Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I dove into this book in the middle of a week that ended with Steve Bannon either getting fired or having his resignation take effect. So while part of me was laughing at the timing of reading this book when it didn't matter so much anymore, it was actually a solid read that gives a pretty solid background as to how we got the Trump we have now.
The story is less about Bannon (who is an interesting figure all his own) and more about his political impacts as of late. We get a surface-level look at how his history influenced his takeover of Breitbart and, later, the Trump campaign, and how his gadflyish attitude informs the current political conversation. On these points, this book is very interesting and informative. The book stumbles a bit when Green leaves the world of fact and begins editorializing a bit, but those places are few and far between and ultimately don't matter.
How long the legs for a book like this can be, I truly don't know. But if you're looking for a read about the current situation that is relevant to the now? Find a copy. It's likely to be pretty illuminating.
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