MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow discusses her new book 'Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism'

MSNBC television anchor Rachel Maddow moderates a panel, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University. Maddow’s new book is an exploration into right-wing extremism in the U.S., including a plot to overthrow the government at the start of World War II. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Emmy award-winning MSNBC host, podcaster and author Rachel Maddow says the tactics of people who want to get rid of democracy echo.

“They are recurring. You see them in every country where this happens,” said Maddow.

“You see them every time it happens in our country, and learning those tactics and how they work, I find sort of grounding. I don’t find it scary. I find it heartening, ‘Oh, we have contended with this before.’”

In her new book, “Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism,” Maddow explores the fight to preserve American democracy in the World War II era, when German agents, Nazi supporters, theocratic leaders, and others plotted to steer the United States toward an alliance with the Nazis and overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

During a conversation with “Closer Look” host Rose Scott, Maddow spoke candidly about the state of democracy and her research for the book.

She also explained why she doesn’t think a specific person, leader or personality can put democracy at risk.

“The risk is the movement and fascist and authoritarian ideation—and that afflicts a lot of people,” said Maddow. “And it is driven by dynamics, and it is driven by structural things—and you need to think about it as a mass of people who want that. Not just a person who is mesmerizing a population and driving them toward something that they don’t want.”  

Rachel Maddow is expected to stop in Atlanta for her book tour on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Fox Theatre.

She’s expected to have a sit-down conversation with former Georgia House of Representatives minority leader and gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams.