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Bad stories: what the hell just happened to our country

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"Like a lot of Americans, Steve Almond spent the weeks after the 2016 election lying awake, in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn't just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America had elected a cruel, corrupt, and incompetent man to the Presidency. Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country is Almond's effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots that go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces. Almond looks to literary voices--from Melville to Orwell, from Bradbury to Baldwin--to help explain the roots of our moral erosion as a people. The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. To understand how we got here, we have to confront our cultural delusions: our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism. Bad Stories is a lamentation aimed at providing clarity. It's the book you can pass along to an anguished fellow traveler with the promise, This will help you understand what the hell happened to our country"--Provided by publisher.
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subject_facetElectronic books
Political culture -- United States
Politics and literature -- United States
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2016
Social values -- United States
Trump, Donald, -- 1946-
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-
title_displayBad stories : what the hell just happened to our country
title_fullBad Stories What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country
Bad stories : what the hell just happened to our country / Steve Almond
Bad stories : what the hell just happened to our country [electronic resource] / Steve Almond
title_shortBad stories
title_subwhat the hell just happened to our country
topic_facetElection
Electronic books
Essays
Nonfiction
Political culture
Politics
Politics and government
Politics and literature
Presidents
Social values
Sociology
Trump, Donald