Unthinkable Summary


In this searing memoir, Congressman Jamie Raskin tells the story of the forty-five days at the start of 2021 that permanently changed his life—and his family’s—as he confronted the painful loss of his son to suicide, lived through the violent insurrection in our nation’s Capitol, and led the impeachment effort to hold President Trump accountable for inciting the political violence. 

On December 31, 2020, Tommy Raskin, the only son of Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, tragically took his own life after a long struggle with depression. Seven days later on January 6, Congressman Raskin returned to Congress to help certify the 2020 Presidential election results, when violent insurrectionists led by right wing extremist groups stormed the U.S. Capitol hoping to hand four more years of power to President Donald Trump. As our reeling nation mourned the deaths of numerous people and lamented the injuries of more than 140 police officers hurt in the attack, Congressman Raskin, a Constitutional law professor, was called upon to put aside his overwhelming grief—both personal and professional—and lead the impeachment effort against President Trump for inciting the violence. Together this nine-member team of House impeachment managers riveted a nation still in anguish, putting on an unprecedented Senate trial that produced the most bipartisan Presidential impeachment vote in American history. 

Now for the first time, Congressman Raskin discusses this unimaginable convergence of personal and public trauma, detailing how the painful loss of his son and the power of Tommy’s convictions fueled the Congressman’s work in the aftermath of modern democracy’s darkest day. Going inside Congress on January 6, he recounts the horror of that day, a day that he and other Democrats had spent months preparing for under the correct assumption that they would encounter an attempted electoral coup—not against a President but for one. And yet, on January 6, he faced the one thing he had failed to anticipate: mass political violence designed to block Biden’s election. With an inside account of leading the team prosecuting President Trump in the Senate, Congressman Raskin shares never before told stories of just how close we came to losing our democracy that fateful day and lays out the methodical prosecution that convinced Democrats and Republicans alike of Trump’s responsibility for inciting insurrectionary violence against our government. 

Through it all, he reckons with the loss of his brilliant, remarkable son, a Harvard Law student whose values and memory continually inspired the Congressman to confront the dark impulses unleashed by Donald Trump. At turns, a moving story of a father coping with his pain and a revealing examination of holding President Trump accountable for the violence he fomented, this book is a vital reminder of the ongoing struggle for the soul of American democracy and the perseverance that our Constitution demands from us all. 

Book Reviews


Liars, lies lies and more lies1 star

This is just another book to blame Trump and to blame Trump supporters who actually protested PEACEFULLY! If there was an act of instruction that people are not seeing, it was antifa, the radical left, and the BLM in 2020. Whether you believe me or not, President Trump will be the greatest president in history. Sleepy Joe will go down as the worst, and I doubt they’ll even keep his face on record for the presidents. If you all wanna keep being sheep, following blind leaders in today’s society, fine, keep walking blind, because eventually you’re gonna fall over the cliff that you don’t see right in front of you. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, the radical left, BLM, and Antifa, Hunter Biden, the corrupt media and social media, are all traders to America! They can celebrate all they want with this power that they have, but soon, we the American people will take back our country. Judgement is coming-and once it arrives these tyrants will face the consequences for their treason, and for trying to kill and take away the rights of all American people. If you think I’m crazy, what about you? At least I’m walking away from the cliff, whoever believes these fools is walking towards the cliff. We Will win our country back, we will win our freedom back, we will win our liberties back, and we will make America great once again! Down with Joe, down with Kamala, down with the Dems, and down all tyrants. GOD BLESS AMERICA-LET FREEDOM RING15


Excellent!4 star

Passionate. Incisive. Informative. Wordy.45

A grateful DG

A riveting and insightful memoir5 star

Unrelentingly honest, heart breaking, courageous, informative, insightful, and inspiring. This book was riveting and touched on some of the most urgent and important political and mental health issues of our times. I wish all Americans would read this book.55

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