It Was All A Lie

It Was All A Lie

How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump

eBook - 2020
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"In his bare-knuckles account, Stevens confesses to the reader that the entire apparatus of his Republican Party is built on a pack of lies... This reckoning inspired Stevens to publish this blistering, tell-all history... Although this book will be a hard read for any committed conservatives, they would do well to ponder it."
--Julian E. Zelizer, The New York Times

From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal exposé of how his party became what it is today

Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new book he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass.

This is not a book about how Donald J. Trump hijacked the Republican Party and changed it into something else. Stevens shows how Trump is in fact the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion, dating all the way back to the civil rights legislation of the early 1960s. Stevens shows how racism has always lurked in the modern GOP's DNA, from Goldwater's opposition to desegregation to Ronald Reagan's welfare queens and states' rights rhetoric. He gives an insider's account of the rank hypocrisy of the party's claims to embody "family values," and shows how the party's vaunted commitment to fiscal responsibility has been a charade since the 1980s. When a party stands for nothing, he argues, it is only natural that it will be taken over by the loudest and angriest voices in the room.

It Was All a Lie is not just an indictment of the Republican Party, but a candid and often lacerating mea culpa. Stevens is not asking for pity or forgiveness; he is simply telling us what he has seen firsthand. He helped to create the modern party that kneels before a morally bankrupt con man and now he wants nothing more than to see what it has become burned to the ground.
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated, 2020
ISBN: 9780525658467
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Nov 24, 2020

The most surprising thing about this book is that it was written at all... For an employed insider to admit to the crass foundations of the 'conservative' ideologies supporting the case for Republican candidates for office -- to telling the truth -- is amazing. A great book!

Nov 20, 2020

This is an amazing book written by someone who used to be a dyed-in-the-wool Republican operative but has now seem the light of day. I got this from the library after the 2020 election and just finished reading it. It was written far before the election but it is astounding how accurately it foretold all of the gyrations that Trump and the Republican party are now going through to try to reach a different outcome. If you read nothing else, the last 30 pages or so are very revealing about all of the efforts to disenfranchise minority voters and raise the specter of fraud in the absence of any credible evidence. Highly recommended.

Nov 01, 2020

Written by a long time Republican as he looks at the transition of the GOP into what it is today. Trump is just the result of that evolution--he is not the cause.

Oct 08, 2020

One has to wonder after reading this book about the future of the Republican Party post trump. Who out there is at least as unqualified to lead? Every intelligent person in the world is insulted every time his lips move. It is incomprehensible how much damage to America’s reputation he has caused throughout the world. And with the Republican ploy to rig elections so that only Republicans can win it would appear that the party of trump is poised to lead the country into a dictatorship.

Aug 03, 2020

Is SPL getting an ebook version?

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