The Case for Trump

The Case for Trump

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In The Case for Trump, award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the United States -- and an extremely successful president. Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn, Hanson argues. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad. We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump's. But after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781541673540
Characteristics: viii, 391 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jun 13, 2019

For anti Trumpers, Obama was the weakest President ever, even surpassing Jimmy Carter. He gave Iran billions of dollars back to continue terrorism, he apologized endlessly for America, he was responsible for the influx of illegal aliens etc. etc. Now making mega millions with Metflix, book tours etc.Thank God that Hillary Clinton did not become President. We hear she might be going for a third try.

Jun 11, 2019

In this book, Mr. Hanson has delivered a systematic and detailed analysis of President Trump's personality, campaign and presidency, and how he's perceived by adherents and detractors. It's an important work considering half the country, including a lot of Republicans, regarded his election as inconceivable. This sentiment has evolved in many to a form of intransigence against his existence in office, and the subsequent seemingly unbridled effort to hamper his administration. There are obviously a lot of people who don't understand (and perhaps don't want to understand) the president or how he got elected. For those who are interested, they can read Mr. Hanson's book.

Victor Davis Hanson works down the street at the Hoover Institute and is also a farmer in a town near Fresno. He's a classicist and historian, which gives him the ability to compare Trump not only to current personas, but also historical figures, reaching back to Ancient Rome. It also brings an understanding of current attitudes and how they contrast with those that have endured over millennia. He quotes Horace when writing of generational expectation, and Solzhenitsyn about the decline of Western Civilization. The historical dimension adds perspective to his narrative and helps distinguish between pop notion and persistent values.

While the level of detail and the numerous examples used to bolster his views are encyclopedic, Mr. Hanson's prose is simple as is his presentation of ideas. There's no hyperbole, hand-wringing or false illusion. Hanson sees Trump's strengths and weaknesses, and understands strengths can sometimes be weaknesses, and visa versa. It's an even-handed evaluation, not an outcry for people to love the Big Orange, or a diatribe against the left.

I liked this book well enough that I'm going to buy a copy. If you want a preview, go to Youtube and search for the author and the book title. There are plenty of interviews, including one by Peter Robinson, at the Hoover Institute. There's also one where he's speaking at Hillsdale College. Claimer: I'm one of the people to whom the book is dedicated: The Deplorables. I hereby certify the book is Deplorable-friendly, but more importantly, friendly to anyone with an open mind. Our fair cities get shout-outs: Menlo Park, PA, RWC. He even mentions University Ave.

Jun 03, 2019

Fake Book. Lies. This is was all I needed to see: "...regular Fox contributor..." to know what a joke this is. Doesn't he realize that Trump supporters are barely literate?

May 20, 2019

I enjoyed reading The Case for Trump. Hanson got a lot right about the Trump election. The deep state chapter was great. Some of the things about Hillary were good.

May 16, 2019

HMMM, he totally left out the part about Steve Bannon, and assumedly many of his cult followers, believing Trump is sent from God.

May 15, 2019

If you listen to the Orange Idiot and think that he is a genius than there is something seriously wrong with your brain and you should get a psychological exam.

May 10, 2019

Just the assumptions in the description of this book indicate that it's based largely on rhetoric and the talking points of the Republican party, a party that has become so partisan it has forfeited its credibility entirely.

May 05, 2019

suggested reading:
“Democracy and Its Crisis”
A.C. Grayling 1949-
Oneworld Publications 2017, hc, 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1786072890, ISBN-13: 978-1786072894
Anthony Clifford Grayling CBE, 1949-
“Digital Demagogue : Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter”
Christian Fuchs
Pluto Press 2018, ISBN: ISBN-10: 0745337961, ISBN-13: 978-0745337968
“Enemies of Freedom : Understanding Right-Wing Authoritarianism”
Robert Anthony “Bob” Altemeyer 1940-
Jossey Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series
Jossey-Bass 1st edition 1988, hc, 378 pages
ISBN-10: 1555420974, ISBN-13: 978-1555420970
“The Party of Fear : From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History”
David H. Bennett
Vintage Books Revised edition 1995, pbk, 608 pages
ISBN-10: 0679767215, ISBN-13: 978-0679767213
“The Politics of Fear : How Republicans Use Money, Race, and the Media to Win”
Manuel G. Gonzales, Professor of History at Diablo Valley College
Paradigm Publishers, 1st edition, 2006, hc
ISBN-10: 1594512418, ISBN-13: 978-1594512414
Paradigm Publishers, 1st edition, 2006, pbk,
ISBN-10: 1594512426, ISBN-13: 978-1594512421
“Trump and a Post-truth World”
Ken Wilber
Shambhala, 2017, pbk, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781611805611, 1611805619
“Trump's Populist America”
Steven R. Rosefielde 1942-
World Scientific, 2017, ISBN: 9781944659486, 9781944659493
“Why Irrational Politics Appeals : Understanding the Allure of Trump”
Mari Christine Fitzduff 1947-
Praeger 2017, ISBN: 9781440855146, 1440855145, 9781440855153

Apr 27, 2019

EXCELLENT book, loved it. I give it 20 stars !! (strange my star rating showed less???)

Apr 26, 2019

Trump supporters like me should like it. Insightful with interesting background history. Keep your dictionary handy. Painful for anti-Trumpists.

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