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What Were We Thinking by Carlos Lozada

What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era

Carlos Lozada

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Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 1 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781982145620

The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic uses the books of the Trump era to argue that this presidency reflects the same failures of imagination that made it possible.

4 stars out of 5
Martin Pengelly
10 Oct 2020

"The Washington Post critic read 150 Trump books, somehow stayed sane and wrote an elegant yet lacerating response"

Lozada is all about the meaning and the consequences of Trump’s rise to power, which is why he then pivots to a book published before Trump took office. Why Presidents Fail is by Elaine Kamarck, who lectures on public policy at Harvard and is a Brookings fellow in Washington. We’re not all in the gutter, laughing as authors land punches, making Trump see stars. In a low period for American democracy, Lozada aims high. In doing so, he rightly considers a host of books which are very much not Chaos Chronicles – which, on the face of it, are not actually about Trump at all.