Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

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The United States Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency BY JOSHUA GREEN. Penguin Press, 2017, 288 pp.

In the history of U.S. politics, few meteors have burned as hot or hit as hard as Steve Bannon, the fiery provocateur behind Donald Trump's transgressive and unexpectedly successful 2016 campaign for the White House. Bannon, who prior to the campaign had been largely unknown beyond the audience of his controversial "alt-right" website, Breitbart News, helped Trump skewer the bipartisan political establishment and activate enough angry voters in the right places to eke out an Electoral College victory despite losing the popular vote. Green saw Bannon as an important figure early on and began to track his career long before other journalists. As a result, Green had the material and access to produce a deeply researched and sharply observed account of a political figure and a movement that took most of the country by surprise. …

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