]American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump - Tim Alberta 2019 EPUB
Pages: 687, ISBN 13: 978-0062896445, ISBN: 006289644X , 1.09 MB
Politico Magazineâ€™s chief political correspondent provides a rollicking insiderâ€™s look at the making of the modern Republican Partyâ€”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 Trumpâ€™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 presidentâ€™s rise based on a countryâ€™s evolution and a partyâ€™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 partyâ€™s base.
Yet Obamaâ€™s forceful pursuit of his progressive agenda, coupled with the nationâ€™s rapidly changing cultural and demographic landscape, lit a fire under the right, returning Republicans to power and inviting a bloody struggle for the partyâ€™s identity in the post-Bush era.
The factions that emergedâ€”one led by absolutists like Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, the other led by pragmatists like John Boehner and Mitch McConnellâ€”engaged in a series of devastating internecine clashes and attempted coups for control.