Books and More (Post-Election)

Many 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.



Seth Abramson.  Nov. 2018.  PROOF OF COLLUSION: HOW TRUMP BETRAYED AMERICA.  New York: Simon & Schuster.
" us a record of the unthinkable—a president compromising American foreign policy in exchange for financial gain and covert election assistance. The attorney, professor, and former criminal investigator has used his exacting legal mind and forensic acumen to compile, organize, and analyze every piece of the Trump-Russia story. His conclusion is clear: the case for collusion is staring us in the face. Drawing from American and European news outlets, he takes readers through the Trump-Russia scandal chronologically, putting the developments in context and showing how they connect."

Kathleen Hall Jamieson.  Oct. 3, 2018.  CYBERWAR: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President: What We Don't, Can't and Do KnowOxford University Press.
"Drawing on path-breaking work in which she and her colleagues isolated significant communication effects in the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, the eminent political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson marshals the troll posts, unique polling data, analyses of how the press used the hacked content, and a synthesis of half a century of media effects research to argue that, although not certain, it is probable that the Russians helped elect the 45th president of the United States.

Greg Miller.  Oct. 2, 2018.  THE APPRENTICE: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy.  New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
"...two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller investigates the truth about the Kremlin’s covert attempt to destroy Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency, Trump’s steadfast allegiance to Vladimir Putin, and Robert Mueller’s ensuing investigation of the president and those close to him."

Gregg Jarrett.  July 24, 2018.  THE RUSSIA HOAX: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump.  New York: HarperColllins Publishers.
"Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett reveals the real story behind Hillary Clinton’s deep state collaborators in government and exposes their nefarious actions during and after the 2016 election. The Russia Hoax reveals how persons within the FBI and Barack Obama’s Justice Department worked improperly to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
When this suspected effort failed, those same people appear to have pursued a contrived investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president."

Michael Isikoff and David Corn.  March 13, 2018.  RUSSIAN ROULETTE: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.  New York: Twelve [Hachette imprint]
"RUSSIAN ROULETTE is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election."

Luke Harding.  Nov. 16, 2017.   COLLUSION: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win.  New York: Vintage Books [Penguin Random House imprint]
"An explosive exposé that lays out the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow, and Russia’s decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy...  Drawing on new material and his expert understanding of Moscow and its players, Harding takes the reader through every bizarre and disquieting detail of the “Trump-Russia” story—an event so huge it involves international espionage, off-shore banks, sketchy real estate deals, the Miss Universe pageant, mobsters, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, computer hacking, and the most shocking election in American history."

John Sides, Michael Tesler and Lynn Vavreck.  Sept. 11, 2018 (initially Feb. 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."

Jeff Weaver.  May 15, 2018.  HOW BERNIE WON: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country and Where We Go From Here
Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin's Press).
"In How Bernie Won, Weaver shows how Bernie built a movement that would sweep America and inspire millions. He vowed not to run a negative campaign. He would focus on policies, not personalities. He would not be beholden to big money. He would actually make America great. Weaver also shows how they overcame significant challenges...   From holding bags of 'Bernie buttons' and picket-stick signs, to managing thousands of campaign workers, to looking ahead to 2020, Weaver chronicles the birth of a revolution that didn’t end in November 2016. It’s only just begun."

Christine B. Williams and Bruce I. Newman, eds. May 9, 2018.  SOCIAL MEDIA, POLITICAL MARKETING AND THE 2016 U.S. ELECTIONNew York: Routledge [Taylor & Francis Group / Informa PLC]
"This volume investigates the role and impact of social media in the 2016 U.S. election, focusing specifically on the presidential nominating contest. Through case studies, survey research and content analysis, the researchers employ both human and machine coding to analyse social media text and video content."

Amy Chozick.  April 24, 2018.  CHASING HILLARY: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, One Intact Glass Ceiling.  New York: Harper.
"For a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton’s pursuit of the presidency. Chozick’s front-row seat, initially covering Clinton’s imploding 2008 campaign, and then her assignment to “The Hillary Beat” ahead of the 2016 election, took her to 48 states and set off a nearly ten-years-long journey in which the formative years of her twenties and thirties became – both personally and professionally – intrinsically intertwined to Clinton’s presidential ambitions."

Branwell DuBose Kapeluck and Scott E. Buchanan, eds.  April 16, 2018.  THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE: The 2016 Presidential Election in the SouthUniversity of Arkansas Press.
"The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be details how the 2016 presidential election developed in the eleven states that make up the South. Preeminent scholars of Southern politics analyze this momentous election, including the issues that drove southern voters, the nomination process in early 2016, and where the region may be headed politically in the Trump era. In addition, each state chapter includes analysis on notable congressional races and important patterns within the states."

Benjamin R. Warner, Dianne G. Bystrom, Mitchell S. McKinney, and Mary C. Banwart, eds..  Feb. 28, 2018.  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]

Lanny Davis.  Feb. 6, 2018. 
THE UNMAKING OF THE PRESIDENT 2016: The Case Against FBI Director James Comey and How He Cost Hillary Cinton the Presidency.  New York: Scribner [Simon & Schuster imprint].
"A longtime Washington insider argues that there was one determining factor that threw the election to Donald Trump: FBI Director James Comey’s October 28th letter to Congress, sent during the crucial eleven days before election day on November 8, 2016. . ..after the October 28 Comey letter, everything changed. References to 'Clinton emails' and 'new criminal investigation' dominated media coverage virtually round-the-clock through election day November 8. Now Davis proves with raw, indisputable data how Comey’s October surprise changed American history in the blink of an eye and cost Hillary Clinton the presidency."

Robert H. Watrel, Ryan Weichelt, Fiona Davidson, John Heppen, Erin H. Fouberg, J. Clark Archer, Robert L. Morrill, Fred M. Shelley and Kenneth C. Martis.  Feb. 1, 2018.  ATLAS OF THE 2016 ELECTIONS.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
"The 2016 presidential election was one of the most dramatic upsets in US political history. Virtually all pre-election polls indicated Democrat Hillary Clinton ahead of Republican Donald Trump in the popular vote and Electoral College. The Atlas of the 2016 Elections explains the surprising Trump victory with a series of unique maps unleashing the illustrative power of cartography and the explanatory power of history and political geography. The contributors—a balanced mix of geographers, political scientists, and historians—provide a comprehensive examination of the entire gamut of the election process from the primary campaigns and nominating conventions to the fall campaign and final results."

Leticia Bode, Ceren Budak, Jonathan M. Ladd, Frank Newport, Josh Pasek, Lisa O. Singh, Stuart N. Soroka, and Michael W. Traugott.  Jan. 29, 2018.  WORDS THAT MATTER: How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign.  Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

"Words that Matter assesses how the news media covered the extraordinary 2016 election and, more important, what information—true, false, or somewhere in between—actually helped voters make up their minds. Using journalists’ real-time tweets and published news coverage of campaign events, along with Gallup polling data measuring how voters perceived that reporting, the book traces the flow of information from candidates and their campaigns to journalists and to the public."

Robert J. Denton, Jr., ed.  Dec. 2017.  STUDIES OF COMMUNICATION IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.  Lanham, MD, Lexington Books.
"This edited collection explores a wide range of communication elements and themes, representing a variety of topics and methodologies. It focuses broadly on the role and function of communication within the context of the 2016 United States presidential election, with chapters devoted to topics including an overview of the election from a communication perspective, the nominations, strategies of campaign visits, the impact of gender in the campaign, the impact of WikiLeaks, front page election coverage, messaging and performance of third-party candidates, Trump’s campaign announcement address, and Clinton’s concession speech. This is an eclectic collection that makes a significant contribution to current understandings of the various roles of communication in the historic presidential election of 2016."

Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie.  Dec. 5, 2017.  LET TRUMP BE TRUMP: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency.  New York: Center Street [Hachette Book Group]
"Corey R. Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager who launched Trump’s historic bid for the White House, teams up with David N. Bossie, the consummate political pro who helped steer the last critical months of the Trump Campaign, to offer the first insiders’ account of the most historic campaign in modern political history. Starting from the months leading up to Trump’s announcement all the way through staff shakeups within the White House, LET TRUMP BE TRUMP offers eyewitness accounts of the real stories behind some of the most sensational headlines."

Rachel Bitcofer.  Nov. 27, 2017.  THE UNPRECEDENTED 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONSpringer.
"This book explains the 2016 presidential election through a strategic focus. In the primaries both parties faced challenges from insurgent outsiders riding waves of populist fervor in the electorate, but only the Democrats were able to steer the nomination into the hands of their establishment favorite. Why weren’t Republican elites able to stop Donald Trump from hijacking their party’s nomination?  Why did Hillary Clinton come up short on Election Day despite the fact that nearly everyone expected her to win after her opponent ran a haphazard campaign plagued by scandal after scandal? The research presented here argues that the Clinton campaign conducted the nearly perfect execution of the wrong electoral strategy, costing her the Electoral College and her chance to become America’s first female president."

Donna Brazile.  Nov. 7, 2017.  HACKS: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.  New York: Hachette Book Group.
"What Brazile found at the DNC, however, was unlike anything she had experienced before--and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. Plus, its candidate, Hillary Clinton, faced an opponent who broke every rule in the political playbook... Packed with never-before-reported revelations about what went down in 2016, Hacks is equal parts campaign thriller, memoir, and roadmap for the future."

Debbie Jay Williams and Kalyn L. Prince.  Nov. 2017.  THE MONSTROUS DISCOURSE IN THE DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN: Implications for National Discourse.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
"The Monstrous Discourse in the Donald Trump Campaign: Implications for National Discourse provides a lens through which to explore the implications of the monster metaphor as applied to Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Analyzing the overt and buried usages of the monster metaphor in the media’s and Trump’s discourse, as well as the structure of the monster narrative generally, offers connections between the metaphor and the actions incited by its narrative. This book explores the ways in which this language also serves as a metaphor to understand the ecology of Trump’s candidacy and the polarized responses drawn by his campaign, and considers its troubling implications for the future direction of national discourse."

Dan Schill and John Allen Hendricks, eds.  Oct. 30, 2017.  THE PRESIDENCY AND SOCIAL MEDIA: Discourse, Disruption, and Digital Democracy in the 2016 Presidential Election.  New York: Routledge [Taylor & Francis Group / Informa PLC]
"This thorough study of how political communication evolved in 2016 examines the disruptive role communication technology played in the 2016 presidential primary campaign and general election and how voters sought and received political information. The Presidency and Social Media includes top scholars from leading research institutions using various research methodologies to generate new understandings—both theoretical and practical—for students, researchers, journalists, and practitioners."

10/26/17 Note: Following up on their books on the 2008 and 2012 campaigns(Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime and Double Down: Game Change 2012) Mark Halperin and John Heilmann were working on a book on the 2016 presidential campaign to be published by the Penguin Press [Penguin Random House imprint] due out in April 2018.  In March 2017 HBO announced plans to produce a miniseries based on the book.  However, on Oct 26, 2017, following on allegations of sexual harrassment against Halperin, HBO announced it would drop the project and the Penguin Press announced it was canceling plans to publish the book.

Amnon Cavari, Richard J. Powell and Kenneth R. Mayer, eds.  Oct. 4, 2017.  THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: The Causes and Consequences of a Political Earthquake.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

"The 2016 Presidential Election: The Causes and Consequences of a Political Earthquake critically analyzes the 2016 presidential election. The chapters in this book identify key factors behind the election of Donald J. Trump, explore the unconventional campaign, analyze the unexpected election result, evaluate the forecasting models, and speculate on the effect of the election outcome on politics and governance in the Trump Administration."

Stephen Mansfield.  Oct. 3, 2017.  CHOOSING DONALD TRUMP: God, Anger, Hope, and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him.  Ada, MI: Baker Books.

"...the New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of George W. Bush and The Faith of Barack Obama turns his pen toward the Trump phenomenon. Through meticulous research and personal interviews, Stephen Mansfield uncovers who Trump's spiritual influences have been and explains why Christian conservatives were attracted to this unlikely candidate--a man whose proclamation of faith during the presidential campaign runs counter to his immoral past--and the repercussions of that choice.

Katy Tur.  Sept. 12, 2017.  UNBELIEVABLE: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.  New York: 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."

Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Sept. 2017.  WHAT HAPPENED. New York: 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.'”  tour

Jared Yates Sexton.  Aug. 15, 2017.  THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RISE LIKE THE WATERS UPON YOUR SHORE: A Story of American Rage.  Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press.
"The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 Presidential Election and the cultural forces that powered Donald Trump into White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton’s book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history. It is also a sobering chronicle of our democracy’s political polarization—a result of our self-constructed, technologically assisted echo chambers."

Jody C. Baumgartner and Terri L. Towner, eds.  Aug. 15, 2017.  THE INTERNET AND THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
"Although many developments surrounding the Internet campaign are now considered to be standard fare, there were a number of new developments in 2016. Drawing on original research conducted by leading experts, The Internet and the 2016 Presidential Campaign attempts to cover these developments in a comprehensive fashion."

Michele Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick, eds.  Aug. 2017. 
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND THE 2016 ELECTiON: Her Political and Social Discourse.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
"Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2016 Election: Her Political and Social Discourse is an edited collection that demonstrates the ways in which Clinton has used political rhetoric and discourse to provide and assert her right to leadership in her many roles as First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State. This collection lends itself to the potential Democratic nomination of Clinton for U.S. President with its examination of current media reports and interviews with Clinton. Each chapter analyzes various aspects of the campaign to present readers with a pre-election picture of Clinton’s political discourse and how it relates to the 2016 election. Recommended for scholars of rhetoric, political rhetoric, political discourse, leadership studies, women’s studies, and gender roles in politics."

Robert E. Denton Jr., ed..  Aug. 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." [review]

William J. Crotty, ed.  July 27, 2017.  WINNING THE PRESIDENCY 2016.  New York: Routledge
[Taylor & Francis Group / Informa PLC].
"Winning the Presidency 2016 identifies who voted for Donald Trump and why. It explains why Hillary Clinton lost. Essential reading for understanding a campaign with no precedents and a presidential election that could have seismic consequences for the conduct of American government."

Joshua Green.  July 18, 2017.  DEVIL'S BARGAIN: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.  New York: Penguin Press.
"From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump—the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history... Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump’s penthouse on election night."

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."

John Kasich.  April 25, 2017.  TWO PATHS: America Divided or United.  New York: Thomas Dunne Books [St. Martin's Press/Macmillan].
"When Ohio governor John Kasich ran for president, his powerful message of hope and togetherness struck a chord with American voters. In Two Paths: America Divided or United, he carries that message forward by reflecting on the tumultuous 2016 campaign, sharing his concerns for America and his hopes for our future, and sounding a clarion call to reason and purpose, humility and dignity, righteousness and calm."

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."

Mari Fitzduff, ed.  Feb. 13, 2017.  WHY IRRATIONAL POLITICS APPEALS: Understanding the Allure of Trump. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger [ABC-CLIO, LLC].
"Why Irrational Politics Appeals: Understanding the Allure of Trump
takes a serious, scientific look at Trump and his politics against the backdrop of modern American society. It brings together experts from a variety of psychological and political science fields to answer the mystifying question of why people by the millions would follow a leader who to so many others seems unqualified, undiplomatic, and in opposition to previously established standards for a national leader."

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:
Special issues of
American Behaviorial Scientist (Sage Journals) edited by J. Gregory Payne:
"...contributors offer their assessment of one of the most contentious elections in history with worldwide ramifications and intrigue."
March 2017.  "2016 U.S. Presidential Election Spectacle - I."   Vol. 61, No. 3.
April 2017.  "2016 U.S. Presidential Election Spectacle: Constructing Competing Narratives."  Vol. 61, No. 4.
May 2017.  "2016 U.S. Presidential Election Spectacle: Constructing Trust Via Style and Substance"  Vol. 61, No. 5.

Jeff Deutchman, producer.  11/8/16.  The Orchard.  Nov. 3, 2017.
"The producers enlisted the filmmakers to follow a varied and compelling group of American citizens across the country in over 25 states and from all walks of life, as they set out on the morning of the presidential election, throughout the course of the day, until the polls close in the evening and the results are revealed (+)."
Executive produced by Dana O'Keefe, Paul Davidson, Danielle DiGiacomo & Brad Navin.  Directed by Duane Andersen, Don Argott & Sheena Joyce, Yung Chang, Garth Donovan, Vikram Gandhi, Raul Gasteazoro, Jamie Goncalves, Andrew Beck Greace, Alma Har'el, Daniel Junge, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Bassam Tariq, Michael Tucker & Petra Epperlein.

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 (+)."

Julio DePietro, director.  UNDECIDED: THE MOVIEThe Good Liars.  Oct. 18, 2016.
"In this unprecedented comedy, a camera crew follows two "undecided" voters along the actual campaign trail and no presidential candidate – on either side of the aisle – is spared. But when the producers of their "show" conspire to drive the undecideds apart, they have to band together or risk becoming pawns in a sinister plot that could change the course of the election. Using actual footage from real-world interactions with all the major presidential candidates - including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush (and many more!) - "Undecided" gives the 2016 election the unforgettable comedy it so richly deserves!"

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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