Political Science

Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America

    Afterword by
  • John Sides
  • Michael Tesler
  • Lynn Vavreck

A gripping in-depth look at the presidential election that stunned the world


Aug 13, 2019
5.25 x 8 in.
64 b/w illus. 16 tables
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Donald Trump’s election victory resulted in one of the most unexpected presidencies in history. Identity Crisis provides the definitive account of the campaign that seemed to break all the political rules—but in fact didn’t. Featuring a new afterword by the authors that discusses the 2018 midterms and today’s emerging political trends, this compelling book describes how Trump’s victory was foreshadowed by changes in the Democratic and Republican coalitions that were driven by people’s racial and ethnic identities, and how the Trump campaign exacerbated these divisions by hammering away on race, immigration, and religion. The result was an epic battle not just for the White House but about what America should be.