American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump
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Politico Magazine’s chief political correspondent provides a rollicking insider’s look at the making of the modern Republican Party—how a decade of cultural upheaval, populist outrage, and ideological warfare made the GOP vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the unlikeliest of insurgents: Donald J. Trump.
The 2016 election was a watershed
It is actually a colossal failure that this journalist manages to talk about the current Republican party without seeming to venture ...more
How did the right wing grow so strong in the US? Why do we have such tribalism? How did Trump exploit it?
Boehner’s response? “There is no Rep—” Here he stops, hesitates, and when pressed, offers “There is [a Republican Party]. But what does that even mean? Donald Trump’s not a Republican. He’s not a Democrat. He’s a populist.”
After nearly three years of finger-wagging “I told you sos” bandied about by pundits and ...more
He is a first rate ...more
It’s hard to believe this book is real, and not fiction. Loaded with interviews from major players (Trump, Ryan, Bohner, Cruz etc etc) this book is an authoritative text on the rise of Donald Trump and the tectonic shifts in the the Republican Party.
Alberta’s hypothesis is simple: The Bush administration left republicans tired and defeated. There were me young leaders to take the reins, no infusion of conservative thought, and a dwindling difference between Republicans and Democrats. ...more
I am not precisely sure it did for me what it did for that reviewer, but it really helped me take a big step back and look at the last 10 years from a ...more
Alberta does a great job tracking the final devolution of the modern Republican Party into the irrational, power-mad monster it is today. From the rise of the Tea Party to current the descent into Trumpism, this is a fascinating and chilling portrait of a political party in its apparent (and still dangerous) death throws. But there’s some context missing here. I understand why Alberta chose to focus on how the party changed after the election of Obama, but to truly ...more
Tim Alberta, improbably, accomplished this feat.
American Carnage is thorough without dragging the reader through the weeds of ideological battles. It’s comprehensive in the manner it depicts the fractured state of the Republican Party and its direct link to Donald Trump winning the presidency in ...more
But that’s not the problem I had with the book. If you’re not somewhat of a political junkie you’re not going to read a book like this. If you are then you might not enjoy a day by day, blow by blow reliving of the 2016 campaign. I did not.
Downsides: There's a definite left-leaning political bias. The book is fairly one-sided when describing the ups and downs of the current presidency, and relies (in my view) too heavily on anonymous sourcing. The ...more