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Author Event for “This Will Not Pass” by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns moderated by Walter Isaacson

NEW ORLEANS –  The Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to host Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns for an event celebrating the release of, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future” on May 14. “This Will Not Pass” is the shocking, definitive account of the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden presidency by two New York Times reporters, exposing the deep fissures within both parties as the country approaches a political breaking point.

The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the evening will start with a welcome reception followed by a moderated discussion between Martin, Burns and fellow author Walter Isaacson. Following the discussion, Martin will be available to meet with guests and personalize books.

“This Will Not Pass” is the authoritative account of an eighteen-month crisis in American democracy that will be seared into the country’s political memory for decades to come. With stunning, in-the-room detail, Martin and Burns show how both our political parties confronted a series of national traumas, including the coronavirus pandemic, the January 6 attack on the Capitol, and the political brinksmanship of President Biden’s first year in the White House.

From Donald Trump’s assault on the 2020 election and his ongoing campaign of vengeance against his fellow Republicans, to the behind-the-scenes story of Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate and his bitter struggles to unite the Democratic Party, this book exposes the degree to which the two-party system has been strained to the point of disintegration. More than at any time in recent history, the long-established traditions and institutions of American politics are under siege as a set of aging political leaders struggle to hold together a changing country.

Martin and Burns break news on most every page, drawing on hundreds of interviews and never-before-seen documents and recordings from the highest levels of government. The book asks the vitally important (and disturbing) question: can American democracy, as we know it, ever work again?

Single tickets are available for $36 and include entrance to the event, one book and Eventbrite fees. Couples tickets are available for $46 and include entrance for two, one book and Eventbrite fees. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event and in The Garden District Book Shop.

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All citywide-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place.


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