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Busting the Barricades: What I Saw at the Populist Revolt

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Previously published as Billionaire at the Barricades.

Americans didn’t just go to the polls in 2016. They joined a movement that swept the unlikeliest of candidates, Donald Trump, into the Oval Office. Can he complete his agenda? Or will his opponents in the media, protestor class, and political establishment block his efforts and choke off the movement he represents?

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Published October 9th 2018 by All Points Books (first published October 10th 2017)
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Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is simply the best history through a set of "eyes" for the Conservative politico of the USA that's been in print for at least 20 years. It is a precise record of the years from just before Reagan's first presidency until today. And not dry history either. There are many witness examples in which she had her placements and jobs to see the in-fighting that has occurred. Not only between the political parties but within the political partisan structures and within the operating 3 branches of g ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive review of the conservative/populist movement from Barry Goldwater's exciting but disastrous campaign in 1964 to Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan and the Tea Party to Donald Trump's epic victory in 2016. You might not agree with Laura Ingraham's politics but her passion is as vibrant as her entertaining writing style. Especially when she dissects the 2015-2016 Republican primary season where political novice Donald Trump defeated 16 establishment Republicans on the way to winning the g ...more
Robert Owens
Donald Trump won the presidential election. This book explains why better than any other source I have encountered. And as I ponder Ingraham's thesis, I think she is correct. Her being correct means I was wrong. I and many others.

Of course, Ingraham was along for the ride of this populist movement and she tells her readers that throughout the book. This is as much about her as it is about President Trump. She knows how to self-promote.

The book is really is a re-telling of presidential politics o
Bert  Hopkins
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Excellent book about conservative populism and how it has again transformed American politics. You can see it continue to play out with Steve Bannon and his assault on conventional Republicans. OBTW I don't see much difference between a Republican Senator and a Democratic Senator and don't get me started about RINOs
Lisa Blair
Wow! This audiobook is amazing! I highly recommend it!
I’m NOT political, but I do seek to understand it sometimes. And in all honesty, I just haven’t. Laura Ingraham removes the mystery and confusion and explains in simple terms our recent political past up to our current state of affairs.

Billionaire in the Barricades gives an overview of the Republicans, the Democrats, the Independents, the media, populism/nationalism and globalism from the 1970’s to 2017. Her insights are extremely helpful!

Steve Coscia
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audio book during a long trek. Good 60 year history of the conservative movement.

I learned much and the Republican Party's foibles and who the phony conservatives were. Explains the growing frustration among voters (from both parties) as Congress grew more and more elitist. Voters got tired of being ignored.

Fast moving audio book with no fluff.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily 5 STARS......I chose the correct book to read while on vacation. You talk about an Amazing woman who understands America First. The best conservative populist book you will ever find. Every single woman should strive to carry themselves like Laura. Definitely a role model for Americans and a class act.
#Read up my Friends.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the trashiest books I have ever read. It preaches to the choir, seeping with bias. This is not an objective look at the history of the populist movement, but 278 pages of pure and utter pandering to uneducated conservatives. A shame that a woman as intelligent and charismatic as Laura Ingraham wastes her gifts spouting fake news and unsubstantiated claims. My favorite parts of the book are when she talks about ‘the establishment’ and the ‘elite,’ when she is, in fact, part of that ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Laura Ingraham. I am not familiar with her show on Fox but I have heard many of the controversies surrounding her. This book detailed the populism movement in the USA and focused beyond simply the election of Trump in 2016. This book was well written and gives the reader a conservative look at populism in America. I would like to thank net galley for the ARC! I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in American politics and history. This book was ...more
Ronald J.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Laura Ingraham, she's a dedicated conservative and fights for her beliefs. This is a fantastic historical romp through conservatism, from Goldwater to Reagan to Trump. Why did Trump win? Because the base got fed up with Republicans business as usual. Ingraham was intimately involved with this sea change (I did not know she was Dinesh D'Souza's girlfriend at Dartmouth. That said, I only agree with about 90% of what she writes. I believe she's wrong on protectionist policies, NAFTA, trade d ...more
Michael Gerardi
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best political book I've read in a long time. Well-documented, clearly explained, highly informative. As someone who remembers the Reagan Administration, I found Laura's connection of Reagan's and Trump's love of America and the American worker spot-on. All American patriots should read this book!
Michael Mandley
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Syndicated Conservative Radio Talk show host, Laura Ingraham details the Populist political movement in Billionaire at the Barricades. Ingraham begins the journey at the start of the Reagan Revolution and continues sequentially through each President until reaching Donald J. Trump. Ingraham argues that each Presidents’ willingness to embrace political Populism, more so than the pull of being a Democrat or Republican was what ultimately determined the success or failure of each of their Presidenc ...more
B. Cheng
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what I was getting into ahead of time, but I'm not going to completely blow off the author because we have different views, however I will do so when her views veer into "fake news" & ignoring the truth which had me cringing much of the time.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, history
BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES is a great read, despite attempting to be too many things at once. The first half is basically a history of the modern populist movement in America, beginning with Barry Goldwater's failed presidential bid against LBJ and ending with Donald Trump's ascendancy to the White House. (The book's subtitle should really say "from Goldwater to Trump," but I can see why the publisher thought they'd sell more books by sticking Reagan's name there instead.)
Ingraham points out
Darrell Keller
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book! A real page-turner, I couldn't put this book down. There are several books out now about the Trump victory, but this one goes into detail about the movement of the people that brought about the rise of the Populist Trump presidency. If Ingraham is correct, and I believe she is, all Trump needs to do to be re-elected is to continue being Trump and keep his message to the people direct and unrelenting about the issues they care most about. In the few months between the p ...more
Wanda Keith
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed Laura Ingraham's book which took me on a memory tour back to the time of Reagan and forward. I had forgotten how the Republicans had left our Conservatism behind beginning with George H. W. Bush saying "Read my lips". Because of that big lie we wound up with Slick Willy and the rest is history. Ingraham takes no prisoners on her journey to find out why America elected Donald Trump as our President in 2016. After reading this book I am convinced that no one other than Donald Tr ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5star
I like to watch sports. There are times that even though I am watching I miss the reason for a penalty but see it clearly when the commentators replay it. Laura Ingraham's Billionaire at the Barricades is like that replay function but in the environment of politics. Even though I enjoy and follow politics, there are many instances in which I did not realize the nuances of some political decisions (these "nuances" are well documented with more than 15 pages of footnotes). From Goldwater to Trump, ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this on a long trip and found it engaging and informative. The history of politics and her personal story intertwined. Recommend to anyone who doesn't understand how Donald Trump won the election. I attended two of the rallies, one early in the primaries and one the day before the election. It was in those halls that I "got it", the people spoke loud and clear.
Ric Ulloa
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book read by Laura Ingraham and I was really impressed. Well written, easy to read, entertaining, enlightening, and educational. I will most definitely read more of Ms. Ingraham's writings and I put her writing on the level of Newt Gingrich, whom I find to be a great writer.
Stephen Fortner
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rush was right.

Anyone that followed this from the escalator to election day will love it, and learn more about what built Trump.

I loved this book so much that I wish everyone would read it! Therefore, I can't decide exactly what to say about it because I don't want my review to turn anyone off of it.

Laura Ingraham deftly braids together a page-turner that is part history, part politics, and part a memoir of her own interesting life! The subtitle says Reagan to Trump, but the history actually goes all the way back to Goldwater.

The purpose of this book is not to attempt to make you like Trump. The first part of the book
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely do I finish a book in only a few days. But this book was particularly compelling in how it crystallized the populist movement which elected Trump in a way free of the sensationalized, controversy-for-ratings bias that dominates our airwaves. I, too, have been guilty of being manipulated by the hype and distracted by the President’s undisciplined tweets and sound bytes. I’ve also consumed a narrative finely crafted by political opponents to discredit every effort of this Administration.
J. F.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Busting the Barricades: What I Saw at the Populist Revolt by Laura Ingraham

Clear-eyed, incisive perspective from the most-listened-to woman in America on political talk radio and host of the Ingraham Angle on Fox News, who counts among her credentials junior speech writer for President Ronald Reagan and clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

What may not be as well known is Laura’s Aeschylus Moment. "The early death of her mother was followed some time later by a much publi
Chris Laimit
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very informative and troubling account of recent political history. Showing just how wrong the political pundits have been regarding the Donald Trump candidacy through the 2016 election
and beyond.

Hilary Clinton was expected to be a shoe-in for the presidency by the Left, Democrats and most of the media. But the movement of conservative populism is the true reason Donald Trump was elected, not his celebrity or money.

The working class has been and is fed up with big government, which is taking t
Lou Jacobs
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous journey through the political landscape from Goldwater to Reagan. .. and then Reagan
onward up to and including the Trump conservative-populist movement. Ingraham narrates the tumultuous times, political events that have transpired up to the present time. Along the way, Ingraham provides her personal insights she obtained through her various involvements in the political machine .
She continuously provides appropriate critical analysis and wit to shed light onto the circumstances and
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read if you're a Trump lover. I've occasionally listened to Laura Ingraham over the years and have always enjoyed her upbeat attitude and optimistic outlook on life. This book was very interesting because she makes the populist connection from Barry Goldwater to Donald Trump, and it's truly educational. Lots of funny anecdotes mixed with Laura's dry wit makes for a lot of laughs.
Only reason for four instead of five stars is Laura's slight naivete at her expectations for Trump. She's not a
Brian Fiedler
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a treatise on health care options, trade agreements or immigration, this book is not for you. If you are looking for an engaging history of presidential electoral politics, from Barry Goldwater forward, you may enjoy this. The book emphasizes the role of the media and news cycle in driving the public perceptions.

I had never heard of Laura Ingraham before this book was suggested to me by Amazon. I have never watched her on TV. (I prefer the egghead, C-Span stuff). The book
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Respected conservative radio and television host, Laura Ingraham, has written a smart, detailed description of modern American politics. Ingraham begins with her perception of the beginning of the populist movement in America with a thorough description of Reagan’s political stretch as President of the United States. She deftly presents a smart and detailed description of the affect of every president through President Donald Trump. The book ends with a question of where the populist movement wi ...more
Cheryl Kloda
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Laura Ingraham's book "Billionaire at the Barricades", to be a well written informative book. As a reader, I understood President Trump's policy of Populism verses Globalism of other past American Presidents. For example, she talks about various trade deals that do not benefit the American Worker. In Populism, America and the American worker is put first. Like President Regan, Laura Ingram believes this policy will improve the economy. Other topics the author writes about include why Do ...more
Alex Shrugged
This is a historical narrative as experienced by the author from her teenage years beginning with President Ronald Reagan to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Thankfully, it is a generally peaceful book relating what the author saw and felt as her political understanding developed. She does name names of the people who upset her along this political journey, but she doesn't get bogged down in it. I was worried about that, but she avoids that sort of thing.

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Laura Ingraham is the most-listened-to woman in America on political talk radio. The Laura Ingraham Show is ranked in radio's Top 10. Laura is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of the website, a cultural and political web destination for conservatives and independents. She is a regular Contributor on the Fox News Channel, a former white-collar defense attorney, and a Supreme Court l ...more
“Our nation’s capital has become the seat of a ‘buddy’ system that functions for its own benefit—increasingly insensitive to the needs of the American worker who supports it with his taxes.” 0 likes
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. —Donald Trump” 0 likes
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