How Trump Happened
A System Shock Decades in the Making
by Steven E. Schier and Todd E. Eberly
Pub Date 15 Mar 2020
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Racism. Sexism. Russian interference. A few thousand votes in key swing states. Political experts Steven Schier and Todd Eberly step back to trace the factors driving the stunning 2016 election of Donald Trump, arguing that Trump’s victory was decades in the making. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the current political landscape.
All that astonishment when Donald Trump won the White House in 2016 – from the press, the polls, even the new president? Steven Schier and Todd Eberly argue in their provocative new book that it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The rise of a celebrity, populist candidate who managed to vanquish the leading political dynasties in both parties was the predictable outcome of political trends long in the making, they say – and regardless of what happens to the Trump presidency, those powerful impulses aren’t over yet.
— Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA TODAY and author of The Matriarch
The authors provide critically important insights into the historic 2016 election by distilling the national, long-term trends in the evolution of American democracy and how they intersected with Trump specific factors.
— Janet Box-Steffensmier, 2019-20 President of the American Political Science Association, Ohio State University
The election of Donald Trump continues to be an astounding event in American political history, and we are fortunate to have the incisive judgments and reporting of ace political observers Steven E. Schier and Todd E. Eberly on the Trump phenomenon.
— Michael Barone, senior political analyst, Washington Examiner, founding co-author, The Almanac of American Politics