Books and More (Post-Election)

Early journalistic and academic accounts of the 2016 presidential election are out and more are on the way.  A number of documentaries have been released as well.




Hillary Clinton

Untitled Memoir


Aug. 1, 2017
Day Street Books
Sept. 12, 2017
Simon & Schuster
Fall 2017
Nov. 2017
Princeton Univ. Press
Feb. 20, 2018
Penguin Press

Following up on their books on the 2008 (Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime) and 2012 (Double Down: Game Change 2012) Mark Halperin and John Heilmann are working on a book on the 2016 presidential campaign to be published by Penguin Press [Penguin Random House imprint].  Additionally in March 2017 HBO announced plans to produce a miniseries based on the book.

John Sides, Michael Tesler and Lynn Vavreck.  Feb. 20, 2018.  IDENTITY CRISIS: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
"Identity Crisis takes readers from the bruising primaries to an election night whose outcome defied the predictions of the pollsters and pundits. The book shows how fundamental characteristics of the nation and its politics—the state of the economy, the Obama presidency, and the demographics of the political parties—combined with the candidates’ personalities and rhetoric to produce one of the most unexpected presidencies in history...  Identity Crisis reveals how Trump’s victory was foreshadowed by changes in the Democratic and Republican coalitions that were driven by people’s racial and ethnic identities. The campaign then reinforced and exacerbated those cleavages as it focused on issues related to race, immigration, and religion. The result was an epic battle not just for the White House but about what America is and should be."

Benjamin R. Warner, Dianne G. Bystrom, Mitchell S. McKinney, and Mary C. Banwart, eds..  Nov. 2017.  AN UNPRECEDENTED ELECTION: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
"Written by leading scholars in the field of political communication, this book provides a comprehensive accounting of the campaign communication that characterized the unprecedented 2016 presidential campaign...  An Unprecedented Election... presents proprietary research conducted by a national election team and leading scholars in political communication that documents the most significant—and in some cases, the most shocking—features of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The information presented in this book is derived from national surveys, experiments, and textual analysis, and it will help readers to grasp the truly unique characteristics of this campaign that make it unlike any other in U.S. history."
    [initial subtitle: Hope, Hostility, and History in the 2016 Campaign]

Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Fall 2017.  UNTITLED MEMOIR. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
"Hillary Clinton’s new book of essays of stories from her life, up to and including her experiences in the 2016 presidential campaign, has been inspired by the hundreds of quotations she has been collecting for decades.  'These are the words I live by.  These quotes have helped me celebrate the good times, laugh at the absurd times, persevere during the hard times and deepen my appreciation of all life has to offer.' She will use them as jumping off points for reflections on the future. I hope by sharing these words and my thoughts about them, the essays will be meaningful for readers.'”

Katy Tur.  Sept. 12, 2017.  UNBELIEVABLE: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.  New York, NY: Dey Street Books [HarperCollins imprint]
"The NBC journalist who covered—and took fire from—Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history...  Unbelievable is Tur’s inside account of being embedded with the campaign, revealing what it was like to report on the most combative and volatile major party candidate ever to run for office and win...  Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it—a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial forty-fifth president of the United States."

Robert E. Denton Jr., ed..  Aug. 1, 2017.  THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: Political Communication and Practice. Springer.
"This volume focuses on the 2016 Presidential campaign from a communication perspective, with each chapter considering a specific area of political campaign communication and practice...  All the contributors are accomplished scholars in their areas of analysis. Students, scholars and general readers will find the volume offers a comprehensive overview of the historic 2016 presidential campaign."

Institute of Politics, ed. 
May 2017.  CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT: The Managers Look at 2016.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
"In this book, a distinguished group of presidential campaign staff, journalists, and political observers take us inside the 2016 race for the Republican and Democratic nominations and general election, guiding us through each candidate's campaign from the time each candidate announced his or her intention to seek the presidency through the primaries, conventions, and up to election day. Meeting under the auspices of the Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the candid discussion allows us to learn about the motivations of each candidate, strategies they deployed, and lessons they learned. In addition, representatives from the major SUPERPACS share their strategies and evaluate their impact in an election characterized by unprecedented campaign spending."

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.  April 18, 2017.  SHATTERED: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign.  New York: Crown [Penguin Random House imprint].
"Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors’ deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders."

Scott Conroy.  April 18, 2017.  VOTE FIRST OR DIE: The New Hampshire Primary: America's Discerning, Magnificent and Absurd Road to the White House.  New York: Public Affairs [Perseus Books imprint/Hachette Book Group].
"For a year and a half leading up to Primary Day, Scott Conroy followed the often absurd 2016 campaign up and down New Hampshire. Along the way, he got up close and personal with the candidates themselves, while absorbing local insights and entertaining anecdotes from the peppery state officials and wily operatives who have determined national political fates for generations. From far-flung towns like Dixville Notch and Berlin to "big cities" like Manchester and Portsmouth, in Vote First or Die, Conroy reveals the inner workings of American politics through the unforgettable characters who populate the exceedingly influential state of New Hampshire."

Susan Bordo.  April 4, 2017.  THE DESTRUCTION OF HILLARY CLINTON.  Brooklyn, NY: Melville House.
"The Destruction of Hillary Clinton is an answer to the question we’ve all been asking: How did an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate—whose victory would have been as historic as Barack Obama’s—come to be seen as a tool of the establishment, a chronic liar, and a talentless politician?  In this masterful narrative of the 2016 campaign year, Susan Bordo unpacks the right-wing assault on Clinton and her reputation, the way the left provoked the suspicion and indifference of a younger generation, and the unprecedented influence of the media."

James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch and John J. Pitney, Jr.  March 31, 2017.  DEFYING THE ODDS: The 2016 Elections and American Politics.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
"In this book—as they have for every presidential election since 1992—James Ceaser, Andrew Busch, and John Pitney revisit the race for the presidency and congressional and state elections through the short lens of politics today and the long lens of American political history. At the core of the 2016 election, they seek to understand and explain the different reasons for Donald Trump’s success at each stage of the campaign. With its keen insights into the issues and events that drove the 2016 election , Defying the Odds will be an invaluable resource for students and all political observers..."

Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley, eds..  March 21, 2017. 
TRUMPED: The 2016 Election That Broke All the Rules.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
"In Trumped: The 2016 Election That Broke All the Rules, Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and Geoffrey Skelley, leading experts in American politics, bring together respected journalists, analysts, and scholars to examine every facet of the stunning 2016 election and what its improbable outcome will mean for the nation moving forward under a Trump administration. In frank, accessible prose, each author offers insight that goes beyond the headlines and dives into the underlying forces and shifts that drove the election from its earliest developments to its dramatic conclusion as one of the greatest upsets in presidential campaign history."

Michael Nelson, ed..  March 17, 2017.  THE ELECTIONS OF 2016.  Washington, DC: CQ Press [Sage Publishing].
"Bringing together a host of distinguished scholars, Michael Nelson's The Elections of 2016 reliably delivers a nuanced analysis of yet another momentous cycle of political contests. No other single volume can expose your students to the depth of analysis and expertise in this title. Whether discussing particular races or taking a broader look at the national trends, these contributors captivate students with engaging stories and political drama, while weaving in important scholarship and expert analysis. Available mere months after the election, each chapter, written specifically for this volume, offers readers historical perspective as well as a look forward at the implications for the American political system."

P.J. O'Rourke.  March 7, 2017.  HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN?  New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
"In his latest book, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some serious risky business.  How the Hell Did This Happen? begins with him donning a hazmat suit and diving into the pig pile of presidential candidates circa June 2015...  P.J. eviscerates each front-runner as he or she emerges from under the rock where they’ve all been living. He covers the dreadful key primaries and candidate debates. P.J. takes us through his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary...and into the Beginning of End Times in November."

William L. Benoit and Mark J. Glantz.  March 2017.  PERSUASIVE ATTACKS ON DONALD TRUMP IN THE 2016 PRIMARY.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books [Rowman & Littlefield imprint].
"Persuasive Attacks on Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Primary investigates the nature of persuasive attacks on Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential primary campaign. It begins by extending the Theory of Persuasive Attack to include attacks on character as well as attacks on actions. William L. Benoit & Mark J. Glantz use topical analysis to understand humor (late night television jokes; video from SNL, Colbert, and Oliver; articles in The Onion, and political cartoons) and Republican “establishment” attacks from Mitt Romney and the National Review. Quantitative content analysis examines attacks in primary debates and primary TV spots."

Doug Wead.  Feb. 28, 2017.  GAME OF THORNS: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy.  New York: Center Street [Hachette imprint].
"Here is the first, insider, account of the precipitous fall of Hillary Clinton. How the scandals of a lifetime finally reached critical mass. How, in the last few days of the campaign, some on her staff saw the ghostly shroud of defeat creeping over them but were helpless to act, frozen by the self-denial of the group."

Joel Pollak and Larry Schweikart.  Feb. 27, 2017.  HOW TRUMP WON: The Inside Story of a Revolution.  Washington, DC: Regnery.
"From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the White House until very late on Election Night 2016, media and pollsters kept insisting Trump wouldn’t—couldn’t—be president...  But for Larry Schweikart—one of a ragtag group of amateur politicos called “the Deplorables” who had been publishing shockingly accurate polls and predictions—and Joel Pollak—a Breitbart News senior editor following Trump on the campaign trail-Trump’s win was a near certainty...  [i]n How Trump Won, they tell the whole incredible story: from the early poll predictions of “the Deplorables” to the campaign trail to Election Night."

Matt Taibbi.  Jan. 17, 2017.  INSANE CLOWN PRESIDENT: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus. New York: Spiegel & Grau [Random House Imprint].
"In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone—plus two original essays—Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion... Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight."

Roger Stone.  Jan. 17, 2017.  THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution.  New York: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc..
"In The Making of the President 2016, Stone, a longtime Trump retainer and confidant, gives us the inside story of how Trump almost single-handedly harnessed discontent among 'forgotten Americans,' despite running a guerrilla-style grassroots campaign to compete with the smooth-operating and free-spending Clinton political machine...  The Making of the President 2016 reveals how Trump brilliantly picked at Hillary Clinton's weaknesses, particularly her reputation as a crooked insider, and ignited the passions of out-of-work white men and women from the Rust Belt and beyond, at a time when millions of Americans desperately wanted change. Stone also enumerates how and why the mainstream media got it so wrong, including how the polls were loaded and completely misunderstood who would vote."

Richard North Patterson.  Jan. 10, 2017.  FEVER SWAMP: A Journey Through the Strange Neverland of the 2016 Presidential Race.  New York: Quercus [Hachette].
"...bestselling novelist Richard North Patterson accepted an invitation to write one column per week for the Huffington Post about the presidential race. Those essays are collected here for the first time in a highly personal 'journal' chronicling Patterson's observations in real time."

Thomas Lake.  Dec. 6, 2016. 
UNPRECEDENTED: The Election that Changed Everything.  New York: Melcher Media.
"Featuring a foreword from CNN’s Jake Tapper and an introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley, the first-ever book from CNN Politics will document two Americas—their battle, their beliefs, their fears and their hopes for the future. Packed with exclusive, stunning photography and new, revelatory reporting from the front lines, Unprecedented will detail the most exciting election of all time in the way that only CNN can (+)."

Bernie Sanders.  Nov. 15, 2016.  OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In.  New York: Thomas Dunne Books [Macmillan Publishers/St. Martin's Press]
"In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all..."

Jeffrey St. Clair.  Oct. 31, 2016.  BERNIE & THE SANDERNISTAS: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution.  Petrolia, CA: CounterPunch.
"Jeffrey St. Clair, editor of the political journal CounterPunch, called Bernie’s raucous band of followers The Sandernistas, as they pitched themselves for battle against one of the most brutal political operations of the modern era, the Clinton machine...  This turbulent year of mass revolt and defeat is recounted here, as it happened, by one of America’s fiercest and funniest journalists."

Also see:

J. Gregory Payne.  March 2017.  "2016 U.S. Presidential Election Spectacle - I."  
American Behaviorial Scientist, Vol. 61, No. 3. 
"In this issue of the American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) on the U.S. Presidential Campaign, our contributors offer their assessment of one of the most contentious elections in history with worldwide ramifications and intrigue."  [First of six issues].

Luke Walker.  PACmen.  world premiere May 2, 2017 at Hot Docs in Toronto.
"PACmen is the first film to document the inside workings of a Super-PAC, taking us behind the scenes to answer one of the lingering questions of America’s strangest election...why did Ben Carson run for president? This observational documentary follows the men behind the Super-PACs that drafted Dr Carson to run. Believing Carson can save the Republican Party, they successfully persuade him to run, raise millions of dollars and catapult him to the top of the polls. However, Carson’s political inexperience soon begins to show, and his constant media gaffes make it increasingly difficult to raise funds. As Carson’s poll numbers nosedive they watch in horror as Trump inexplicably hijacks the anti-establishment movement..."

Kevin Bowe.  DEMOCRACY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Media & Politics in the Post-Truth Era.  first screening April 22, 2017.
"A citizen embeds himself with the media covering the Presidential election. So begins the journey down the rabbit hole of our broken political information system... The movie bridges the Americana image of democracy with the realities of today, exploring the state of media, the consequences of a generation of political polarization, and the impact technology on political discourse. To explore these themes, the New Hampshire Presidential Primary acted as the field laboratory to observe and document behaviors."

Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne, and Mary Robertson, directors.  TRUMPED: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All TimeSHOWTIME.  premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 27, 2017 and on Showtime on Feb. 3, 2017.
"The film offers an intimate behind the scenes look at the biggest political campaign upset in recent U.S. history.  Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon — co-hosts of the SHOWTIME documentary series THE CIRCUS (produced in cooperation with Bloomberg Politics) — had unparalleled daily access to the candidates from January to November. With an incredible treasure trove of never-before-seen footage secured during the making of THE CIRCUS, the documentary will follow the rise of Donald Trump, from the primaries through the debates, to the dramatic election night results (+)."

Emma Tammi and Henry Jacobson.  ELECTION DAY: Lens Across AmericaEPIX®.  television premiere Jan. 17, 2017.

"The timely documentary weaves together the stories behind the work of seven photographers as they cover one of the most surprising election days in American history, each from a different perspective and location. Following the day’s chronology, the narrative cuts in “real time” between the photographers on the ground in Iowa, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York. The photographers, through their images and conversations with their subjects, capture an honest and non-partisan look at the many raw emotions of Americans on this one fateful day (+)."

Kasper Verkaik, director.  STILL BERNINGVPRO Backlight Oct. 2016.
"The documentary Still Berning examines the resonance of Sanders' message, and how the political revolution he inspired may thrive among the masses long after this election season...  Produced by VPRO's highly acclaimed Backlight series, Still Berning is a thoughtful investigation into the appeal of Bernie Sanders and the ideologies that continue to activate his supporters. It's a message that continues to wield great power and influence over American political discourse."
Director: Kasper Verkaik  -  Research: Sander Tordoir, William de Bruijn  -  Director of photography: Myrthe Mosterman  -  Sound: Diego van Uden  -  Editor: Obbe Verwer  -  Web editor: Tessa de Vries  -  Additional crew: Mariana Lafollette  -  Producers: Sharon Yosef, Nina Huisman  -  Commissioning editors: Marije Meerman, Doke Romeijn

Rod Webber.  FLOWERS FOR PEACE.  first screening Oct. 14, 2016.
"Director Rod Webber travels the country and offers a 'flower for peace' to the good people of the US, including the 2016 presidential candidates. The concept began as performance art– but after generating millions of views on social media, he took the project to the campaign trail, spawning countless more viral videos– from prayers of peace with Jeb Bush or John McCain, and discussions of peace with Bernie Sanders, to putting flowers in gun barrels of open-carry demonstrators." |

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