The Hill to Die On

The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America
Narrated by: Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.4 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER •

The inside story of Donald Trump’s first two years in Washington as viewed from Capitol Hill, a startling account that turns “Congress into a Game of Thrones book” (Trevor Noah, The Daily Show).   

Taking listeners into secret strategy calls and closed-door meetings from the House to the White House, Politico Playbook writers Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer trace the gamesmanship and the impulsiveness, the dealmaking and the backstabbing, in a blow-by-blow account of the power struggle that roiled Congress. Moving from the fights for advantage between Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer; to Mitch McConnell’s merciless, Machiavellian handling of the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; to Paul Ryan’s desperate, failed attempts to keep Mark Meadows from pushing Trump into a government shutdown over immigration, The Hill to Die On bristles with fresh news and tells the story of what really happened in some of the most defining moments our era. Like The West Wing for Congress, or Shattered meets This Town, The Hill to Die On tells an unforgettable story of politics and power, where the stakes going forward are nothing less than the future of America and the lives of millions of ordinary Americans.

Praise for The Hill to Die On

“[Sherman and Palmer] go deep inside the halls of Congress to document the deal making, backstabbing, power struggles, and political knife fights that have roiled the nation’s capital during President Donald Trump’s first two years in office.... Anything but boring.” (USA Today, “5 Books Not to Miss”) 

“[The Hill to Die On] painstakingly chronicles the return to divided government and the restoration of an institutional check on a mercurial chief executive.... The book depicts a foul-mouthed president in love with his own reflection, a House GOP encased in the amber of self-delusion, and Nancy Pelosi’s unblinking focus on twin prizes: recapturing the House and returning to the speaker’s chair.” (The Guardian

“If you are one of the many Americans who hates Congress, this book is for you. In the Washington depicted in Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer’s new book, there are no heroes - only winners and losers.... With these lawmakers, Sherman and Palmer get inside their heads and capture what they’re thinking in real time.” (The Washington Post)

©2019 Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Very timely, detailed, enjoyable

This is a first cut at explaining the race of the 115th Congress and the first half of Trump’s presidency and Trump’s Washington. As an observer of Congress and politics I enjoyed the book and learned many interesting factoids and tidbits. It is far from a definitive or even completely coherent history - but the authors don’t claim it as such. As contemporaneous reporting mixed with gossip and spin - it’s perfect. Unlike other reviewers I enjoyed the author’s narration.

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Great overall but..

Great book. Very interesting and put together in a logical, structured way. The only criticism I have is regarding Jake Sherman’s narration- he seems to be constantly out of breath! Don’t get me wrong it’s not that bad really but definitely distracting! Still a great book that I recommend you read/listen to!

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Good material, mediocore narration

writing a book and narrating a book are 2 different talents. Thats the negative of many new books

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Its 30 Jan 1933, and what are you doing about it?

The full extent of Trumps and our elected leaders machinations is frightening. This book, more than any other, has demonstrated that our President is unbalanced, ignorant of the American political system and a danger to the Constitutional systems checks and balances. The research that has gone into the facts reported, belies the the Trumpian "Fake News". The potential consequences of his administration are terrifying, and have stained our country irrevocably. A must read for the Right and Left.

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Riveting Inside Look at Congress

This book really puts you inside Congress and how things really get done and why. It covers from Trump’s election through the first two years. It’s not about Trump or the election but the Representatives and Senators and what they do, how they do it and why. If you want to truly understand what gridlock means this provides a painstaking a clear picture. It’s based on inside information, records, conversations, observation, etc written by two people who have covered this beat for years. It’s factual not opinion. I love that they alternate reading so you get a male voice than a female. It’s nice. I probably would have never waded through this material just reading but with audible I listened to it and it became almost like a mystery novel even though you know how it turned out... how it go to that end point is fascinating. Some might find it dry I found it intriguing and I was disappointed when it ended that it was over I wanted to hear more. I recommend it if you interested in learning more about the inner workings of Congress.

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Decent, behind the scenes account. A couple of problems, though.

I’ve listened to many political books lately, mostly about the Trump presidency. This book was informative from an insider report by journalists, but the sound volume varied and sometimes the readers seemed to get a little too excited about what they were reading. My main gripes are with the overuse of the word “anathema”. How about changing it up with words like “abhorrent”, “abomination”, etc. Also, when a credible journalist pronounces “nuclear” wrong (ala, George W. Bush) over and over, it makes you wonder how credible these two actually are.

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Duality

This was a refreshing experience linking the duality of the author's narration. I admire the concept of this book.

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This Title May Be a Litttle Misleading

The title grabbed me. If I couldn't understand what was going on in Washington maybe seeing it through the eyes of Congress many help me come to terms with a president who shows a marked lack of concern for the consequences of his actions. The book shows a great number of details and the reaction of the congresspeople Not long though I got a sense this was more of an anthill with many ants going to and fro. The longing I had for a better idea of what Congress was up to was drowned in details. The Democratic party has given new power to those investigations into Trumps behaviors but it lacked an ability to use all these events to describe the true power of the Congress to keep the president in check, Because of that it was hard to finish his book and I felt no more enlightened as to the changes in the Federal government.

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All right. Kind of gossipy.

Events were well-reported, but I was hoping for more analysis. More focus was placed on the personalities, quirks, and motivations of individual lawmakers than on deeper, structural forces that explain why Congress acts as it does.

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Insight

if you don't follow the news this is a must-read. Follow the news this is a good insight book.

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Enjoyable, detailed and informative

An enjoyable listen that gave good and interesting detail on the two years up utnill and after the midterms. I preferred the woman's narration to the mans