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The Case for Trump

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From an award-winning historian and regular Fox contributor, the true story of how Donald Trump has become one of the most successful presidents in history - and why America needs him now more than ever.

In The Case for Trump, award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over 16 well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the US - and an extremely successful president.

Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn, Hanson argues. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad. 

We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump's. But after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.

©2019 Victor Davis Hanson (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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"As a great historian, Victor Davis Hanson makes the case for President Trump with unique insights and historic understanding and clarity. A must-read for everyone who supports the President or wants to understand this moment in history." (Newt Gingrich)

"A brilliant and bracing analysis from one of the great thinkers and writers of our time, and a farmer to boot - Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson understood the circumstances that gave rise to Donald Trump early on, how the president has made long overdue changes, and why his enemies seek to destroy him." (Mark R. Levin)

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  • Ernest Olivas
  • 10-04-2019

Delightful! Insightful! a great primer for 2020

excellent narration, precise and spaced well in its delivery and analysis of information in chronological fashion. Excellently cites the forces and currents that surprised the coastal elites and helps to remind us of the old values and new barriers we will be confronting as the 2020 races start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2019

Outstanding!

VDH is an outstanding writer that keeps you hooked throughout the entire book. Highly recommend.

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  • mr...bunbury
  • 23-03-2019

A Fair, balanced and incomparably insightful Analysis

Victor Davis Hanson gives a balanced, well considered and sharp analysis of the hazy and oft poorly taken phenomena that is Trump as he swept the nation. A Professor at Stanford, Hanson offers perspective (he lives outside the Beltway and apart the Dadaist chorus of the protest punditry that passes for professional media analysis) to offer the reader an insight comparable to Tocqueville’s but more in the vein of Cincinnatus. The author comes not from a foreign nation like de Tocqueville or ivory towers of the coastal elites, he is from the heartland and he has served not just his nation but the ideals which form it through the works of this book. His accurate and careful historiography, balanced and fair analysis, and insightful interpretation of the national political and cultural landscape offers us a better understanding of a man who, love him or hate him, has a a case. While only Mr. Trump can take it to the voter, Mr. Hanson has made it clear what that case is and the world which it sprang from.

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  • Wayne
  • 07-03-2019

Fascinating!!

Classical historian Victor Davis Hanson writes a no BS detailed history of the successes and failures of Donald John Trump from his unlikely election to his equally unlikely string of economic and foreign policy successes. Hanson is an unapologetic fan of Trump and has been since he upset a group of 16 Republican politicians to gain the party's presidential nomination. THE CASE FOR TRUMP is a long and detailed book that is strong on facts details, and logic without ever becoming boring. Hanson clearly describes Trump's unorthodox methods and does a fine job of analyzing why those methods are successful far beyond the wildest dreams of even his most ardent supporters. The author also delves deeply in how such a personally flawed man built and maintained such a strong following. The overarching theme of how Trump was elected is based on the strong leftward movement of the Democrat Party combined with many in the US who believed political leaders in both major parties were more internationalist than American. No doubt Trump's celebrity was also a major factor.

Hanson finds much to fault in both Trump's personal ethics and his in-your-face methodology, but he admire the results and doubts anyone else in the US today could achieve them.

Author Victor Davis Hanson is easily the most important classical historian of the last 100 years. He has began to write some modern history books during recent years. He has also become a prominent political commentator since early in the Obama administrations. He is also a farmer who lives in the house where he was born in poverty stricken north-central California. Although no longer a full time university professor his life is split between Hanson the farmer and Hanson the academic. Born into and raised in a Democrat family he readily admits that he is the only member of his extended family who voted for Trump.

I was a "never Trump" Republican until he began to have real successes as president. I did not vote for him, I simply cast my ballot against Mrs. Clinton and the cancer on the American soul she represents. A day seldom passes that President Trump verbal and Twitter excesses do not embarrass me. But I must admit that I also marvel daily at his ability to win battles and do a great job as president.

The quality of narration of this book is extraordinary. I had never heard of the narrator.

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  • C. Walker
  • 21-03-2019

Hard to put down

A great review of Trump Presidency, past and future. Excellent ties to vast knowledge of history and past presidents. Trump is a lone wolf coarse paladin among hyenas and venomous snakes. The Patton or Truman analogy was instructive. Friends and enemies will sigh in relief when he is gone. Trump is not done, yet.

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  • Ray Amador
  • 02-04-2019

Best Non-Fiction Work of The Year

Victor Davis Hanson has created a historical masterpiece of the truth. Hanson is honest, clear, specific, and compelling in his cultural, social, political, agrarian, and economic presentation of the facts and leaves little to subjective speculation. He enables a clear introspective view of the man, patriot, leader, candidate, master dealer maker, the charismatic President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Hanson dissects the 2016 Presidential Election from the point-of-view of candidate Trump and examines his winning strategy in detail. Indeed, without the brilliant creation of the electoral college, three states: New York, California, and Illinois would have determined the outcome of the election. In addition, the votes of 62,979,636 Trump supporters would have otherwise been deemed irrelevant.

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  • David-Kaimana
  • 06-04-2019

Most excellent & insightful

As always VDH lays out a compelling, well researched and insightful narrative. Whether you love Trump as I do, or hate him you will learn much about our current political zeitgeist.

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  • Jim Giarrusso
  • 20-04-2019

Doesn't matter if you like or dislike Mr Trump

I've often wondered, over the years, why someone from among the brightest, most competent people in America is not running this country from the White House. My conclusion has always been, what smart, rational, organized leader would ever want to put themselves through that hell? Well, I don't know if Mr Trump is the best and the brightest, but here is a successful man who is not from the political swamp, unbeholden to any special interest groups, who broke through to take the White House.

Mr Hanson is also a Washington outsider who expertly describes how the pieces fell perfectly together for Mr Trump to win the Presidency and how the Washington "swamp" has been undermining this politically inexperienced president's first two years in office, He also describes Mr Trump's cringe-worthy public speaking, and lays out an explanation why that thing we dislike the most about the President actually (and unwittingly?) works to his advantage.

Mr Trump has had undeniable successes in office such as calming the nuclear crisis with North Korea, putting Americans back to work, slowing illegal immigration, moving China, Mexico and others into fairer trade deals with the US, and passing major tax reform, to name a few.

Ms Clinton called middle America the deplorables, and lacked any real platform other than how cool it would be to have a woman as president. In hindsight, I see what a poor candidate she was. Mr. Trump stood up for middle America during the campaign, and laid the blame for its trouble on bad deals with other nations. If trade deficits are so great, why is it the US is the only one allowing it? It seems every country in the world has a trade surplus with America. He had a message that resonated while Ms Clinton did not. Mr Trump probably could not have defeated any other Democrat.

My own view of the political climate of America has been changed by this book, as I see now that neither major party had really been looking out for middle class America.

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  • Bryan
  • 20-04-2019

Expertly laid out and documented case

The author lays out a case fit for a prosecutor. Every point is documented, backed up, and explain in meticulous detail. The narrator was easy to listen too as well.

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  • Coco
  • 20-04-2019

A Great Book

Really enjoy listening to this book. The narrator is very good. I give all 5 stars. Thank you!

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  • A. Getaz
  • 11-04-2019

Thrilling read

Excellent book and well narrated. Victor Davis Hanson explains brilliantly Trump's rise and his tragic hero status.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-2019

Trump Season One

As a resident of Britain i’ve been watching events in US with a mixture of horror and hilarity.

VDH has been one of my favourite columnist for some time. He seems to be one of the very few writers able to navigate his way through the labyrinth of American politics objectively.

Like much of his work this will be revisited as an accurate account of this period in US history.

I’m looking forward to Season Two.

PS My Advice to all politicians is to ditch your expensive, know nothing Special Advisors and start listening to VDH

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