The Cruelty Is the Point By Adam Serwer
- Narrated by: Adam Serwer
- Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
- Release date: 06-29-21
The Cruelty Is the Point AudioBook Summary
From an award-winning journalist at The Atlantic, these searing essays make a damning case that cruelty is not merely an unfortunate byproduct of the Trump administration but its main objective and the central theme of the American project.
“No writer better demonstrates how American dreams are so often sabotaged by American history. Adam Serwer is essential.” (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
“Trump summoned the most treacherous forces in American history and conducted them with the ease of a grand maestro.”
Like many of us, Adam Serwer didn’t know that Donald Trump would win the 2016 election. But over the four years that followed, the Atlantic staff writer became one of our most astute analysts of the Trump presidency and the volatile powers it harnessed. The shock that greeted Trump’s victory, and the subsequent cruelty of his presidency, represented a failure to confront elements of the American past long thought vanquished.
In this searing collection, Serwer chronicles the Trump administration not as an aberration but as an outgrowth of the inequalities the United States was founded on. Serwer is less interested in the presidential spectacle than in the ideological and structural currents behind Trump’s rise – including a media that was often blindsided by the ugly realities of what the administration represented and how it came to be.