The Storm Is upon Us by Mike Rothschild audiobook

The Storm Is upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything

By Mike Rothschild
Read by Joe Barrett

Blackstone Publishing 9781612199290


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Runtime: 7.97 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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Its messaging can seem cryptic, even nonsensical, yet for tens of thousands of people, it explains everything. What is QAnon? Where did it come from? And is the Capitol insurgency a sign of where it’s going next?

On October 5, 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark in the State Dining Room at a gathering of military officials. He said it felt like “the calm before the storm”—then refused to elaborate as puzzled journalists asked him to explain. But on the infamous message boards of 4chan, a mysterious poster going by “Q Clearance Patriot,” who claimed to be in “military intelligence,” began the elaboration on their own.

In the days that followed, Q’s wild yarn explaining Trump’s remarks began to rival the sinister intricacies of a Tom Clancy novel, while satisfying the deepest desires of MAGA-America. But did any of what Q predicted come to pass? No. Did that stop people from clinging to every word they were reading, expanding its mythology, and promoting it wider and wider? No.

Why not? Who were these rapt listeners? How do they reconcile their world view with the America they see around them? Why do their numbers keep growing?

Mike Rothschild, a journalist specializing in conspiracy theories, has been collecting their stories for years, and through interviews with QAnon converts, apostates, and victims, as well as psychologists, sociologists, and academics, he is uniquely equipped to explain the movement and its followers.

In The Storm Is Upon Us, he takes listeners from the background conspiracies and cults that fed the Q phenomenon, to its embrace by right-wing media and Donald Trump, through the rending of families as loved ones became addicted to Q’s increasingly violent rhetoric, to the storming of the Capitol, and on.

And as the phenomenon shows no sign of calming, despite Trump’s loss of the presidency—with everyone from Baby Boomers to Millennial moms proving susceptible to its messaging—and politicians starting to openly espouse its ideology, Rothschild makes a compelling case that mocking the seeming madness of QAnon will get us nowhere. Rather, his impassioned reportage makes clear that it’s time to figure out what QAnon really is—because QAnon and its relentlessly dark theory of everything isn’t done yet.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rothschild…argues that contempt and mockery for QAnon beliefs have led people to radically underestimate the movement and, even now, keep us from engaging seriously with its threat.” New Yorker
“I hope everyone reads this book. It has become such a crucial thing for all of us to understand.” Erin Burnett, CNN
“A profoundly sobering read….Emphasises the truth that, among all the complex crises of our times, the fundamental one is that of information, its quality and its reach.” The Guardian (London)
“Timely and chilling…Rothschild is brilliant at outlining the process by which people who were not previously drawn to political extremism come to see themselves as ‘patriotic researchers', able to see patterns in the information that is fed to them.” Financial Times (London)
“Compelling, comprehensive, meticulously-documented.” Booklist (starred review)
“Given the odds that someone you know buys into QAnon doctrine, Rothschild’s rabbit-hole dive is a valuable guide.” Kirkus Reviews
“An enlightening history of the QAnon conspiracy theory…A disturbing and well-informed look at the darker side of modern American politics.” Publishers Weekly
“An ideal guide for your journey into the depths of the rabbit hole that is QAnon, and even shows you a glimmer of light at the exit.” Cullen Hoback, director of Q: Into the Storm



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Author Bio: Mike Rothschild

Author Bio: Mike Rothschild

Mike Rothschild is a journalist focused on the intersections between internet culture and politics as seen through the dark glass of conspiracy theories. Since 2018, he has specialized in examining the QAnon conspiracy cult and is one of the first journalists to reveal its connections to past conspiracy theories and scams. His expertise has led to his becoming a leading commentator on the subject for the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, and elsewhere.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 7.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English