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An Instant New York Times Best Seller!

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Yes We (Still) Can and cohost of Pod Save America, a sharp political playbook for how Democrats can take on Trump, McConnell, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing circus dominating American politics.

There is nothing more important than beating Donald Trump in 2020, but defeating Trump is just the start of this timely book. Un-Trumping America offers listeners three critical insights: First, Trump is not an aberration, but rather the logical extension of the modern Republican Party; second, how Democrats can defeat Trump in 2020; and third, preventing the likes of Trump from ever happening again with a plan to fix democracy.

While the catalog of the president's crimes is long and growing, undoing Trumpism - the political platform of racism, authoritarianism, and plutocracy that gave rise to Trump and defines the Republican Party - is a long and continuing fight. Through a craven, cynical strategy engineered by Mitch McConnell, funded by the Kochs, and fueled by Fox News propaganda, Republicans have rigged American politics to drown out the voices of the people in favor of the powerful. Without an aggressive response that recognizes who the Republicans are and what they have done, American democracy as we know it won't survive this moment and a conservative, shrinking, mostly white minority will govern the country for decades.

Un-Trumping America dismantles toxic Trumpism and offers a way forward. Dan Pfeiffer worked for nearly 20 years at the center of Democratic politics, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill to Barack Obama's White House. But it was Trump's victory and Republicans' incessant aiding and abetting of Trumpism that has radicalized his thinking. Here, Pfeiffer urges Democrats to embrace bold solutions - from fixing the courts to abolishing the electoral college to eliminating the filibuster - in order to make America more democratic (and Democratic).Un-Trumping America is a powerful call for Democrats and progressives to get smarter, tougher, and more aggressive without becoming a paler shade of orange.

©2020 Dan Pfeiffer (P)2020 Twelve

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If you care about our democracy, listen to this book.

If you are wondering how you can help save our democracy, listen to this book. Pfeiffer clearly lays out the facts; nothing is ‘sugar-coated’.

Pfeiffer provides a realistic checklist of precise things you can do in the short, intermediate and long term to claw our country back from the kleptocrats and burgeoning autocrats.

Listen to this book....today. Every day counts as we move one step closer to autocracy. This is NOT a time for complacency. Pfeiffer gives us a practical, workable action list. Listen to the book, then get going on the action items that are doable in your life. There is so, so much at stake.

This is different from several of the current political analysis books in that Pfeiffer gives us a road map to get our country back on course. Other books I’ve listened to offer analysis of all that’s wrong or frightening. Pfeiffer talks about the dangers as well. However, he then gives the action checklists. You will feel hope after listening to Un-Trumping America.
Let it spur you to action.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It really is a must-listen.

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Send a copy to everyone in a primary, quick!

A good systematic rundown of where we are, and what we might do about it--with practical suggestions for individual action.

Ends with an A+ rant about a recipes former Speaker of the House.

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A powerful voice for the change we need

This book offers a realistic yet hopeful look at what needs to change and how we can all help effect that change leading up to, and beyond, the 2020 general election. It helps that Mr. Pheiffer's narration is good, much improved from his first book. There's passion and wisdom here, and down-to-earth ideas about what we can all do to help rebuild our democracy. Highly recommended. Get one for a friend, too!

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Necessary & Painful

This was a hard listen. Pfeiffer does a masterful job of giving it to me straight, giving me a moment to stay my heart, and continue on the road to redemption. I am a progressive, I’m no fan of centrist Obama, however I am a fan of Obama’s deference for the rule of law. This is a worthy read, a thought exercise. And a necessary pill to swallow.

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Rekindle Your Passion for democracy

Intelligent, witty, profane, funny, insightful, and prescriptive. Descriptions of what was and can be again.

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Great Read

Sound logic and great ideas to get democracy back from Trump!!! A must read for sure.

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It's great, Dan

If you listen to Pod Save America, you have likely heard many of these ideas. But the book cogently organizes Dan's thoughts and provides helpful tips for how you can help ensure America's future is bright and democratic.

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The book we need right now

This is a fantastic book that keeps you reading/listening by presenting complicated issues in an easy to understand format with tons of real life anecdotes. This book is a must read!

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A Way Forward

Pfeiffer offers pro-democracy reforms and a path forward for Democrats to campaign and win on issues like voting rights, health care and tax reform. He also haaaaaates Paul Ryan and explains why Ryan the biggest fraud in the Republican Party.

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KABOOM!

Loved it, though the ending Paul Ryan rant was kind of a strange way to end a well though out argument and roadmap for democrats looking for paths to focus their ire toward trump and the emptiness of what we're once republicans.

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