While America Sleeps

While America Sleeps

Russ Feingold
General Non-fiction
Crown
Hardcover, 320 pages
$26.00

On October 25, 2001, the United States Senate passed H.R. 3162 by a vote of 98-1. 98-1! That bill was entitled The Patriot Act and the lone dissenting vote was that of Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. In his judgment, the law - fast-tracked by the Bush Administration in the wake of 9/11 - "did not strike the right balance between empowering law enforcement and protecting constitutional freedoms." If anything emblemized Senator Feingold's years in the Senate it was this vote - courageous, principled and solitary. His new book recounts that historical Congressional period following 9/11 and up through his defeat in 2010 at the hands of Tea Party activists and Progressive in-activists. He provides a primer for building a new national commitment to political civility at home and engaging in a sober and positive way with rest of the world. Russ spends a lot of time up in these parts (especially on Madeline Island) and we hope he will be available for a reading this summer.