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What were we thinking : a brief intellectual history of the Trump era / Carlos Lozada.

Lozada, Carlos, (author.).

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  • 2 of 3 copies available at Sage Library System.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District. (Show)

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As a book critic for The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada has read some 150 volumes claiming to diagnose why Trump was elected and what his presidency reveals about our nation. Many of these, he's found, are more defensive than incisive, more righteous than right. In What Were We Thinking, Lozada uses these books to tell the story of how we understand ourselves in the Trump era, using as his main characters the political ideas and debates at play in America today. He dissects works on the white working class like Hillbilly Elegy; manifestos from the anti-Trump resistance like On Tyranny and No Is Not Enough; books on race, gender, and identity like How to Be an Antiracist and Good and Mad; polemics on the future of the conservative movement like The Corrosion of Conservatism; and of course plenty of books about Trump himself. Lozada's argument is provocative: that many of these books--whether written by liberals or conservatives, activists or academics, Trump's true believers or his harshest critics--are vulnerable to the same blind spots, resentments, and failures that gave us his presidency. But Lozada also highlights the books that succeed in illuminating how America is changing in the 21st century. What Were We Thinking is an intellectual history of the Trump era in real time, helping us transcend the battles of the moment and see ourselves for who we really are. -- Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 973.933 LOZ 2020 (Text) 33892100708693 Adult New Books Book None 10/27/2020 On holds shelf -
Baker County Library 320.97309051 .L925w 2020 (Text) 37814003315737 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 11/13/2020 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 973.933 LOZ (Text) 33892006637814 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 12/01/2020 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982145620
  • ISBN: 1982145625
  • Physical Description: 260 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Heartlandia -- Resistible -- The conservative pivot -- Beyond the wall -- True enough -- See some I.D. -- Him, too -- The chaos chronicles -- Russian lit -- In plain view.
Summary, etc.:
As a book critic for The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada has read some 150 volumes claiming to diagnose why Trump was elected and what his presidency reveals about our nation. Many of these, he's found, are more defensive than incisive, more righteous than right. In What Were We Thinking, Lozada uses these books to tell the story of how we understand ourselves in the Trump era, using as his main characters the political ideas and debates at play in America today. He dissects works on the white working class like Hillbilly Elegy; manifestos from the anti-Trump resistance like On Tyranny and No Is Not Enough; books on race, gender, and identity like How to Be an Antiracist and Good and Mad; polemics on the future of the conservative movement like The Corrosion of Conservatism; and of course plenty of books about Trump himself. Lozada's argument is provocative: that many of these books--whether written by liberals or conservatives, activists or academics, Trump's true believers or his harshest critics--are vulnerable to the same blind spots, resentments, and failures that gave us his presidency. But Lozada also highlights the books that succeed in illuminating how America is changing in the 21st century. What Were We Thinking is an intellectual history of the Trump era in real time, helping us transcend the battles of the moment and see ourselves for who we really are. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Trump, Donald, 1946- > Influence.
Trump, Donald, 1946- > Bibliography.
Books and reading > United States > History > 21st century.
Presidents > United States > Election > 2016.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 21st century.
United States > Politics and government > 2017-
Genre: Bibliographies.

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