Two books have been published in the last two weeks. One, the tabloid-style Fire and Fury, is a lurid revelation of Trump’s personality gathered by a Blue pass-possessing tabloid journalist, Michael Wolff, which contains interesting anti-Trump dynasty revelations by his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. There is nothing new here for those with eyes to see and ears to hear about the Merchant of Malice and his collusive ascent to power.
The better book, which explains not only the Trump phenomenon but also the hypocrisy and sycophantism of the GOP establishment as well as the weakness of the Democratic Party, is Democracy in Chains by Nancy Maclean, a respected Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. She identifies the master plan formulated by a University of Virginia Nobel prize economist, James Buchanan, with authorization and support by Colgate Darden, who was then President of the University of Virginia.
The latter, alarmed by the Supreme Court Brown anti-segregation decision, asked that economic theorems be used to support the fact of White Supremacy.
Secrecy and stealth were essential and the subsequent support of the Kochs and others of a hereditarily monied class set into gear the assault of a powerful monied class against governmental function and definition that deemed government’s fundamental function to be support of ALL of its citizens. Thus, power and its abuse became secretly but effectively, de rigueur. This book explains why Bannon has committed political suicide by condemning (temporarily) Trump. It also indicates why Trump lied to his hoi polloi, uninformed constituency; why Obamacare is being replaced by low protection, inadequate health care plans; and why Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the 30-year retirement package for the military (already changed to 20-year with self-supporting health care option) are under assault as the GOP attacks the social support net begun in the 1930s.
This is the better book but will undoubtedly not be read by many.