White Rural Rage by Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman

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To understand Trump's rise, you need to understand white, rural rage. Schaller's book provides an engaging and well researched investigation into the historical, economic, social, and moral shifts that have radicalized rural voters, revealing how the GOP has capitalized on the greatest political opportunity imaginable: a devoted base of hardline supporters who don’t care if their government delivers services or helps their communities. Paying particular attention to former Obama strongholds that now align themselves with Trump, Schaller demystifies the profound illogic of MAGA conservatism.

White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy By Tom Schaller, Paul Waldman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593729144
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Published: Random House - February 27th, 2024

The Rebels by Joshua Green

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In his first book seven years ago, Devil’s Bargain, Green described how the partnership between Donald Trump and Steve Bannon led to populist, nationalist ideas taking hold on the right during the 2016 presidential campaign. In The Rebels, Green, an experienced political reporter, looks at how a parallel dynamic has played out on the left, with a new strain of populism arising there as well. In this narrative, the trigger was the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath, and the story is told through the careers of the three political figures who have led the charge on the left—Warren, Sanders, and AOC. These three have given fresh voice to an economic populism that, as Green recounts, used to hold sway in the Democratic Party and now has reenergized the party’s progressive wing.

The Rebels: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Struggle for a New American Politics By Joshua Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560241
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Published: Penguin Press - January 9th, 2024

The Four Tests by Daniel Baer

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To many Americans, the country’s and the world’s problems seem “immutable and insurmountable,” Baer says. But how do we re-assert American values and ideas and turn today’s “poly-crisis” into “poly-progress?” Baer offers a clear and optimistic roadmap based on four tests: scale, investment, fairness, and identity. Drawing on his experience in foreign and domestic policy, and years as a human rights champion, he shows how, using these four tests, America can generate holistic, values-based solutions to the challenges of immigration, global governance, economic and national security, and social injustice. Note: this book is not wonky. Baer’s intellectual acuity and superb writing make his ideas compelling to anyone interested in, and worried about, salvaging America’s future.

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ISBN: 9781668006580
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 19th, 2023