Donald Trump is the surprise nominee on the top of the Republican ballot this year, but it’s status quo at the helm of America’s right. A clutch of wealthy conservatives have unparalleled influence among top Republican politicians— and their ideas have been seeded by think tanks and academics those same businessmen have funded, writes Jane Mayer in Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
These are Donald Trump’s “deplorables,” as Hillary Clinton calls them— 11 unashamed Trump-train riders from across the United States, writing in their own words. To Clinton, they—or at least “half of them,” as the Democratic nominee chuckled last weekend in a stunning display of contempt before hurriedly apologizing—can be lumped together as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.”
A definite suspension of disbelief is required to read this meditative thriller narrated by an omniscient eight-month-old male embryo. Given that its author is Ian McEwan, that leap of faith also requires accepting a fetal commentator well-versed in premier cru wines and Great War poets, as well as given to rumination about nuclear oblivion—the very sort of erudite observations an acclaimed 68-year-old Booker prize-winning novelist might make.
A quarter-century ago, when Jennifer Welsh was a young grad student, the United States was the last superpower standing. Francis Fukuyama was proclaiming the end of history, the world was a different and, for many, more hopeful place.
Julia Shaw doesn’t believe in facts as a presence in our memories, which the rest us consider a historical as well as emotional record of our lives. Or, for that matter, in the idea of a single agreed-upon reality. “I just believe in the concept of personal reality,” says the 29-year-old Canadian psychologist.
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