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Standout syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Salena Zito, with veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd, reports across five swing states and over 27,000 miles to answer the pressing question: Was Donald Trump's election a fluke or did it represent a fundamental shift in the electorate that will have repercussions - for Republicans and Democrats - for years to come. 
The history of the American electorate is not a litany of flukes; instead it is a pattern of tectonic plate-grinding, punctuated by a landscape-altering earthquake every generation or so. Donald Trump's electoral coalition is smashing both American political parties and its previously impenetrable political news media. The political experts called the 2016 election wrong, and in the wake of the 2016 election surprise, the experts have continued to blow it - looking to predict the coming demise of the president without pausing to consider the durability of the trends and winds that swept him into office.  
The Great Revolt delves deep into the minds and hearts of the voters that make up this coalition. What emerges is a group of citizens who cannot be described by terms like "angry", "male", "rural", or the often-used "racist". They span job descriptions, income brackets, education levels, and party allegiances. What unites them is their desire to be part of a movement larger than themselves that puts pragmatism before ideology, localism before globalism, and demands the respect it deserves from Washington. 
Zito and Todd have traveled on over 27,000 miles of country roads to interview more than 300 Trump voters in 10 swing counties. What they have discovered is that these voters were hiding in plain sight - ignored by both parties, the media, and the political experts all at once, ready to unite into the movement that spawned the greatest upset in recent electoral history. Deeply rooted in the culture of these Midwestern swing states, Zito and Brad Todd reframe the discussion of the "Trump voter" to answer the question: What next? 
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2018 Salena Zito and Brad Todd (P)2018 Random House Audio
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"Salena Zito is unique: a truth-telling reporter who found the America that elected Donald Trump. She listened to them. Understands them. Respects them. Not only did she get the election right, but by employing the lost art of shoe-leather journalism, she uncovered an amazing national political realignment that was—and still is—completely invisible to the Wizards of Smart who inhabit our distant capital. Whenever I see her byline, I stop and read. I know it will be that good. You should, too. Don’t doubt me." (Rush Limbaugh)
"While Donald Trump's election shocked the Washington establishment, Salena Zito and Brad Todd show that his coalition was hidden in plain sight. Far from a 'basket of deplorables,' they're the forgotten men and women of America, people who work with their hands and on their feet, and who want a government that rewards their work and respects their communities. Zito and Todd tell their story, and anyone interested in American politics would do well to listen." (Senator Tom Cotton)
"Salena Zito picked up on a political phenomenon long before polls or pundits had any idea of what was happening. Her drives from Pittsburgh to Cleveland opened her eyes about the rise of Trump and her shoe leather reporting and skills as a journalist helped her understand why. Her voice channeling and explaining these voters is invaluable for the Trump era." (Jake Tapper)
"If you want a fuller understanding of the political moment we’re in, and you should, you read Salena Zito. I mean this both literally and seriously." (Peggy Noonan)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 05-10-18

Explaining Trump's 2016 presidential victory

So how did a crass and crude lifetime New York City billionaire and reality TV star become the president of the United States? The simple answer is that he commandeered the Republican Party and ran against the elites of both major political parties running a populist campaign based on MAGA by bringing manufacturing jobs back, protecting Medicare and Social Security, putting conservative justices on the Supreme Court, and building a wall on the southern border. In doing so he attacked the rust belt blue wall of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Trump accomplished an incredible feat that few believed possible. Was it a work of genius or of accidental circumstance?

Pittsburgh based journalist and coauthor of this book Salena Zito wrote a column published on September 23, 2016 titled "Taking Trump seriously, not literally" which remains the best explanation ever of how Trump supporters viewed the candidate. Of course, she also explained that the virulent Trump opponents were taking him literally, not seriously. In the following weeks leading up to the November 8, 2016 election Zito went to to describe her perception of the Trump campaign's strategy of attacking the rust belt blue wall which was supposed to guarantee a Clinton victory. She was the only journalist I'm aware of who both predicted a Trump victory and explained before the election precisely how he would do it. I did not believe her prediction until the early morning hours of November 9 when I observed it becoming true on the TV networks. Of course other factors facilitated the Trump victory including the the dramatic move leftward during the Obama administration and the fact this his Democrat opponent was likely the worst retail politician ever.

I urge the potential listener to this book to download and read/study the associated PDF file before listening to the book. The audio book presents many anecdotal voting stories of individual families in the blue wall states while the PDF file deals with data.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob Costa on 05-09-18

Spot on assessment of why Trump got votes in 2016

Archetypes of the American voters who voted against the establishment. A great read to probably reinforce your same voting decision or ease your angst or histrionics come another Trump victory in 2020.
The assessment through personal stories of the abandonment by both political parties since the signing of NAFTA is spot on accurate. Awareness like this could bring the polarized minions together after reading (or listening to) The Great Revolt. It’s what we’ve all been discussing for decades around the water coolers, bars, lunch rooms, etc.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-29-18


A story worthy of your time and required reading for those interested in the rise of populism in America, the United Kingdom or Europe.

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