Read One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported by E.J. Dionne Jr. Norman J. Ornstein Thomas E. Mann Online


AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER -- read by the authors.A call to action from three of Washington's premier political scholar-journalists, One Nation After Trump offers the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.American democracy was never supposed to give the nation a president like Donald Trump. We have never had a presidenAN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER -- read by the authors.A call to action from three of Washington's premier political scholar-journalists, One Nation After Trump offers the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.American democracy was never supposed to give the nation a president like Donald Trump. We have never had a president who gave rise to such widespread alarm about his lack of commitment to the institutions of self-government, to the norms democracy requires, and to the need for basic knowledge about how government works. We have never had a president who raises profound questions about his basic competence and his psychological capacity to take on the most challenging political office in the world.Yet if Trump is both a threat to our democracy and a product of its weaknesses, the citizen activism he has inspired is the antidote. The reaction to the crisis created by Trump's presidency can provide the foundation for an era of democratic renewal and vindicate our long experiment in self-rule.The award-winning authors of One Nation After Trump explain Trump's rise and the danger his administration poses to our free institutions. They also offer encouragement to the millions of Americans now experiencing a new sense of citizenship and engagement and argue that our nation needs a unifying alternative to Trump's dark and divisive brand of politics--an alternative rooted in a New Economy, a New Patriotism, a New Civil Society, and a New Democracy.One Nation After Trump is the essential audiobook for our era, an unsparing assessment of the perils facing the United States and an inspiring roadmap for how we can reclaim the future....

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One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported Reviews

  • Yvonne
    2019-05-13 22:30

    A fast read, and potent. Especially important for those who have been in deep despair, anger, and fear since the 2016 national election in the United States.The first part of the book reviews how the 2016 election results grew from decades of devastating neglect and damaging strategizing. The second half proposes a visionary roadmap toward a restoration of health, hope, and the American dream of the common good, rooted in "a new economy, a new patriotism, a new civil society, and a new democracy." Each of those four basic goals is discussed in depth, and the book is well supported with source citations, a detailed index, and ideas for where to go from here.Now will we be able to overcome our various divides to come together in support of a new, wise, and genuinely good-hearted and empathetic leader to run in our next national election in order to throw this terribly inadequate, dangerous, and narcissistic President 45 out??? May it be so.

  • Vivian
    2019-05-06 01:15

    Part of me wants to read this so bad and another less noble part wants to watch the republic burn. I have zero interest in the state of the union because a majority of the union has betrayed the foundational precepts of America with their decision in 2016. As a registered Non-Partisan voter, I am horrified by what has come to pass. I think I'd rather work on my apathy. If or when I take my foot off the throat of the idealist in me (because it really does need to die) I'll give it a chance, but honestly, that will depend on the legislative and judicial branches' performance in the coming months and years. It is a long, four year journey to the other side.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-25 02:12

    Perhaps I went into this book with exaggerated expectations because of the authors, but I found One Nation Under Trump to be simplistic and without much true merit. The first two-thirds of the book is an extensive telling of how Trump was elected and the many misdeeds he has committed both before and since his election. Little for me to disagree with here, but also no new insights or information for a relatively informed voter. But the real disappointment for me was the final section of the book, which purported to outline what the American voter should do now. Although the writers made a point of stating that their intent was not to provide a mere laundry list of ideas and actions, it seems to me that that is precisely what they did. Little time was spent in describing how the many actions they recommended might be accomplished or how the incredibly extensive programs would be paid for or how a majority might be constructed to pass such things. Overall a great idea, one that I would still like to explore, but lacking depth.

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    2019-05-12 23:31

    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.Despite the title, this book isn’t as doom and gloom as it sounds. As I always remind people, my bias is that I’m very much a liberal. Sure, I have some more conservative views and beliefs, however I’m very much a liberal and always will be. When I hear the word conservative, what I think of is someone who is trying to deny me my human rights, who is actively campaigning to tell me how worthless and immoral I am, who is trying to make me less than human. That is what I automatically think of, even though I know that most conservatives aren’t like that. And then there are the moderates.This book is, in a way, explaining how the Republican party moved more right and radicalized itself thanks to a few very influential people. The history lesson was much appreciated, believe me. I honestly felt as if I walked away from this book having learned something important about politics.But, as I said, it’s not a doom and gloom book. It informs and also has a very distinct way that they suggest going about healing the rifts that have appeared.And, what is that way?Empathy.What immediately comes to mind is all the shit that happened on Goodreads over a review where a teenager spoke her beliefs about the LGBT+ community and how it was a lifestyle that she didn’t agree with and didn’t want to have anything to do with. All because of a main character having two fathers.What broke out was immediate hate towards her. No attempt to talk with her, to get her beliefs, to try to calmly explain why she’s wrong. No chance to even ask her what her life experience was — which, as far as I know, was a very religious home where she wasn’t exposed to “lifestyles” outside what is formally condoned by the Bible.Shouting. Hate. Insults. Vitriol.It upset me since I’m a part of the LGBT+ community AND I also know how important religion is to people. There was no empathy from anyone. How do you feel when you’re attacked as a person? Okay, then why attack someone else? Why perpetuate hatred? Why? Just… why.This book calls for active empathy. And not just for the conservatives who voted for Trump to understand the plight of LGBT+, immigrants, and non-white Americans. But it called for progressives to try to understand the feeling of degradation and the fact that it feels as if their lifestyle is dying away. Rather than hating them, get to know them.I was raised to always search for one thing that you can have in common with someone. One. That’s it. Just that one thing you can honestly have a common ground for. And then you work from there and try to find more. It opens up so many doors and you can hear so many other perspectives, not staying insular to your beliefs and becoming further radicalized in your perspective (right or left).And, quite honestly, I think that this book has a beautiful message. Actively empathize with people, even if you don’t agree with them completely. Because if you show a little bit of empathy, you can make friends and persuade people far better than shouting and insulting them.

  • Dorothy
    2019-05-14 03:26

    This is a very good book. However if you have followed what's been going on for a long, maybe not quite as good. It really didn't tell me much that I didn't already know.

  • Mary Sisney
    2019-05-07 00:14

    It's easy to like a political book when you agree with everything the writers say. I appreciate that these liberal journalists not only clearly described the problems that led to Trumpism but also offered solutions. I especially liked the recommendations for eliminating the rigged electoral college, but I wish they had told us how we can change the way Senators are allocated so that sparsely populated Wyoming and densely populated California won't have the same number of Senators.

  • Chris Jaffe
    2019-05-12 01:36

    I've read plenty of books that deal with current events, but this felt absurdly current. Man, the ink is still wet on the pages it's so current. The main point of the book is that the Trump stuff we're currently going through can be overcome and even lead to a more vibrant and effective democratic society - but it's gotta take a lot of work, and won't be easy. The main thrust of the book is best expressed in a quote by Pres. Obama 10 days before his term ended. Obama told people to take responsibility for their democracy, "Not just when there's an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking to one of them in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up, dive it, stay at it." While it's main message is a note of optimism, there's also a lot of bleak moments here. The book has two parts - 1) Trump and Trumpism, and 2) The Way Forward. The first part makes up about 60% of the book.The authors note that a lot of Trumpism predated Trump. The GOP was making inroads with the white working class well before Trump. Also, for much of the US, there really was no shift - that was mostly just the Midwest. But it should still concern Democrats that inroads are still increasing. (Also, many of Trump's supporters are actually well-off). Maybe the #1 struggle of this era will be a fight for the truth. There's been a loss on common political conversation since the 1960s, largely driven by the right - and the right helps shape the overall media narrative. We've had things like filibuster usage abuse old norms. Newt Gingrich began an insurgency to try to take down a seemingly permanent House Democrat majority but it's been transformed to a Steve Bannon led crusade for the deconstruction of the administrative state. Populism advances with support of some of the elite - and that's what's happened here. CPAC has shifted from libertarianism to Trumpism. Trump's base is culture/race warriors, but his swing voters are those based on economic concerns. Frankly, much of this first part of the book read like a rehash of following twitter over the last nine months. It was good, but boy was it familiar.The second part pushes the way forward after Trump. For all the talk of capitalism nowadays, it was actually a mixed economy in the mid-century that worked well. We had the Wagner Act, Highway Act, Ike passed the National Defense Education Act that made education loans for higher education available. The authors note that those who benefited from the GI Bill tended to be more engaged citizens throughout their lives. Maybe we could do something like that now. We need responsive government and responsive corporate behavior - not just corporations beholden to shareholder interest. (OK, nice sentiment - now how do you do it?) HRC's campaign didn't really focus on the depth of economic problems people felt. Only 9% of her ads were on the economy while a third of his were. We need well-off professionals from the anti-Trump coalition - essentially modern Eisenhower Republicans. There's a need for a robust economic agenda. We must confront the problems caused by free trade. This calls for a Charter for American Working Families. It talks about investing in the infranstructure and floats the Universal Basic Income plan. For now, let's protect the existing welfare system. Elizabeth Warren has proposed plans for those living in the gig economy. Build on Obamacare and maybe move to single payer. Recognize that safe neighborhoods and good community-police relations go hand-in-hand. Reform drug laws and gun laws. HRC had good ideas, but not much economic focus (and not much skill at presenting those ideas beyond a laundry list of plans). There's a need to promote patriotism, not nationalism. It quotes George Orwell saying, that patriotism stems from "devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life" while nationalism "is inseparable from the desire for power." We need to re-link patriotism to our multiethnic culture and advance that in opposition to Trump's nationalism. America First is selfish, not realistic. Trump opposes our allies. We also need to grapple with the causes of nativist backlash. The book compares "neighborhood people" to cosmopolitans. We need a new politics based on empathy.Civil society and our sense of community has gone down since the 1970s and even more so since 2008. 65% had confidence in organized religion in 1979, 57% in 1996, 52% in 2009, and now just 41%. Banks went from 60% in 1979 to 22% in '08 and up to 27% only. Public schools? From 53% to 30%. Newspapers? 51% to 20%. Organized labor? 36% to 23%. Big business? 32% to 18%. Only small business, the cops, and the military are over 50% now. A growing sense of alienation (bowling alone) helped lead to Trump. Polarization and geographic sorting are both up. We need a vibrant civil society to check Trump. We see religious groups oppose Trump on immigration and the travel ban. We have Rev. Barber and Moral Mondays. Professional groups like lawyers have also helped with the travel ban. Academics have been involved. Average citizens opposing voter restrictions have spoken up. We have national service programs we can build on. Trump slashes these programs, of course. Democracy must be a means, and an ends for the movement. We gotta get more to vote. If you see other Americans as evil, that's bad for democracy. GOP voter suppression laws are trying to make it worse. Trump and Sessions lie about illegal voters with their sham committee featuring Kris Kobach. There are ideas to make voting easier - advance them. Screw the electoral college. Gerrymandering is bad. McCutcheon vs. the FEC makes political corruption easier. Campaign finance reform is needed. Facebook has a fake news problem. Thing is: the authors contend we're seeing the emergence of what we need in the wake of Trump's win. Want an more engaged populace? Look at the Jan. 21 marches or the airport rallies, or continued protests. Many previously apolitical have become politicized. You got the Indivisible Guide and Daily Action group. Many conservative intellectuals have rejected Trump. That could serve as the harbinger of a realignment, the same way that the departure of the neoconservatives to the GOP helped create one realignment. There is some good stuff here, but for a book whose point is optimistic, it tended to dwell more on the bad news. Also, while I liked a lot of their ideas, there wasn't always a clear idea (or any idea) of how to achieve them. Maybe that's too high a standard to hold a book to, as it's not bloody likely to solve all problems and have all ideas fully formed in a few months. But the power of the book is diluted as parts read like a random laundry list of possible suggestions and not much more.

  • Donna Hines
    2019-05-04 06:24

    I've read many books about Trump because sadly I'm a DV/NPD survivor having been married to a malignant narcissist for 11 yrs; together for 13 yrs with 3 children.I'm also currently living below poverty with my 3 kids and my MPA dual degree having received national awards for public service by President of USA George H W Bush known as ," Points of Light Award." In addition I council others on my self help page dealing with DV,PTSD, and NPD and raise awareness as a national advocate to the cause of narcissism.So with this said, this wonderful book is a perfect example of how not to blame and shame but rather how "WE" as a nation together, collectively, and cohesively can help one another for the common good of humanity. The wording is precise, accurate, simplistic, and as a light read for everyone to follow.It no longer is about right or left or any other avenue but central and straight forward ; hard working citizens of the US doing what we need to do to save our country from the powerful forces that have taken over at the helm.What I really liked about the authors portrayal of Trump is the fact that it's not a matter of winning or being right it's a matter of speaking, hearing, and being heard. The 3 authors even noted in their closing statements the fact that they were able to work together from all sides and angles involving politics to come together to give us the collective offers of advice to use to better the current situation. I cannot diagnose Trump from afar and though I've attended his campaign at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre Pa I cannot professionally use the DSM model without having to sit down and have a personal diagnosis made.Therefore, I can tell you my personal experience about narcissistic abuse in hopes of enlightening others to the empty bottomless pits of disaster behind the narcissist(s).Narcissists lack empathy, compassion, love for other human beings. They operate from a false sense of self and demand their superiority arising from enlarged egos.These narcs feel they are above the law and the rules simply do not apply to them. They will seek to destroy anyone and anything who doesn't follow their demands and offer them attention , adulation, admiration, and constant praise as a nonstop source of supply. For narcissists even negative attention is still supplying a need. Narcissists are dictators, authoritative, cold and cunning. Charming to a degree and believable even credible to an extent but will utilize smoke, fog, and mirror effect to quickly disappear when the going is rough. As long as they get there way it's smooth sailing with all the credit to be applied to them but don't dare cross one or question one as you will be enemy #1 on the radar of rage.Temper tantrums are not uncommon and the "daycare" setting as many have described in the White House is an accurate portrayal of the "kept woman" scenario many spouses feel married to a narcissist. As for the book in general there are plenty of areas in government we need to now give our undivided attention to correcting and not simply monitoring.We must stay focused and on course. Areas of interests are varied and wide ranging but we need watchdogs , we need transparency, we need active involvement in politics on all fronts if we are to deal with Trumpism and the Age of Trump.Basic competency and mental health of our current President is in question so when you speak of simply having a conversation it doesn't work with someone incapable of accepting responsibility and accountability for one's own actions. We need smaller government without so many taxations and more representation of it's people for ALL.So often people try to make agenda's to fit their own needs and our Constitution was not designed for the top 1% but for all our brothers and sisters. We cannot get caught up in the ill behavior of a few bad seeds as the misgivings, the barbaric bigotry and misogyny and mistreatments but rather we need ethical and moral behavior to be watched and we need rules and regulations to be enforced. We cannot use hate to insight riots to get our point across but we do need to speak up and speak out against injustices peacefully unified.There is so much discussion on his lack of basic government knowledge and acceptance of indifferences of others that we need to go back to basics (aka government 101) and make sure we are following the guidelines set forth by our fathers.America first sounded superb until you come to terms with the empty soul selling you fake gold with empty promises and broken dreams. It looks good on paper but when you document the commentary and actions and replay them back you'll see the pattern of destructive behavior and mirroring and projecting that becomes the new norm.We shall not allow the falsehoods and fakes to become the new norm. This is not to be the new norm were we simply accept these terrible actions and behaviors as acceptable.Dehumanization occurs upon the ignorance of the differences that makes us each unique and special. We must embrace our differences if we are to be able to work together and create the change we need.We need a system of checks and balances where information is verified and processed fully before being release to widespread media outlets.Timothy Snyder --On Tyranny-- noted ," To abandon facts is to abandon freedom." In the battle against Trumpism, the fight for truth may be the most important fight of all.""You submit to tyranny when you renounce the difference between what you want to hear and what's actually the case."Trump no doubt is a ratings machine however he chastised and berated the media at every turn.Trump truly can do no wrong and his loyal harem, flying monkeys, harem would go to the end with him to prove his worthiness.One thing I've noticed dealing with narcissism is the blame, shame, guilt trips used against those closest to them. The blaming is a decoy for what they themselves are actually doing. Ergo why the smoke and mirrors is utilized along with gaslighting. The lower you can make one feel, the more smoke you create, the more fog you can hide behind as an escape.Exaggerate accomplishments are a given for narcissists and when things go wrongly it's defensive and deflection. Without going into all the specifics I will simply note what we can do to create change:Involve ourselves in government Out with gerrymanderingRestructuring at state/local levelsNo life terms for supreme court justicesNew set of transparencyCompromiseCommunicationProtect Civil Service and Government Managers ie. WhistleblowersInvest in government individual, nonprofits, etc...Weed out corruption on all levels including corporateFull disclosure with press involvementAcceptance and Respect for All including public media sourcesCampaign Finance Reform~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Together we can be the change we wish to see but we must join together as one!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Wayne Geiser
    2019-05-05 04:40

    I had hoped for a bit more optimism, but I guess I'll take what I can get.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-09 22:30

    This book has some useful information in it about some specific aspects of Trumpism, but the solution offered (a new fusion party of centrist Dems and neocons) as well as the explanation for current conditions are shallow and superficial.

  • Art
    2019-05-02 00:30

    Could The Trump Presidency Lead To An Era Of Democratic Renewal? Fresh Air on Tuesday.

  • Greg
    2019-05-03 22:28

    Update 1/16/18:Right now, we are a nation divided. I think a better title for this book might have been "One Nation, United and Stronger Than Ever". Trump does play a role in certain areas where improvements are needed, but let's be real: every President plays a role in improving areas such as health care, climate, conditions of roads and buildings, our education system, etc. It's misleading to point to Trump and infer that everything that needs improving is Trump's fault, as it's the fault of millions of us, maybe even all of us. There are many suggested improvements in voting and in other issues listed in this book: I'd like to name a few:1) Texas's voter ID law, passed in 2011, prohibited young people from using their public-university student IDs to vote, but declared that a handgun license was a sufficient form of identification. Studies have shown the more educated one is, the more likely one is to vote liberal/democrat. Therefore, Texas was ahead of the game: lets not allow those who want higher education to vote, but let's ensure people with guns are allowed to vote. And that certainly worked in Trump's favor. I do believe a person should have some kind of ID to prove who they are and to ensure they don't vote more than once. But the proof can't be selective: Have ID? Then Vote! I like Australian's idea best. In 1924, Australia adopted a law requiring all citizens to present themselves at polls on Election Day (exceptions were allowed, such as illness or foreign travel). They didn't have to mark the ballot, but they had to pay a fine of $20 if they didn't show up. The Impact? The turnout in Australia was 60% in the early 1920s. But in the 1925 election, the turnout soared to 91%, and it has stood at over 90 % ever since. 2) Get rid of the electoral college. Metropolitan areas are going to keep growing, therefore giving smaller populated states more and more power. 3) Extend the number of pre-vote days so that those older or ill have more time to vote. In Florida, before the 2016 election, the time period to vote was shortened and Trump won Florida. But I want to say in my county, Palm Beach, where Trump has a resort, we gave Clinton about 350,000 votes, Trump received about 200,000 votes. So in my county, we knew who was more qualified. 4) Another idea proposed is to have the final voting day consist of 24 hours: Saturday noon to Sunday noon. (The reason Tuesday was chosen in the first place was because Wednesday was traditionally "market day" for the farmers.5) The Supreme Court: do away with lifetime appointments and have single 18-year terms, staggered so that each president in a term could nominate two justices to fill posts.6) Yes, let's Buy American. And let's start with Trump setting an example and ensure that all products of Trump's own companies should be Made In America.7) Leave the ACA as it is until Trump and republicans come up with a promised replacement (yes, that was the campaign rhetoric). "It's a moral disaster, snatching health care away from tens of millions [of Americans] mainly to give the very wealthy a near-trillion-dollar tax cut." 8) Reinstate online privacy protection. Back in the day, we wrote letters and no one was opening most of them before delivering. Now, everything, everything about you, every piece of information in e-mails, can now be read and shared with anyone, anywhere. Technology has given us a way too communicate quickly. However, for example, I don't want any health problems I might share with a friend or cousin via a text handed out to bigpharm, cause then my text inbox would be filled, daily, with thousands of unwanted ads, and everyone in the world would know about my cholesterol count. I don't want this.9) Allow Mueller to do his job and investigate to find out if the Russian government influenced the election. This is a HUGE issue. We gotta know the truth. Because for whoever is elected President in 2020 (and yes, absolutely, Trump could be elected again), I'd like to know for sure there was no outside interference, and I would think we all agree on that. Again, most of the details of this book are already known or can be found anywhere on the internet. There was nothing completely jaw-dropping here. The writing is clear and concise, and again, this is a good 3 star read. And no doubt you will find issues far more impactful than the ones I mention above (all mentioned right here in this book). And although this book is interesting, there is one big flaw: how America can get to "one nation" isn't explained specifically explained, but there are lots of places to start within these pages. (And to my goodreads friends, if you're still reading another of my rambling reviews, well, thanks.)Original Review 1/15/18:I'll just simply quote things from this book and award this book a 3 star rating, an interesting read. "...a Russian military intelligence unit had...executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-fishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just before the 2016 election." And then Comey started talking (again, after 14 investigations), about Hillary's emails just days before the election and Hillary STILL received 2.9 million more votes!!! And about breaking laws: Trump has acknowledged that winning the presidency has made his brand "hotter": membership for his Palm Beach resort doubled its membership fee to $200,000 after the election. That's an absolute violation of Article 2, Section 1, of the US Constitution!!!. Then the book offers some interesting fixes like 1) the revolutionary idea of counting each vote as one vote so that in America, 1=1!!! and 2) the US should rejoin the Paris Agreement climate initiative from which Trump withdrew thus joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries in the world not a part of the Paris Agreement!!! and 3) "We should take pride in the United States' exceptional ability to absorb newcomers, and also in their own intense desire to be American!!! Okay, all those exclamation points are mine. Most of this material is already familiar to many Americans, so there are no surprises here. And again, a good, 3-star read.

  • Joseph Langen
    2019-05-06 01:26

    Review­ One Nation After Trump­ E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas MannWhat follows Trump and Trumpism?I happened upon this book in The Bunch of Grapes, an independent bookstore in Martha’s Vineyard which I have never left without finding a writing treasure. I picked up and put down the book several times. Did I really want to delve any further into the Trump quagmire? I finally let my sense of obligation to my country overcome the increasing trepidation I have felt since the last election day. I feared it might just be another diatribe against Trump. I imagined everything the authors might say. Once I began the book, I discovered that they had a plan which made sense to me and offered hope for the future of our country. They distinguished between the person of Donald Trump and his disregard for the traditions, values and customs of our country and the movement of Trumpism which has taken on a life of its own and created its own horrors. Part one chronicles the descent of the disaffected into a world of resentment, cynicism and anger about the loss of standing, chiefly of white males who have declined from the relative prosperity they had achieved over many decades. This dissatisfaction has focused on non­whites and immigrants as the reason for their decline. Their white plight has resulted in a combination of racism directed toward minorities who could further erode their economic wellbeing and protectionism from those who would come to their country and take what little they had left. In addition to explaining the nature of this movement, the authors also demonstrate how cultural, economic and political trends have fueled the rise of Trumpism over a period of decades.The second part of the book outlines possibilities for moving forward as a society rather than disintegrating into irrelevance. They suggest ways that patriotism can be reborn, how a new civil society can be reborn and how conservative and progressive ways of thought can come together to restore our standing with ourselves and with other nations while bringing hope to disaffected white males as well as the groups against which they rail. In my opinion, this book is a comprehensive, thoroughly researched manual for understanding the state to which we have descended and ways we can all work together to bring ourselves back to our roots and convictions.

  • Penny Olson
    2019-04-27 01:38

    I received a copy of this audiobook through a Goodreads giveaway. This is basically a well researched post mortem of the national and international crisis that is the result of the 2016 election- the election of Trump. I found it an informative walk through recent history. The authors avoid oversimplifying the motives of Trump voters. The last part of the book is a call to action to mend our broken democracy which offer some hope for those of us who want to wake up from this nightmare. This book worked well in audio format and got me through some long commutes.

  • Linda
    2019-04-21 02:11

    A rehashing of Trumps first year. Some good comments/lines.

  • Bahramo
    2019-05-02 05:19

    The title markets the book to those who do not want Trump as president. The content supports this. It tells you what you want to hear. There are some interesting talking points, but overall the book lacks depth and direction.

  • Blaine Morrow
    2019-04-27 05:25

    Tepid critique of "Trumpism" and how to defeat it.

  • Kirk Fetters
    2019-05-10 22:10

    Read this book.This is an essential read for Trump’s presidency and really, probably after it as well. If you read no other political book during this era, read this one. It does not have new diagnoses of Trumpism, but it does have new and fascinating broad policy proposals for correcting, reinforcing, and redirecting our democracy towards more equitable and purely democratic ideals.

  • Sieglinde
    2019-04-25 06:15

    When I started reading this I wondered was there anything new to learn? There certainly is, I think the description of why folks voted for Trump was excellent and how the Democrats did not address this important part of our population was also good. The authors range from liberal to moderate conservative but there also were quotes from folks in the Tea Party movement. The election of Trump is a symptom of larger problems with the body politic and need to be addressed. The authors don't leave the reader hanging, they address possible solutions.

  • David Dunlap
    2019-04-20 03:35

    Interesting, by turns frustrating and enlightening, book. Some of the insights shared by the three authors are intriguing: how, for example, the rise of the suburban shopping mall altered the advertising structures (and thus revenue) of the daily newspaper (which, by the way, until fairly recent times, was always a partisan instrument). They point the finger at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the person most responsible for changing the atmosphere in Washington from one of coalition and cooperation to one of "partisan militancy." Part of the book gives the authors' reasons for considering Donald Trump a dangerous man as President; part of the book analyzes the reasons for his success; the final part makes some concrete suggestions as to how things can be changed for the better. Some of the suggestions are IMHO good ones -- moving Election Day to a Saturday (to maximize turnout) and making it a national holiday, for example. Others I find less commendable: amending the Constitution to provide for Supreme Court term limits (to prevent especially ideological Presidents from appointing younger judges) (I believe it might be better to have mandatory minimum ages for Supreme Court justices). -- The book is thoroughly documented and provokes thought (and, in my case, at least, much emotion).

  • Beth Loeb
    2019-05-05 01:29

    A thoughtful book with policies that our democracy should incorporate. Strategies for civic-minded citizens.

  • PWRL
    2019-04-29 01:18


  • Andy
    2019-05-11 04:18

    Another wonderful book to help us through the resistance. Highly recommended.

  • BeachVol
    2019-05-11 02:12

    If we could get community civics groups together across the country to read this book and Elizabeth Warren's "The Fight is our Fight," we might just have a chance at bringing diverse groups together to save our democracy. I remain ever the optimist and this book did not disappoint.

  • Barbara Lovejoy
    2019-04-29 01:38

    I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book because I didn't particularly want to read a Trump bashing book. I am so GLAD that I read it anyway. I would encourage even Pres Trump supporters to read this book as some excellent suggestions and ideas are offered that would benefit everyone. Numerous times I found myself saying, "What a terrific idea!--I hadn't thought of that!" I would like to read the book again and ponder more on what I can personally do.

  • Terry Earley
    2019-04-22 02:16

    I have always enjoyed and respected Norm Ornstein. This one, with EJ Dionne did not disappoint. They did not employ easy shortcuts, or resort to name-calling.This was another well researched and carefully crafted description of the difficult disruption we are currently living and recommended remedies for the future.

  • Stacy Bearse
    2019-04-29 03:22

    A trio of respected scholars provide an intelligent analysis of how and why America elected Donald Trump, examining the cultural, economic and electoral factors behind Trump’s victory. Written from a progressive perspective, the book’s final chapters comprise a manifesto for change, concluding that “the rise of Trump underscores the need for a new era of democratic reform rivaling the most transformative periods in our nation’s history.”

  • Day Donald
    2019-05-08 02:12

    Yes, one can expect this work to buttress the “resistance” side of the divide in this country that accelerates with every tweet from the White House. But, as the authors point out, in the current context even balanced reporting and informed opinion appear biased when compared with a world of alternative facts aggressively marketed by the far-right. Stocked with numerous references to respectable studies of media (since the 2016 election) and critical of the sensationalist drift of TV coverage since the Nixon Era, this book reads like an extended column in major mainstream media (Times, Journal, Post) – and that’s very good, if not excellent. Certainly, the authors’ critique of center-right media owners (and their pursuit of ratings and readership, aka as profits, at the expense of balance) belies inevitable attempts to brand this book as part of some liberal pro-media campaign. The authors itemize and interrelate the collapse of civil norms (e.g., conflicts of interest) in political discourse, both at the White House and in the Cabinet, since the Donald took office. They also present a to-the-point socioeconomic analysis of the role played by (for the most part) cultural and racial perspectives, and (to a somewhat lesser extent) tribal economics and undeniably growing financial inequality, in convincing people to support Trump. The take on Trump’s divisive, dysfunctional tactics (first half of the book) slows when the authors get into recommending detailed socioeconomic policy changes. In addition to insisting that the nation must take “...steps to reduce corporate short-termism and to restore a sense that corporations have responsibilities to the public and to stakeholders, including their employees, in addition to shareholders” (p 181), they prescribe (p 186) that everyone (read, “middle class”) has a moral claim to- jobs with decent incomes- health care coverage;- education for themselves and their children;- working hours that achieve a balance between work, family, and community responsibilities;- decent housing in thriving neighborhoods with low crime rates;- confidence in the fairness and efficiency of local law enforcement;- freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation;- access to treatment for addictions and mental health challenges;- a chance to better themselves in mid-career and to seize new opportunities;- an ability to build up savings and wealth, and- retirement security.They also lament the collapse of trust in institutions that is matched by a decline of confidence in elites – due to hugely to income inequality. (These are the same elites who are supposed to defend our institutions, but instead increasingly are neutered.) Especially relevant to current Congressional maneuvers re health care and tax reform, the authors point out that elites are trusted only where they do not exercise undue control to advance their own interests.The authors are no friends of Trump, to be sure. But, this is a lucid and enjoyable read that weaves together the many aspects of American political life that over the past year have so conflicted informed opinion and led to sincere alarm over the fate of a nation that may have to face another three years of “Trumpism”. More’s the pity.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-13 06:38

    The author poses some good questions about what comes next, but fails to appreciate the extent of the damage to our country and the very idea of democracy that has occurred in just a year. The country will be very different from the one imagined in this book. More salient is Plato's description of how a democracy turns into a tyranny in The Republic. Plato describes not only what happened, what is happening, but also what to expect to happen. The following are some tidbits of interesting info from the Dionne's book:"Disorienting the public by blurring the line between fact and falsehood, Alexander Hamilton warned is the trick of the despot whose 'object is to throw things into confusion that he may ride the storm and direct the whirlwind'. It should be clear now that false balances does not serve truth" (63)."Nikita Khrushchev ordered that the phrase 'enemies of the people' not be used in the USSR because it could encourage murder" (95)."Peter Pomerantsev wrote in Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible, his book about the Russian media and propaganda landscape, 'the Kremlin has finally mastered the art of fusing reality TV and authoritarianism to keep the great, 140 million-strong population entertained, distracted, constantly exposed to geopolitical nightmares, which if repeated enough times can become infectious" (98)."Sarah Posner noted in an insightful article in the New Republic, that white southern evangelicals had moved to the Republican Party and political conservatism in the 1960s--long before there was a religious right--in reaction to the passage of civil rights laws under Lyndon Johnson. She noted a galvanizing event in the history of the religious right:the Internal Revenue Service's decision to revoke the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University and other religious schools that discriminated against non-whites. The term 'religious liberty' was linked to segregation" (166)."'America First' . . . describes an attitude, not a purpose, and it substitutes selfishness for realism" (208).

  • Jessica (Chronicles of a Book Nerd)
    2019-04-24 03:25

    I have found myself reading a lot about the 2016 election and trying to understand the direction our country has taken over the last decade. I believe in democracy and anyone who has studied history knows that this is not the first time that nativism and popularism have taken hold. Fortunately, the system at large always seems to self-correct. Nevertheless, I fear that self-correction and a move back towards moderation will be a slow process in today's political climate.Overall, it's a short but thought-provoking read. I think the authors do a good job analyzing the results of the 2016 election and in explaining why pockets of the population voted the way they did, as well as spell out the challenges facing our democracy moving into the next election. The second part of the book focused on areas where there is potential for compromise and collaboration and discusses how to move forward from here. It does not necessarily spell out solutions but rather starts the conversation on a number of topics, including the economy, immigration, and racial tensions, where compromise is possible. The authors argue that through these compromises, we can start to bridge the gap between our two polarized parties and get back to a place where we are living up to our country's ideals.