The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story

The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story

by Joy-Ann Reid

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MSNBC'S Joy-Ann Reid calculates the true price of the Trump presidency

"The host of AM Joy on MSNBC argues that President Trump’s administration is characterized by grift and venality that demeans the office and diminishes America.” —New York Times Book Review, “New & Notable”

Is Donald Trump running the “longest con” in U.S. history? How did we get here? What will be left of America when he leaves office? 

Candidate Trump sold Americans a vision that was seemingly at odds with their country’s founding principles. Now in office, he’s put up a “for sale” sign—on the prestige of the presidency, on America’s global stature, and on our national identity. At what cost have these deals come? Joy-Ann Reid's essential new book, The Man Who Sold America, delivers an urgent accounting of our national crisis from one of our foremost political commentators.

Three years ago, Donald Trump pitched millions of voters on the idea that their country was broken, and that the rest of the world was playing us “for suckers.” All we needed to fix this was Donald Trump, who rebranded prejudice as patriotism, presented diversity as our weakness, and promised that money really could make the world go ’round.

Trump made the sale to enough Americans in three key swing states to win the Electoral College. As president, Trump’s raft of self-dealing, scandal, and corruption has overwhelmed the national conversation. And with prosecutors bearing down on Trump and his family business, the web of criminality is circling closer to the Oval Office. All this while Trump seemingly makes his administration a pawn for the ultimate villain: an autocratic former KGB officer in Russia who found in the untutored and eager forty-fifth president the perfect “apprentice.”

What is the hidden impact of Trump, beyond the headlines? Through interviews with American and international thought leaders and in-depth analysis, Reid situates the Trump era within the context of modern history, examining the profound social changes that led us to this point. 

Providing new context and depth to our understanding, The Man Who Sold America reveals the causes and consequences of the Trump presidency and contends with the future that awaits us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781094008912
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 595,360
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joy-Ann Reid has worked in the media for nearly two decades. She is an MSNBC correspondent appearing regularly on Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. She is managing editor of and has written columns for the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel,, and the South Florida Times. She was also involved in both the 2004 and 2008 national political campaigns. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to Gotham 1

1 How Trump Happened 19

2 Two Nations, Under Trump 38

3 The Trump Republican Party 57

4 A New American Civil War 84

5 The Man Who Sold the World 122

6 American Strongman 143

7 What America Can Learn from South Africa 167

8 The Media in the Trump Age 186

9 "Mr. Barr Goes to Town" 223

10 Un-Democratic America? 237

Epilogue: After Trump, Who Are We? 265

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 275

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The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Joy Reid is a great host on her weekend cable news show. She is insightful, articulate and knowledgeable on almost every topic brought before her. This book reads much like that, as if it is a transcript of her show. She summarizes the rise of Trump to President and the unorthodox reign of his administration. Most of the topics were familiar to me as were the comments from the news hounds hovering around the halls of power. I was hoping that a book would allow her more room to explore these topics more thoroughly but that wasn't the case. It is still a good read and Joy Reid's voice does shine, but it all seemed a little light-weight.
Anonymous 6 months ago
A good read with many helpful insights
Anonymous 4 months ago