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The Steal

by Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague

“A gripping ground-level narrative…a marvel of reporting.”Washington Post

“A lean, fast-paced and important account of the chaotic final weeks.”—New York Times

In The Steal, veteran journalists Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague offer a week-by-week, state-by-state account of the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 320
  • Publication Date March 14, 2022
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5995-3
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $28.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 336
  • Publication Date March 14, 2023
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6009-6
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $18.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date January 04, 2022
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5996-0
  • US List Price $28.00

In the sixty-four days between November 3 and January 6, President Donald Trump and his allies fought to reverse the outcome of the vote. Focusing on six states—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—Trump’s supporters claimed widespread voter fraud.

Caught up in this effort were scores of activists, lawyers, judges, and state and local officials: among them Leah Hoopes, a suburban mom and ardent Trumpist from Delaware County, Pennsylvania, convinced she had witnessed voter fraud, who would find herself thrust into the spotlight as a witness; Sheryl Guy, the respected clerk of Antrim County, Michigan, whose election night mistake would place her at the center of a humiliating circus of accusation and investigation; Rohn Bishop, enthusiastic chairman of the Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Republican Party, who would be branded a traitor for refusing to say his state’s election was tainted; and Ruby Freeman, owner of a boutique booth at a Georgia mall who proudly worked part-time sorting and counting ballots in Atlanta, only to find herself accused of being a “professional vote scammer” by the president on his infamous phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and hounded into hiding.

Working with a team of researchers and reporters, Bowden and Teague uncover never-before-told accounts from the election officials fighting to do their jobs amid outlandish claims and threats to themselves, their colleagues, and their families. The Steal is an engaging, in-depth report on what happened during those crucial nine weeks and a portrait of the dedicated individuals who did their duty and stood firm against the unprecedented, sustained attack on our election system and ensured that every legal vote was counted and that the will of the people prevailed.

Praise for The Steal:

“A gripping ground-level narrative of the weeks after Donald Trump lost the popular vote… The Steal is a marvel of reporting: tightly wound… but also panoramic — a kaleidoscope of stories about how officials and activists in pivotal states like Arizona and Georgia responded to Trump’s false claims of election fraud… The result is a narrative that mirrors the way elections are actually run in the United States: state by state, county by county, precinct by precinct.”—Washington Post

“The unheralded and mostly unknown Republicans active in local politics who refused to go along with Trump’s lies—and played a key role in preserving American democracy—are the main subject of The Steal by the journalists Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague. At 230 pages of text, their book is a lean, fast-paced and important account of the chaotic final weeks of the Trump administration.”—New York Times

“Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague have produced an indispensable and alarming ground-level record of how Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election played out in precincts and ballot-counting centers in key states… In their terrific new book… the authors have used a stethoscope to examine the minutia of the American election process. The result is a thrilling and suspenseful celebration of the survival of democracy… Bowden and Teague have performed a singular service.”—The Guardian

The Steal is a terrifying picture of the civil war that began on Election Day 2020. Here is the rancor, distrust, and deception that spun into the conspiracies and rabbit holes that Donald Trump has used to undermine truth, logic, and common sense. This is the behind-the-scenes world of the Big Lie. The Steal reads like an edge-of-your-seat political thriller—one without a happy ending.”—Michael Wolff, New York Times bestselling author of Landslide

The Steal is brilliant, an incredibly important document reported without bile or self-righteousness. A book every conservative should read.”—P. J. O’Rourke, New York Times bestselling author of Parliament of Whores

“It’s impossible to think of a better combination of writing and reporting talent to cover an historic assault on democracy than Mark Bowden and Matt Teague. That combination has produced a book that must be read now and will be read for many years to come. I made the mistake of starting The Steal in the evening and did not sleep until completed. It is incredibly informative, terrifying and a screeching klaxon of alarm for our democracy. Imagine A.J. Liebling and William Shirer combing to write about the Reichstag fire of 1933 and that’s the sort of gift we—and history—have been given with The Steal.”—Stuart Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of It Was All a Lie

“Visiting the six swing states at the heart of the election controversy, veteran journalists Bowden and Teague interviewed both the valiant overseers of the voting process and the passionate Trump supporters fomenting dissent. Rousing, infuriating, sobering, and instructive, this page-turning account of the election debacle exposes the legal, political, and, sadly, even physical attacks on those civic-minded individuals trusted with upholding democracy’s foundations and those committed to destroying that trust. A riveting must-read for all concerned about the future of American democracy.”—Booklist, starred review

Praise for Mark Bowden:

“With its blistering descriptions of an American special-forces operation gone wrong, Mark Bowden’s 1999 nonfiction book Black Hawk Down made for excellent action-movie fare. The story told in his latest work, the deeply unsettling The Last Stone, unfolds more slowly but is no less potent. Bowden displays his tenacity as a reporter in his meticulous documentation of the case.”—Time, on The Last Stone

“This is a story of extraordinary persistence and the grimmest, least romantic kind of heroism there is, and Bowden tells it with the dexterity of an old pro.”—Wall Street Journal, on The Last Stone

 “A telling a stirring, suspenseful, thoughtful story that, miraculously, neither oversimplifies the details nor gets lost in the thicket of a four-decade case file. This is a cat-and-mouse tale, told beautifully. But like all great true crime, The Last Stone finds its power not by leaning into cliché but by resisting it — pushing for something more realistic, more evocative of a deeper truth.”—The New York Times, on The Last Stone

“Riveting true crime from the ever-capable author… A keen synthesis of an intricate, decades long investigation, a stomach-churning unsolved crime, and a solid grasp of time, place, and character results in what is sure to be another bestseller for Bowden.”—Kirkus Reviews, on The Last Stone

“Bowden delivers a narrative nonfiction masterpiece in this account of fiercely dedicated police detectives working to close a cold case. This is an intelligent page-turner likely to appeal even to readers who normally avoid true crime.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) , on The Last Stone

“Interesting and insightful…The book is well-researched and well-written, and those interested in crime and police interrogation methods will find it most interesting.”—Washington Times, on The Last Stone

“Bowden returns to the story that catapulted his career with a horrific portrait of a sociopath and honors the dedicated officers who were determined to get justice for two innocent girls and their grieving family.”—Booklist, on The Last Stone

“Mesmerizing…The Last Stone will leave readers on the edge of their seats as a group of indefatigable detectives tries to unearth the carefully concealed, unspeakable truths behind a decades-old tragedy.”—BookPage, on The Last Stone

“A passionate advocate for long-form journalism and one of its more successful practitioners . . . Bowden is so good at what he does best—highlighting the human angle of battles large and small.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Three Battles of Wanat

“Bowden . . . applies his signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling to bring readers a fresh look at the 1968 battle in the Vietnamese city of Hue . . . [A] compelling and highly readable narrative . . . A meticulous and vivid retelling of an important battle.”New York Times Book Review, on Hue 1968

“One of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable . . . The individual stories are woven together in such a compelling and expert fashion, the narrative flows so seamlessly, that it’s hard to imagine that this is not fiction.”—Philadelphia Inquirer, on Black Hawk Down

“Riveting . . . Masterfully told . . .  Plenty of classic Bowden here: meticulous reporting backed by a compelling narrative.”—Washington Post, on Guests of the Ayatollah

“Mark Bowden has a way of making modern nonfiction read like the best of novels.”—Denver Post, on Killing Pablo