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American Carnage by Tim Alberta

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

Tim Alberta

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Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publication date: 18 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9780062896445

"Politico Magazine's chief political correspondent [examines] 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"--]cProvided by publisher.

4 stars out of 5
Peter Conrad
21 Jul 2019

"offers uncomfortable echoes of our political situation"

ike trauma victims replaying the calamity that befell them while they wonder how much they are to blame, Americans have spent almost three years asking themselves the anguished question that Tim Alberta poses in the stark first sentence of his book: “How did Donald Trump become president of the United States?” Answering this “riddle”, as Alberta calls it, is like rationalising the fall of man or coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis... Nothing could better prove Trump’s nihilistic lack of convictions than a remark Alberta quotes about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the flame-throwing former bartender elected to Congress in 2018. Last week, Trump began attacking her, along with her sorority of ethnically diverse colleagues who are known as “the squad”, and invited them all to leave the country. Yet when he first saw AOC in eloquent action, he was “starstruck”... Those of us watching this grotesque and increasingly obscene farce from afar should ponder a comment made to Alberta by a despairing American conservative: “Populism is not ideological... This week, we will probably be asking our own version of Alberta’s question, preferably with a few added expletives: “How did Boris Johnson become prime minister of the UK?”