Mayday 1971 by Lawrence Roberts audiobook

Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America's Biggest Mass Arrest

By Lawrence Roberts
Read by Kiff VandenHeuvel

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A vivid account of the largest act of civil disobedience in US history, in Richard Nixon’s Washington They surged into Washington by the tens of thousands in the spring of 1971. Fiery radicals, flower children, and militant vets gathered for the most audacious act in a years-long movement to end America’s war in Vietnam: a blockade of the nation’s capital. And the White House, headed by an increasingly paranoid Richard Nixon, was determined to stop it. Washington journalist Lawrence Roberts, drawing on dozens of interviews, unexplored archives, and newfound White House transcripts, recreates these largely forgotten events through the eyes of dueling characters. Woven into the story too are now-familiar names including John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Pentagon Papers. It began with a bombing inside the U.S. Capitol—a still-unsolved case to which Roberts brings new information. To prevent the Mayday Tribe’s guerrilla-style traffic blockade, the government mustered the military. Riot squads swept through the city, arresting more than 12,000 people. As a young female public defender led a thrilling legal battle to free the detainees, Nixon and his men took their first steps down the road to the Watergate scandal and the implosion of the presidency.   Mayday 1971 is the ultimately inspiring story of a season when our democracy faced grave danger, and survived.  

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A Library Journal Editor’s Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2020

A vivid account of the largest act of civil disobedience in US history, in Richard Nixon’s Washington They surged into Washington by the tens of thousands in the spring of 1971. Fiery radicals, flower children, and militant vets gathered for the most audacious act in a years-long movement to end America’s war in Vietnam: a blockade of the nation’s capital. And the White House, headed by an increasingly paranoid Richard Nixon, was determined to stop it. Washington journalist Lawrence Roberts, drawing on dozens of interviews, unexplored archives, and newfound White House transcripts, recreates these largely forgotten events through the eyes of dueling characters. Woven into the story too are now-familiar names including John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Pentagon Papers. It began with a bombing inside the U.S. Capitol—a still-unsolved case to which Roberts brings new information. To prevent the Mayday Tribe’s guerrilla-style traffic blockade, the government mustered the military. Riot squads swept through the city, arresting more than 12,000 people. As a young female public defender led a thrilling legal battle to free the detainees, Nixon and his men took their first steps down the road to the Watergate scandal and the implosion of the presidency.   Mayday 1971 is the ultimately inspiring story of a season when our democracy faced grave danger, and survived.  

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kiff VandenHeuvel narrates this intense reexamination of Mayday 1971’s mass protests in Washington, DC, as if he were reporting on a current event. His voice sounds charged, his pace is quick, and the result creates a dramatic audiobook.” AudioFile
“Award-winning investigative reporter Lawrence Roberts tells the story superbly from start to finish…Roberts presents a lot of new and overlooked material.” Wall Street Journal
“A coherent, fast moving, and fascinating story.” Christian Science Monitor
“Offers sharply drawn portraits of key White House personnel and of many protestors…A vivid history of passionate protest.” Kirkus Reviews
“Not just history at its most illuminating and top-drawer storytelling but a narrative that resonates today, when our democracy is again being challenged.” Larry Tye, author of Demagogue

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Author Bio: Lawrence Roberts

Author Bio: Lawrence Roberts

Lawrence Roberts has been an investigative editor with ProPublica, the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. He was a leader on teams honored with three Pulitzer Prizes. Mayday 1971 is his first book.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English