The Populist Explosion

  • by John B. Judis
  • Narrated by Coleen Marlo
  • 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What's happening in global politics? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win elections in Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece.
John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to learn about the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s, the politics of which have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. Populism, on both the right and the left, champions the people against an establishment, based on issues - globalization, free trade, immigration - on which there has been a strong elite consensus, but also a strong mass discontent that is now breaking out into the open.
The Populist Explosion is essential listening for our times as we grapple to understand the political forces at work here and in Europe.


What the Critics Say

"Far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. Superb." (Thomas Edsall, New York Times columnist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


This book helped me process the recent US election by putting it into a larger perspective of what is happening politically around the world.
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- Tami Ordonez

A slanted piece

If I wanted to listen to anti-trump propaganda I could've just turned on the TV for free. I was hoping for an objective look, unfortunately that is not what is contained in this book.
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- B. "Wrench for good"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios