Devil's Bargain
From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump—the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump’s penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump’s flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who’d never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike. 

Yet Bannon’s hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump’s unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn’t see. Trump’s campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.

Any study of Trump’s rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Devil’s Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton’s fall, you have to weave Trump’s story together with Bannon’s, or else it doesn't make sense.


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Book TitleDevil's Bargain
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Devil's Bargain Reviews

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Dec 31, 1969

    Michael Finocchiaro

    Joshua Green's book was a bestseller from the minute it hit the shelves. Is it a great book? Almost, IMHO. It certainty made me feel almost physically ill seeing the utter depravity of Bannon and Drumpf as they mounted their assault on America in 2015-2016. It definitely reassured me i...

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Dec 31, 1969

    Bill Kerwin

    Did you watch the Charlottesville “white power” vigil on TV, and were you surprised to see a new variety of racist, a Millennial, a man unmasked, unhooded—brandishing mommy’s tiki torch, wearing granddad’s WW II helmet—gazing self-confidently into the came...

  • Hadrian
    Dec 31, 1969

    Hadrian

    Update (August 18, 2017):Well, Bannon's down -possibly because of this book - Donald doesn't like other people taking credit for his successes. His bizarre interview with the American Prospect may also have played a role - undercutting your boss's bluff on North Korea is not a good loo...

  • Shawn Mooney
    Dec 31, 1969

    Shawn Mooney

    A little more than a quarter of the way in, I've decided I don't want or need to know one more effing thing about these assholes. ...

  • Bettie☯
    Dec 31, 1969

    Bettie☯

    Description: From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump—the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the great...

  • Tom Mathews
    Dec 31, 1969

    Tom Mathews

    Green book changed the fundamental question about the 2016 election from "How could this have happened?" to "How could we have not seen this coming?" ...

  • Kressel Housman
    Dec 31, 1969

    Kressel Housman

    The last time I read a book with the word "devils" in the title, it was about Wall Street and the crash of '08. This book is very similar; it shows how a bunch of disparate actors came together to create utter chaos, except this time it's political instead of financial. The main questi...

  • Rex Fuller
    Dec 31, 1969

    Rex Fuller

    The author suffers the liberal’s handicaps of mistaking his opinions for facts and presuming his biases are received wisdom. Look no further than the title: insinuating that Steve Bannon’s relationship with Trump is sinister or possibly evil. In the text, examples are legion....

  • Alex Nelson
    Dec 31, 1969

    Alex Nelson

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5, mostly because it seems to be a rushed effort.Some HistoryIn 1824, for the first time in American history, no single candidate for president received a clear majority of electoral delegates. John C Calhoun received 99 delegates, John Quincey Adams received 84, Wil...

  • Bam
    Dec 31, 1969

    Bam

    A very interesting account of the presidential election from the viewpoint of Joshua Green, a senior national correspondent for Bloomsberg Businessweek and Bloomsberg News who had front-row seats for the whole process. ...