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Devil's Bargain Audiobook

Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

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Publisher's Summary

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump - the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history. Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump's penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who'd never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Yet Bannon's hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump's unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn't see. Trump's campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.

Any study of Trump's rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Devil's Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton. It's a story that happened only due to a remarkable confluence of circumstances, many of them driven by traps Bannon and his allies laid that suddenly snapped shut on their mortal enemy. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton's fall, you have to weave Trump's story together with Bannon's, or else it doesn't make sense.

©2017 Joshua Green (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    "Just When You Thought You Knew It All"

    I devoured this book all at once. Riveting, well written, and open minded. Don't let the title turn you off. The writer takes a dispassionate view of Trump and Bannon, just giving us the facts and a story beyond what I knew. I'm a political junkie, and can't go a day without The Times, Post and Politico. But I was transfixed on all I discovered.
    The writer dissects the Trump phenomenon better than anyone, as well as the follies of Clinton's campaign.
    I voted for Hillary, but this book gave me a whole new... respect for what Trump accomplished.

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    Charles P. Oconnor Washington DC 09-08-17
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    "Bannon elects Trump"

    If you never heard of Steve Bannon until he gave us Trump this is a worthwhile read. The book is 80 % Bannon and
    20% Bannon manipulating Trump.

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    Leahmgordon 08-03-17
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    "5 stars for the book, not the subject matter."
    What made the experience of listening to Devil's Bargain the most enjoyable?

    I wanted to know more about Donald Trump and the team that is running my beloved country. It was interesting to learn Steve Bannon's background and to have an insiders view to him as well as a better understanding of Sean Spicer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil's Bargain?

    How shocked Trump was that he won.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pattie LEWISTON, MAINE, United States 07-29-17
    Pattie LEWISTON, MAINE, United States 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best book I've come across about the last election"

    I appreciate that this book doesn't come across as very biased. I wanted something that would seriously look at what the heck happened this November.

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    "It's a new game in politics now."

    Terrific book, insight on what was going on very credible.

    The book was right, hollywood couldn't write this kind of stuff.

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    "eye opener"

    this has given a great understanding of the politics and election I just witnesses in 2016.

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    "Maximum Eye OPENER..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. ..I already have recommended this book BEFORE I finished reading chapter 2...!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Background information that I didn't know. Shocking! #


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No fav scene..Definitely looking for more like this.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I didn't know about past (or current ) affiliations that KellyAnne Conway and Bannon have with BIG MONEY Republican party contributors. ..scarey


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent. .will listen again. And maybe. once more.

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    "Well Writen"
    Would you listen to Devil's Bargain again? Why?

    This is a well written analysis of the success of the Trump campaign and the partnership of Bannon and Trump. If you are a Trump supporter, you will love every word; if you are a not a Trump supporter [me], you will chafe under the unfolding of Trump's (really Bannon's) improbable but successful campaign, and will loose faith in the intellect of your fellow American voters.


    What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's just a good reader


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    Mz Linda 08-04-17
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    "Knowledge is Power-- Be informed "

    Loved it!! Filled in the information I needed to understand who Bannon really is. Amazing!

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    "very gripping perspective full of ah moments ."

    this book is full of ah moments that explain the complexity of Bannon.
    and shines a new light on the man.
    I was shocked at how much I was able to understand of this mysterious man.
    the influence he's been able to infuse into American culture.
    is shocking.

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