Build Back Better USA Book Club
Next Date Feb 14, 20234:00pm - 6:00pm PST
About this event
Please join Build Back Better USA’s book club. We are a grassroots organizing/action group engaged in protecting/improving our democracy through civic engagement, legislative and electoral advocacy, and holding those elected to office accountable in ways that include thanks when they’ve done the right thing.
We are taking a break for the month of December and will come back together the 4th Tuesday of January, Jan 24, 2023.
Our next book selection is, “American Psychosis,” by David Corn of Mother Jones. We will discuss it on the following dates:
January 24, 2023 Chapters 1-13
February 14, 2023 Chapters 14-24 + Epilogue
#1 New York Times bestselling author and investigative reporter David Corn tells the wild and harrowing story of the Republican Party’s decades-long relationship with far-right extremism, bigotry, and paranoia.
A fast-paced, rollicking, behind-the-scenes account of how the GOP since the 1950s has encouraged and exploited extremism, bigotry, and paranoia to gain power, AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS offers listeners a brisk, can-you-believe-it journey through the netherworld of far-right irrationality and the Republican Party’s interactions with the darkest forces in America. In a compelling and thoroughly-researched narrative, Corn reveals the hidden history of how the Party of Lincoln forged alliances with extremists, kooks, racists, and conspiracy-mongers and fostered fear, anger, and resentment to win elections—and how this led to Donald Trump’s triumph and the transformation of the GOP into a Trump personality cult that foments and bolsters the crazy and dangerous excesses of the right.
The Trump-incited insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, was no aberration. AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS shows it was a continuation of the long and deep-rooted Republican practice of boosting and weaponizing the rage and derangement of the right.
The gripping tale in AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS covers the last seven decades. From McCarthyism to the John Birch Society to segregationists to the New Right to the religious right to Rush Limbaugh to Newt Gingrich to the militia movement to Fox News to Sarah Palin to the Tea Party to Trumpism, the Republican Party has deliberately nurtured and exploited rightwing fear and loathing fueled by paranoia, grievance, and tribalism. This powerful and important account explains how one political party has harnessed the worst elements in politics to poison the nation’s discourse and threaten American democracy.
ALSO, Consider joining us in other regular meetings:
BBB-USA hosts a Cup of Joe organizing meeting on Tuesdays:
11:00 AM-Noon PST/2-3:00 PM EDT https://events.democrats.org/event/373822/
and, on Fridays, we host a discussion on issues attendees wish to discuss:
4:30-6:00 PM PST/7:30-9:00 PM EDT https://events.democrats.org/event/373917/
We’d love to have you join us for these events, too!