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  • American Psychosis

  • A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy
  • By: David Corn
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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"[Corn is] a great journalist. I love the way he thinks. I love the way he writes. I'm so glad he's done a super-readable, modern history of the right...We just need smart, digestible history about this stuff right now...[AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS] is perfectly timed...Relevant history for where we are right now."—Rachel Maddow, host, The Rachel Maddow Show

"With AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS, David Corn 'did the full homework to take us all the way back to where it really begins.’"—Lawrence O'Donnell, host, The Last Word

#1 New York Times bestselling author and investigative reporter David Corn tells the wild and harrowing story of the Republican Party’s decades-long relationship with far-right extremism, bigotry, and paranoia.

A fast-paced, rollicking, behind-the-scenes account of how the GOP since the 1950s has encouraged and exploited extremism, bigotry, and paranoia to gain power, AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS offers listeners a brisk, can-you-believe-it journey through the netherworld of far-right irrationality and the Republican Party’s interactions with the darkest forces in America. In a compelling and thoroughly-researched narrative, Corn reveals the hidden history of how the Party of Lincoln forged alliances with extremists, kooks, racists, and conspiracy-mongers and fostered fear, anger, and resentment to win elections—and how this led to Donald Trump’s triumph and the transformation of the GOP into a Trump personality cult that foments and bolsters the crazy and dangerous excesses of the right.

The Trump-incited insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, was no aberration. AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS shows it was a continuation of the long and deep-rooted Republican practice of boosting and weaponizing the rage and derangement of the right.

The gripping tale in AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS covers the last seven decades. From McCarthyism to the John Birch Society to segregationists to the New Right to the religious right to Rush Limbaugh to Newt Gingrich to the militia movement to Fox News to Sarah Palin to the Tea Party to Trumpism, the Republican Party has deliberately nurtured and exploited rightwing fear and loathing fueled by paranoia, grievance, and tribalism. This powerful and important account explains how one political party has harnessed the worst elements in politics to poison the nation’s discourse and threaten American democracy.

©2022 David Corn (P)2022 Twelve
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  • Categories: History

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"We all know that the hatred, bigotry, conspiracism, paranoia, and rage inside the GOP didn’t start with Donald Trump. But in AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS, an important and convincing account, David Corn shows that such poison has been in the marrow of the Republican Party for more than 70 years."—Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

“Whether you think the GOP's descent into depravity started with Barry Goldwater or Richard Nixon or Newt Gingrich, David Corn makes the powerful case that Donald Trump didn't come out of nowhere. Corn expertly traces the antecedents of Trump and Trumpism over the decades. This is a must read if you want to understand what brought us to Trump and why the GOP remains a threat to American democracy.”—Jennifer Rubin, columnist, the Washington Post

“David Corn's AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS is essential reading for anyone hoping to restore political sanity in America. He argues convincingly that the toxic brew of bigotry, conspiracy theories, and lies that define Trumpism started long before Trump. Corn writes that Trump was not an aberration. He was the apotheosis of the Republican Party's decades-long slide into the gutter. Corn weaves this investigative history together into a compelling narrative that is equal parts horrifying and entertaining. It's a tribute to Corn that with the publication of AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS he has managed to make brilliant sense of American senselessness.”—Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, and Chief Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker Magazine

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A powerful history of how the extreme right has taken over the GOP

Methodically, patiently and thoroughly, Corn explains how the extreme right has become the majority faction in the GOP. From modest beginnings in the 1950s, to quote Jonathan Rauch, the modern Republican Party can be summed as follows, Nelson Rockefeller picked a fight with Barry Goldwater and George Wallace won

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Heaven help the US

A fascinating and detailed look at the Republican Party, which appears to have always been crazy. Unfortunately, the narration is extremely monotone, at times mimicking a computer generated voice - so staying with it was at times a struggle.

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Excellent story on the radicalisation of the GOP

This is a well written and enthralling story on how the GOP has been on a ver slippery slope since the 1970’s. God help America.

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Relentlessly gruelling listening.

An in-depth coverage of the relevant history, and a useful addition to the history of the US.

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