Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745337913 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337920 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Under the Cover of Chaos

Trump and the Battle for the American Right

Lawrence Grossberg

Under the Cover of Chaos

Lawrence Grossberg

Distributed for Pluto Press

192 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745337913 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337920 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
One of the ways that people—voters, other politicians, and members of the media—have dealt with the rise of Donald Trump has been to dismiss him as an outlier, treating his irrationality, cruelty, and bombast as marks of his own character rather than signs of anything larger. Lawrence Grossberg’s Under the Cover of Chaos makes that argument impossible. In damning detail, Grossberg here lays bare the deep roots of Trumpism in the broader history of postwar US conservatism.
            Rather than a break with some imagined pure, nuanced conservatism, Grossberg shows, Trump’s manic nonsense is actually a continuation, the result of a long struggle between the new right and the reactionary right. What is new, he shows, is that the reactionary right has been legitimated—and has brought its political strategy of sowing chaos into the heart of mainstream politics. From there, Grossberg goes on to analyze the national mood—and to explain how that plays out in the actions of both Trump supporters and opponents—and lays out a possible nightmare future: a vision of a political system controlled by corporate interests, built on a deliberate dismantling of modern politics. 
Review Quotes
Henry Giroux, McMaster University
“A profound and insightful analysis of the diverse forces that led to Trump’s election. . . . Everyone should read this book if they want to understand the rise of authoritarianism in the United States.”
Meaghan Morris, University of Sydney
“This is a timely book, to say the least. Beyond the moment, however, Grossberg’s vision is thought-provoking, stirring, even exciting as well as frightening because it shows that there are new things to say about the morass of American and other democratic politics today and new ways to understand our situation. It’s also a rattling good read.”
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