LISTEN: Newt Gingrich From Quarantine In Italy

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and one-time presidential candidate, moved to Rome in 2017 when his wife, Callista, was appointed Ambassador to the Vatican by President Donald Trump. Now, Gingrich, 76, finds himself in "lockdown" as Italy struggles to contain the novel coronavirus. Speaker Gingrich called The Scott Sands Show from Rome to address US response to the pandemic, economic issues, and his new book Shakedown -- click here to listen on our free iHeartRadio app.

His message for Americans: "Take this seriously. It's going to change your world. This is a real threat."


New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley are back with SHAKEDOWN (Broadside Books/an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers; March 24, 2020; $27.99), the second in their riveting series of ripped-from-the-headlines political thrillers featuring Valerie Mayberry and Brett Garrett. As this unlikely pair—a disgraced former FBI agent and a dishonorably discharged ex-Navy SEAL—team to avert a deadly crisis with Iran, they once again operate outside official channels, caught between competing world powers as they race to avoid both an international incident and certain danger to themselves. As they have consistently done in their best-selling fiction, Gingrich and Earley deftly tap into the complicated issues that are affecting our nation and the world. Gingrich—former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate—and Earley—former Washington Post journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist—pool their rarified expertise to parse the issues concerning us all, including Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Russian interference, partisan gridlock, bias at the FBI, and a media imbalance. Propelling the high-speed plot are a complex tangle of question: Is Iran playing the U.S. for fools or are they undermining some other enemy? Can Washington rise above its dysfunction to protect our national interests? Will FBI infighting derail an urgently needed investigation? Pulled back into the world of clandestine ops, Mayberry and Garrett uncover an unparalleled attack being planned, with too many potential enemies to count. The obsessive and uptight Mayberry and the fiercely independent Garrett have just one chance to prove the effectiveness of their unconventional way of carrying out business.  


Newt Gingrich is a former Speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate. He is a Fox News contributor and the author of 38 books, including New York Times bestsellers, most recently the New York Times Best-seller Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Greatest Threat. Pete Earley is a former Washington Post reporter and the New York Times author of 16 books. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. With its singular perspective and riveting narrative, SHAKEDOWN is a timely follow-up to Gingrich and Earley’s best-selling Collusion.