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  • A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy
  • By: David Corn
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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American Psychosis

By: David Corn
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
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Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author and investigative reporter David Corn tells the wild and harrowing story of the Republican Party’s decades-long relationship with far-right extremism, bigotry, and paranoia.

A fast-paced, rollicking, behind-the-scenes account of how the GOP since the 1950s has encouraged and exploited extremism, bigotry, and paranoia to gain power, AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS offers listeners a brisk, can-you-believe-it journey through the netherworld of far-right irrationality and the Republican Party’s interactions with the darkest forces in America. In a compelling and thoroughly-researched narrative, Corn reveals the hidden history of how the Party of Lincoln forged alliances with extremists, kooks, racists, and conspiracy-mongers and fostered fear, anger, and resentment to win elections—and how this led to Donald Trump’s triumph and the transformation of the GOP into a Trump personality cult that foments and bolsters the crazy and dangerous excesses of the right.

The Trump-incited insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, was no aberration. AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS shows it was a continuation of the long and deep-rooted Republican practice of boosting and weaponizing the rage and derangement of the right.

The gripping tale in AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS covers the last seven decades. From McCarthyism to the John Birch Society to segregationists to the New Right to the religious right to Rush Limbaugh to Newt Gingrich to the militia movement to Fox News to Sarah Palin to the Tea Party to Trumpism, the Republican Party has deliberately nurtured and exploited rightwing fear and loathing fueled by paranoia, grievance, and tribalism. This powerful and important account explains how one political party has harnessed the worst elements in politics to poison the nation’s discourse and threaten American democracy. 

©2022 David Corn (P)2022 Twelve
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"We all know that the hatred, bigotry, conspiracism, paranoia, and rage inside the GOP didn’t start with Donald Trump. But in AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS, an important and convincing account, David Corn shows that such poison has been in the marrow of the Republican Party for more than 70 years."—Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

“Whether you think the GOP's descent into depravity started with Barry Goldwater or Richard Nixon or Newt Gingrich, David Corn makes the powerful case that Donald Trump didn't come out of nowhere. Corn 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

“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 writes that Trump was not an aberration. He was the apotheosis of the Republican Party's decades-long slide into the gutter. Corn weaves this investigative history together into a compelling narrative that is equal parts horrifying and entertaining. It's a tribute to Corn that with the publication of AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS he has managed to make brilliant sense of American senselessness.”—Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, and Chief Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker Magazine

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should be compelling...

...but for the dull, disinterested narration, a pity since this should be such a good listen!

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  • A. Hawley
  • 16-09-22

Important history poorly read

Interesting, eye-opening, and well-researched modern history of conspiracy-theorist insanity in American politics. Great information, and people over 60 will remember a lot of the big names that drifted across our TV screens when we were kids and didn't know what it all meant.

But the audiobook? Look, I get that these big insta-bestselling nonfiction political books probably go through a very fast final production process. The audiobook version is likely to be rushed. These things come and go quickly on the market and probably most audiobook listeners don't pay much attention. So a narrator races through the text with no sense of what it's really saying--big deal, right?

I'm sorry to rag on the hardworking narrator. I have some idea what's involved in this work. I'm just sorry the production had to be rushed--that he didn't have time to read the book in advance and understand it, or to match the retakes with the main body of the recording.

But if, like me, you can barely get through a narration where the emphasis in almost every sentence is on the wrong word, where the voice talent OBVIOUSLY recorded inserts and retakes in a different audio environment and even a different state of health, then I'd give this one a miss and read the print book instead.

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  • Paul
  • 23-09-22

Disappointed

I just finished this and sadly I can’t recommend it. The first 1/3 is great. But the rest is just summarising news headlines. 🤷‍♂️

It had so much potential. My biggest problem with it is…why? Why are Americans so drawn to conspiracy BS? This stuff doesn’t fly in another other country but flourishes in the US. None of this was addressed.

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  • JudyD
  • 18-09-22

i never have criticized narrator

But this one was terrible- was still slow/ dragging even after I increase the speed to 1.2! He made me so drowsy I has to sit or lay down to listen. Maybe an exaggeration but I was definitely afraid to listen while driving. It didn’t help that the story was so dry. I really like David Corn when I see him on TV. so I expected some of his wit and satire to be injected into the story. I got none - unless I missed it because of the narration. Lol. I usually love political books but I returned this one which i seldom do - with over 1100 in my library. If it ever becomes available with a different narrator I will definitely try it again

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  • Shoe
  • 05-10-22

Lies, lies and more lies

Typical Leftist strategy is to subvert the truth and blame opponents of the very thing they are guilty of...

Disgusting

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  • ce
  • 28-09-22

The narration is comically bad

David Corn is a brilliant journalist and I enjoy his work. This is another infuriating, and well-researched book. The first few chapters have way too much fact contact going by too fast, but then it settles in starting with Nixon. It is an informative, and damning (and terrifying) history of one of our political parties which has long embraced the crazy.

Having said all that, I can't get past the terrible editing and narration. Every few minutes there is what sounds to be either a completely different reader who just might be on Quaaludes who is trying to imitate the original narrator, or it is the same narrator who is slooooowing his voice down for some reason. At any rate, to say it is jarring is a huge understatement. I have never heard such bizarre sound editing in my life. And there is at least one instance where a couple of sentences are repeated word for word.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-22

needs a decent reader

I find the reader sounds bored and monotone with the reading. needs a much better reader. the topic and information is interesting but the reader is the worst I have heard

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  • Joseph Cavalcante
  • 05-11-22

Hard to have to listen to this critique.

It's just a shame to have to hear an analysis of fellow countrymen as being so hateful, selfish, and mean spirited. It really seems that we're about to lose our country to such child-minded bad players. My heart is broken.

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  • Avery E
  • 03-10-22

trash

this is the kind of book that is just here for political bashing of the republican party.

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  • Ronald Barker
  • 30-11-22

Great read and performance

Great review of the failure of gop and Trump what a great experience you will learn allot

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  • Parron B.
  • 29-11-22

A MUST READ

I had listened to an episode of the Mary Trump show in which she had David on as a guest. This roughly hour long conversation gave me chills, as well as intrigued me to learn WHY the GOP was doing this currently. I must say that Mr. Corn lays out a tick by tick rundown of the dueling forces within side of the conservative movement comprised of predominantly two types of white males (some being wealthy privileged men and scrappy poor white men) and the symbiotic relationship that was the fuel that caused divides and violence to reassert their power. Please read this book if you are interested in being able to clearly discern how we are being pulled into authoritarianism as a country. Great read!!!