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American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves

American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves

by Bob Garfield

Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on January 14, 2020


Do you fear for our democracy? Are you perplexed by Trumpism? Are you ready to throw in the towel? Don’t! This is your guidebook to reassembling our hyperpolarized American society, written by cohost of WNYC’s On the Media Bob Garfield.

As is often observed, Trump is a symptom of a virus that has been incubating for at least fifty years. But not often observed is where the virus is imbedded: in the psychic core of our identity. In American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves, Bob Garfield examines the tragic confluence of the American preoccupation with identity and the catastrophic disintegration of the mass media. Garfield investigates how we’ve gotten to this moment when our identity is threatened by both the left and the right, when e pluribus unum is no longer a source of national pride, and why, when looking through this lens of identity, the rise of Trumpism is no surprise. Overlaying that crisis is the rise of the Facebook-Google duopoly and the filter-bubble archipelago where identity is tribal and immutable.

But fear not! WNYC’s On the Media cohost Garfield has ideas about how we may counter the forces of fragmentation—the manifesto itself: six steps for citizens to take to reassemble our fractured society. A quick, fascinating read, American Manifesto offers not only a vision “of a country in extremis,” but also a plan for how to address the ways in which our democracy is imperiled. American Manifesto is a call to action, unmistakable and provocative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092808
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

BOB GARFIELD is the cohost of public radio’s weekly Peabody Award–winning On the Media and has been a globally prominent media and advertising critic for three decades. He is also the founding cohost of Slate’s podcast on language, Lexicon Valley. Garfield has been a columnist or contributing editor for The Washington Post Magazine, The Guardian, and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, and Wired. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.