The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Kaufman has written for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.


Through the microcosm of one state Dan Kaufman does a masterful job explaining what's happened to America, and why. It's not a happy tale, but it's an important one.--Jane Mayer, best-selling author of Dark Money
What was the matter with Kansas is now the matter with Wisconsin. Once one of the most liberal states in the union, on election night 2016 Wisconsin was the state that put Trump over the top. How did such a big change happen, and what should we do about it? For starters, read this book--and let these agonizingly true stories sink in.--Thomas Frank, best-selling author of What's the Matter with Kansas?
Dan Kaufman, a native son, will take you deeper into this story than I would have thought possible. Tirelessly reported, full of heroes and their tormentors, it's a devastating portrait of a beautiful, besieged state reeling into the Trump era.--William Finnegan, best-selling author of Barbarian Days
Kaufman burrows badgerlike into the politics of America's Dairyland, unearthing the personal histories of its people: an ironworker turned activist, a conservation biologist, a Native American tribal elder. In doing so, he reveals Wisconsin's transformation from a 'pioneering beacon' of progressive policies, responsible for the nation's first worker's-comp and unemployment-insurance programs, to 'a laboratory for corporate interests.'--Michelle Hart
The Fall of Wisconsin shows that the most important story in American politics was hiding in plain sight--how the progressive bastion of the upper Midwest turned into Alabama-with-snow. With elegant ferocity, Dan Kaufman tells a story that is rooted in the soul of Wisconsin but relevant to the whole country as well.--Jeffrey Toobin, best-selling author of American Heiress