Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

Category: Book
By (author): Fountain, Ben
Subject:  HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Essays
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*

In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis

Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt's New Deal and the establishment of America as a social-democratic state. In a sequence of essays that excavate the past while laying bare the political upheaval of 2016, Ben Fountain argues that the United States may be facing a third existential crisis, one that will require a "burning" of the old order as America attempts to remake itself.

Beautiful Country Burn Again narrates a shocking year in American politics, moving from the early days of the Iowa Caucus to the crystalizing moments of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and culminating in the aftershocks of the weeks following election night. Along the way, Fountain probes deeply into history, illuminating the forces and watershed moments of the past that mirror and precipitated the present, from the hollowed-out notion of the American Dream, to Richard Nixon's southern strategy, to our weaponized new conception of American exceptionalism, to the cult of celebrity that gave rise to Donald Trump.

In an urgent and deeply incisive voice, Ben Fountain has fused history and the present day to paint a startling portrait of the state of our nation.  Beautiful Country Burn Again is a searing indictment of how we came to this point, and where we may be headed.

Review Quote*"There may be no writer alive today who better captures the manic, fevered, paranoid style in 21st-century America than Ben Fountain."
Review Quote*"Brilliantly argued and authoritatively illustrated.... There's no one I would rather read on Where We Are Now.... If this country can find writers like Ben Fountain to chronicle its most miserable hours, it can't be all bad.
Review Quote*"What on earth happened in and to the United States in 2016? And why did it happen? In "Beautiful Country Burn Again," Fountain confronts both these riddles in creative and provocative ways that force a reader to think hard about the sudden disappearance of familiar patterns of politics and government."
Review Quote*"[Fountain] is not only a sharp writer but an astute observer of the human condition. And, it turns out, he's got a sharp mind for politics and history, too.... The book is a captivating read - often humorous, infuriating, and depressing all at the same time."
Review Quote*"The reality of US politics outdistanced the wildest extravagances of imagination a long time ago, which is only one of a hundred deft, discomfiting points Fountain makes. In today's superheated political climate, fairness and perspective are hard to come, but Fountain manages to take a relatively measured view."
Review Quote*"As a stylist, Fountain combines the talents of Ambrose Bierce, Norman Mailer, and Hunter Thompson.... A penetrating critique of a contemporary American politics thoroughly corrupted by money.... Ben Fountain's voice-enraged, unsparing, unrelenting, acutely attuned to hypocrisy, and suffused with wit-invests his testimony with an authority that commands respect."
Review Quote*"Fountain vents [his] grievances with eloquence and bite.... steeped in history as well as outrage.
Review Quote*"Pithy and profound.... Fountain's mix of salient lessons from the past and essential guideposts for the future is a must-have addition to the "how did we get here" canon of political scrutiny in and of the age of Trump."
Review Quote*"Fountain's vivid prose shows the novelist's knack for revealing character through gesture and physicality.... Whip-smart and searching in its indictment of cant and falsity, this is perhaps the best portrait yet of an astounding election."