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We say happy birthday to New Gingrich who was born on this day in 1943.

This is a 2018 review of Newt Gingrich’s new book about President Trump by Barry Casselman:


As a literary author and national journalist for many decades,

I have come to know many writers. Many of the books I read
and enjoy most are by these acquaintances and friends, and

this presents me with an obvious dilemma in writing about or

reviewing their books.

Book reviews are an art form in their own right, especially

those about works of fiction and poetry. Reviews of non-fiction

books can serve as a starting point or foundation for the

reviewer’s own views on a subject. And then there are those

books which are so necessary they merit a straightforward

alert to readers.

Newt Gingrich’s newest book Trump’s America is just such a 


In full disclosure, Newt Gingrich has been a friend and. on 

occasion, a collaborator, for more than three decades. I will 

let my readers decide if what I now say about his new book

is fair and useful.

The former speaker of the U.S. house, himself a serious

presidential candidate in 2012, was among the earliest figures

to see the eventual 2016 electoral success of candidate Donald

Trump. I know that is so because of conversations with him

long before I realized it.

He unambiguously predicted Trump’s nomination and

subsequently his victory over Hillary Clinton in the November 

election. Since President Trump took office, he has consistently

explained his actions and views in articles, TV appearances, 

and books. Although clearly and constantly favorable to Mr.

Trump, he has always exercised his right to be critical of the

president when he disagreed with him.

Some might characterize Gingrich as a cheerleader or advocate

for Donald Trump, and I think it would be fair to do so. But that

does not diminish the value of Gingrich’s writing on the subject

because the whole phenomenon of Donald Trump’s candidacy

and subsequent presidency is so unprecedented and so often

misunderstood that lucid analysis and explanation is vitally

important for both his partisans and his opponents.

As in his previous book Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich 

continues to be the most incisive diagnostician of the Trump

phenomenon and the political environment which surrounds it.

Yes, his new Trump’s America is a partisan account, but that

does not lessen its value, especially to the many Democrats,

and not a few Republicans, who dislike and/or disagree with

the president’s views and style.

For much of the Trump candidacy, and during all of his 

presidency, I have been urging my readers, whether they are for

or against Mr. Trump, to put aside their stereotypes of him as

well as the biased media conventional wisdom about him, and

try to understand the underlying reality of his appeal to voters,

and what the president is saying or doing. His Democratic Party

opponents especially need to do this if they are to successfully

provide n credible alternative to him.

So Trump’s America is not only a must-read for the president’s

supporters, but also for his opponents. Mr. Gingrich has become

the most articulate diagnostician of contemporary American 

politics. Unlike many of his colleagues on the right and the left,

he is open to new political and technological developments, and

bold enough to try to explain them.

You need not agree with Newt Gingrich, or with Donald Trump,

to gain much from reading Trump’s America. It is a necessary

and timely book.
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