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The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore

A Story of American Rage

Jared Yates Sexton



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Basic Civitas Books
15 August 2017
History; History of the Americas; 21st century history: from c 2000 -; Political science & theory; Constitution: government & the state; Elections & referenda
An impressionistic and often disturbing account of the 2016 presidential race . . . This book reveals the incremental nature of public displays of hatred, growing from harsh chants and bumper stickers to, say, an open and unmasked gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville . . . [His] dispatches are bracing. -The Washington Post Named a Best Book of 2017 by The Coil When he agreed to cover the 2016 election season, journalist Jared Yates Sexton didn't know he was stepping into what would become-for both political parties-the most rageful and divisive political circus in U.S. history. His initial dispatches showed Democrats at war with their establishment, coming apart at the seams over the long-gestating ascendancy of Hillary Clinton and the upstart momentum of Bernie Sanders, whose grassroots campaign provoked uprisings of people desperate for change. Then, on June 14, Sexton attended a Donald Trump rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of the first journalists to witness these rallies and give mainstream readers an idea of the raw anger that occurred there, Sexton found himself in the center of a maelstrom. Following a series of tweets that saw his observations viewed well over 1 million times, his reporting was soon featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg, and Mother Jones, and he would go on to write two pieces for The New York Times. Sexton gained more than 18,000 followers on Twitter in a matter of days, and received online harassments, campaigns to get him fired from his university professorship, and death threats that changed his life forever. The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 presidential election and the cultural forces that divided both parties and powered Donald Trump into the White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton's book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history. It is also a sobering chronicle of our democracy's political polarization-a result of our self-constructed, technologically assisted echo chambers. Like the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer-books that have paved the way for important narratives that shape how we perceive not only the politics of our time but also our way of life-The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is an instant classic, an authoritative depiction of a country struggling to make sense of itself.
By:   Jared Yates Sexton
Imprint:   Basic Civitas Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781619029569
ISBN 10:   1619029561
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   15 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JARED YATES SEXTON's political writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction and a crime novel. Currently he serves as an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.

Reviews for The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage

Praise for Jared Yates Sexton's writing -Jared Yates Sexton's latest collection is a book of revelations. Terrifying and tender, hilarious and insane: I Am The Oil of The Engine of The World is a must-read-before-the-world-ends. Read it as the world ends. Read it again after it ends. I will.- --Ryan Ridge, author of American Homes -Here he is, the successor to Jim Harrison, William Gay, Richard Ford, Jared Yates Sexton is a raw talent, the kind of writer that you need to tell your friends about, the kind of writer you envy and will follow to the ends of the earth. The Hook and The Haymaker is explosive, slicing through us like a literary scythe. His characters traipse through darkness with only the faintest hope of light on the other side, and Sexton leads them - and us - through it all with deft precision. This blisteringly smart collection is destined to be an instant classic, and I hope others will rejoice in saying so too.- --Robert James Russell, author of Don't Ask Me To Spell It Out and Sea of Trees -Jared Yates Sexton lays down a strong confident hand in The Hook and The Haymaker. He is a writer most excellent at details, both huge and tiny--the monstrous wildfires and infinitesimal sparks that warm a life, a relationship, a heart. These stories are sturdy and meaty with smoky ribbons--a substantial collection on which to feast and fill. Delicious.- --Leesa Cross-Smith, author of Every Kiss A War -I'm going to have to read it again and put it on the shelf where it belongs: between my copy of Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son and Raymond Carver's Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? Sexton's males aren't into chaos quite as much as Johnson's famous Fuckhead, but they're still pretty fucked up themselves. They could've all hung out at the same bar, for sure. Likewise, Sexton's couples would've found home sweet home with the Carver couples as they drank just as much, and might have been even more dysfunctional. What I am sure of, is they were all from the hands of a great writer.- --Al Kratz, The Spark -From Hannah's Airships-style stars on the cover to the Carhartt jacket Sexton's rocking on the back-cover, this one nails the drawl, sets the stage equal-parts Southern and Midwestern, rushes the tempo, beefs up the characters, and lets them loose. These stories work as a unit, and Sexton is to thank. This collection is built Ford tough. It's Rocky Mountain cold. Book clocks in somewhere between Brown's Big Bad Love and Altman's film-adaptation of Carver's Short Cuts. Gauge reads true-blue.- --Austin Hayden, Entropy Mag -Jared Yates Sexton's short story collection, The Hook and The Haymaker is a solid example of blue collar/working class, down-and out, winter of our discontent writing. Detailed and character driven, Sexton's stories explore relationships--the good, the bad, and the complicated--and the longing for something different and exciting in life. This 24 story full length collection delivers on many fronts and leaves little to be questioned.- --Julie Demoff-Larson, Blotterature -In this violent, darkly funny novel from the pseudonymous obvious nods to the works of Cormac McCarthy and the Coen brothers in an over-the-top tale whose infectious energy will prove irresistible to devotees of modern noir.- --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) -With their latest offering, New Pulp Press once again proves themselves to be one of the best crime fiction publishers around...violent, visceral, poignant, touching, funny, and gripping, Bring Me The Head of Yorkie Goodman is highly recommended.- --Paul D. Brazill, author of Cold London Blues -The characters in Jared Yates Sexton's stories are desperate. They are obsessed. They speak a language that is part barfight, part howl, part brokenhearted country song playing on a skipping vinyl loop. These are stories you want to listen to as much as read, full of fierce and searing and melancholy truths.- --Chad Simpson, author of Tell Everyone I Said Hi -The stories in Jared Yates Sexton's An End to All Things are, indeed, about ends--of relationships, of dreams, of innocence--but they also speak eloquently to the means of these ends. Laced through with booze and betrayal, and populated by halfwitted quickwits and good eggs with bad karma, Sexton's stories get under your skin, split your ribs, and worm their way heartward.- --Tom Noyes, author of Spooky Action at a Distance

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