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The Case for Trump

Written by: Victor Davis Hanson
Narrated by: David Lertham
Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
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From an award-winning historian and regular Fox contributor, the true story of how Donald Trump has become one of the most successful presidents in history - and why America needs him now more than ever.

In The Case for Trump, award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over 16 well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a quarter-billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the US - and an extremely successful president.

Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn, Hanson argues. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad. 

We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump's. But after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.

©2019 Victor Davis Hanson (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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"As a great historian, Victor Davis Hanson makes the case for President Trump with unique insights and historic understanding and clarity. A must-read for everyone who supports the President or wants to understand this moment in history." (Newt Gingrich)

"A brilliant and bracing analysis from one of the great thinkers and writers of our time, and a farmer to boot - Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson understood the circumstances that gave rise to Donald Trump early on, how the president has made long overdue changes, and why his enemies seek to destroy him." (Mark R. Levin)

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capturing the years of Trump

Victor Davis Hanson is a genius at explaining the zeitgeist, capturing the remarkable time of Trump

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-03-07

Fascinating!!

Classical historian Victor Davis Hanson writes a no BS detailed history of the successes and failures of Donald John Trump from his unlikely election to his equally unlikely string of economic and foreign policy successes. Hanson is an unapologetic fan of Trump and has been since he upset a group of 16 Republican politicians to gain the party's presidential nomination. THE CASE FOR TRUMP is a long and detailed book that is strong on facts details, and logic without ever becoming boring. Hanson clearly describes Trump's unorthodox methods and does a fine job of analyzing why those methods are successful far beyond the wildest dreams of even his most ardent supporters. The author also delves deeply in how such a personally flawed man built and maintained such a strong following. The overarching theme of how Trump was elected is based on the strong leftward movement of the Democrat Party combined with many in the US who believed political leaders in both major parties were more internationalist than American. No doubt Trump's celebrity was also a major factor.

Hanson finds much to fault in both Trump's personal ethics and his in-your-face methodology, but he admire the results and doubts anyone else in the US today could achieve them.

Author Victor Davis Hanson is easily the most important classical historian of the last 100 years. He has began to write some modern history books during recent years. He has also become a prominent political commentator since early in the Obama administrations. He is also a farmer who lives in the house where he was born in poverty stricken north-central California. Although no longer a full time university professor his life is split between Hanson the farmer and Hanson the academic. Born into and raised in a Democrat family he readily admits that he is the only member of his extended family who voted for Trump.

I was a "never Trump" Republican until he began to have real successes as president. I did not vote for him, I simply cast my ballot against Mrs. Clinton and the cancer on the American soul she represents. A day seldom passes that President Trump verbal and Twitter excesses do not embarrass me. But I must admit that I also marvel daily at his ability to win battles and do a great job as president.

The quality of narration of this book is extraordinary. I had never heard of the narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-16

Chapt 10 a must read

The perspective and historical consideration is paramount to this experience. The analogy of chemotherapeutic prescription helps to understand this turning of the titanic leader.

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  • Nicole Beckmann
  • 2019-05-10

A triumph of American wisdom - California Dreamin'

Mind-blowingly eye opening and so very smart. Thoughtfully written from a unique perspective and yet also so familiar.

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  • Ernest Olivas
  • 2019-04-10

Delightful! Insightful! a great primer for 2020

excellent narration, precise and spaced well in its delivery and analysis of information in chronological fashion. Excellently cites the forces and currents that surprised the coastal elites and helps to remind us of the old values and new barriers we will be confronting as the 2020 races start.

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  • C. Walker
  • 2019-03-21

Hard to put down

A great review of Trump Presidency, past and future. Excellent ties to vast knowledge of history and past presidents. Trump is a lone wolf coarse paladin among hyenas and venomous snakes. The Patton or Truman analogy was instructive. Friends and enemies will sigh in relief when he is gone. Trump is not done, yet.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-09

Great gift relatives still screaming @ the sky

Terrific book, methodically laid out and presented... as perfect of a history from a right wing perspective of 2016 and beyond as is possible.

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  • Kiwi MGTI
  • 2019-07-15

A thoughtful clear analysis of the man

Well formed analysis of DJT conducted with thoughtful detachment through the lens of history and not with rabid animus. Americans who hold dear peace and prosperity law and order and are willing consider the relevant empirical data will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-15

Insightful Book

This was a great book. Very thoughtful and direct. A fair approach of defining Trump and how he came to power, how he governs, and why he infuriates The Establishment.

Highly recommend to anyone who struggles to reason a vote for Trump. The comparison of his behaviors to past presidents is revealing as to why Trump is the right person for this time.

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  • Sandrina
  • 2019-07-15

Trump. A phenomenon

The phenomenon of Donald Trump is not fake news. As I listened to the author’s account, I researched the facts. I’m not surprised to find that all are verifiable.

I am still baffled by the hatred that is spewing for this man and can only conclude that he is the miracle! Trump 2020, please!

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  • Jim Bowman
  • 2019-07-15

Remarkable

Extraordinarily informative .
Too much information to fact-check.
Difficult to wrap my mind around what has happened to our country and to our beloved and duly elected President. God Bless President Trump, his family, and his Administration.