Insane Clown President

Insane Clown President

Dispatches From the 2016 Circus

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy's uncertain future, by the country's most perceptive and fearless political journalist. The 2016 presidential contest as told by Matt Taibbi, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization's very own train wreck. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance, or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society. Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time analysis, the failures of the right and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the flawed and aimless Hillary Clinton campaign; the rise of the "dangerously bright" alt-right with its wall-loving identity politics and its rapturous view of the "Racial Holy War" to come; and the giant fail of a flailing, reactive political media that fed a ravenous news cycle not with reporting on political ideology, but with undigested propaganda served straight from the campaign bubble. At the center of it all stands Donald J. Trump, leading a historic revolt against his own party, "bloviating and farting his way" through the campaign, "saying outrageous things, acting like Hitler one minute and Andrew Dice Clay the next." For Taibbi, the stunning rise of Trump marks the apotheosis of the new postfactual movement. Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight"--Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399592461
Branch Call Number: 324.97309 TAIBBI
Characteristics: xxxvi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Juhasz, Victor - Illustrator


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Dec 10, 2019

Really enjoyed Taibbi's writings from the campaign trail. Good look back at the craziness of the 2016 election.

Sep 22, 2019

I liked that one commentator called this "hate literature." Matt Taibbi covers politics for "Rolling Stone" (I just heard someone scream "fake news.") and has written a number of books as well. This collects his columns written during the 2016 election and so serves as a kind of epitaph for a truly bizarre and frightening year in American politics; one we're still reeling from and still trying to make sense of. He has a sharp wit and a righteous anger that is refreshing. While many will focus on his criticism of Trump, he has little patience for fellow journalists and for most mainstream Democrats. He wrote one of the funniest things I've ever read about Ted Cruz: "Ted Cruz certainly has an odd face-it looks like someone sewed pieces of waterlogged masks together at gunpoint." Mean? Sure, but Cruz deserves it.

Oct 09, 2018

An excellent read, including many laughs which have been very helpful.
I cannot wait until the votes are in November 7th and MIGHT produce a much happier change in North America, and This Very Sad World.

Jul 05, 2018

Interesting book. Sometimes I found the footnotes better than the sardonic ideas of the author. I agree many people don't know the difference between socialism and communism. Communism does not work as history shows but Socialism does and is progressive. I do agree Bernie Sanders may have been a better alternative to run against Trump, who appears insane but? maybe not- maybe he was the perfect choice for the U.S. oligarchy style of governing; after all one of the first things Trump did was get rid of the estate tax which was bringing millions and millions of dollars revenue into the country and now it is hoarded by the rich who inherited it by questionable means and who protect their wealth through skewed news stations like Fox news. I do agree the news media does seem to prevail in determining who gets elected. Interesting read.

Jan 25, 2018

5 (five) FAT STARS - Taibbi's blowtorch gaze reminds me of the more hilarious and spot-on writings of H.L. Mencken, the great Baltimore newspaper columnist of the early 1900's. And anyone who thinks he's being pro-Clinton here simply hasn't read the book.

Dec 02, 2017

good read if you appreciate his irreverent style of humour, but he missed the Russian connection

Hilarious, horrifying, and insightful. This book is a cross between Stephen King and Jerry Seinfeld with a dash or three of Dan Rather and Don Rickles. This is a must-read account of not only the 2016 election but of the end of American politics as we knew it (or thought we did).

May 17, 2017

In the final chapter ("November 18, 2016: President Obama's Last Stand") of this thoughtful, angry, stingingly funny book, Matt Taibbi writes: "Donald Trump won the White House, but he will never be a man like his predecessor; whose personal example will now only shine more brightly with the passage of the time. At a time when a lot of Americans feel like they have little to be proud of, we should think about our outgoing president, whose humanity and greatness are probably only just now coming into true focus."

I agree wholeheartedly, and take some comfort from this assessment. Not a lot at the moment, but some.

Apr 04, 2017

Humorous at times. Also a little scary that someone like a "trump" could get elected. There were many influences and Trump did not just fall out of the sky. He had recognition whereas the other Rep. candidates were unknown. With that many in the primaries, it is no wonder Trump got a plurality. When 30% of the voters chose him, 70% wanted someone else. Some of the author's conclusions are interesting although I don't agree with all of them. His idea that Sanders would have been a better candidate against Trump, one has to remember the argument opposing Sanders would have been that he was a "communist". Some voters would not have accepted that being a socialist is different. Some readers need to lighten up when they read a book like this. Some other comments sound like they are "freaking out".

Feb 08, 2017

I am amazed at the comments listed here all you have to do is look at the man's behavior (Trump) to understand he is acting like a dangerously spoiled child who is in charge of the US.
Try reading the Economist or listening to the BBC if you don't trust our US media. The warnings of his actions are there you just have to recognize them. Look at history when a dictator takes over he first makes sure the media is demonized and not respected eventually shutting down newspapers etc...
Keep aware of his actions I think this is our only recourse we have to hold him accountable. We have a Constitution which has checks and balances to protect the people against tyranny we cannot allow him to demonize or shut down the press and our courts and our judges.

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