Past Event

CAA DC | Why did COVID-19 bring America to its knees?

October 14, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Damian Paletta

Economics editor at The Washington Post

Yasmeen Abutaleb

Health policy reporter at The Washington Post

Join us for a fascinating discussion with Damian Paletta and Yasmeen Abutaleb, the authors of Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic that Changed History.  Their book, which reached Number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, is exhaustively researched and based on hundreds of hours of first-person interviews from staff deep in the White House – at all levels of authority.  Apart from the meticulous reporting, the perspectives offered by Ms. Abutaleb, as a health care reporter, and Mr. Paletta, who focuses on economics, make the book a truly singular entity and an incredibly engaging read.  Because the pandemic response juxtaposed both public health measures and economic policies, a perfect storm ensued.  The Trump administration could not devise a coherent national response and consequently squandered opportunities for true leadership – resulting in the devastating loss of over 600,000 American lives.  What unfolds in Nightmare Scenario is a mind-boggling cascade of missed opportunities, ineptitude, epic infighting, backstabbing, and a White House that had lost its true mission, to protect the people of the United States.

Time will be allocated for Q&A.

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