"Power Politics: Trump and the Assault on American Democracy" (Brookings Press, 2022)

It is no secret that the United States faces extraordinary political challenges and it is easy in this situation to blame Donald Trump for the sad state of American democracy. But Trumpism is almost certain to outlast Trump himself. It is time to step back from this risky precipice and reflect on the systemic causes of current threats to American democracy and a reason-based society. Drawing on his personal experiences growing up in the Bible Belt, teaching in the Ivy League, and operating in the DC policy world, Darrell West offers advice for protecting people, organizations, and the country as a whole. This book makes the threats to democracy understandable by explaining specific problems and offering concrete ideas for ameliorating them.


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Table of Contents

Brookings Forum on Threats to American Democracy, September 1, 2022, (60 minutes)

Wisconsin Public Radio, "Power Politics: Trump and the Assault on American Democracy", September 8, 2022 (25 minutes)

Larry Rifkin, "Our Broken Politics: When Do We Begin to Fix It?", November 23, 2022 (35 minutes)

How Do We Fix It podcast, "Trump, Power Politics, Populism, & Democracy", September 2, 2022 (50 minutes)

Brookings FixGov Blog, "Why Federalism Has Become Risky for American Democracy," September 23, 2022

Brookings Chalkboard Blog, "Why Academic Freedom Challenges Are Dangerous for Democracy", September 8, 2022

Brookings FixGov Blog, "We Need to Take Political Violence Seriously", August 15, 2022

Renzo Cianfanelli, La Voce di New York, "Is American Democracy Sick? Federalism and Extreme Radicalization," October 31, 2022

Brookings FixGov Blog, "Trump Is Not the Only Threat to American Democracy", July 25, 2022

TechTank Podcast, "The Weaponization of Information," August 22, 2022 (35 minutes)

Bertelsmann Foundation Podcast, "Fixing Our Democracy Beyond Blaming Trump", October 18, 2022 (44 minutes)

Power Politics book ad, August, 2022 (43 seconds)

Keen On Podcast, "How Seriously Should We Take the Paranoia Amongst Our Educated Elite About the Crisis of America?"", July 29, 2022 (30 minutes)"

Kirkus Book Review, May 15, 2022