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“A vital book for understanding the still-unfolding nightmare of nationalism and racism in the 21st century.” (Francisco Cantu, author of The Line Becomes a River)

Stephen Miller is one of the most influential advisors in the White House. He has crafted Donald Trump’s speeches, designed immigration policies that ban Muslims and separate families, and outlasted such Trump stalwarts as Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions. But he’s remained an enigma. 

Until now. Emmy- and PEN-winning investigative journalist and author Jean Guerrero charts the 34-year-old’s astonishing rise to power, drawing from more than 100 interviews with his family, friends, adversaries, and government officials. 

Radicalized as a teenager, Miller relished provocation at his high school in liberal Santa Monica, California. He clashed with administrators and antagonized dark-skinned classmates with invectives against bilingualism and multiculturalism. At Duke University, he cloaked racist and classist ideas in the language of patriotism and heritage to get them airtime amid controversies. On Capitol Hill, he served Tea Party congresswoman Michele Bachmann and nativist Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. 

Recruited to Trump’s campaign, Miller met his idol. Having dreamed of Trump’s presidency before he even announced his decision to run, Miller became his senior policy advisor and speechwriter. Together, they stoked dystopian fears about the Democrats, “Deep State”, and “American Carnage”, painting migrants and their supporters as an existential threat to America. Through backroom machinations and sheer force of will, Miller survived dozens of resignations and encouraged Trump’s harshest impulses, in conflict with the president’s own family. While Trump railed against illegal immigration, Miller crusaded against legal immigration. He targeted refugees, asylum seekers and their children, engineering an ethical crisis for a nation that once saw itself as the conscience of the world. Miller rallied support for this agenda, even as federal judges tried to stop it, by courting the white rage that found violent expression in tragedies from El Paso to Charlottesville. 

Hatemonger unveils the man driving some of the most divisive confrontations over what it means to be American - and what America will become. 

©2020 Jean Guerrero (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • M. Alice Fisher
  • 2020-08-15

Deplorable on purpose

All this, and I still don't understand the racist mentality that drives Miller. He apparently chose to embrace the worst, at every opportunity. That's about it. Interesting book, but ultimately just super depressing.

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  • Jamieson K Smyth
  • 2020-09-17

Exceptionally uncomfortable

Hard to listen to all the unnecessary deaths, suffering, pain and allegations of causal hatred, racism, bigotry and the like. Hard to hear this characterization of the division of my country by those who would seek to "save" it from threats that actually have not ever existed. Hard to realize that the awful behavior of rioters in our streets today is essentially a backlash against this behavior as it has ramped up over 4 short years, releasing pent up rage borne of pain and wiping away gains in civil rights that have come excruciatingly and unconscionably slowly over the last 150 years. Hard to face the facts and consequences of the nation's acceptance of and subsequent inability to heal from the deep wounds inflicted upon its very soul by institutional slavery. Hard to hold that responsibility. Hard to find hope for recovery. Impossible not to mourn.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-26

how much do you want to know about Stephen Miller?

the books a little long and it goes on way too much about Stephen Miller. plenty of other people that we could discuss when it comes to right-wing fascist about Rush Limbaugh. and I can't leave out Sean Hannity or Michael Savage can a cast of others that made Steven who he is. still a little too long and a little too inside-baseball for my taste

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  • D. Kritzman
  • 2020-10-23

scary to imagine this is the USA

Interesting history of a really evil man. sounds like he needs to be flushed out quickly along with his boss

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  • BrianAloha
  • 2020-10-22

Important story about Miller. Hard work to listen

I learned a lot about Stephen Miller but it was not all that pleasant to listen to. The beginning about his family background was too much information and the end was rather hurried with less detail than I wanted. The narration underwhelmed me. A bit flat as if a student was being paid simply to read it in somewhat of a monotone. However I would recommend this audiobook to others.

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  • Ralf Tomandl
  • 2020-09-23

A linier horror show

While very well researched and written, it is a rather linier and boring account of what went through the press over the past three years. Anyone who follows politics knows this story, for those who don’t and want to learn that a right wing extremist is advising the president, it’s a great read.

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  • Jennifer Minear
  • 2020-09-13

Better editing and narration needed

This book read like a compilation of the author's notes and research rather than a constructed narrative. It was often redundant and there were threads that seemed disconnected from the rest of the book and left me wondering "Well, that was interesting but what does it have to do with the rest of the story?" It was also unfortunate that the book was narrated by the author, as her monotone was robotic and off-putting. If you're looking for a narration of all the awful things Stephen Miller has done, this is your book. But I had expected this book would help explain in greater detail why Miller became the hate monger that he is - what makes him tick? Was there some terrible incident in his childhood that turned him into this monster? Instead, we hear that he came from a family with, yes, a father who shares some of Trump's personality traits but there is no evidence that this level of hate flows from anything other than a childhood love of gangster movies and power. I found the overall portrait of Miller unsatisfying and incomplete.

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  • Seth G.
  • 2020-09-07

Started off strong

Fascinating story particularly when juxtaposed against his family heritage. Depending on your side of the fence this is either tragic or one of the greatest things to happen to supremacy. A couple pet peeves when narrators mispronounce a city and synagogue that truly suffered (she pronounced Poway as Poeway) also at the end called our President “Donalds Trump”. One day there will be a movie about enigmatic personality.

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  • toni
  • 2020-09-07

A must read to understand Trump’s rhetoric

Steven Miller has been a regular talking head on FOxX for years and has always been a Hatemonger, since his first appearance on the radio during his high school years. Read this one right away!