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Q&A: Journalist Jonathan Martin discusses America’s political crisis


Jonathan Martin, a national political correspondent with The New York Times, on Thursday in Charleston will discuss the crisis in the American political system and what should be done to pull the country from the brink of total collapse. Martin and his Times colleague Alexander Burns are the co-authors of a recent bestseller, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.

The book is the authoritative account of an 18-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 political parties confronted a series of national traumas, including the coronavirus pandemic, the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the political brinkmanship of President Joe Biden’s first year in the White House.

Buxton Books, at 160 King St., will host a conversation between Martin and national political commentator and author Bakari Sellers of Columbia Thurs., June 23. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Signed copies of the book will be available and Martin will personalize them. The event is free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged via email: rsvp@buxtonbooks.com.

Martin spoke recently with City Paper about his book and political trends in America.

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