Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

by Joshua Green
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Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump—the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump’s penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump’s flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who’d never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike. 

Yet Bannon’s hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump’s unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn’t see. Trump’s campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.

Any study of Trump’s rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Devil’s Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton’s fall, you have to weave Trump’s story together with Bannon’s, or else it doesn't make sense.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735225022
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 6,002
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joshua Green is a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, focusing on political coverage for the magazine and Bloomberg News. Previously, Green was a senior editor of the Atlantic, a weekly political columnist for the Boston Globe, and an editor at the Washington Monthly. He has also written for the New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Green regularly appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NBC's Meet the Press, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and PBS’s Washington Week.

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Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Many of us understood Trump. But it was a challenge to understand how Hillary went from a good Senator and successful and admired secretary of state to a someone we all questioned. This book explains it. It clarifies a lot as well as the still present danger of Steve Bannon and Breitbart.
BusyProfessional 5 months ago
I've read excerpts and this is a must -read!
Anonymous 10 days ago
This was an interesting stroll through the relationship of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon. It read anecdotally while also appearing to be factually-based. It seems to show both men as very narrow minded and arrogant; I came away feeling as if Bannon just had his Andy Warhol moment and clearer thinkers will prevail.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Thomas Wright 5 months ago
This is a great book done on information not easily obtained.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Green reveals the true force and agenda behind Trump and this administration. Which is to replace our democracy and discredit democracy as a viable firm of government. His point would have been made without getting into so many weeds of the campaign.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Quickly churned out political books become irelevant quickly. This is a case in point, as Bannon is already gone. There may be a book about him but this is not it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A must read
Anonymous 3 months ago
A good senator and admired sec of state are you out now y mind. Hillary Clinton is one of the most dangerous people in the eworld.