Far-right disinformation campaigns. Well-funded efforts to undermine democratic institutions. Violent insurrection. These may sound like recent events, but in Prequel, Rachel Maddow recounts the sophisticated plot before World War II to steer our nation toward authoritarianism and an alliance with the Nazis. Somehow lost in the history books as an attempt by fringe players, it actually involved a large network of influential elected officials. (Déjà vu?) Maddow, who can weave a tale like no other, first traced this rise of a radical strain of authoritarianism on her podcast. Now in book form, it is an essential read that resonates in our own disquieting times.