Brooklyn Public Library reading list attempts to add context to Capitol riot

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Washington
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the walls of the Capitol Building in Washington.
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The storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 prompted fear and confusion among Americans, who wondered how such a shocking event could take place on American soil. 

To help understand the political environment that lead to the insurrection of one of the nation’s most prominent buildings by a violent mob, the Brooklyn Public Library has created a reading list covering topics such as the Trump years, the Alt-Right, historic conspiracy theories, and treason. 

“Booklists are one small part of how the library responds to current events and supports patrons striving to learn more,” said librarian Djaz Zulida, who created the catelog. “We hope to help our communities by offering access to helpful materials in our collections. Public libraries are never behind any kind of paywall and provide free access to information and resources.”

The list includes (but is not limited to):

• “Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide,” by Cass Sunsetein
• “Fault lines in the Constitution: the framers, their fights, and the flaws that affect us today,” by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson
• “Playing with fire: The 1968 election and the transformation of American politics,” by Lawrence O’Donnell
• “The oath and the office: a guide to the Constitution for future presidents,” by Corey Lang Brettschneider
• “Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s war on the world’s most powerful office,” by Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey
• “Alt-America: the rise of the radical right in the age of Trump,” by David Neiwert

The library has made the list available both for physical check-out and digital download at borrow.bklynlibrary.org/booklist/january-6-2021.