The Conspiracy to End America: Five Ways My Old Party Is Driving Our Democracy to Autocracy (Hardcover)
“This is the first must-read of the 2024 election cycle if you want to understand the stakes.” –Nicolle Wallace
Former chief Republican strategist, Lincoln Project adviser, and bestselling author of It Was All a Lie, Stuart Stevens offers an ominous warning that the GOP is dragging our country toward autocracy—and if we don’t wake up to the crisis in our system, 2024 may well be our last free and fair election.
Today’s Republican party is not a “normal” political party in the American tradition. It has become an autocratic movement masquerading as a political party. As Stuart Stevens argues in THE CONSPIRACY TO END AMERICA, if we look away from that truth, we greatly increase the likelihood that the America we love will slip away, never to return.
Whenever a democracy slides into autocracy, there are five critical elements at work: financers, propagandists, party support, legal theories to legitimize, and shock troops. THE CONSPIRACY TO END AMERICA examines each of these driving forces on the Right and makes clear how they are working in concert to end our democracy as we know it.
In the tradition of It Can’t Happen Here and On Tyranny, THE CONSPIRACY TO END AMERICA is a blinking red distress call about the dark intentions lurking within Stevens’ old party and a rallying cry to beat back this perilous threat and save the Republic.
—Nicolle Wallace, anchor of MSNBC / Deadline Whitehouse
“As a former Republican strategist and media consultant, [Stevens] knows the threat we face today from the Republican Party, which has embraced autocracy and works to damage our democracy beyond repair. His timely and heartfelt book lays out the essential elements and enablers of authoritarianism with admirable clarity. It’s essential and timely reading.”—Ruth Ben-Ghiat, MSNBC Opinion Columnist and author of Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present
“THE CONSPIRACY TO END AMERICA is a meticulously argued clarion call to action in defense of our fragile democracy. As a political practitioner with a deep understanding of how MAGA Republican strategists, money men, and legal minds operate, Stuart is uniquely suited to suss out how the plot against our system of government is being executed. This book is a succinct, digestible assessment of the existential stakes that face us from an engaging writer. I pray we beat back this threat in the years to come so Stuart can use his skills to write about family and Ole Miss Rebels football once again.”—Tim Miller, American political consultant and author of Why We Did
“THE CONSPIRACY TO END AMERICA is two stories in one: It’s the story of how the Republican Party came to reject democracy as a governing principle. It’s also the story of a former Republican insider and political operative confronting the painful truth that the party he once worked for has embraced authoritarianism. ‘Pain is the best teacher in politics,’ says Stuart P. Stevens. He thus concludes that ‘the only hope for the Republican Party is for it to suffer crushing defeat after crushing defeat so that it is forced to confront its failures.’”—Teri Kanefield, author of Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America
“Republican campaign legend Stuart Stevens used his skills to battle Trump as candidate and president. Now Trump is back—and so is Stevens, with this anguished and eloquent summons to stand for democracy against reactionary authoritarianism at home and abroad.”—David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic and MSNBC contributor
“In THE CONSPIRACY TO END AMERICA, Stuart Stevens uses his decades of working within the Republican Party to lay out in brutally honest terms how his old party is turning America into an autocracy. Every person—Democrat, Republican, and Independent—concerned about the rise of Trumpism should read this book.”—Dan Pfeiffer, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
“Please read this book! Stuart Stevens has been everywhere and seen everything, and he shares what he has learned in concise, vivid prose. His book is urgent but not despairing. It is deadly serious but frequently funny. It offers the big picture based on numerous details and stories. I’m glad he wrote it, and glad I read it.”—James Fallows, author of Breaking News and former White House Director of Speechwriting
“The author offers useful prescriptions for acting to counter the authoritarian impulse. A rallying cry for a movement to push against Trumpism and its legion of true believers.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Using his extensive insider knowledge and experience, and drawing from scholars of authoritarianism and right-wing extremism, Stevens discusses the five building blocks of autocracy.”—Booklist Review