Book Rating (42)
Narrator Rating (12)

Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could

Unabridged Audio Book

Download On
Stream On

Download or Stream instantly more than 55,000 audiobooks.
Listen to "Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could" on your iOS and Android device.

Don't have an iOS or Android device, then listen in your browse on any PC or Mac computer.






Adam Schiff

17 Hours 45 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2021

Audio Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “fascinating” (Rachel Maddow) inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, from the rise of autocracy unleashed by Trump to the January 6 insurrection, and a warning that those forces remain as potent as ever—from the congressman who led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump

LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE WINNER: “Brilliant, sobering, and unforgettable.”—from the Current Interest Judges’ citation

In the years leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Congressman Adam Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. But as he led the probe into Donald Trump’s Russia and Ukraine-related abuses of presidential power, Schiff came to the terrible conclusion that the principal threat to American democracy now came from within.
In Midnight in Washington, Schiff argues that the Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism. The congressman chronicles step-by-step just how our democracy was put at such risk, and traces his own path to meeting the crisis—from serious prosecutor, to congressman with an expertise in national security and a reputation for bipartisanship, to liberal lightning rod, scourge of the right, and archenemy of a president. Schiff takes us inside his team of impeachment managers and their desperate defense of the Constitution amid the rise of a distinctly American brand of autocracy.
Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, Schiff reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic against a lawless president—but also the slow surrender of people that he had worked with and admired to the dangerous immorality of a president engaged in an historic betrayal of his office. Schiff’s fight for democracy is one of the great dramas of our time, told by the man who became the president’s principal antagonist. It is a story that began with Trump but does not end with him, taking us through the disastrous culmination of the presidency and Schiff’s account of January 6, 2021, and how the antidemocratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever.

Similar Audio Books


  • Anonymous

    Cannot put my thoughts in print they would not be kind to the ex president such an a** and to think Benedict Arnold was hung for far less than this want to be Godfather.

    Book Rating

  • Anonymous


    Book Rating

  • Jim S.

    A good mind harnessed to simple patriotism makes this semi-autbiography a compelling listen. Schiff's story of hard work, political failure, then success is fueled by noble motive, and clear vision. It seems that opposing Trump is almost incidental, what Schiff and his compatriots oppose is evil in all its forms.

    Book Rating

  • Jose Alfonso V.

    this is one of the most important books on the Trump Presidency.

    Book Rating

  • Mark R.

    I keep asking myself… how did we get here? The material was compelling. Thank you and real patriots that won’t accept this way to the future. I only wish our forefathers could take a look and share their wisdom. Let’s hope this never happens again. America is to great to repeat this travesty.

    Book Rating

  • Doug M.

    Fabulous book

    Book Rating

  • Edward R.

    Absolutely riveting. The way forward is terrifying for the USA if Donald J Trump returns to the Oval Office.

    Book Rating