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American Greatness: How Conservatism Inc. Missed the 2016 Election and What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn(Hardcover)

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by Chris Buskirk and Seth Leibsohn

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How is it possible that the conservative elite, Washington insiders, and mainstream media were so completely out of touch with reality during the 2016 US presidential election cycle?

"We were all wrong!" "The greatest political upset in our lifetime." "None of us saw this coming" are just a few of the confessions pundits, experts, and anchors expressed when it emerged that Donald J. Trump was the winner. Yet, while most of the political establishment and pundits missed the boat, there were many who recognized the growing Trump phenomenon in early spring 2016. And there were some who recognized, even during every seeming Trump-created "meltdown" or "mistake," that Donald Trump not only could win, but would  win. What did they see that others didn't? More importantly, how could so many "experts" and "smart people" get the election so totally wrong? And why are they still considered experts?

American Greatness is an analysis and indictment of the mainstream media, liberal commentariat, and conservative establishment that implicitly undermined, if not insulted, some 60 million fellow Americans when they treated Donald Trump's candidacy as a sideshow. With so little humility or self-reflection -- and no apology! -- how can these so-called experts continue reporting on and analyzing a country and polity they have essentially admitted they do not understand? After all, what they got wrong in 2016 was not just an election. What they got wrong was America.

American Greatness is not just another analysis of the mainstream media's liberal biases. It focuses equally on the many conservative writers, thinkers, and pundits who profoundly missed the mark as well. American Greatness explains how the timing was perfect for a populist takeover, why both the Left and the Right missed the pulse of the nation, and, most important, how we can move forward to truly make America great again.

About the Authors

Chris Buskirk is the editor and publisher of American Greatness and cohost of the Seth & Chris Show on 960am KKNT. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and received a fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. A serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing, Chris has also studied political philosophy at the graduate level, his work has been published by the Washington Post, he is a frequent guest on NPR's Morning Edition, and he holds a B.A. from Claremont-McKenna College. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Seth Leibsohn is the former Vice President of two of the nation's premier think tanks, Empower America and the Claremont Institute. He is the cohost of the Seth & Chris Show on 960am KKNT. He produced, co-hosted, and was the regular guest host of the top-rated national radio show -- Bill Bennett's Morning in America -- and has counseled, written speeches for, and collaborated with candidates for national office and several former Cabinet officials. The coauthor, with William J. Bennett of The Fight of Our Lives, Leibsohn is currently, a senior fellow with the Claremont Institute and a senior editor of American Greatness. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona

Product Details


  • e-book : 256 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books (July 13, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-944229-85-6


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