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

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

  • Title: American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump
  • Author: Tim Alberta
  • ISBN: 006289644
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 American Carnage, 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

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    1. Gary Beauregard Bottomley says:
      There was absolutely nothing new in this book that a regular reader of the New York Times and reader of political blogs and twitter would not have already known I stopped this book near the half way point where Trump was winning the Iowa caucus and lying Ted was trying to make a comeback and little Rubio the freedom caucus favorite was self inflicting For those who raved about this book, I would challenge them to find me one fact that wasn t generally already known by most political foll There w [...]

    2. Jill Meyer says:
      The latest entry in books looking at Donald Trump and his presidency is American Carnage , by Politico author Tim Alberta He takes a slightly different tack than many books about Trump in that he examines Trump s place in the Republican Party In fact, the book is as much an examination of the party of Trump as it is about Donald Trump, himself The book is described as rollicking but I truly don t think the last two years of the Donald Trump presidency can be described with any humor Tim A The la [...]

    3. BookTrib.com says:
      POLITICO s Tim Alberta, author of American Carnage Harper , asked a blissfully retired John Boehner over lunch whether he believed that the Republican Party could survive Trumpism 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 com POLITICO s Tim Alb [...]

    4. Robert P. Hoffman says:
      This is an outstanding book The author does an extraordinary job of telling what happened in the Republican party over the last ten years and what happened to our political world during that time period It reads like a novel where the author laments the state of the world we find ourselves in There are no evil people, just people who compromised themselves, abandoned principles, justified what they did, and failed to take account of the results of their lack of principles.He is a first rate s Th [...]

    5. Misfit says:
      Meh Not what I expected Returning to library and moving on.

    6. Alex Mulligan says:
      Wow 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 Betwe Wow It [...]

    7. Scotty says:
      Solid reporting, good analysisAlberta 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 Solid [...]

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