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Bad stories : what the hell just happened to our country / Steve Almond.

Almond, Steve (author.).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Lincoln Heritage PL - Dale Main Library 973 ALM (Text) 70743000162538 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Thorntown PL - Thorntown 973.933 ALM (Text) 30034001289043 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781597092265
  • ISBN: 1597092266
  • ISBN: 9781597091879
  • ISBN: 1597091871
  • Physical Description: 257 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Bad story #1 Watergate was about a corrupt president -- Bad story #2 The United States is a representative democracy -- Bad story #3 Our grievances matter more than our vulnerabilities -- Bad story #4 Economic anguish fueled Trumpism -- Bad story #5 Trump was a change agent -- Bad story #6 What amuses us can't hurt us -- Bad story #7 Journalism would make a hero of me -- Bad story #8 Nobody would vote for a guy like that -- Bad story #9 I do get a lot of honesty on the Internet -- Bad story #10 Sports bring us together as a nation -- Bad story #11 American women will never empower a sexual predator -- Bad story #12 Our court jesters will rescue the kingdom -- Bad story #13 There is no such thing as fair and balanced -- Bad story #14 The vast right-wing conspiracy was just a conspiracy -- Bad story #15 Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses -- Bad story #16 The Cold War is over (and we won!) -- Final bad story America is incapable of moral improvement.
Summary, etc.:
"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. [This book] 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Trump, Donald, 1946-
Presidents > United States > Election > 2016.
Political culture > United States
Social values > United States
Politics and literature > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 2017-

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