With wit and piercing insight, Joy-Ann Reid—host of MSNBC's AM Joy—calculates the true price of the Trump presidency.
Is Donald Trump running the “longest con” in U.S. history?
What will be left of America when he leaves office?
Candidate Trump sold Americans a vision that was seemingly at odds with their country’s founding principles. Now in office, he’s put up a “for sale” sign—on the prestige of the presidency, on America’s global stature, and on our national identity. At what cost have these deals come? The Man Who Sold America delivers an urgent accounting of our national crisis from one of our foremost political commentators.
Three years ago, Donald Trump pitched millions of voters on the idea that their country was broken, and that the rest of the world was playing us “for suckers.” All we needed to fix this was Donald Trump, who rebranded prejudice as patriotism, presented diversity as our weakness, and promised that money really could make the world go ’round.
Trump made the sale to enough Americans in three key swing states to win the Electoral College. As president, Trump’s raft of self-dealing, scandal, and corruption has overwhelmed the national conversation. And with prosecutors bearing down on Trump and his family business, the web of criminality is circling closer to the Oval Office. All this while Trump seemingly makes his administration a pawn for the ultimate villain: an autocratic former KGB officer in Russia who found in the untutored and eager forty-fifth president the perfect “apprentice.”
How did we get here? What is the hidden impact of Trump, beyond the headlines? Joy-Ann Reid’s essential book examines why he succeeded, and whether America can undo the damage he has done. Through interviews with American and international thought leaders and in-depth analysis, Reid situates the Trump era within the context of modern history, examining the profound social changes that led us to this point.
A deeply pertinent analysis, The Man Who Sold America reveals the causes and consequences of the Trump presidency and contends with the future that awaits us.
“Joy Reid masterfully combines the immediacy of news reporting, the intimacy of memoir, and the sweep of a history book. ... The Man Who Sold America delivers a compelling account of how we got to Trumpism and what will happen next.” —LAWRENCE O'DONNELL
"Passionate, smart, and breathtakingly original, The Man Who Sold America will explain Trump to readers for years to come." —MICHAEL TOMASKY
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About the Author
Joy-Ann Reid is an MSNBC national correspondent appearing regularly on prime-time programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. She is the former managing editor of TheGrio.com, and has written columns for the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel, Salon.com, and the South Florida Times. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Welcome to Gotham 1
1 How Trump Happened 19
2 Two Nations, Under Trump 38
3 The Trump Republican Party 57
4 A New American Civil War 84
5 The Man Who Sold the World 122
6 American Strongman 143
7 What America Can Learn from South Africa 167
8 The Media in the Trump Age 186
9 "Mr. Barr Goes to Town" 223
10 Un-Democratic America? 237
Epilogue: After Trump, Who Are We? 265
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Joy Reid is a great host on her weekend cable news show. She is insightful, articulate and knowledgeable on almost every topic brought before her. This book reads much like that, as if it is a transcript of her show. She summarizes the rise of Trump to President and the unorthodox reign of his administration. Most of the topics were familiar to me as were the comments from the news hounds hovering around the halls of power. I was hoping that a book would allow her more room to explore these topics more thoroughly but that wasn't the case. It is still a good read and Joy Reid's voice does shine, but it all seemed a little light-weight.
A good read with many helpful insights