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The Case for Trump

Written by: Victor Davis Hanson
Narrated by: David Lertham
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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

What the critics say

"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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The definitive account of Trumps first three years in office

Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Hanson executes an erudite, informed and sober analysis of an oft-controversial president, in a manner that no one else can.

I urge Trump supporters and opponents alike to read this book with an open mind and to formulate their own conclusions.

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Outstanding & Truthful

An excellent summation of not only Trumps first 3 years but an overview of the hate from the Dems, MSM and Hollywood elites.

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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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  • Charles
  • 2019-08-16

Great Book but totally different that I EXPECTED.

I Expected this to be a total blow out positive narrative in favor of Donald Trump and wasn't going to read it. The switch came from the very beginning, it was a very good historical review of all the things that have happened in America that set up the total unexpected the election of Donald Trump to be the President of the United States of America. This went back 50 years or more, in some cases with both Republicans and Democrats that have lied, cheated and deceived the American voters. I am 65 years old and have often herd many people say the same thing when it comes to our electoral process and the very people that we have placed in front of us to choose from. "VOTING FOR THE LESSER OF THE EVIL" This book goes into all the many things that have gone into the reason why Trump was in the right place and time for America. This book was very thought provoking in many ways for me because I was not a Trump supporter in the beginning AT ALL. Take the time to read this book and see if you dont agree with all the facts that this history lesson puts in front of the readers.... Great Job

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  • Peter A. Giersch
  • 2019-08-11

the other side of the story

This story of this presidency, like every story, has two sides. You can hear the anti-Trump side everywhere. This book is a rare defense of Trump that is more intellectual than emotional. well written and erudite, without being dry or academic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-18

Not Convinced

One of the benefits of reading this book during a pandemic is all the calories I burned shaking my head, rolling my eyes, and saying “oh brother.” I made a deal with a Trump voter friend to read one of hers if she’d read one of mine and this is the one she picked. I was hoping for some information that would help me understand the Trump phenomenon, but it mostly reinforced my feeling that there is a parallel universe where being decent and kind is seen as weakness and trusting anyone is dangerous. The core of Trump’s success seems to be his pursuit of prosperity, defined as the accumulation of wealth. A healthy, safe, and free society and planet is the measure of prosperity, not the stock market. The author shares Trump’s hatred of the elites - from government, corporations, and educational institutions, everyone in the media and the entertainment industry. I didn’t know the term “deep state” before reading this book and do not share the mistrust of career public servants who work to protect our institutions. He praised him for being “relatable”. I prefer to have a president who has a bigger vocabulary than I do, and refrains from behaving in a way I would not allow my children or my students to behave. He praises him for his aggressive words and actions and boasts that he is the only president who continues his campaign rallies well beyond election day. Trump needs to enter rally rehab so he doesn’t end up further spreading COVID-19. And speaking of his mental state, the book I chose for my Trump voter friend has the same title with one word added, Dangerous. The author completely misinforms the readers in his section about the attacks from the mental health community in regards to him being unfit for office. They are stifled by the Goldwater Rule and are speaking out to fulfill their duty to warn when someone is a danger to themselves or others. His claims that mental instability isn’t an issue because of the 30 out of 30 score on a dementia test misses the point that he has a toxic mix of personality disorders that make him a clear and present danger to our lives, our livelihoods, and democracy.

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  • ibaconi
  • 2019-10-14

The Heroic Outlaw

An excellent look at the Trump era and the reasons for his highly unlikely political success.

I was very skeptical about Donald Trump and so did a great deal of study. Reading his books, researching his background as reported in the news and various magazing articles. It soon became apparent that he honestly consders himself a true patriot and hard-core nationalist. This added to the fact that he was a political outsider earned my early support, but didn't explain how he managed to step in and take the world by storm, not only against all odds, but against completely corrupt and dishonest actions by his opposition and the main-stream media (propagandia). This book examines not only his accomplishments which, in spite of the lack of having been reported, would be magnificent even for a president who had bipartisan support and positive coverate by the media.. As a folklorist I've been cognizant of Trump's intentional utilization of one of folklore's most popular genres, the heroic outlaw. While Hanson doesn't lay it out in folkloric terms, he does illuminate various aspects of Trumps modus operandi which bring this to life. Aspects of of the outlaw hero:
1. The outlaw is a victim of injustice from authorities, and is paying back the favor.
2. The outlaw helps common people.
3. The outlaw is sacrificing his life for a political stance.
4. The outlaw does things the average Joe would love to try, if he had the courage.
5. The outlaw's outlandish adventures provide entertainment in the manner of a long-
running serial (Cellania 2010).
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6. The outlaw is cool headed.
The more the anti-Trumpers fight against him, the stronger his outlawic hero persona grows... Fascinating!

To all of this I must add that "The Case for Trump" is quite listenable and holds the listener's interest, AND while many will listen with the "liar, liar, pants on fire" attitude, the facts presented are easily verifiable... In other words, Victor Davis Hanson is a hateful, misogynistic, stupid racist, who wrote a book to protect the hateful, misogynistic, stupid racist president. Which means his book is right on the money!

Well worth the listen!

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  • Grandma Nonna
  • 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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  • Mark G
  • 2019-03-06

Solid and slightly patronizing

I have not finished listening to the whole book yet. I like the VDH's strong analyses and cohesive and well articulated arguments. He's perhaps a bit patronizing and equivocating about President Trump but of course he's entitled to his opinion. President Trump's intellect and accomplishments are not just great but staggering - make no mistake about that. To fasten on some of his faux pas and "uncouth" behavior - things that are of minuscule importance compared to the fact he is saving not only the United States but perhaps the entire West, is (sorry, VDH) silly. It's like saying that Napoleon was a good general but his table manners left something to be desired. Also, VDH makes much of the "disdain" with which the coastal "elites" have been treating candidate and President Trump. It is not for them to have contempt for him. They themselves are not only beneath contempt, but deeply, truly deeply, stupid. Their arguments show so much ignorance and stupidity that when refuting them, one simply chokes for wanting to know where to start. They have as much basis in fact as, also frequently mentioned in the book, Black and Brown people's contempt for the Whites. To hold such beliefs and opinions one must be borderline insane or under the influence. If you want to know who the real fools are: Obama, for one, is a cretin, as are HRC, AOC, Pelosi, Schumer, Acosta... the list goes on and on. President Trump speaks his mind, but is often very gentle and tame, because he does not often call those people out for what they really are - fools, felons and traitors. I'm looking forward to the rest of the book.

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  • Joe
  • 2019-05-20

:)

Fun to listen to, mostly confirmed what I already knew. Good listen.
a very good synopsis.

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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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  • 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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