Day of Reckoning: How the Far Right Declared War on Democracy

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by Mike Wendling

Pluto Press

5/20/2024, paperback

SKU: 9780745349718


The MAGA movement was in retreat after Donald Trump's defeat in 2020, but the fascist fringes have not just survived, they continue to thrive and burrow into the mainstream. The January 6 Capitol riot prosecutions have done little to curb their enthusiasm for mayhem.

In this chilling exposé of the far right, Mike Wendling encounters Covid deniers, QAnon supporters, Capitol rioters, and Proud Boys, uncovering the roots of a movement that threatens to shatter the foundations of democracy.

Trump's base in the GOP is committed to their candidate like never before. Apocalyptic messaging ensures that white nationalist groups see the next election as a life-or-death struggle, and they are uniting to back the one person they can all agree on.


"An invaluable guide to the forces of American conspiracy theory that are currently bending our world out of shape" -- Gabriel Gatehouse, presenter of The Coming Storm on BBC Radio 4

"A vivid and sobering look at the web of connections that link the furthest reaches of the far right to [Trump]...Day of Reckoning is a stark warning" -- J.M. Berger, author of Extremism

"Excellent...powerfully exposes the drivers behind today's most dangerous anti-democracy movements. An essential read for those who value liberal democracy as we know it" -- Julia Ebner, author of Going Mainstream

About the Author:

Mike Wendling is US National Digital Reporter for the BBC, based in Chicago. He is the co-founder of the BBC's disinformation unit and was editor and presenter of BBC Trending. He has decades of experience covering extremism, the American far right, social media and disinformation, and is the author of Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House.