Identity Crisis

The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Identity Crisis takes listeners from the bruising primaries to an election night whose outcome defied the predictions of the pollsters and pundits. The book shows how fundamental characteristics of the nation and its politics - the state of the economy, the Obama presidency, and the demographics of the political parties - combined with the candidates' personalities and rhetoric to produce one of the most unexpected presidencies in history. Early on, the fundamental characteristics predicted an extremely close election. And even though Trump's many controversies helped Clinton maintain a comfortable lead for most of the campaign, the prediction of a close election became reality when Americans cast their votes. 

Identity Crisis reveals how Trump's victory was foreshadowed by changes in the Democratic and Republican coalitions that were driven by people's racial and ethnic identities. The campaign then reinforced and exacerbated those cleavages as it focused on issues related to race, immigration, and religion. The result was an epic battle not just for the White House but about what America is and should be.

©2018 Princeton University Press (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 12-19-18

Fascinating Look at American attitudes

This book is for everyone who wants to know what happened in the 2016 election.

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Great book, robot performance

Amazing book for politics nerds who want a good entertaining overview of what happened in 2016. Reader is a bit robotic though.

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Repetitive, tedious and not much new

Rehash of the 2016 election was probably fine if incredibly tedious for anyone who's been alive for the last 3 years. Does a good job dispelling a few election narratives that are already pretty tired but actual analysis of identity was pretty facile. There are countless better books released in the last few years regarding identity in the US and it's not worth the slog for a few not particularly original crumbs.

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Great review of 2016

A fantastic overview of how the national elections of 2016 unfolded — but delivered as if it was read by a monotone, male Amazon Alexa. The droll delivery really detracted from my experience with the audio, relative to other titles.

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The definitive 2016 breakdown

All the best, most rigorous takes on the currents and forces underlying the 2016 election are contained herein. At this point, three years later, it's highly likely that most political junkies will have already absorbed most of these takes, making the book of marginal novelty, but in the event that one isn't fully up to speed, or needs disabusing of some of the more pernicious myths of 2016 (economic anxiety!) then this book is a one stop shop in a class of its own. Paul Heitsch's narration is of that stock audiobook sort, but there are sporadic moments where the absurdity of the events of 2016 seems to bring out a little sparkle or chuckle in his delivery.

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