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Beautiful Country Burn Again: Trump's Rise to Power, and the State of the Country that Voted for Him
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Ben Fountain
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Beautiful Country Burn Again: Trump's Rise to Power, and the State of the Country that Voted for Him

Ben Fountain


9781786892003

Canongate Classics


History;
History of the Americas;
Social & political philosophy;
Political science & theory;
Elections & referenda;
Advocate - History


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448 pages

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As Ben Fountain sees it, the United States is facing its third existential crisis. The first was the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War. The second was the Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialised world, which brought about the New Deal. The third, is Donald Trump. But how will it end?

Taking in America's love affair with firearms, celebrity culture, Russia, Obamacare, Hillary Clinton and, of course, Trump himself, Beautiful Country Burn Again explores how the United States reached a new crisis point and asks how America really can be great again.

'Whip-smart and searching in its indictment of cant and falsity, this is perhaps the best portrait yet of an astounding election.' - Publishers Weekly

By:   Ben Fountain
Imprint:   Canongate Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   297g
ISBN:   9781786892003
ISBN 10:   1786892006
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ben Fountain is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award. The film adaptation of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was directed by Ang Lee. In addition, he has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, an O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes. He was also shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award in 2012. His writing has been published in Harper's, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story and Stories from the South: The Year's Best, The New York Times and the Guardian among other publications. He lives in Dallas, Texas.


The highly acclaimed novelist brandishes a full array of literary tools, including song, verse, historical anecdotes, piles of research and plenty of satisfying takedowns to keep you on his ride . . . Fountain wants the country to burn. No one gets out of his book unscathed . . . His brutal observations could easily be the main feature of his work, yet Fountain has more important things to say and more ingenious ways to say them * * New York Times * * A masterpiece of a book, the true story of American possibility -- DAVID FINKEL, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE GOOD SOLDIERS His eye for the absurd and ability to draw attention to the sheer strangeness of America made him a perfect observer of 2016 . . . Funny and also horrifying, Fountain has spectacular historical reach * * Guardian * * Fountain has the storytelling gifts to bring the world home to us and a moral compass set to true north -- GARY SHTEYNGART A powerful chronicle of the 2016 election and the most surreal year in American politics . . . There may be no writer alive today who better captures the manic, fevered, paranoid style in 21st-century America than Ben Fountain . . . In Fountain's hands, the story of what happened in 2016 reads anew, fresh, alive, told with a historian's rigor and a satirist's wit . . . Fountain writes brilliantly about the spectacle of the last election. At its best, Beautiful Country Burn Again sits alongside Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and Joan Didion's coverage of the 1988 presidential campaign as some of the best political writing of the past 50 years * * Rolling Stone * * Fountain brings a unique and thoughtful assessment to the subject matter. With fluid, captivating writing and hilarious quotes and descriptions, he details each candidate's foibles, blithely ticking off each month of the campaign . . . It's not a new message; many other writers have offered similar versions. But not only is Fountain more entertaining, he more clearly illustrates how a cultural undercurrent of divisive economic interests, which has caused this nation to go up in flames in the past, is once again driving a populist surge against the status quo * * Seattle Times * * Masterful . . . worthwhile, urgent, and timely -- STEPHANIE GARBER, author of CARAVAL Fountain's vivid prose shows the novelist's knack for revealing character through gesture and physicality and offers a shrewd analysis . . . Whip-smart and searching in its indictment of cant and falsity, this is perhaps the best portrait yet of an astounding election * * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * * For most readers, Fountain will offer fresh insights . . . The author's masterful original phrasings make the book worthwhile, urgent, and timely * * Kirkus Reviews * * PRAISE FOR BEN FOUNTAIN: [Fountain has] a pitch-perfect ear for American talk * * New Yorker * *

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