The Case for Trump

Narrated by: David Lertham
Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: History, 21st Century
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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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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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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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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).
To this list I would add,
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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Fun to listen to, mostly confirmed what I already knew. Good listen.
a very good synopsis.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-19

Trump Season One

As a resident of Britain i’ve been watching events in US with a mixture of horror and hilarity.

VDH has been one of my favourite columnist for some time. He seems to be one of the very few writers able to navigate his way through the labyrinth of American politics objectively.

Like much of his work this will be revisited as an accurate account of this period in US history.

I’m looking forward to Season Two.

PS My Advice to all politicians is to ditch your expensive, know nothing Special Advisors and start listening to VDH

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  • 08-01-19

Could be leaner and more international.

Since Trump's election victory, the coverage of him and his presidency in the Irish media has been really poor. It is an unending stream of lazy, tabloid, prejudicial, one-sided journalism. All I want is reporting without the "noise" of the journalist's or editor's personal bias. I was looking for a book that might explain in layman's terms, why half of America's voting population voted for him, the rationale for his policies, and what has been/are likely to be, the consequences of his actions for America and for the rest of the world (without the endlessly tiresome vitriole that accompanies most media reports) .
Victor Hanson could reasonably argue that he has done this, but for me, much of the core value of this book is obfuscated by an assumption of the reader's familiarity with the American political system, repetition to the point that I think my audio controls are skipping backwards of their own accord, and an unnecessary protraction of narrative.
I fully accept that my lack of knowledge of the American political system is substantially my problem (and the book is intended for an American audience), but for me, this book would have been far better if it were shorter, less "noisy" in terms of faux exasperation, presented the main arguments in a more cohesive manner, and recognised that non-Americans are interested too.
That said, I did learn several interesting things, such as some aspects of America's relationship with Mexico, that I was not previously aware of.

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  • Victor Czerwinski
  • 05-03-19

Trump an enigma

Victor Davis Hanson reveals the state of the government and the reasons why Trump was elected President. He shows the corruption that ensued via the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
The corruption and the sexual wrongdoing of previous presidencies , as well as the corruption of the Clintons.
Trump is truly an enigma, but he is amazingly good for America.

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  • A. Getaz
  • 04-11-19

Thrilling read

Excellent book and well narrated. Victor Davis Hanson explains brilliantly Trump's rise and his tragic hero status.

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  • Hank
  • 05-14-19

brilliant and fascinating analysis !

Being a serial reader on all things Trump this has been the most enlightening analysis and commentary I've come across so far. The author surprised me with his fascinating insights, analogies and comparisons of the Trump era with other periods in history. Namely President Harry Truman and a classic Hollywood movie or two. Really interesting to the point where I'm considering reading a biography of Harry Truman and watching "The magnificent seven" again. Lol🙂. Fascinating read. Highly recommend.

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  • Samuel Peacocke
  • 05-20-19

A thoughtful review of Tump

This book is well worth a read. It is balanced and well researched and really questions what drives the opinions of the media and the Democratic Party

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