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The Populist Explosion - by John B Judis (Paperback)

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  • What's happening in global politics, and is there a thread that ties it all together?
  • About the Author: John B. Judis was a senior editor of "The New Republic" and recently a senior writer for "The National Journal.
  • 182 Pages
  • Political Science, American Government


About the Book

"Is the West witnessing a huge political upheaval? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, in a stunning rebuke; the ... billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican Party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win election after election in countries like Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece. John B. Judis ... tells us why we need to learn about the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s, the politics of which have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since"--Page 4 of cover.

Book Synopsis

What's happening in global politics, and is there a thread that ties it all together?

There is, and it is called populism.

What is populism? And why have populist parties and candidates suddenly sprung up and even gained power in the United States and Western Europe? The emergence of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, France's Marine LePen, Podemos in Spain, Syriza in Greece, and the Alternative for Germany are signs that an older consensus about politics and government is breaking down.

John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to understand the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s and whose politics have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. The Populist Explosion is essential reading for anyone hoping to grasp a global political system that is only just beginning what will be a long-running and highly consequential readjustment.

Review Quotes

Featured as one of "Six Books to Help Understand Trump's Win" by The New York Times

Named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Bloomberg

Named one of "11 Books that Will Make You Smarter about Politics" by Business Insider

"If you read no other political book this year, read The Populist Explosion by John B. Judis, which brilliantly sets out the connection to present circumstances." --Mark Mardell, BBC

"John B. Judis's The Populist Explosion was published just before Mr. Trump's election, but that improbable victory only confirms the book's thesis that Western democracies are in some ways failing to represent their citizens.... Mr. Judis's analysis is sharp and engaging." --Barton Swaim, The Wall Street Journal

"Writing from the left, with a qualified admiration for the populist impulse, Judis contends that populist insurgencies historically have served as warning signs of larger brewing political crises." --Tory Newmyer, Fortune

"A cogent and exceptionally clarifying guide to a political phenomenon that is at once elusive and, yes, explosive." --Jonathan Alter, The New York Times Book Review

"An intelligent guide to a phenomenon by no means over." --Fareed Zakaria, CNN

"Shows why journalists who have a sense of history, and its irony, need not be bewildered by the astonishing revolt against globalized elites in our time." --Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

"The Populist Explosion is far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. John Judis, whose track record is unrivaled, is the ideal author to tackle the subject, and he has done a superb job, placing contemporary trends, including the rise of Donald Trump, in historical perspective. Judis demonstrates the crucial role of the 2008 recession both here and in Europe in discrediting the neoliberal agenda. This is must reading." --Thomas Edsall, New York Times columnist

"A sweeping narrative--rich in historical and political argument--that ably ties together the insurgencies on both sides of the Atlantic." --The Nation

"Not only do these volumes provide conceptual clarity--historian David Greenberg has lamented that the term is so overused, it risks losing all meaning--but they also point to the risks of dismissing populist outbreaks, suggesting that they could continue shaping American politics on Nov. 9 and beyond." --Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

"John Judis, in The Populist Explosion, has written a terrific short book that is a brisk tour of the horizon, of the right and left versions of populism, their history and current state, with a useful comparison of the populist upsurge in the United States and Europe." --The American Prospect

"What does history tell us about the future? John Judis, the author of The Populist Explosion, says that America may be just in the first phase of its new populist insurrection." --Sydney Morning Herald

"The fact remains that in The Populist Explosion, as elsewhere, Judis hews to a much higher standard of sociological and political analysis than nearly any other American liberal. Whatever he makes of the situation, he faces it more squarely than most." --Tim Barker, New Left Review

"The Populist Explosion blends groundbreaking reporting with insightful scholarship in the best guide yet to the most important political phenomenon of our time." --Michael Lind, author of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States

"John Judis demonstrates again why he is one of America's best political journalists. There is no wiser or better informed analysis of contemporary voter discontent on both sides of the Atlantic than The Populist Explosion." --Michael Kazin, editor of Dissent

About the Author

John B. Judis was a senior editor of "The New Republic" and recently a senior writer for "The National Journal." He is the author of six books, including "Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origin of the Arab-Israeli Conflict" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014), "The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson" (Scribner, 2004), "The Emerging Democratic Majority" with Ruy Teixeira (Scribner, 2002), and "The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and Betrayal of Public Trust" (Pantheon, 2000). He has written for numerous publications, including "The New York Times Magazine," "Mother Jones," and "The Washington Post." Born in Chicago, he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of California Berkeley. He lives in Silver Spring, MD.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.4 Inches (H) x 4.9 Inches (W) x .6 Inches (D)
Weight: .45 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Sub-Genre: American Government
Genre: Political Science
Number of Pages: 182
Publisher: Columbia Global Reports
Theme: General
Format: Paperback
Author: John B Judis
Language: English
Street Date: October 5, 2016
TCIN: 51411761
UPC: 9780997126440
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-4869
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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