The Case for Trump

The Case for Trump

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This New York Times bestselling Trump biography from a major American intellectual explains how a renegade businessman became one of the most successful -- and necessary -- presidents of all time.

In The Case for Trump, award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the United States -- and an extremely successful president.

Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn, Hanson argues. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad. We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump's. But after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.


Baker & Taylor
The author of The Second Word Wars explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over 16 Republican rivals and a well-funded Democrat and argues that Trump's outsider status has made him a successful president. 60,000 first printing.

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& Taylor

Explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen Republican rivals and a well-funded Democrat and argues that Trump's outsider status has made him a successful president.
In The Case for Trump, award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the United States -- and an extremely successful president. Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn, Hanson argues. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad. We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump's. But after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781541673540
Branch Call Number: 973.933 HANSON
Characteristics: viii, 391 pages ; 25 cm

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cstadt
Nov 17, 2019

Author Victor Davis Hanson – Greek classicist, war historian, and small-town farmer from California’s central valley – has given us a 372-page argument explaining how it came to be that Donald J. Trump managed to win the 2016 election.
Who is the Trump voter? Hanson argues that they are not coextensive with the Republican or conservative base. Instead, they were “a new mishmash of older, loosely defined interests” and could be Democrats, Independents, or (more often) discontented Republicans.
Why would any Democrat vote for Trump? If they were traditional Democrats, they may have felt that their own party had left them behind. Indeed, since 2008 the Democratic Party had moved sharply to the left, jettisoning former concerns for identity politics and, quite frankly, socialist agendas which they became increasingly open and brazen in promoting.
As residents of economically-depressed interior states, these lower middle-class Americans felt abandoned by the Democrats who formerly had championed them. Indeed, as recently as 2008 Hillary Clinton had said that a Democratic candidate could not win without them. Now, she had the audacity to come to West Virginia, where people depend on coal mining for their livelihood, and nonchalantly tell them that she was going to put a lot of them out of work.
And they were tired of traditional Republican orthodoxy which treated their economic demise as inevitable in a world of globalization and free trade. Worse, this whole class of economically depressed Americans felt not only ignored, but ridiculed and blamed for their own circumstances. They resented the implication that they were lazy or somehow responsible for their own predicament.
Hanson describes what classical Republican orthodoxy meant to the rust belt: “If preserving the linchpin steel mill of the community meant ten cents more in the price of steel per pound over competing South Korean imports, then such an iconic plant needed to rust away.”
And: “It was almost as if lower-middle-class Americans on part-time wages and federal and state subsidies were better off shopping at Walmart for cheap, mostly Chinese-made products than working for good wages, supporting themselves, and paying higher prices at the local True Value-affiliated family hardware store.”
No. They didn’t want government assistance; they wanted to work. Indeed, they, like Trump believed that a good job was the font of a good life.
So it was significant to them that Trump alone, among every candidate, whether Republican or Democrat, projected empathy to this forgotten class of American voter. Whereas Clinton dismissively referred to them as “those people” and even as “deplorables,” Trump embraced them by speaking of “our” miners, “our” farmers, “our” vets, and “our” workers.
I would guess that many Trump voters didn’t “like” Trump, but voted for him because they regarded him, in Hanson’s description, as something akin to chemotherapy which, which after all is used to combat something far worse than itself. In other words, yes, he was rude and offensive, but he was the only one willing and able to make long-overdue changes to American foreign and domestic policies.
Maybe the key to the disconnect between the Trump hater and the Trump voter is the following assessment that Hanson quotes: “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.”
He succinctly describes what, at the end of the day, the outcome was of this dismissal of Hillary’s “deplorables”, this open contempt for red-state smelly, lazy, toothless “garbage people:”
“As one side loudly snickered about the stinky white Trump demographic, the other side quietly voted.”

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Crazy4cats
Oct 21, 2019

I’m someone that did not vote Trump in 2016. I believed a lot of the media’s nonsense about him until I started actually reviewing source material. I’m embarrassed at what the Democrats and media have become. I am glad to say I’ve walked away and will be voting Trump in 2020. I had already decided on that before reading this book, and the book only solidified my decision.

The one star reviews are likely from people with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) that have not even read the book.

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red_dog_14987
Aug 18, 2019

Only fools would elect a con man who is nothing but a useful puppet for wall street, Putin, the oil industry, big pharma, the military industrial complex, etc. The rich get richer yet trump supporters can't seem to learn and just deny the truth. Tax cuts for the rich and large corporations, tax cuts for golf course owners and real estate investors. More money for the military industrial complex - yet nothing for infrastructure, education or affordable healthcare. Our farmers are now relying on welfare, our water and air are more polluted, coal miners are still without jobs, white supremacy is on the rise, people seeking asylum are treated like animals and separating mothers from children, nothing has been done to lower cost of higher education, etc. Not sure how trump supporters can justify their actions - I guess they are just ignorant or immoral.

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etjones92
Aug 17, 2019

A really great read, with a logic too often missed in the mainstream media and regressive left.

To say that Trump appeals to a broad swath of Americans is not to make a case for him. I mean, look at the Republican taxi driver who sat out the election because of Romney's jeans. Is that any way to make a political decision?

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beckybunck
Jul 21, 2019

Very good book. The author has great historical knowledge,,and explains the happenings of the last two years quite, pointing out the shortcomings of both the right and the left.

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phildtm2
Jun 26, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson should stick to what he knows best - the history of ancient Greece. There he is on more solid ground. For any historian to give himself over to Trump and all the attendant evils of his administration is a declaration of moral and intellectual bankruptcy. No point in refuting his thesis - every day of the Trump era is a new chapter in the degradation of our democracy.

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cbriggs
Jun 13, 2019

For anti Trumpers, Obama was the weakest President ever, even surpassing Jimmy Carter. He gave Iran billions of dollars back to continue terrorism, he apologized endlessly for America, he was responsible for the influx of illegal aliens etc. etc. Now making mega millions with Metflix, book tours etc.Thank God that Hillary Clinton did not become President. We hear she might be going for a third try.

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johndwu
Jun 11, 2019

In this book, Mr. Hanson has delivered a systematic and detailed analysis of President Trump's personality, campaign and presidency, and how he's perceived by adherents and detractors. It's an important work considering half the country, including a lot of Republicans, regarded his election as inconceivable. This sentiment has evolved in many to a form of intransigence against his existence in office, and the subsequent seemingly unbridled effort to hamper his administration. There are obviously a lot of people who don't understand (and perhaps don't want to understand) the president or how he got elected. For those who are interested, they can read Mr. Hanson's book.

Victor Davis Hanson works down the street at the Hoover Institute and is also a farmer in a town near Fresno. He's a classicist and historian, which gives him the ability to compare Trump not only to current personas, but also historical figures, reaching back to Ancient Rome. It also brings an understanding of current attitudes and how they contrast with those that have endured over millennia. He quotes Horace when writing of generational expectation, and Solzhenitsyn about the decline of Western Civilization. The historical dimension adds perspective to his narrative and helps distinguish between pop notion and persistent values.

While the level of detail and the numerous examples used to bolster his views are encyclopedic, Mr. Hanson's prose is simple as is his presentation of ideas. There's no hyperbole, hand-wringing or false illusion. Hanson sees Trump's strengths and weaknesses, and understands strengths can sometimes be weaknesses, and visa versa. It's an even-handed evaluation, not an outcry for people to love the Big Orange, or a diatribe against the left.

I liked this book well enough that I'm going to buy a copy. If you want a preview, go to Youtube and search for the author and the book title. There are plenty of interviews, including one by Peter Robinson, at the Hoover Institute. There's also one where he's speaking at Hillsdale College. Claimer: I'm one of the people to whom the book is dedicated: The Deplorables. I hereby certify the book is Deplorable-friendly, but more importantly, friendly to anyone with an open mind. Our fair cities get shout-outs: Menlo Park, PA, RWC. He even mentions University Ave.

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jmthornberry
Jun 03, 2019

Fake Book. Lies. This is was all I needed to see: "...regular Fox contributor..." to know what a joke this is. Doesn't he realize that Trump supporters are barely literate?

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Sep 10, 2019

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