"Just as we were finishing the first draft of this book, the COVID-19 virus began tearing the whole world apart, and nobody's life-and no new book about Trump-could be unaffected. Donald Trump had faced few challenges but had created much chaos during his first three years in the White House, while the country had been reveling in peace and prosperity. Pensions were padded, playoffs were pursued, parks were packed. Then it all disappeared almost before we knew it was going. A lot of people had worried from November 8, 2016, onward that the end was nigh, and its name would be World War III. Few had figured on a plague. But Trump's dealing with COVID-19 will define his presidency, and we, the citizens of the United States, had to deal with his dealing, front and center, in this book because it exemplifies his behavior and that of his followers. The trouble was, we could not wait to see how the emergency turned out, since it would probably still be turning out, or be freshly returning, on Election Day 2020. The closer we get to November 3, 2020, the more it looks like that day will be a pivotal moment in American history, and the more we thought this analysis had to be informed by the president's handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Some emergencies bring out the best in leaders, revealing unanticipated strengths and sound judgment. Certainly, Americans needed strong, wise leadership as they faced their greatest public health crisis in a hundred years. They naturally turned to the president, who has a vast array of experts available to advise him. The pandemic provided President Trump the opportunity to demonstrate his skills at organization and governing, which his followers ardently believed he possessed. A strong showing would almost guarantee his re-election in November. Americans would gladly give a second term to a president who had saved the United States"-- Provided by publisher.
Authoritarianism -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
Trump, Donald, 1946- -- Influence.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-