American Carnage

American Carnage

On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump

Book - 2019
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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 for the United States. But, as Tim Alberta explains in [this book], to understand Trump's victory is to view him not as the creator of this era of polarization and bruising partisanship, but rather as its most manifest consequence. American Carnage is the story of a president's rise based on a country's evolution and a party's collapse. As George W. Bush left office with record-low approval ratings and Barack Obama led a Democratic takeover of Washington, Republicans faced a moment of reckoning: They had no vision, no generation of new leaders, and no energy in the party's base. Yet Obama's forceful pursuit of his progressive agenda, coupled with the nation's rapidly changing societal and demographic identity, lit a fire under the right, returning Republicans to power and inviting a bloody struggle for the party's identity in the post-Bush era. The factions that emerged--one led by absolutists like Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, the other led by pragmatists like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell--engaged in a series of devastating internecine clashes and attempted coups for control. With the GOP's internal fissures rendering it legislatively impotent, and that impotence fueling a growing resentment toward the political class and its institutions, the stage was set for an outsider to crash the party. When Trump descended a gilded escalator to announce his run in the summer of 2015, the candidate had met the moment. Only by viewing Trump as the culmination of a decade-long civil war inside the GOP--and of the parallel sense of cultural, socioeconomic, and technological disruption during that period--can we appreciate how he won the White House and consider the fundamental questions at the center of America's current turmoil. How did a party once obsessed with national insolvency come to champion trillion-dollar deficits? How did the party of compassionate conservatism become the party of Muslim bans and family separation? How did the party of family values elect a thrice-married philanderer? And, most important, how long can such a party survive? Loaded with explosive original reporting and based off hundreds of exclusive interviews--including with key players such as President Trump, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Jim DeMint, and Reince Priebus, among many others--American Carnage takes us behind the scenes of this tumultuous period as we've never seen it before and establishes Tim Alberta as the premier chronicler of this political era."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 324.2734 A333a
Characteristics: x, 678 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 28, 2019

One of the best political science reads of 2019. Extensive research by the author reveals that the unravelling of the Republican Party began long before Trump arrived on the scene. The author paints a detailed and poignant portrait of a political right-wing movement run amok —detailing bitter internecine conflicts throughout. Four stars out of five!!

Sep 18, 2019

FANTASTIC. An inside view of the GOP. Seeing the squabbling within the party between establishment, tea party and freedom caucus. helps answer the question of how far our partisanship and tribalism exists--even within one party and it's even worse among Americans of different ideas. As the author follows along, the reader sees what happens before and during and after events. I felt like a "fly on the wall" observing all this. We have to get back to respecting each other--even with different viewpoints. first--we are all Americans.

Jul 29, 2019

Great book about how we got to this horrendous political situation.

Jul 21, 2019

Lindsey Graham, 2016: Trump is “crazy” and a “kook” who is “not fit to be president”

Lindsey Graham, 2017: “What concerns me about the press is this endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook not fit to be president.”

Lindsey Graham, 2016: "He's a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot," Graham continued. "He doesn't represent my party. He doesn't represents the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for. ... He's the ISIL man of the year."

Lindsey Graham, 2019 :“He’s not, in my view, a racist by any stretch of the imagination”

Lindsey Graham has figured out that Trump supporters will vote against their self interest as long as the republican party can keep them fearful of minorities and immigrants. The republican party is now the party for the extremely wealthy.

Clearly Trump is destroying the GOP. And that is exactly why he shouldn't be impeached. Let him do all the damage he can.

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