Ira Shapiro’s new book, The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America, completes what William A. Galston, Brookings scholar, called an “epic trilogy,” capturing sixty years of Senate history.
He is the author of two previous critically acclaimed books about the Senate: The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis [2012, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize] and Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country? 
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How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America
The Founding Fathers gave the U.S. Senate many functions, but it had one fundamental responsibility—its raison d’etre: to provide the check against a dangerous president who threatened our democracy. Two hundred and thirty years later, when Donald Trump, a potential authoritarian, finally reached the White House, the Senate should have served as both America’s first and last lines of defense.
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