The 15 juiciest political books to come in 2018
More Fiery, More Furious
Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury completely upended Washington after its publication earlier this month, even drawing a cease-and-desist order from the president himself. But there are more potential bombshells on the horizon: Indeed, these 15 books scheduled for a 2018 publication, from campaign memoirs to academic analyses, could prove to be even more explosive. Click through to read more and pre-order (or buy those which have already been published).
Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country by Ira Shapiro
Former senior Senate staffer Ira Shapiro (The Last Great Senate) offers an expert’s view on some of the most talked about battles of the past 10 years, and what it will take for the Senate to gain back its power. Shapiro provides his analysis while revisiting President Trump’s first year in office. Buy it here.
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt believe American Democracy is on the verge of extinction. Between these pages, they draw upon historical and global examples to demonstrate how Americans can safeguard democratic institutions. Buy it here.
Trumpocracy by David Frum
Atlantic columnist and former White House speechwriter (of the George W. Bush administration) David Frum documents President Trump’s “lies, obfuscations and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency.” He aims to inform readers of the dangers of illiberalism on the horizon. Buy it here.
Can it Happen Here: Authoritarianism in America edited by Cass R. Sunstein
Inspired by Sinclair Lewis’ famous novel It Can’t Happen Here, legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein gathers some of the nation’s brightest thinkers to explore whether authoritarianism could overtake the U.S. The collection of essays featuring Martha Minow, Eric Posner, and many more explores concepts of democracy and "fake news." Pre-order it here. (March )
The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It by Yascha Mounk
To state the obvious, the past year has created a sense of distrust and fatigue between some American citizens and the government. Mounk attempts to identify what has driven citizens to despise politics and what politicians need do to reverse the trend before democracy is irrevocably lost. Pre-order it here. (March 8)
Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Michael Isikoff and David Corn aren’t playing around. Their upcoming book’s explicit purpose is to investigate Trump’s decades-long dealings with Russia and evaluate the case for collusion. Pre-order it here. (March 20)
The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder
The author of On Tyranny is back with an even sharper look at the state of democracy. He traces a map of words about the rise of authoritarianism, from Russia to Europe to America, touching on Russia’s role in cyberwarfare. Pre-order it here. (April 3)
Chasing Hillary by Amy Chozick
A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
James Comey, former FBI director, loomed large in the 2016 election, involved in investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Russia scandal before being fired by President Trump in 2017. In his forthcoming memoir, he shares previously untold stories from his decades-long career in American government. Pre-order it here. (May 1)
Kompromat by Jeff Pegues
This in-depth investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election by veteran reporter Pegues makes a chilling, powerful case for how such consequential foreign meddling could happen again. Pre-order it here. (July 10)
Under Fire by April Ryan
One of the most distinguished political journalists out there, CNN analyst April Ryan has emerged as a popular public figure due to her fiery reporting on the frontlines of the Trump White House, even getting into some bickering matches with the president since he began his tenure. She was also among the first to report the exit of Omarosa Manigault-Newman. In other words, she knows things. Pre-order it here. (Sept. 1)
Mr. Trump's Wild Ride by Major Garrett
CBS News' Major Garrett is a more careful journalist than Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff, but the conceit of his book — the first year in the Trump White House — is similar enough to have us plenty intrigued. Pre-order it here. (Sept. 18)
The Forgotten: How the Abandoned People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America by Ben Bradlee Jr.
Former Boston Globe editor and reporter Ben Bradlee Jr. (who was portrayed by John Slattery in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight) focuses on a single Pennsylvania county of Trump voters in his upcoming book. He describes Luzerne County, Pennsylvania as “a prism through which to explore the undercurrents of one of the most historic elections in American history.” (Fall 2018)
Untitled Trump/Russia book, by Jeffrey Toobin
The famed New Yorker writer announced last year he would be penning a book about Robert Mueller and the alleged collusion investigation between Russia and the Trump campaign, among other head-turning investigations. No publication date has been announced.
The Trump Show by James Poniewozik
James Poniewozik is a TV critic for the New York Times. His book about "The Trump Show" will examine the president as a "TV/pop culture character." No publication date has been announced.