The Squad is the definitive, must-read book about the most exciting figures defining our new era. The story is urgent, and the stakes are high--for the country and the world--and Grim, an experienced political reporter who covered the Squad before they were the Squad, is uniquely qualified to tell it.
When Bernie Sanders, an obscure Vermont senator, launched his quixotic 2016 presidential campaign, few could have seen just how radically the Democratic Party would transform in just a few short years--or that such a transformation could be led by a Bronx bartender volunteering for Bernie in her spare time. The world as it was when that campaign began is almost unrecognizable today, and the Squad has both shaped and been shaped by the seismic social, cultural, and political changes underway.
Referred to informally as the Squad, led by the preternaturally politically savvy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the group laid down a marker for an aggressive left-wing agenda. Grim takes you behind the scenes as that new energy makes impact with Washington, and the Squad spends as much time fending off assaults from Donald Trump--who regularly singled them out and led chants of "send them back" at rallies--as they did battling their own party's sclerotic leadership. As they've grown in office, they've had to contend with the eternal question that confronts outsiders who power their way into the inside: Are they still radical organizers willing and able to lead a political revolution?
Ryan Grim is The Intercept’s D.C. Bureau Chief and the co-host of Counter Points. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for HuffPost, where he led a team that won a Pulitzer Prize. He has been a staff reporter for Politico and Washington City Paper and is a former contributor to MSNBC and The Young Turks. He’s the author of the book We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement and This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.
Grim will be joined in conversation with Krystal Ball, an American political commentator and co-host of Breaking Points. She was previously a political candidate, as well as a television host at MSNBC, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a co-host of The Hill's Rising along with Saagar Enjeti.