How Trump Happened: A System Shock Decades in the Making

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  • Author(s): Day, Gary
  • Source:
    Booklist. Feb 15, 2020, Vol. 116 Issue 12, p17, 1 p.

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2

Modern developments in current affairs always have roots in history that can go back decades or more, and the Trump presidency is no different. Authors Schier and Eberly examine the political and social trends and developments of the last several decades that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. According to the authors' analysis, the path to our current political climate can be traced back to at least the 1980s, with the sea change in the Republican Party that resulted in the election of Ronald Reagan. Those were complicated circumstances, involving a right-wing shift in conservative political and economic thinking, the growing influence of politically active evangelical Christians, and an increasingly splintered Democratic Party. Also a factor was America's evolution into a celebrity-centric culture. The authors weave all of this and more into a compelling narrative. They also examine Trump's social, political, and economic agenda, and speculate about Trump's future and the future of American politics post-Trump. The book gives important perspective about both the current state and the future of American politics. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2

Modern developments in current affairs always have roots in history that can go back decades or more, and the Trump presidency is no different. Authors Schier and Eberly examine the political and social trends and developments of the last several decades that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. According to the authors' analysis, the path to our current political climate can be traced back to at least the 1980s, with the sea change in the Republican Party that resulted in the election of Ronald Reagan. Those were complicated circumstances, involving a right-wing shift in conservative political and economic thinking, the growing influence of politically active evangelical Christians, and an increasingly splintered Democratic Party. Also a factor was America's evolution into a celebrity-centric culture. The authors weave all of this and more into a compelling narrative. They also examine Trump's social, political, and economic agenda, and speculate about Trump's future and the future of American politics post-Trump. The book gives important perspective about both the current state and the future of American politics. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.