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The Storm is Here is a record of a year that changed America.

The
New Yorker‘s award-winning war correspondent returns to his own country to chronicle a story of mounting civic breakdown and violent disorder, in a vivid eyewitness narrative of revelatory explanatory power


On the morning of January 6, a gallows was erected on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A little after noon, as thousands of Trump supporters marched past the structure, some paused to climb its wooden steps and take pictures of the US Capitol framed within an oval noose. Up ahead, the dull thud of stun grenades could be heard, accompanied by bright flashes. Several people carried Confederate flags. Others had Tasers, baseball bats, bear spray, and truncheons. ‘They need help!’ a man shouted. ‘It’s us versus the cops!’ No one seemed surprised by what was taking place. There was an eerie sense of inexorability, mixed with nervous hesitation. It reminded me of combat: the slightly shocked, almost bashful moment when bravado, fantasy, and training crash against reality.

In early 2020, Luke Mogelson, who had been living in France and covering the Global War on Terrorism, returned home to report on the social discord that the pandemic was bringing to the fore in the US. Soon, he found himself embedded with militias descending on the Michigan state capitol. From there, the story swept him on to Minneapolis, then to Portland, and ultimately to Washington, D.C. His stories for The New Yorker were hailed as essential first drafts of history. They were just the tip of the iceberg.

The Storm Is Here is the definitive eyewitness account of how–during a season of sickness, economic uncertainty, and violence–a large segment of Americans became convinced that they needed to rise up against dark forces plotting to take their country away from them, and then did just that. It builds month by month, through vivid depictions of events on the ground, from the onset of the pandemic to the attack on the US Capitol–during which Mogelson was in the Senate chamber with the insurrectionists–and its aftermath. Bravely reported and beautifully written, Mogelson’s audiobook follows the tradition of some of the essential chronicles of war and unrest of our time.

(P) 2022 Penguin Audio

Reviews

We can now induct Luke Mogelson into that vital band of warrior storytellers-from Tim O'Brien and Michael Herr to Phil Klay and Elliot Ackerman-who, with great eloquence and moral courage, have labored, on both the battlefield and the page, to keep America honest about its foolish wars.
Bob Shacochis
Mogelson gives a nuanced, empathetic look into lives irrevocably altered by conflict . . . His writing is reminiscent of Hemingway's . . . The reader trusts Mogelson's steady, lucid prose to outline the inner lives of these men
The Nation (on These Heroic, Happy Dead)
Mogelson avoids dwelling on trauma but circles it constantly, carefully exploring its fringes.
New York Times (On These Heroic, Happy Dead)
The Storm is Here is a sterling example of why Luke Mogelson is one of the most indispensable journalists working today. Meticulous, unsparing and as brilliant as it is unsettling, this book is a survey of American bedlam. Our future as a nation to no small degree hinges upon our ability to grapple with the concerns Mogelson chronicles in these pages.
Jelani Cobb
An account of great consequence by one of the best reporters in the world. It is no coincidence that Luke Mogelson happened to be in the crowd outside the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He had been tracking this movement for months. And it is no surprise to read how he joined the surge because in that moment and in countless others, all over the globe, Mogelson has been a model of courage, daring, and attentiveness. He is the indispensable witness of our times, and he brings deep insight to this essential document.
Ted Conover