Blowback: A Warning to Save Democracy from the Next Trump


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Atria Books
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6.36 X 9.25 X 1.19 inches | 1.13 pounds

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About the Author

Miles Taylor is a national security expert who works in Washington, DC. Taylor previously served as chief of staff at the US Department of Homeland Security, where he published an "Anonymous" essay in The New York Times, blowing the whistle on presidential misconduct. He later published the #1 national bestseller A Warning, revealed himself to be the author, and launched a campaign of ex-officials to oppose Donald Trump's reelection. He's worked as an advisor in the George W. Bush administration, on Capitol Hill, as a CNN contributor, and is the cofounder of a DC-based charter school and multiple democracy-reform groups. Taylor received his MPhil in international relations from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and BA from Indiana University as a Harry S. Truman scholar.


"Another rousing plea to all Americans to stand against authoritarianism."--Kirkus Reviews
"Miles Taylor's Blowback is a must-read as America faces the threat of a second Trump term...The people behind Trump's new run are more authoritarian, more determined, and more dangerous than ever. Blowback lays out their plan and the risks it poses to the Republic. Terrifying, readable, and deeply important at this moment."--Rick Wilson, author of Everything Trump Touches Dies, co-founder of the Lincoln Project
"Miles writes in his latest compelling book, 'Truth is the final guardrail of our collective democracy.' He takes us on his complicated, courageous journey to this truth through his poignant personal and professional path...Patriots are found in every corner of our country, and Miles is definitely one of them."--Matthew Dowd, MSNBC political analyst
"Strap in for this one, folks!...Miles Taylor's Blowback overwhelms the reader as it warns of complacency in the face political tribalism. Miles reaches into the darker corners of a once proud Republican Party to expose its extremism and embrace of MAGA; and shines the refreshing light of truth on a pathway with no guardrails."--Michael Steele, Former Republican National Committee chairman
"Blowback is a compelling insider account, a prophecy, a warning, and a vivid illustration of just what is on the line for America in the next several years. Read it if you want to understand just how close to the edge we are as a country - and how we can pull back. Miles Taylor is a powerful, clear-eyed voice about the depth of the challenges we face as a nation."--Andrew Yang, Former Democratic presidential candidate

"Blowback is quite simply the best and most frightening book written by an insider at the Trump White House. In this masterful tour de force, Miles Taylor not only exposes horrifying, previously unknown truths about our most divisive president, he convincingly shows that the breakdown of reason in the Trump years threatens America's future. Taylor demonstrates that we cannot count on 'adults in the room' to rein in the worst instincts of an autocrat...only the public can save America with a recommitment to democracy. Without that, Blowback makes clear the great American experiment could well collapse in the face of rising autocracy."--Kurt Eichenwald, New York Times best-selling author of Conspiracy of Fools and The Informant

"One of the few ways to prevent the rise of authoritarianism is to tell the truth about it. Miles Taylor is such a truth-teller and Blowback is a prophetic warning. Sometimes past is prologue. We need to listen and prepare."--Richard Stengel, Former editor, TIME Magazine

"Blowback reads like a thriller and hits you like a tornado siren. Miles Taylor has provided the most vivid and authoritative account yet of what a 'Trump 2.0' would look like. This is a warning that must be heeded."--Lt. Col. Alex Vindman (ret), Former director, White House National Security Council and author of Here, Right Matters
"Taylor's cautionary narrative has a place in library collections for its compelling backstory and for its guidance for dissent against MAGA extremism. Americans will hope that Taylor is relaying obvious anti-democratic actions and not giving MAGA ideas."--Booklist