I wanted to let you know that just after the election I’ll be publishing a book on Donald Trump and the political phenomenon of Trumpism. It will be a shortish ebook which is one part original analysis, commentary and history of the last 18 months and one part anthology of the most popular posts I’ve written on Trump over that same period. Peppered through will be a small number of original interviews and a sprinkling of charts and graphs of what I think are the most critical social and demographic trends rumbling beneath and driving what we’ve seen happen since the summer of 2015. As you’ve seen if you’re a regular reader, I’ve written quite a lot about Trump over the last two years and thought quite a lot about what’s behind not only his improbable success but the deeper strains of American political culture which made him possible and will continue after him. It will be my effort to pull the entire story together, with new writing with the perspective of the entire election cycle as well as weaving together what I’ve written to date into a coherent whole.
On a personal note, I’m excited. This will be, as far as I can remember, the first thing I’ve written longer than a blog post in a decade. One of the great blessings of TPM for me is that I have a ready outlet to write what I want, when I want. Anything longer simply hasn’t been possible with my responsibilities running TPM. But the truth is I’ve never had any interest in writing a book about politics. I would like to write books in the future and I almost started a book project in 2005 before setting it aside and recommitting to expanding TPM. But that 2005 project wasn’t anything to do with politics or contemporary history. And of the various book projects I have in mind for the future none of them have anything to do with politics. But for a number of reasons, I was interested in and excited about writing this. This topic got me.
A few details. We’ll be publishing this only as an ebook, at least that’s the plan for now. We’ll be publishing a special edition for Prime members in the last week of November. Then it will go on sale at Amazon at the beginning of December.
I hope you like it.