A Cappella Books Presents Rachel Maddow in conversation with Stacey Abrams at The Fox Theatre - Prequel Book Tour

A Cappella Books Presents Rachel Maddow in conversation with Stacey Abrams at The Fox Theatre - Prequel Book Tour

Friday, Oct 20, 2023 7:00 PM

The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

#1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Maddow traces the fight to preserve American democracy back to World War II, when a handful of committed public servants and brave private citizens thwarted far-right plotters trying to steer our nation toward an alliance with the Nazis.

A Cappella Books is honored to welcome the celebrated host of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" back to Atlanta in support of her new book, "PREQUEL: An American Fight Against Fascism." Maddow will appear in conversation with two two-time Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee and New York Times bestselling author Stacey Abrams.

Tickets at all levels include a copy of the new book, which you'll receive at the event. Clicking the "Buy Tickets" button will take you to the Fox Theatre tickets site.

About the Book

Inspired by her research for the hit podcast "Ultra," Rachel Maddow charts the rise of a wild American strain of authoritarianism that has been alive on the far-right edge of our politics for the better part of a century. Before and even after our troops had begun fighting abroad in World War II, a clandestine network flooded the country with disinformation aimed at sapping the strength of the U.S. war effort and persuading Americans that our natural alliance was with the Axis, not against it. It was a sophisticated and shockingly well-funded campaign to undermine democratic institutions, promote antisemitism, and destroy citizens' confidence in their elected leaders, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the U.S. government and installing authoritarian rule.

That effort worked—tongue and groove—alongside an ultra-right paramilitary movement that stockpiled bombs and weapons and trained for mass murder and violent insurrection.

At the same time, a handful of extraordinary activists and journalists were tracking the scheme, exposing it even as it was unfolding. In 1941, the U.S. Department of Justice finally made a frontal attack, identifying the key plotters, finding their backers, and prosecuting dozens in federal court.

None of it went as planned.

While the scheme has been remembered in history—if at all—as the work of fringe players, in reality it involved a large number of some of the country's most influential elected officials. Their interference in law enforcement efforts against the plot is a dark story of the rule of law bending and then breaking under the weight of political intimidation.

That failure of the legal system had consequences. The tentacles of that unslain beast have reached forward into our history for decades. But the heroic efforts of the activists, journalists, prosecutors, and regular citizens who sought to expose the insurrectionists also make for a deeply resonant, deeply relevant tale in our own disquieting times.

About the Author

Rachel Maddow is host of the Emmy Award–winning "Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Drift" and "Blowout," and the New York Times bestselling co-author of "Bag Man." Maddow received a bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University and earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.

About the Conversation Partner

Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and political leader. She served as Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, and she was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in United States history.  Abrams has launched multiple nonprofit organizations devoted to democracy protection, voting rights, and effective public policy. She has also co-founded successful companies including a financial services firm, an energy and infrastructure consulting firm, and the media company, Sage Works Productions, Inc.