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It Was All a Lie

How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump
Written by: Stuart Stevens
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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An instant New York Times best seller

"A brilliant, unflinching look at the descent of the GOP - backed up with data, historic sweep and first person insights. This one is a must read." (John Avlon, author of Washington’s Farewell

"I devoured an early copy in one sitting the day it arrived - highly recommend It Was All a Lie if you want to try to understand how the GOP got to this very dark place." (Elise Jordan) 

"It's great! Highly recommend." (Max Boot) 

From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal exposé of how his party became what it is today.

Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new audiobook, he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass. 

This is not an audiobook about how Donald J. Trump hijacked the Republican Party and changed it into something else. Stevens shows how Trump is in fact the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion, dating all the way back to the civil rights legislation of the early 1960s. Stevens shows how racism has always lurked in the modern GOP's DNA, from Goldwater's opposition to desegregation to Ronald Reagan's welfare queens and states' rights rhetoric. He gives an insider's account of the rank hypocrisy of the party's claims to embody "family values" and shows how the party's vaunted commitment to fiscal responsibility has been a charade since the 1980s. When a party stands for nothing, he argues, it is only natural that it will be taken over by the loudest and angriest voices in the room. 

It Was All a Lie is not just an indictment of the Republican Party, but a candid and often lacerating mea culpa. Stevens is not asking for pity or forgiveness; he is simply telling us what he has seen firsthand. He helped to create the modern party that kneels before a morally bankrupt con man, and now he wants nothing more than to see what it has become burned to the ground.

©2020 Stuart Stevens (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Neoliberalism now reigns in America

This is an important story of a political party that has been transformed by the power of the billionaire class in the USA for the bidding of the .01%

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  • Devin
  • 2020-08-07

A party gone astray

Oh man this book is fantastic. Of course it’s a bit of confirmation bias on my part. I grew up in a Republican household in a conservative community but have never been able to square the contradictions and hypocrisy that I’ve seen in the party over the years. I usually don’t bother with books that rail against Donald Trump. His flaws are so obvious that there’s no point in wasting my time. But this book is different because it’s written by a conservative who obviously cares about the direction of the Republican party. He pulls back the curtain and shows how Republican strategy has been leading towards Donald Trump since the 1960s. Of course a similar book could be written about the Democratic party but that’s not what you’re going to find here. It’s not a book about how much better the Democrats are than the Republicans, just an honest look at how the GOP has lost it’s way. If you are a fan of Donald Trump and the current direction of the party you aren’t going to appreciate this book but if you are a conservative who feels like you’ve lost your party than it’s worth listening to.

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  • whilory
  • 2020-08-08

An Unsparing Overview of the Demise of the GOP

While libraries of books will be written in an effort to understand how and why the US elected to its highest office a man without morality, character, or intellect, I have been more interested in understanding how an entire political party collapsed in just a few months. Trump has turned his back on literally every single tenet of conservatism, and his Congressional supporters hold him so close it's impossible to tell where one starts and another ends. Stevens provides an unsparing 'autopsy' of the party he helped to build. He flinches neither from his own role nor the utter pessimism with which he views the future of the party. In fact, he concludes that there is no longer a Republican party...a party without ideas, integrity, or policy is simply a cult. The pain Stevens feels in painstakingly tracing the fault lines of the GOP is palpable, as is his final conclusion: all the values and principles touted by Republican leaders were a lie, a facade to hide naked power grabs, and to maintain wealth and privilege. Indeed, he concludes that even the most baseline level of decency is utterly absent throughout the GOP, with the possible exceptions of Larry Hogan and Charlie Baker. In my opinion, whatever the result of the 2020 elections, time will prove the eternal accuracy of Rick Wilson's infamous prediction: "Everything Trump Touches Dies".

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  • Sparkie
  • 2020-08-09

I dare Republicans to read this and face facts!

The author spent decades electing Republicans as an internal operative and consultant. He lays bare the demise of the Republican Party. The book is chock-full of examples that Republicans can't ignore, and the rest of the country needs to understand. He explains how cheating, racism, and playing on fears he got multiple Republican candidates elected to all levels of government. Basically, "...five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusional." He also works expose the lies perpetrated the anti-science conservative media, and how they, like the republican party, have had to rely on conspiracy theories and alternative facts to stay in power. He shows how Republicans are not interested in fiscal responsibility and have been the party of the rich, systematically marginalizing non-white voters. He explains how Trump rose to power and how he will try to stay in power by cheating, from slowing down mail delivery, to even putting Kanye West on the ballot. That's right, Trump's attorneys are adding a black secondary presidential candidate, in order like Nixon did in the south, to pull voters away from the Democratic candidate. A must-read for anybody that wants to see the truth elegantly laid out in an entertaining read.

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  • Silas
  • 2020-08-05

Brilliant Summary Of How We Got Here

Didn’t know who Stuart Stevens was until today. Very glad to have been introduced to him now!

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  • Becky Strassner
  • 2020-08-10

Must Read for All Americans

This author clarifies the reason behind the Republican party's madness. Winning at the expense of anything good has become their mantra. Be prepared to grit your teeth.

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  • F Scott Gee
  • 2020-08-08

Must Read

This books puts into words what I have felt since 2015. Every one should read this before election day.

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  • Flashg
  • 2020-08-10

Wow, truth from a Republican. It’s about time!

From a man who worked in the Republican Party for most of his life and helped get a lot of them elected, he opens up with a honest truth about the happenings over many years! A must listen to anyone especially Republicans who love to put their heads in the sand! I listen to tons of books and this is one of the best! Great job Stuart

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  • tracy danziger
  • 2020-08-09

good in every way...

I will re listen to this book, it confirms my personal beliefs about trump and the Republican party. I would like a reporter to interview as many Republicans as possible from now to November and give them a chance to respond and rethink (?) their standing within the party out loud for the public to hear. I want it documented one by one, where their head is at and what they stand for.

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  • JJL
  • 2020-08-12

Mad props from s lifelong D.

Fair and accurate history of the Republicans party. Explains why the R's have difficult road ahead to restore a principles to a party stripped of any morals or purpose.

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  • Ricky L Verret JD
  • 2020-08-09

Two Thumbs up for "It Was All A Lie"

Really enjoying the belated confessions of truth about the downward evolution of the American political party system. Very much appreciate throughout the book references to other books worthy of further reading.

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