Pandemic, Protest, and Politics: A Look Back at 2020 Reviews

Pandemic, Protest, and Politics: A Look Back at 2020: ISBN 978-1-6782-0182-1 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0183-8
Booklist, November 1, 2021

The year 2020 made such an impact on American life that it deserves its own book, and Marcovitz responds with this concise summary. First, a short introduction to 2020 and a twopage time line of important events provide a quick overview of the year. Next, the author dedicates separate chapters in chronological order to the five most influential factors of 2020: th impeachment of President Trump, the COVID-19 pandemic, protests against racial injustice, record-breaking wildfires and storms, and the 2020 presidential election. Each chapter’s straightforward, evenhanded description of the issue and its effects on society includes quotes from government leaders and eyewitness accounts from individual citizens. Interspersed color photos help document the history, while occasional sidebars offer related details, such as murder hornet attacks and how Kamala Harris became the first woman and woman of color to become the vice president. Marcovitz shows the interconnectedness of the key events throughout and concludes with an epilogue on the January 6, 2021, assault of the Capitol. A list of further research resources rounds out this timely reference.
— Angela Leeper

Pandemic, Protest, and Politics: A Look Back at 2020: ISBN 978-1-6782-0182-1 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0183-8
Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2021

A brief, straightforward overview of many of the defining moments of 2020.
Over the course of five chapters, this work of expository nonfiction details key moments, from the (first) impeachment of then-President Donald Trump to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests and their inciting incidents, major storms and wildfires, and the presidential campaign. An epilogue includes information about the January 2021 Capitol insurrection and Trump’s second impeachment. Sidebars provide further context, quotes, or ! additional tidbits of information, and color photographs every few pages tie to the chapter’s topic. The extensive use of quotations from individuals involved in or affected by events adds interest. Each chapter offers sufficient background information to help put the events of the year in context. For example, the chapter on natural disasters offers information on the impact of climate change and the human and environmental costs of ignoring scientists’ warnings. Rather than including a glossary, Marcovitz uses simple phrases that may help struggling readers (e.g., killed by assassins rather than assassinated), but sometimes they read awkwardly or like they’re avoiding expressing a perspective directly (e.g., racial injustice instead of racism). The book ends with the ominous note that should Trump seek reelection in 2024, an already divided America could face renewed challenges.
A solid account of an extremely turbulent year. (picture credits, timeline, source notes, further research, index) (Nonfiction. 12-17)