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  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896232
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $34.99

When America Stopped Being Great

A history of the present




A comprehensive analysis of the political, economic, cultural and technological factors that contributed to America’s decline and inadvertently paved the way for Trump’s presidency.

The presidency of Donald Trump is commonly seen as an historical accident. In When America Stopped Being Great, Nick Bryant argues that by 2016 it had become almost historically inescapable. In this highly personal account, drawing on decades of covering Washington for the BBC, Bryant shows how the billionaire capitalised on the mistakes of his five predecessors – Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – and how also he became a beneficiary of a broken politics, an iniquitous economy, an ailing media, a facile culture, disruptive new technology and the creation of a modern-day presidency that elevated showmanship over statesmanship. Not only are we starting to see the emergence of a post-American world, Bryant fears we are seeing the emergence of a post-American America.

The history of Trump’s rise is also a history of America’s fall.

'An elegant and insightful dissection of how a great nation lost its footing and the world’s respect. The tragedy is made all the more stark by the genuine love of America in Nick Bryant’s writing' – Leigh Sales

'Nick Bryant writes like a dream, and is one of those very rare things on TV – a man who makes you want to turn up the sound. His eye for description is sublime, and he has a way of showing you what you’ve been missing from the whole story, whilst never leaving you feeling stupid' – Emily Maitlis

‘Bryant is a genuine rarity – a Brit who understands America’ The Washington Post

  • Pub date: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896232
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

Nick Bryant

Nick Bryant is one of the BBC’s most trusted and senior foreign correspondents. He has been posted in Washington, South Asia, Australia and, most recently, New York. He is a regular contributor to several Australian magazines and newspapers, including The Australian, The Spectator and The Monthly. Nick studied history at Cambridge and has a doctorate in American politics from Oxford. He now lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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