Podcast: Nick Bryant on America’s Decline, Trump… and on Getting COVID

Podcast: Nick Bryant on America’s Decline, Trump… and on Getting COVID

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Foreign correspondent Nick Bryant talks to Cheryl about the political, economic, cultural and technological factors that contributed to America’s decline and inadvertently paved the way for Trump’s presidency. And also about him and his wife getting COVID.

About the author:

Nick Bryant is one of the BBC’s most trusted and senior foreign correspondents. He has been posted in Washington, South Asia, Australia and, most recently, New York. He is a regular contributor to several Australian magazines and newspapers, including The Australian, The Spectator and The Monthly. Nick studied history at Cambridge and has a doctorate in American politics from Oxford. He now lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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    Publisher details

    When America Stopped Being Great
    Author
    Nick Bryant
    Publisher
    Penguin
    Genre
    Non Fiction
    Released
    18 August, 2020

    Synopsis

    A comprehensive analysis of the political, economic, cultural and technological factors that contributed to America’s decline and inadvertently paved the way for Trump’s presidency. The presidency of Donald Trump is commonly seen as a historical accident. In When America Stopped Being Great, Nick Bryant argues that by 2016 it had become almost historically inescapable. In this highly personal account, drawing on decades of covering Washington for the BBC, Bryant shows how the billionaire capitalised on the mistakes of his five predecessors – Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – and how also he became a beneficiary of a broken politics, an iniquitous economy, an ailing media, a facile culture, disruptive new technology and the creation of a modern-day presidency that elevated showmanship over statesmanship. Not only are we starting to see the emergence of a post-American world, Bryant fears we are seeing the emergence of a post-American America. The history of Trump’s rise is also a history of America’s fall.
    Nick Bryant
    About the author

    Nick Bryant

    Nick Bryant is one of the BBC’s most trusted and senior foreign correspondents. He has been posted in Washington, South Asia, Australia and, most recently, New York. He is a regular contributor to several Australian magazines and newspapers, including The AustralianThe Spectator and The Monthly. Nick studied history at Cambridge and has a doctorate in American politics from Oxford. He now lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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