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After the 2012 election, the GOP was in the wilderness. Lost and in disarray. And doggedly determined to do whatever it took to get back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
McKay Coppins has had unparalleled access to Republican presidential candidates, power brokers, lawmakers, and Tea Party leaders. Based on more than 300 interviews, The Wilderness is the book that opens up the party like never before: the deep passions, larger-than-life personalities, and dagger-sharp power plays behind the scenes.
In wildly colorful scenes, this exclusive look into the Republican Party at a pivotal moment in its history follows a cast of its rising stars, establishment figures, and loudmouthed insurgents - Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, and dozens of others - as they battle over the future of the party and its path to the presidency.
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By TM on 01-30-16
Interesting and Alarming
An interesting look inside the dynamics of the early formation of the Republican field for the 2016 presidential election.
The author seems to focus on the relationships between the candidates as they cynically try to crush each other. In doing this he gives a pass to the self-idolizing backstories each of them (via political aides and themselves) have worked in to his book.
He also lets zany republican talking points spouted by the candidates go unchecked. But it was still interesting and illuminating because by sticking to the facts and even hewing to the version of events presented by each candidate's camp, it shows how cynical, damaged and delusional each and every one of these possible future presidents really is.
I would be interested in reading a part 2 that covers the primaries and the election.
Well written if perhaps a little choppy at times.
Recommended for lefties and right wingers alike. Oh and independents like me!
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