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Join us at The Academy of Music in Northampton as Rachel Maddow presents her new book, Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism. This event will be moderated by Kate Clinton.
This is a ticketed event. You must purchase your ticket in advance at the Academy of Music website. Your ticket price includes a hardcover copy of the book. There will be no signing and no signed copies available.
Please note: This event is sold out. If you have purchased a ticket, your book will be given to you at the Academy of Music when you enter the event.
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.
Inspired by her research for the hit MSNBC 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.
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.
As we navigate through our own disquieting times, Prequel offers a roadmap from U.S. history, marked both with heroics to emulate and traps and pitfalls to avoid.
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.
KATE CLINTON is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over forty years, Kate is still at the top of her game, ready to stand up to the mic and bon mot her way through the end days of the Viagracene Epoch, LGBTQ movements in transition, religion in extremis, and media in rigor mortis. She loves Latin. She is a multi-talented and multi-platformed author, actress, stand-up humorist, impure thought leader, activist, fundraising auctioneer and social mediatrix.
Clinton has written for The Huffington Post, The Advocate,The Progressive, The Washington Blade and the New York Times. She has performed for national organizations including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Democracy Alliance, AARP, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Clinton has released more than 10 comedy CDs and DVDs and has authored three books. She was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for her second book, “What the L?” but did not win and has been bitter ever since. She was a Broadway cast member of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show and “The Vagina Monologues" though luckily not at the same time.