are using "the greatest deliberative body in the world" to hijack our democracy.

Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the US Senate, yet the Senate allows an almost exclusively white, predominantly male, and radically conservative minority of the American electorate to impose its will on the rest of us. How did we get to this point?

In Kill Switch, Adam Jentleson argues that shifting demographics alone cannot explain how Mitch McConnell harnessed the Senate and turned it into a powerful weapon of minority rule. As Jentleson shows, since the 1950s, a free-flowing body of relative equals has devolved into a rigidly hierarchical, polarized institution, with both Democrats and Republicans to blame. The current GOP has merely used the methods pioneered by its predecessors, though to newly extreme ends. In a work for fans of How Democracies Die and even Master of the Senate, Jentleson makes clear that, without a reevaluation of Senate practices—starting with ending the filibuster—we face the prospect of permanent minority rule in America. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An essential portrait of a Senate―and a political system―in crisis, as well as a crystal-clear analysis of how to save it…This is a necessary book.”

    Ezra Klein, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A compelling read.”

    Washington Post

  • “An impeccably timed book…Jentleson understands the inner workings of the institution, down to the most granular details, showing precisely how arcane procedural rules can be leveraged to dramatic effect.”

    New York Times

  • “A startling read that will provoke tough questions about governance, this is highly recommended to all interested in government reform.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “An engrossing primer on modern-day congressional gridlock…Readers will be galvanized to make the issue of Senate reform a priority.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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About the Author

Adam Jentleson is the public affairs director at Democracy Forward and a former deputy chief of staff to Senator Harry Reid. He is a columnist for GQ and frequent political commentator on MSNBC.

About the Narrator

P. J. Ochlan is an Audie Award–winning, multiple Earphones Award–winning, and Voice Arts Award–nominated narrator of hundreds of audiobooks. His acting career spans more than thirty years and has also included Broadway, the NY Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp, critically acclaimed feature films, and television series regular roles.