The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage

by Jared Yates Sexton


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"An impressionistic and often disturbing account of the 2016 presidential race . . . This book reveals the incremental nature of public displays of hatred, growing from harsh chants and bumper stickers to, say, an open and unmasked gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville . . . [His] dispatches are bracing." —The Washington Post

Named a Best Book of 2017 by The Coil

When he agreed to cover the 2016 election season, journalist Jared Yates Sexton didn't know he was stepping into what would become—for both political parties—the most rageful and divisive political circus in U.S. history.

His initial dispatches showed Democrats at war with their establishment, coming apart at the seams over the long-gestating ascendancy of Hillary Clinton and the upstart momentum of Bernie Sanders, whose grassroots campaign provoked uprisings of people desperate for change. Then, on June 14, Sexton attended a Donald Trump rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of the first journalists to witness these rallies and give mainstream readers an idea of the raw anger that occurred there, Sexton found himself in the center of a maelstrom. Following a series of tweets that saw his observations viewed well over 1 million times, his reporting was soon featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg, and Mother Jones, and he would go on to write two pieces for The New York Times. Sexton gained more than 18,000 followers on Twitter in a matter of days, and received online harassments, campaigns to get him fired from his university professorship, and death threats that changed his life forever.

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 presidential election and the cultural forces that divided both parties and powered Donald Trump into the White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton's book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history. It is also a sobering chronicle of our democracy's political polarization—a result of our self-constructed, technologically assisted echo chambers.

Like the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer—books that have paved the way for important narratives that shape how we perceive not only the politics of our time but also our way of life—The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters
Upon Your Shore
is an instant classic, an authoritative depiction of a country struggling to make sense of itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619029569
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 426,949
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JARED YATES SEXTON's political writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction and a crime novel. Currently he serves as an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.

Table of Contents


PROLOGUE: Ugly Vibrations in These United States vii


CHAPTER 1: Canaries in the Coal Mine 3

CHAPTER 2: The American Dream Is Dead 21

CHAPTER 3: Nine Dead in Charleston 29

CHAPTER 4: The Ego Is Not Master in Its Own House 43

CHAPTER 5: They’re Tryin’ to Win This Thing 57

CHAPTER 6: Life Outside the Cloud 69

CHAPTER 7: The End of an Uneasy Truce 83

CHAPTER 8: The Joke Is Over 93


CHAPTER 9: An American Horror Story 107

CHAPTER 10: The Road to Ohio 119

CHAPTER 11: There Will Be Blood 133

CHAPTER 12: A Nation Forever on the Brink 143

CHAPTER 13: When the Devil’s at Your Door

the republican national convention 151

CHAPTER 14: The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore

the democratic national convention 169

CHAPTER 15: Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic 181

CHAPTER 16: The Green Party National Convention 191


CHAPTER 17: A Voice for the People 203

CHAPTER 18: A Tiger by Its Tail 217

CHAPTER 19: The Cult of the Movement 229

CHAPTER 20: We Come to the End 239

CHAPTER 21: Anatomy of a Car Crash 249

CHAPTER 22: Waiting for the End of the World 263

EPILOGUE: We the People 279




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