American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy


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6.3 X 9.19 X 1.37 inches | 1.34 pounds

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About the Author

David Corn is a veteran Washington journalist and political commentator. He is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. He is the author or co-author of four New York Times bestsellers, including the #1 bestseller Russian Roulette, Showdown, and Hubris, and the author of the novel Deep Background


"AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS is a brave and important book written by one of the sharpest political writers of our time."--Molly Jong-Fast, contributing writer, The Atlantic
"David Corn's AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS is essential reading for anyone hoping to restore political sanity in America. He argues convincingly that the toxic brew of bigotry, conspiracy theories, and lies that define Trumpism started long before Trump. Corn chronicles the Republican Party's decades-long slide into the gutter and weaves this investigative history into a compelling narrative that is equal parts horrifying and entertaining. Corn has managed to make brilliant sense of American senselessness."--Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money
"In this searing and deeply reported work, Corn recounts how the modern GOP succumbed to the extremism, alternative realities, and paranoia that spread the 'American psychosis' that exploded on January 6. A desperately important read."--Charlie Sykes, author of How The Right Lost Its Mind
"David Corn makes the powerful case that Donald Trump didn't come out of nowhere. He expertly traces the antecedents of Trump and Trumpism over the decades. This is a must-read if you want to understand what brought us to Trump and why the GOP remains a threat to American democracy."--Jennifer Rubin, columnist, the Washington Post
"AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS requires us to revisit the dark forces that have shaped our government and charges us to safeguard American democracy from those who inflame our worst instincts to destroy it."--Heather Cox Richardson, professor of history, Boston College
"The hatred, bigotry, conspiracism, paranoia, and rage inside the GOP didn't start with Donald Trump. In this important and convincing account, David Corn shows that such poison has been in the marrow of the Republican Party for more than seventy years."--Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
"The genesis from a conventional party to a fanatic cult did not start with Donald Trump. The roots go much deeper and much further back. David Corn, with rich detail and in compelling prose, gives us a full history of the journey to crazy. Whether you have read a lot about the Republican Party or are just beginning to examine how the country could have come to this deeply dangerous point, AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS is a must read."--Norman Ornstein, Emeritus Scholar, The American Enterprise Institute
"David Corn was at the forefront of journalism in detailing the corruption and danger of the Trump campaign and the Trump Presidency. Now, he has taken a highly useful long look back at the far right's role in Republican politics over the decades. Trump and Trumpism did not come from nowhere. There is a long back story. Corn tells it here, bringing to history the verve and energy he brings to all of his reporting."--E. J. Dionne Jr., author, Why the Right Went Wrong
"The veteran political journalist connects the authoritarianism and White supremacism of yore with the Trumpism of today... It's a zigzag line indeed, but Corn makes important connections. ...A sobering look at the ideological destruction, born of cynicism and opportunism, of a once-principled party."--Kirkus Reviews
"David Corn's new book chronicles how Republicans themselves made the MAGA Monster that now devours their party. Every modern Republican, Trump supporter or not, has been complicit in this nightmare"--Elie Mystal, correspondent, The Nation
"[Corn is] a great journalist. I love the way he thinks. I love the way he writes. I'm so glad he's done a super-readable, modern history of the right...We just need smart, digestible history about this stuff right now...[AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS] is perfectly timed...Relevant history for where we are right now."--Rachel Maddow, host, The Rachel Maddow Show
"With AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS, David Corn 'did the full homework to take us all the way back to where it really begins.'"--Lawrence O'Donnell, host, The Last Word
"David Corn "documents in this colorful and persuasive treatise 'the Republican Party's decades-long relationship with extremism.'...[Corn] draws a clear through line from the rise of Barry Goldwater to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot....[I]ncisive political history."--Publisher's Weekly