ROBERT EDWARDS at Books Inc. Berkeley

author image of Robert Edwards and cover photo of his book Resisting the Right

Books Inc. Berkeley welcomes film maker and writer Robert Edwards for a reading and signing of his handbook for how to survive a right-wing autocracy in the United States, Resisting the Right!

The victory of a Republican, either Trump or another far right candidate, in the November 2024 presidential election, could be a prelude to the destruction of America’s democratic system, making a subsequent change of power almost impossible.

That, Robert Edwards argues in this powerful and necessary intervention, is an eventuality for which we must prepare now.

Resisting the Right fast forwards past the ebb and flow of daily politics to a long-range preview of life under such an autocracy. It is structured as a practical guide, setting out how such a regime can be combatted using political action, civil disobedience, economics, cyberspace, traditional media, social media, the arts, and even our personal relationships.

Edwards, a former US Army intelligence officer who now works as a successful screenwriter, draws on his military training to assess “the threat,” combining it with a storyteller’s imagination to play out possible senariois to their logical conclusion.

In a year when the future of America democracy teeters on a knife edge, the urgency of Resisting the Right could not be more acute.


“Combines the revelations of unfolding tragedy with the artistry of a story-teller”
—Bill Moyers

“Profoundly disturbing”
—Kai Bird

“Details with precision the perilous place we are in as a country.”
—Amy Hanauer


Robert Edwards was previously an infantry and intelligence officer in the US Army. A winner of the Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he has written numerous screenplays for all the major studios, directed the feature films Land of the Blind starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, and When I Live My Life Over Again (aka One More Time) starring Christopher Walken, and produced the documentaries Sumo East and West and The Last Laugh with his wife Ferne Pearlstein. He writes The King’s Necktie, a blog about politics.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Published: OR Books - July 30th, 2024