Donald Trump's victory in the November 2016 election for president of the United States astonished the world. Though he had never held political office, he won the Republican nomination. The leading polls predicted his loss to Hillary Clinton in the general election, but he prevailed. How was this possible? John Judis's book was written before Trump's ultimate triumph, but it offers an important account of the reasons for Trump's rise to prominence. Unfortunately, this account rests on bad economics.
Judis sets the Trump movement within the broad context of populism. "There is a kind of populist politics that originated in the United States in the nineteenth century, has recurred in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and in the 1970s began to appear in Western Europe.