American Discontent

The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age

John L. Campbell

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Abstract

This book is about how Donald Trump, who had no prior public service, became president of the United States. It argues that Trump capitalized on a wave of increasing public discontent that stemmed from the demise of the country’s Golden Age of prosperity. This involved decades-long trends in the American economy, race relations, ideology, and political polarization, all of which fueled rising discontent across America. It reached a tipping point by the time Barack Obama was elected president. When the 2008 financial crisis hit and Obama was elected the first African American president, he tried to resolve the crisis and fix the nation’s ailing health care system. But in doing so he pushed rising discontent over the edge. Political gridlock in Washington resulted. Discontent skyrocketed. Americans were fed up and looked for a savior. Trump was lucky to be in the right place at the right time and rode that wave of discontent all the way to the White House.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages220
ISBN (Print)9780190872434
ISBN (Electronic)9780190872458, 9780190872441
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • 2008 financial crisis
  • Barack Obama
  • Donald Trump
  • Economic decline
  • Ideology
  • Political gridlock
  • Political polarization
  • Presidential election
  • Racism

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Campbell, John L. / American Discontent : The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age. New York : Oxford University Press, 2018. 220 p.
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