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The Man Who Sold America

Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story
Narrated by: Joy-Ann Reid
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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The media star and host of MSNBC’s Am Joy - called “a heroine of the Resistance” by the New York Times - offers concrete advice and insight for dealing with the outrages of the Trump administration and offers a progressive road map to preserve and protect America’s future as a beacon of democracy.

In this smart, forward-thinking “survival guide”, Joy-Ann Reid offers an inspiring vision to help liberals, never-Trumpers, and all concerned citizens endure the presidency of Donald J. Trump and a plan for what follows after he exits the White House.

In The Man Who Sold America, Reid analyzes the chaos of the Trump White House and lays out the dangers it poses for our national security, the rule of law, and our standing worldwide. While the GOP has wholeheartedly embraced him as its leader, Trump is actually helping to destroy the Republican party, Reid makes clear. While Trump promised his adoring base that he would “Make America Great Again”, he has failed - despite his boasting - to enact many of the signature policy goals he campaigned on, from fully repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act to building a “big, beautiful” border wall and making Mexico pay for it. 

As troubling as Trump’s occupation of the Oval Office is, his election has sparked a wave of enthusiastic citizen participation unseen in decades and has ushered in a new golden age of journalism. Accused of being “the enemy of the American people” and “fake news”, today’s reporters are rising to the challenges of covering the Trump White House, including the bombardment of lies, prevarications, and “alternative facts”. Most important, Reid shows us how to stay strong until the 2020 presidential election. We cannot let anger lead to paralysis, Reid wisely advises. Instead, we must pour our efforts into activist causes and building a strong and vibrant Democratic Party that can both defeat Trump and prevent the next candidate in his likeness from rising.

The Man Who Sold America is not a polemic; it is an uplifting, action-oriented blueprint essential for these turbulent times that focuses on the decent and the good, reminding us of the principles and ideals that are the foundation of our democracy and the opportunities we have to make America a better country for all of us. 

©2019 Joy-Ann Reid (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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A fantastic read

A sobering, intelligent, and thoughtful assessment of what's going on in this country right now. Joy Reid produced a book that I could not stop listening to till the very end.

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Love this! informative and captivating!

Finished it record time, only because it was so interesting. Love Joy already and this book didn't disappoint.

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An American Story

I love Ms. Reid's animated story reading about America's modern day Shakespeare's comedy/tragdey named Trump.

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Current Events and prophecy fulfillment

Very easy to listen to Ms. Reid narrating her book.
I am so much more the wiser because of her work. Thank you for your excellent melange of history, sentiment and cultural expressions of America and those who love and despise her alike.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in the fabric of our democracy and how fragile it is.

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Excellent Read!

Wow! What a fantastic book by an outstanding author. Great job, Joy! A must read.

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Outstanding!

Ms. Reid brings us up to date with the morass that we are immersed in. Her analytic work makes it clear why we are where we are and points us in a direction for corrective action. History does repeat itself yet with Ms. Joy-Ann Reid's roadmap we will once again do the heavy lifting. There are more of us than them.

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Good explanation of how we got to where we are

I am a big Joy Reid fan. I'm not sure what I was expecting but as someone who follows Joy and the news cycle and politics closely, this for me was more of a refresher than a revelation. Nevertheless, Joy is easy to listen to, clear in her explanations, and very knowledgeable about the political climate that led the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on the Davos Conference, and I am very concerned and somewhat alarmed by the warning of how capitalism can easily slip into fascism as more wealth is concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people, and the resultant rise of tribalism. We see it happening before our very eyes -- and with a Congress and court system, either unwilling, or unable to put on the brakes. This book is the canary in the coalmine.

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hip-hip-hooray for Joy Reid!!

well written with great information and narration. highly recommend reading as a citizen of the USA

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Great book

Great book. Informative, interesting & fast moving. Though I wish there was some “magic wand” to wave to “right this thing”

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We can't be done with him soon enough!

We!! Written and informative.To hear it read inJoy's familiar voice was cool.
How did we let this schiester get into the presidency?

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