A Senior Political Reporter examines how Trump, a man with no detectable personal qualities outside of resentment and the will to dominate, could appeal to millions of Americans and win the highest office in the land. The election of Donald Trump in 2016, like most of his campaign, came as a shock to many Americans. How could a man so lacking in capacity, so void of any intellectual heft, become the president of the United States? How could a man with no detectable personal qualities outside of resentment and the will to dominate appeal to millions of Americans, enough so that he was able to win the highest office in the land? With this book, journalist Amanda Marcotte will outline how Trump was the inevitable result of American conservatism’s degradation into an ideology of blind resentment. For years now, the purpose of right wing media, particularly Fox News, has not been to argue for traditional conservative ideals, such as small government or even family values, so much as to stoke bitterness and paranoia in its audience. Traditionalist white people have lost control over the culture, and they know it, and the only option they feel they have left is to rage at a broad swath of supposed enemies - journalists, activists, feminists, city dwellers, college professors - that they blame for stealing ´´their” country from them. Conservative pundits, politicians, and activists have abandoned any hope of winning the argument through reasoned discourse, and instead have adopted a series of bad faith claims, conspiracy theories, and culture war hysterics. Decades of these antics created a conservative voting base that was ready to elect a mindless bully like Donald Trump. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/010531/bk_brll_010531_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bill Geist, two-time Emmy recipient and long-time CBS news correspondent, chronicles 19 wacky but true entrepreneurial endeavors that prove the American Dream is alive and well - if but just a tad warped. Who says America doesn´t make anything anymore? Where else could you find Bob Chandler who made a fortune by inventing the huge-wheeled behemoth of the arena, the car-crushing monster truck? How about Hardy Warren, dean of the dog-eat-dog California traffic school? Or Hall Schlenger, creator of the cable Fish Channel. ´´You have to understand the entertainment value of a fish.´´ And what about the legendary Ron Popeil and his Pocket Fisherman, spray-on hair, and Veg-o-Matic? All this could only happen in America, land of whopper-tunity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Geist. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000631/bk_pnix_000631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Face of a Monster:America´s Frankenstein Patricia Earnest Suter
American Monsters:A History of Monster Lore Legends and Sightings in America Linda S. Godfrey
Illuminating the dark side of the American century, ´´The Monster Show´´ uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror´s function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements. With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood´s classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more. Now with a new Afterword by the author that looks at horror´s popular renaissance in the last decade, ´´The Monster Show´´ is a compulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America´s obsession with the macabre.
Monsters in the Machine:Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II Steffen Hantke
The Monster:How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America--and Spawned a Global Crisis Michael W. Hudson