The Jan 6th Report

Macmillan Audio. Dec. 2022. 23:37 hrs. ISBN 9781250879097. $32.99. POLITICS
The House committee that investigated the events leading up to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and the insurrection itself completed extensive interviews with over 1000 witnesses. Findings from the investigation were presented in televised hearings and a full report. This audio edition of the report includes a preface by award-winning journalist David Remnick and an epilogue by Congressman Jamie Raskin, who served on the committee. The facts are laid out in a logical, easy-to-follow manner, with each chapter focusing on a different aspect of the investigation. While listeners may be familiar with the main points, the level of detail is extraordinary, explaining how and why the attack happened and assigning fault to former President Trump. A talented cast of 11 narrators delivers the audio; they enhance the text with narration styles ranging from evening news reporter-style directness to shocked incredulity. While it’s a lengthy audiobook, the pacing is even throughout, and the facts are both troubling and fascinating.
VERDICT This fact-based accounting of the events of January 6, 2021, is one of the essential historical documents of this era. The thoughtful presentation of this audio edition makes it accessible to a wider audience.
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