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House on Fire Fighting for Democracy in the Age of Political Arson
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Serving Rhode Island in the U.S. House of Representatives, the author offers his take on national politics in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency, identifies the key threat to American democracy, and outlines a response that includes both citizen opposition and practical reforms. - (Baker & Taylor)

Author Biography

David N. Cicilline serves Rhode Island’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline is a leader in Congress on issues of core American values, serving as Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Prior to his election to Congress, Cicilline served two terms as Mayor of Providence where he rooted out the corruption of his notorious—and imprisoned—predecessor Buddy Cianci. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Georgetown University Law Center and resides today in Providence. - (Grand Central Pub)

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Rhode Island congressman Cicilline debuts with a fiery if somewhat self-aggrandizing account of his efforts to fight "corruption and self-dealing" in government. A former mayor of Providence, R.I., Cicilline forcefully critiques his predecessor, Vincent "Buddy" Cianci ("the municipal version of a petty dictator"), who served from 1975 to 1984 and then again from 1991 to 2002 and was forced out of office on both occasions by felony convictions. Cicilline draws on his experience as a criminal defense attorney in 1980s Providence to share colorful if disturbing stories of mob violence, police misconduct, and political favoritism, and details how he reformed corrupt practices when he was elected mayor. (In one amusing anecdote, a local restaurateur is shocked to learn that a liquor license cost just a couple hundred dollars, not the $35,000 he had previously paid.) This background, Cicilline argues, prepared him to serve as comanager of Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. Cicilline offers informative, behind-the-scenes details about disagreements within the Democratic Party over how best to fight Trump, but veers into campaign mode when detailing his work on antitrust legislation and President Biden's infrastructure bill. This political memoir loses steam the further the author's career advances. (Aug.)

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