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

American Carnage On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump Politico Magazine s chief political correspondent provides a rollicking insider s look at the making of the modern Republican Party how a decade of cultural upheaval populist outrage and ideological

  • Title: American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump
  • Author: Tim Alberta
  • ISBN: 006289644X
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Politico Magazine s chief political correspondent provides a rollicking insider s look at 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.The 2016 election was a watershed for the United States But, as Tim Politico Magazine s chief political correspondent provides a rollicking insider s look at 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.The 2016 election was a watershed for the United States But, as Tim Alberta explains in American Carnage, to understand Trump 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 president s rise based on a country s evolution and a party 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 party s base Yet Obama s forceful pursuit of his progressive agenda, coupled with the nation s rapidly changing societal and demographic identity, lit a fire under the right, returning Republicans to power and inviting a bloody struggle for the party s identity in the post Bush era The factions that emerged one led by absolutists like Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, the other led by pragmatists like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell engaged in a series of devastating internecine clashes and attempted coups for control With the GOP s internal fissures rendering it legislatively impotent, and that impotence fueling a growing resentment toward the political class and its institutions, the stage was set for an outsider to crash the party When Trump descended a gilded escalator to announce his run in the summer of 2015, the candidate had met the moment.Only by viewing Trump as the culmination of a decade long civil war inside the GOP and of the parallel sense of cultural, socioeconomic, and technological disruption during that period can we appreciate how he won the White House and consider the fundamental questions at the center of America s current turmoil How did a party once obsessed with national insolvency come to champion trillion dollar deficits How did the party of compassionate conservatism become the party of Muslim bans and family separation How did the party of family values elect a thrice married philanderer And, most important, how long can such a party survive Loaded with explosive original reporting and based off hundreds of exclusive interviews including with key players such as President Trump, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Jim DeMint, and Reince Priebus, among many others American Carnage takes us behind the scenes of this tumultuous period as we ve never seen it before and establishes Tim Alberta as the premier chronicler of this political era Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 688 pages Published July 16th 2019 by Harper More Details ISBN 006289644X ISBN13 9780062896445 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about American Carnage, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Most anticipated books to check out 2019 Edition 106 books 43 voters Trump Resistance 162 books 63 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.24 Rating details 549 ratings 96 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 96 More filters Sort order Jul 18, 2019 Gary Beauregard Bottomley rated it did not like it There was absolutely nothing new in this book that a regular reader of the New York Times and reader of political blogs and twitter would not have already known I stopped this book near the half way point where Trump was winning the Iowa caucus and lying Ted was trying to make a comeback and little Rubio the freedom caucus favorite was self inflicting For those who raved about this book, I would challenge them to find me one fact that wasn t generally already known by most political foll There was absolutely nothing new in this book that a regular reader of the New York Times and reader of political blogs and twitter would not have already known I stopped this book near the half way point where Trump was winning the Iowa caucus and lying Ted was trying to make a comeback and little Rubio the freedom caucus favorite was self inflicting For those who raved about this book, I would challenge them to find me one fact that wasn t generally already known by most political followers except some of the self serving spin provided by the people the author had obviously interviewed The author compounds his familiar story telling by shading it with the narrative from those he interviewed such as Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan He tells their story by blaming the Democrats such as Obama for not compromising with the Republicans and therefore creating a political mess that leads to Trump What the author tries to unconvincingly show is the Democrats are to blame for creating Trump rather than the Republican noise machine and the Republicans themselves Trump is a monster He did not create the hate that s in the Republican Party Their hate enabled him He channels their hate The one book that everyone should read today is Hitler s Mein Kampf Hitler, the monster, was only saying out loud what the people believed in whispers just as Trump is doing today The hate was there, Hitler only channeled it Trump channels it too Did you see Trumps KKK Nuremburg rally last night That would be, 7 17 2019 Most Republicans saw nothing wrong when Trump tweeted go back to your own country , and the fascist KKK members in the audience led the chant send her back There s a reason why the New York Times referred to the KKK as America s Fascist in 1925 and the KKK fascist label still resonates within bigots who think it s okay to tell Americans go back to the country you came from.This author doesn t get it Ben Carson Trump s secretary of something or another said vaccines cause autism , Trump said climate change is a Chinese hoax Those are ignorant statements embraceable only by fools who want to be led into chants of send her back Fascism needs feelings as justification over logic or reason The first lady Melania and Trump led the birther movement embraced by Republicans, a movement that is racist to its core, just as the members in Trump s KKK Nuremberg rally are as they shout send her back This author tries to separate Trump from the Republican Party and the racist or fascist who attend his rallies of hate Trump and Republicans are entwined and are one with each other s hate The author marginalizes Trumps birtherism, and how Republicans continue to lap up that brand of hate because that is who they are watch last night s KKK Nuremberg rally if you doubt they hate without just cause They created Trump and the author acts as if it is Trump that created them and pretends that the Tea Party tri color hat wearers cared about deficits and spending and weren t really motivated by a black man in the white house I got my credit back on this book I ve only done that two other times and I ve purchased over 1000 books from audible This author should never have written this book if he had nothing to add to the conversation besides what the average well informed person already knows The country is led by a racist, makes racist tweets, holds racist rallies and is fully supported by his fellow Republicans Hate radio emboldens Trump and the Republicans who created him, Fox News supports his alternative facts, and authors like this one add nothing to the conversation that wasn t already known and minimizes the complicity that the Republicans have in creating a monster who is them because he is one of them flag 20 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jul 15, 2019 Jill Meyer rated it it was amazing The latest entry in books looking at Donald Trump and his presidency is American Carnage , by Politico author Tim Alberta He takes a slightly different tack than many books about Trump in that he examines Trump s place in the Republican Party In fact, the book is as much an examination of the party of Trump as it is about Donald Trump, himself The book is described as rollicking but I truly don t think the last two years of the Donald Trump presidency can be described with any humor Tim A The latest entry in books looking at Donald Trump and his presidency is American Carnage , by Politico author Tim Alberta He takes a slightly different tack than many books about Trump in that he examines Trump s place in the Republican Party In fact, the book is as much an examination of the party of Trump as it is about Donald Trump, himself The book is described as rollicking but I truly don t think the last two years of the Donald Trump presidency can be described with any humor Tim Alberta is a good writer and he gives some new info about Trump and his party Various administration members give some good dish , as do non administration Republicans I don t buy every book about Donald Trump, but this one has been interesting reading If you re a Trump afficianado, you probably won t like the book If you don t like Trump, you ll like this book flag 16 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 17, 2019 BookTrib added it POLITICO s Tim Alberta, author of American Carnage Harper , asked a blissfully retired John Boehner over lunch whether he believed that the Republican Party could survive Trumpism Boehner s response There is no Rep Here he stops, hesitates, and when pressed, offers There is a Republican Party But what does that even mean Donald Trump s not a Republican He s not a Democrat He s a populist After nearly three years of finger wagging I told you sos bandied about by pundits and com POLITICO s Tim Alberta, author of American Carnage Harper , asked a blissfully retired John Boehner over lunch whether he believed that the Republican Party could survive Trumpism Boehner s response There is no Rep Here he stops, hesitates, and when pressed, offers There is a Republican Party But what does that even mean Donald Trump s not a Republican He s not a Democrat He s a populist After nearly three years of finger wagging I told you sos bandied about by pundits and commentators who blame Donald Trump s surprise 2016 win on everything from millennial ambivalence to an immensely unpopular DNC pick to a couple thousand idiots who actually wrote in the name of a dead gorilla on their ballots, it s nice to see a book that explains the rise of Trumpism as a consequence of the fractured Republican Party.I mean, that s only part of it, and all the aforementioned reasons are still legitimate, and it s at least a little bit Debbie Wasserman Schultz s fault, but the Republican Civil War, as Alberta calls it, definitely helps to explain how things got so bananas.Trump is barely mentioned for the first third of American Carnage, but his schlubby shadow looms large over the chapters on John McCain and Paul Ryan s failed presidential runs in addition to the chapters in between that describe Obama s bipartisan relationship with the Republican Party and their attempts to reclaim power While Trump is the inevitable conclusion to a party mismanaged for decades, he s hardly one of the lead characters of this book, which manages to humanize polarizing figures from John Boehner to George W Bush.The rest of the review flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 11, 2019 Robert P Hoffman rated it it was amazing This is an outstanding book The author does an extraordinary job of telling what happened in the Republican party over the last ten years and what happened to our political world during that time period It reads like a novel where the author laments the state of the world we find ourselves in There are no evil people, just people who compromised themselves, abandoned principles, justified what they did, and failed to take account of the results of their lack of principles.He is a first rate s This is an outstanding book The author does an extraordinary job of telling what happened in the Republican party over the last ten years and what happened to our political world during that time period It reads like a novel where the author laments the state of the world we find ourselves in There are no evil people, just people who compromised themselves, abandoned principles, justified what they did, and failed to take account of the results of their lack of principles.He is a first rate storyteller and he tells stories of importance He makes appropriate editorial comments along the way and he paints full portraits of all the people he writes about.I was surprised by how central a role Pence played in selecting Cabinet officials and other top administration appointees The end of the book contains an emotional and powerful cry for us to recover the values that made us great and can make us great again.I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job of describing the rise of Trump I look forward to a future book by Alberta in which he can chronicle the fall of Trump flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2019 Misfit marked it as abandoned review of another edition Meh Not what I expected Returning to library and moving on flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 12, 2019 Alex Mulligan rated it it was amazing Wow It s hard to believe this book is real, and not fiction Loaded with interviews from major players Trump, Ryan, Bohner, Cruz etc etc this book is an authoritative text on the rise of Donald Trump and the tectonic shifts in the the Republican Party Alberta s hypothesis is simple The Bush administration left republicans tired and defeated There were me young leaders to take the reins, no infusion of conservative thought, and a dwindling difference between Republicans and Democrats Betwe Wow It s hard to believe this book is real, and not fiction Loaded with interviews from major players Trump, Ryan, Bohner, Cruz etc etc this book is an authoritative text on the rise of Donald Trump and the tectonic shifts in the the Republican Party Alberta s hypothesis is simple The Bush administration left republicans tired and defeated There were me young leaders to take the reins, no infusion of conservative thought, and a dwindling difference between Republicans and Democrats Between 2008 and 2015 Republicans engaged in a civil war between ideological side of the party All along the way warning signs popped up that someone like Trump would come along and take control of the party Early players like the Tea Party and Sarah Palin showed a massive shift in the patty and an increasingly out of touch establishment Alberta meticulously documents this Republican Civil war and the rise of Trump Relying on first hand accounts from major Republican Players, including Trump himself, Alberta weaves together a coherent narrative to describe the status and recent history of the Republicans The untold stories, and first hand accounts from Republicans is sure to make you laugh, scratch your head, and leave you with a new appreciation or how Trump took over the GOP flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 25, 2019 Scotty rated it really liked it review of another edition Solid reporting, good analysisAlberta does a great job tracking the final devolution of the modern Republican Party into the irrational, power mad monster it is today From the rise of the Tea Party to current the descent into Trumpism, this is a fascinating and chilling portrait of a political party in its apparent and still dangerous death throws But there s some context missing here I understand why Alberta chose to focus on how the party changed after the election of Obama, but to truly Solid reporting, good analysisAlberta does a great job tracking the final devolution of the modern Republican Party into the irrational, power mad monster it is today From the rise of the Tea Party to current the descent into Trumpism, this is a fascinating and chilling portrait of a political party in its apparent and still dangerous death throws But there s some context missing here I understand why Alberta chose to focus on how the party changed after the election of Obama, but to truly understand where we re at I think he needed to go back further, at least to Gingrich and possibly to Reagan Even some sort of summary would have been helpful We open with a Republican Party already in crisis, so it s hard to see the 30,000 foot view It s like watching the last 20 seconds of a multi car pileup I would have liked to have seen of the incremental decisions that lead to the initial collision.That said, for what it is this is a powerful and frightening read I can t say it left me with a lot of hope for the future of the GOP, but it did give me a fresh perspective on the catastrophe they re currently faced with.Also, I never thought I d have an iota of sympathy for John Boehner and Paul Ryan Kudos to Alberta for making me understand the impossible vice they found themselves in flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 18, 2019 Miracle Jones rated it it was ok A fairly comprehensive yet painfully lifeless and mediocre history of theesent The only thing here that hasn t been reported better elsewhere by reporters less interested in flattering Republicans for dubious reasons is the primary contest between Trump and Cruz, so if you can find those chapters excerpted elsewhere, you will get all you need from this one.It is actually a colossal failure that this journalist manages to talk about the current Republican party without seeming to venture A fairly comprehensive yet painfully lifeless and mediocre history of theesent The only thing here that hasn t been reported better elsewhere by reporters less interested in flattering Republicans for dubious reasons is the primary contest between Trump and Cruz, so if you can find those chapters excerpted elsewhere, you will get all you need from this one.It is actually a colossal failure that this journalist manages to talk about the current Republican party without seeming to venture once into the seething, torrid, hateful online world that has given rise to the Trump phenomenon in the first place How can you really understand how the right is thinking without investigating the fucked up places where they are getting their poisonous marching orders flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 05, 2019 John Bordeaux rated it really liked it review of another edition First draft of our shared historyReading far too many of these as it happens histories for my personal health, this was nevertheless a worthwhile investment This is the book I would pass on to my grandchildren, who hopefully will ask what was it like rather than no dinner tonight Papa, our pain is not yet avenged Highly recommended to all who have the fortitude to read about what we re experiencing, and especially recommended for my great grandchildren To them I say Kids, I have no ide First draft of our shared historyReading far too many of these as it happens histories for my personal health, this was nevertheless a worthwhile investment This is the book I would pass on to my grandchildren, who hopefully will ask what was it like rather than no dinner tonight Papa, our pain is not yet avenged Highly recommended to all who have the fortitude to read about what we re experiencing, and especially recommended for my great grandchildren To them I say Kids, I have no idea how you were able to get this far, but this may help explain why your history books are so damned confusing flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 12, 2019 Rick Lee Lee James rated it it was amazing review of another edition Incredibly Well Researched and EngagingThis book is a terrific look at the civil war that has taken place within the Republican Party Trump isn t didn t just happen overnight and this book researched the process from its start to the present day I could hardly put it down once I started reading it.You can tell this is a true piece of journalism in the fact that it doesn t pander to one political side or the other When praise is due, it is given When flaws are shown, they are shown on both si Incredibly Well Researched and EngagingThis book is a terrific look at the civil war that has taken place within the Republican Party Trump isn t didn t just happen overnight and this book researched the process from its start to the present day I could hardly put it down once I started reading it.You can tell this is a true piece of journalism in the fact that it doesn t pander to one political side or the other When praise is due, it is given When flaws are shown, they are shown on both sides of the aisle.The citations are well sourced and are easy to look up due to Tim Alberta s tireless research Historians will be grateful for a resource like this one as they look back and scratch their heads at what happened when the party of fiscal conservatism and family values became the party of out of control and spending and grab em by the pu flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 21, 2019 Scott rated it really liked it ExHAUSTively reported and exhausting to read No new information, no really new insights into the Trump Administration Mostly an almost minute by minute recounting of Trump s rise to power Thoroughly depressing and disheartening flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2019 Ed McKinley rated it really liked it Good read tightly written, which makes sense with the author s background as a reporter It s well researched and sourced, and offers what seems to be an accurate and fair prescription of what ills our current political climate and how we got to where we are flag 1 likeLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 06, 2019 Fred Klein rated it really liked it This is not just an account of the first two years of Trump s first hopefully last term This is an account of the changing Republican party from before Trump came to office, through his campaign and Trump s term until the release of the Mueller Report.I found this author s analyses gripping, and I thought he was fair He looks at the good, the bad, and the ugly about all participants flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2019 Trey Grayson rated it it was amazing review of another edition It s long But worth it.I forgive him for calling me MM s hand picked candidate instead of my actual name flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 18, 2019 Angie rated it it was amazing This was a really good read even though I already knew almost everything that happened flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 12, 2019 Jack Fraser rated it it was ok sucked flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 06, 2019 Adam Schrecengost rated it it was ok This is an odd book There s nothing really new, and I m struck that Alberta decided to structure it similar to how events played out in the public eye instead of what was really going on behind the scenes Because of this, it feels Ike a summary of the past 10 years, and none of the interviews have bite I expected a lot flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 30, 2019 Thomas Terence rated it it was amazing review of another edition Great insight from Tim AlbertaAlberta really captures a feeling of what Trump means to different people anger and embarrassment for some and servility and unwavering idolatry for others Mike Pence flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 29, 2019 David rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 It s hard not to look at a train wreck For the past ten years the Republican party has been on a slow motion train wreck, finally coming to a spectacular crash with the rise of Trump This book gives an enjoyable account of that wreck, with a lot of behind the scenes interviews of some of the principle players involved John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, GW Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Reince Priebus, and of course, Donald J Trump.Very well written with wonderfully creative and funny turns of It s hard not to look at a train wreck For the past ten years the Republican party has been on a slow motion train wreck, finally coming to a spectacular crash with the rise of Trump This book gives an enjoyable account of that wreck, with a lot of behind the scenes interviews of some of the principle players involved John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, GW Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Reince Priebus, and of course, Donald J Trump.Very well written with wonderfully creative and funny turns of phrase Quite the page turner for a book about politics.Some of my favorite bits In my experience over the last thirty or so years of political life, there s hardly any group in American politics that is as easily won over or seduced by power as Christians, says Pete Wehner, a Trump critic and one of the prominent evangelicals who served in the Bush 43 White House p 456 I think President Trump is one of a kind you can t replicate what he s doing, Michigan congressman Justin Amash says It requires you to not feel shame Most people feel shame when they do or say something wrong, especially when it s so public The president feels comfortable saying two things that are completely contradictory in one sentence or going to a rally and saying one thing and then holding a press conference and saying another Most people aren t comfortable doing that But because he is, it gives him this superpower that other people don t have Indeed, as the president s improvised trade war punished a disproportionate number of his own supporters across Middle America that summer, he gave a speech in Kansas City aimed at convincing those voters that they were not, in fact, being hurt by his policies It s all working out, Trump said Just remember, what you re seeing and what you re reading is not what s happening His words of reassurance could have been ripped straight from the pages of George Orwell s 1984 The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears It was their final, most essential command pp 504 5 On the Border Wall Gov t shutdown fiasco Trump continued to listen to the people who had steered him into this cul de sac, NC congressman Mark Meadows and WH Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney above the rest One Republican whom Trump never spoke with throughout the crisis Texas congressman Will Hurd Despite being the only Republican from a border district, and representing of it than anyone in Congress, the Texas lawmaker waited for a call that never came Years earlier, when Hurd left the CIA, he did so because of his outrage at the low caliber of people being sent to Congress He met many of them while working as an agent, tasked with briefing lawmakers during their trips to the Middle East Some didn t understand the basic distinction between Sunni and Shia Muslims now in Congress, Hurd was stuck dealing with the same low caliber politicians and none so than Trump This was the state of the modern GOP As its president shut down the government because of an irrational fight over building a border wall, he did not bother to have a single conversation with the party s lone border district congressman and its foremost expert on the policies in dispute pp 584 5 flag Like see review Sep 01, 2019 Leif Paulson rated it really liked it So much to say and so little time Overall, this is a great oral history of the past 10 years of GOP politics covering the end of the Bush 43 Administration to the release of the Mueller Report in the Trump Administration I had forgotten about those nascent battles and challenges during the first term of the Obama Administration once the GOP retook the House HEROES While I don t think that ANY politician from ANY political party deserves to be a hero, I genuinely believe that Eric Cantor stoo So much to say and so little time Overall, this is a great oral history of the past 10 years of GOP politics covering the end of the Bush 43 Administration to the release of the Mueller Report in the Trump Administration I had forgotten about those nascent battles and challenges during the first term of the Obama Administration once the GOP retook the House HEROES While I don t think that ANY politician from ANY political party deserves to be a hero, I genuinely believe that Eric Cantor stood out in the book He attempted to administer to the needs of the GOP members from moderate to far right Like Reince, Cantor sought diversification of the GOP tent Unfortunately, his efforts resulted in his being primaried, following by his district being lost in 2018 Special mentions to John Boehner early in his Speakership and Paul Ryan in any attempts to explain policy to TrumpLLAINS There are many obvious names to mention, but I think it s talk radio Rush, Sean, Laura, Levin and the fringe websites Drudge Report, Breitbart whom take the cake For years, they have been unwilling to accept half a loaf Instead of lauding a politician whom agrees on 8 out of 10 issues, they d ceaselessly harp on the 2 disagreeing factors This just doesn t work to build coalitions As Tim mentioned, suburbia is changing in big ways That s where the votes are And the average suburbanite isn t that swept up in border walls, NFL kneeling, having a 1952 Main Street protectionism , and, even sometimes, ultra purity on the issues of firearms and life beginning at conception It s jobs, affordable healthcare ACA hasn t helped that , paying the bills Americans sadly love endless debt , taking care of aging parents, and the kids having every opportunity for a better life Instead of accepting compromise candidates, these fire breathers throw crap at the wall Angle and O Donnell in 2010, Akins in 2012 and lose winnable races This has to stop Instead of calling out Susan Collins endlessly, they should realize that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee just won t win in light blue Maine Because of purity issues, GOP states like Virginia and Colorado are being taken off the map A few mild criticisms At times, Tim shifted from reporter to opinion columnist This was not welcome It wasn t his place to lecture on GOP policies in a modern history book IMHO Also, as a Wyomingite, Liz Cheney love or dislike the family represents Wyoming in the House Mistaking her for Montana is sloppy Overall, an enjoyable couldn t put it down read Unfortunately, we re likely to continue down the road of division in the USA The Democratic Blue Wave honestly feels like 8 years ago History can be cyclical flag Like see review Aug 23, 2019 Kay rated it really liked it Why read a book recounting major things that happened in the Republican party over the last 12 years Especially when you re someone like me, who spent that time editing coverage of the Republican party What I didn t realize when I embarked on Tim Alberta s well reported book, American Carnage, was that he is slowly, carefully constructing an argument about the state of the Republican party Alberta points out astutely that Republicans, through a series of decisions some intentional and some Why read a book recounting major things that happened in the Republican party over the last 12 years Especially when you re someone like me, who spent that time editing coverage of the Republican party What I didn t realize when I embarked on Tim Alberta s well reported book, American Carnage, was that he is slowly, carefully constructing an argument about the state of the Republican party Alberta points out astutely that Republicans, through a series of decisions some intentional and some accidental were so desperate to regain power in the wake of President Obama s election in 2008, made a deal with some of the unsavory elements of the party It s a Faustian bargain, as he refers to a few times throughout the book First, John Boehner, desperate to become House Speaker again, looked to this new wave of Tea Party activists, only to have them challenge his leadership over and over again He assumed the freshmen congressmen would fall in line because freshmen always fall in line but not this time This was a class of politicians sick of the way Washington works, and they weren t going to take no for an answer This is a well trod story, but what Alberta carefully constructs over telling the story of the next few years, is that each of these types of people, even the Tea Party, touches power they get thirsty for , sells out to its evil influences He talks about how a supposedly principled g,broup like the House Freedom Caucus simply became a mouthpiece for Trump to an absurd degree I might quibble a bit with the premise the Freedom Caucus was never that principled and instead engaged in good branding to garner media coverage Despite it s hefty 687 page length actually about 600 pages of text , it s written in the same engaging style as other news novels Though I hate to compare a book like this to something like Game Change Alberta is clearly well sourced with Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Ted Cruz, figures he finds sympathetic in trying to strike a balance between power and principle, though you could argue with it He uses other reporting, cited clearly, to flesh out his narrative and build his argument The arrival of Trump, in particular, is presented as the ultimate tradeoff between power and the unsavory aspects of populism Over and over, the sympathetic figures he presents are caught trying to condemn white nationalism, only to be subsumed by the Trumpian aspects of the party The story he tells isn t yet complete after all, we don t yet know what all these Faustian bargains will bring us flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 24, 2019 Steve Solnick rated it really liked it Alberta offers a book that is at once too detailed and not deep enough chronicling the transformation of the Republican party from 2008 to 2019 I found the first half of the book illuminating than the second, and better structured The dance between McCain and Romney, the rise and fall of the Tea Party, the emergence of the Freedom Caucus, the trials and tribulations of Speaker Boehner all make for compelling, if familiar, reading Into this narrative of rightward drift, Trump lands li Alberta offers a book that is at once too detailed and not deep enough chronicling the transformation of the Republican party from 2008 to 2019 I found the first half of the book illuminating than the second, and better structured The dance between McCain and Romney, the rise and fall of the Tea Party, the emergence of the Freedom Caucus, the trials and tribulations of Speaker Boehner all make for compelling, if familiar, reading Into this narrative of rightward drift, Trump lands like a meteor The second half of the book Trump s rise through the primaries and tumultuous first two years in power seems too much for Alberta to take in, and the book loses some of its focus on the GOP Also the book takes a long time to end with Alberta s veil of objectivity ultimately shredded by his sheer distaste for Trump and what he is doing to the country In many ways, this book offers a view of Trump from the perspective of the old GOP Boehner and Ryan are obvious sources, as is Cruz and probably Romney There s limited reporting from within the White House, and Alberta can t seem to decide whether Mueller and impeachment are really part of the story or not The book ends with a long epilogue offering Ryan and Boehner and Romney, I believe opportunities for some parting spin on what went wrong analyses Alberta presents sympathetically Yet their common themes a collapse of civic discourse in the country, increasing silo ization of political camps aren t really given much play in the body of the narrative Instead we get mostly hubris and ambition, with a large dose of transactional hypocrisy from the evangelical lobby In the end, I put the book down deeply depressed, and reminded of accounts like Barbara Tuchman s Guns of August, or Ullrich s recent account of Hitler s ascent tales of smug cloistered elites sleepwalking into disaster A small nugget tacked into the rambling epilogue did leave me wishing Alberta had taken the time to structure his conclusions effectively Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, speculates that Trump may have saved the GOP by forcing it out of its insularity It was an intriguing thought, and a comforting reminder that this epoch may just be part of a cycle I wished Alberta had given that a bit oxygen, rather than taking the time to peer in on the growing chasm in the Democratic Party The Democrats belongs in another book, and if Alberta writes it, I ll be happy to read it flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 01, 2019 Donald Luther is currently reading it review of another edition Arnold Toynbee once famously defined history as one damn thing after another Though Toynbee was a better historian than that definition would suggest, it does serve as a good description of bad historical writing.That s what we have here Alberta gives us an almost painfully detailed treatment of the Republican infighting that led to our current political mess And while examining the discussions, debates, thoughts and intuitions, infighting, cajoling, and deal making that marked the Republic Arnold Toynbee once famously defined history as one damn thing after another Though Toynbee was a better historian than that definition would suggest, it does serve as a good description of bad historical writing.That s what we have here Alberta gives us an almost painfully detailed treatment of the Republican infighting that led to our current political mess And while examining the discussions, debates, thoughts and intuitions, infighting, cajoling, and deal making that marked the Republican campaign for President in 2016 and the ensuing campaigns following Trump s electoral college victory, Alberta never peeks over the lip of his own personal trench to record or investigate the impact of all of those developments on anyone outside the Republican Party This book is an incredibly detailed almost microscopic exploration of one small and getting progressively smaller fraction of the political landscape.What makes this book such a painful read is the lack of the necessary historian s moment what does all this detail amount to There s no there there There s only one damn thing after another, and no interpretation no moment seems to be any significant than any other moment.During my freshman year in college, this was the way I studied and reported on history It might as well have been no than a list, a mere chronology of events There s no event, no individual, no decision that he points to where the tide turns, where there s a change in the direction of events Trump s victory becomes no than inevitable, despite Alberta s constant references to Republican leaders who said it wasn t Ted Cruz saw three moments where he might have defeated Trump But this evaluation is passed off as merely the speculation of a losing candidate There s no historian s appraisal of that conclusion Is Cruz right Is he simply a sore loser Alberta seems not to care.I ve got about half the text left to read If I make it that far, I may return to this review with any corrections or elaborations that may apply Wish me luck as I wade further into Alberta s murky prose flag Like see review Aug 28, 2019 Ryan rated it it was amazing Great book, worth the read Recent years are an amazing test of the theory that most people lack policy preferences or even ideological commitments including Christianity but rather engage with politics based entirely on tribal loyalty and status claims A man whose character and platform contradict everything Republicans once claimed to believe and prefer rapidly conquered the party It was surprising, but was it really surprising A party full of people who get outraged when asked to choose Great book, worth the read Recent years are an amazing test of the theory that most people lack policy preferences or even ideological commitments including Christianity but rather engage with politics based entirely on tribal loyalty and status claims A man whose character and platform contradict everything Republicans once claimed to believe and prefer rapidly conquered the party It was surprising, but was it really surprising A party full of people who get outraged when asked to choose between English and Spanish at the ATM see p.228 is not exactly a healthy, rational, policy focused political movement.A key theme is naivete Paul Ryan, in addition to being a truly smashing fraud with his deficit scolding, etc , comes off as shockingly naive The grassroots version of the Tea Party was earnest, concerned citizens who want limited government and economic liberty p.107 , says a person who was apparently born in 2009 then lived under a rock from 2016 to the present It is also fun to watch John Boehner finally realize that Roger Ailes was nuts Suddenly, it is not so difficult to understand how a lunatic was able to wrest control of the party from its previous leadership.One big contribution of the book is simply to remind us of all the crazy things that have happened in recent years Remember Christine O Donnell Remember the deficit hawk Tea Party, with their regular protests about deficits and government spending Remember the efforts by the GOP to impose fiscal austerity in the middle of a massive recession over fake concerns about deficits Remember Sarah Palin I had almost forgotten, with all the craziness of the past few years But even the past few years have become a mess of weekly scandals Remember liking the veterans who didn t get captured Remember how fighting STDs was a presidential candidate s personal Vietname Anyway, the book is an engaging narrative and a worthwhile read for anyone who wants a refresher on events since 2008 and some additional insight into the craziness flag Like see review Aug 26, 2019 Emmanuel rated it it was amazing General Foundation of this book The context in the chapters are written from the summarization perspective of the Archies of the Political Files that the chapters provide contextual content for Basically, the Titled Date Period that the Chapter is Titled as, is where the perspective provides insight and intelligence for This book is a Great Book to obtain ideal perspective of Former President Barack s Presidency, which was what outlined the realities of the Presidential Race that Donald Trum General Foundation of this book The context in the chapters are written from the summarization perspective of the Archies of the Political Files that the chapters provide contextual content for Basically, the Titled Date Period that the Chapter is Titled as, is where the perspective provides insight and intelligence for This book is a Great Book to obtain ideal perspective of Former President Barack s Presidency, which was what outlined the realities of the Presidential Race that Donald Trump won in Also, this book is notorious for presenting plainly and clearly of the political realities that resulted in the still unfolding political events that was clearly publicized at the start of Donald s presidency This book is also ideal for obtaining the summarized rationale of the monumental Political Actions of Former President Barack 2008 2016 , and what political actions transferred over to President Donald s term, which required him to address the political projects that weren t finished during President Barack s term This required and resulted the Political actions that Donald Trump had to enact to obtain political resolutions for his presidency, that would then provide him the realities of employing his pursuits of his endeavored presidential political actions.Also I wouldn t be surprised if I m the first customer who had officially read the book, provided that being official was notifying the author through a network in this case that I finished the book Aside for the official title and association, I also wouldn t be surprised if I was the first customer who actually read the book, given that it was only released into the market on July 16, 2019 Most importantly, this book is extremely, and I repeat EXTREMELY LONG It took me exactly 28 hours and 21 mins of attentive reading Day 1 13 hrs and 6 mins Day 2 14 hrs 15 mins I perceived reading this book as a great accomplishment August 27 28, 2019 flag Like see review Aug 31, 2019 Don rated it really liked it Shelves social political commentary, non fiction, history The title directly tells what this book covers Alberta starts the story, generally, in 2008 the last year of Bush s presidency, the selection of McCain as the candidate, and the eventual election of Obama What follows is an interesting political history from a center right perspective Alberta who has written for conservative stalwarts such as the National Review and the Wall Street Journal had access to many of the major players in the Republican Party for the last 10 years As such, the The title directly tells what this book covers Alberta starts the story, generally, in 2008 the last year of Bush s presidency, the selection of McCain as the candidate, and the eventual election of Obama What follows is an interesting political history from a center right perspective Alberta who has written for conservative stalwarts such as the National Review and the Wall Street Journal had access to many of the major players in the Republican Party for the last 10 years As such, the history he tells is full of primary source information from George W Bush, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Raul Labrador, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mark Meadows, Karl Rove, Tim Scott, and so on These sources of information allow Alberta to make a convincing case for the shift in the Republican Party over the last 10 years where seeking limits over government spending, interventionist foreign policy, and support for free trade gave way to the party of Trump populist, nativist, protectionist Its a radical transformation, and Alberta expresses worry that an accelerated transformation of one party will lead to the same with the other party, which result in continued discord particularly in our era of information silos we operate within.Its a fascinating book to read Once can learn much about how party politics and power work in Washington, and take a moment to step back from the moment and realize how far and fast the Republican party has transformed Alberta s writing is solid his perspective is measured and reasoned I think many people would benefit from reading his work here, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum and then maybe remember not to define everyone solely on where they reside on that spectrum flag Like see review Jul 27, 2019 Louis rated it really liked it Shelves politics The 2016 election was one of the most controversial elections in memory and President Trump remains a polarizing figure, yet how did American politics reach this point Tim Alberta s American Carnage On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump is the story of the realignment of the Republican Party from President George W Bush to President Donald Trump The roots of this realignment lie in dissatisfaction of President George W Bush, particularly his policies The 2016 election was one of the most controversial elections in memory and President Trump remains a polarizing figure, yet how did American politics reach this point Tim Alberta s American Carnage On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump is the story of the realignment of the Republican Party from President George W Bush to President Donald Trump The roots of this realignment lie in dissatisfaction of President George W Bush, particularly his policies on immigration and responding to the 2008 financial crisis, as well as the national debt However, President Barack Obama accelerated this realignment, particularly his response to the 2008 financial crisis and healthcare Politically savvy Republicans capitalized on the rise of the Tea Party to their advantage, remaking Congress both in composition in the norms of the legislative process Even Republicans who disdained President Trump had a choice to make either tow the line or be forced out.The history is still being written on the 2016 election and President Trump s final legacy will not be known for a long time Regardless, it is clear that this re alignment was almost inevitable and a similar alignment may be order, sooner or later, for the Democratic Party as well flag Like see review Jul 28, 2019 Anthony Angelozzi rated it it was amazing Tim Alberta has written a masterful account of changes that occurred allowing Donald Trump to take control of the Republican Party Alberta s thesis was that the Republican Party was ripe for the taking I buy that theory and its concomitant claim that Trump is a symptom, not the cause, of American societal and political ills.The biggest strength of the book is its lack of partisan agenda The author certainly is not a fan of Trump neither am I , but Alberta had no problem praising Republicans Tim Alberta has written a masterful account of changes that occurred allowing Donald Trump to take control of the Republican Party Alberta s thesis was that the Republican Party was ripe for the taking I buy that theory and its concomitant claim that Trump is a symptom, not the cause, of American societal and political ills.The biggest strength of the book is its lack of partisan agenda The author certainly is not a fan of Trump neither am I , but Alberta had no problem praising Republicans such as Will Hurd and Tim Scott Democrats were a very minor part of the story, but there were critiques of Obama s governing style and the looming extremism and outrage culture that has emerged on the left The viewpoint of the book was journalistic than anything else, which was a refreshing contrast from Twitter, cable news, and click bait articles I think that the reporting in this book will age extremely well In the current moment, right wing tribalists will not want to be exposed to Trump s flaws When historians want to go back and analyze the Trump era, they will be hard pressed to find a better resource than American Carnage flag Like see review Aug 06, 2019 Claudia rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 challenge 150 books, individual 1, nonfiction This book starts at the beginning of President Obama s first term, and chronicles all the machinations by the GOP to make him a one term presidentthen, it follows the bruising Republican primary season, reminding us of the words of Mr Trump s then opponents It repeats all his ugly treatment of genuine, paid their dues GOP candidates The general election of 2016 is covered in detail, and includes a great analysis of voting patterns, Electoral College, and numbers Only then does Alberta tur This book starts at the beginning of President Obama s first term, and chronicles all the machinations by the GOP to make him a one term presidentthen, it follows the bruising Republican primary season, reminding us of the words of Mr Trump s then opponents It repeats all his ugly treatment of genuine, paid their dues GOP candidates The general election of 2016 is covered in detail, and includes a great analysis of voting patterns, Electoral College, and numbers Only then does Alberta turn to the current administration, and the cowardly about face of all those early opponents Their boot licking is related in detailThe election of 2018 is discussedand changing demographics of the electorate, and the GOP s slavish following of a man who isn t Republican, isn t Democratis following his own selfish goals I hear Alberta is a conservative author, so his rancor toward the man in the WH and mine, originate in different placesbut we share an anger for the damage this administration is doing to our countryand Alberta points out, to his party, the Grand Old Party We both wonder if it will survive this presidency, and what will happen next flag Like see review Aug 27, 2019 Richard de Villiers rated it it was amazing in case you were wondering the dysfunction in the Republican Party did not begin with Donald Trump and this book proves it While this book grabbed some headlines because of the revelations about how Paul Ryan really felt about Trump as well as some other nuggets from inside administration American Carnage is about a whole lot Trump doesn t even figure prominently until well past 200 pagesand you don t even miss him This really is what the subtitle says it s about the Republican Civi in case you were wondering the dysfunction in the Republican Party did not begin with Donald Trump and this book proves it While this book grabbed some headlines because of the revelations about how Paul Ryan really felt about Trump as well as some other nuggets from inside administration American Carnage is about a whole lot Trump doesn t even figure prominently until well past 200 pagesand you don t even miss him This really is what the subtitle says it s about the Republican Civil War fought between establishment leadership and conservative purists that was ultimately won out by a usurper, Trump, who was neither How the purists, embodied by congressmen that eventually coalesced around the Freedom Caucus came to be defined not by the ideological purity that they once held dear but by their fealty to Trump and his agenda What is remarkable about this book is that as opposed to the usual first draft of history books in the vein of Woodward is that there is plenty of analysis Alberta feels comfortable writing about conservatives, Republicans and their institutions and isn t afraid to make an opinion Any political or news junkie will love this book flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Politics 67 users Nonfiction 38 users History 22 users North American Hi American History 5 users See top shelves About Tim Alberta Tim Alberta 11 followers Trivia About American Carnage No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from American Carnage This is what Make America Great Again conveyed to many voters Others heard a message that was altogether different not an identity based message, but an anti elitist screed, or a populist call for government reform The genius of the catchphrase, and what made Trump s candidacy so effective, was its seamless weaving of the personal and cultural into the political and socioeconomic His was a canopy of discontent under which the grudging masses could congregate to air their grievances about a nation they no longer 0 likes few trusted advisers, the president confided that he was worried about some interconnected trends taking root in the country and most acutely within the Republican Party There was protectionism, a belief that global commerce and international trade deals wounded the domestic workforce There was isolationism, a reluctance to exert American influence and strength abroad And there was nativism, a prejudice against all things foreign traditions, cultures, people These isms, Bush told his team, are gonna eat us alive 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 255, 199, 70, 20, 5 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile 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    1. There was absolutely nothing new in this book that a regular reader of the New York Times and reader of political blogs and twitter would not have already known I stopped this book near the half way point where Trump was winning the Iowa caucus and lying Ted was trying to make a comeback and little Rubio the freedom caucus favorite was self inflicting For those who raved about this book, I would challenge them to find me one fact that wasn t generally already known by most political foll There w [...]


    2. The latest entry in books looking at Donald Trump and his presidency is American Carnage , by Politico author Tim Alberta He takes a slightly different tack than many books about Trump in that he examines Trump s place in the Republican Party In fact, the book is as much an examination of the party of Trump as it is about Donald Trump, himself The book is described as rollicking but I truly don t think the last two years of the Donald Trump presidency can be described with any humor Tim A The la [...]


    3. POLITICO s Tim Alberta, author of American Carnage Harper , asked a blissfully retired John Boehner over lunch whether he believed that the Republican Party could survive Trumpism Boehner s response There is no Rep Here he stops, hesitates, and when pressed, offers There is a Republican Party But what does that even mean Donald Trump s not a Republican He s not a Democrat He s a populist After nearly three years of finger wagging I told you sos bandied about by pundits and com POLITICO s Tim Alb [...]


    4. This is an outstanding book The author does an extraordinary job of telling what happened in the Republican party over the last ten years and what happened to our political world during that time period It reads like a novel where the author laments the state of the world we find ourselves in There are no evil people, just people who compromised themselves, abandoned principles, justified what they did, and failed to take account of the results of their lack of principles.He is a first rate s Th [...]



    5. Wow It s hard to believe this book is real, and not fiction Loaded with interviews from major players Trump, Ryan, Bohner, Cruz etc etc this book is an authoritative text on the rise of Donald Trump and the tectonic shifts in the the Republican Party Alberta s hypothesis is simple The Bush administration left republicans tired and defeated There were me young leaders to take the reins, no infusion of conservative thought, and a dwindling difference between Republicans and Democrats Betwe Wow It [...]


    6. Solid reporting, good analysisAlberta does a great job tracking the final devolution of the modern Republican Party into the irrational, power mad monster it is today From the rise of the Tea Party to current the descent into Trumpism, this is a fascinating and chilling portrait of a political party in its apparent and still dangerous death throws But there s some context missing here I understand why Alberta chose to focus on how the party changed after the election of Obama, but to truly Solid [...]


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