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Author Alberta, Tim, author
Title American carnage : on the front lines of the Republican civil war and the rise of President Trump / Tim Alberta
Imprint New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, [2019]
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  E912 A333 2019    AVAILABLE    30560400668320
Edition First edition
Descript x, 678 pages ; 24 cm
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Gender group: gdr Men lcdgt
Nationality/regional group: nat Virginians lcdgt
Occupational/field of activity group: occ Journalists lcdgt
Note Includes bibliographical notes (pages 617-638) and index
Author's note -- Prologue -- February 2008 -- January 2009 -- April 2010 -- January 2011 -- January 2012 -- December 2012 -- August 2013 -- April 2014 -- January 2015 -- September 2015 -- October 2015 -- January 2016 -- March 2016 -- May 2016 -- July 2016 -- October 2016 -- October 2016 -- November 2016 -- January 2017 -- June 2017 -- August 2017 -- January 2018 -- July 2018 -- September 2018 -- November 2018 -- December 2018 -- Epilogue
"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
Subject Trump, Donald, 1946-
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 21st century
Presidents -- United States -- Election
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties. bisacsh
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism. bisacsh
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections. bisacsh
Trump, Donald, 1946- fast (OCoLC)fst00174117
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) fast (OCoLC)fst00544975
Politics and government. fast (OCoLC)fst01919741
Presidents -- Election. fast (OCoLC)fst01075747
United States. fast (OCoLC)fst01204155
Trump, Donald 1946- gnd
Republican Party USA gnd
Konservativismus gnd
Krise gnd
Radikalisierung gnd
Presidents -- United States -- Election. sears
Since 2000 fast
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
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