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One year after Steve Bannon took over Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, news broke of his resignation from his position as White House chief strategist. Bannon’s rise to the White House from Breitbart News, alternately fueled and hindered by his ethno-nationalism and years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton, shocked Democrats and Republicans alike.
Journalist Joshua Green tracked Bannon and Trump’s relationship from the very beginning. His book, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, is the revealing inside story of the partnership between Bannon and Trump and the key to understanding the greatest upset in American political history. With dozens of inside interviews conducted over six years combined with meticulous storytelling and analysis, Green’s master narrative of the 2016 campaign spans from its origins in the fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump’s penthouse on election night.
The story on Bannon’s resignation began when he gave a surprising interview to American Prospect, in which he dismissed white nationalists as a “collection of clowns,” derided the current administration’s policy on China and North Korea, and commented, “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.” Joshua Green joined Slate’s “The Gist” podcast to address Bannon’s future.
A senior national correspondent for Bloomsberg Businessweek, Joshua Green has become the go-to expert on Donald Trump’s relationship with Bannon, Breitbart, and the alt-right. He regularly appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NBC’s Meet the Press, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and PBS’s Washington Week. He is available for speaking engagements to lecture on the relationship between Bannon and Trump, as well as the future of the media in our current political climate.
“Deeply reported and compulsively readable…Green is consistently interesting on the subject of Trump. But the real value of Devil’s Bargain is the story it tells about Bannon, some of which has been previously reported (not least by Green himself) but never so well synthesized or explained as it is here.” —Bret Stephens, The New York Times
“The first deeply insightful political narrative of the Trump era” —David Leonhardt, The New York Times
“Indispensable.” —Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker
“Mr. Green is a talented reporter and a gifted storyteller. The anecdotes he records from the chaotic 2016 Trump campaign are both well chosen (they’re there for thematic reasons, not as gratuitous gossip) and brilliantly told.” —Wall Street Journal
“You won’t be able to put it down. I certainly couldn’t, surrendering a weekend I should have rightly spent with the kids. I spent it instead with a 63-year-old nationalist whom Time magazine all but called the shadow President of the United States . . . Addictive.” —Newsweek
“Vividly pulls back the curtain on the symbiotic relationship between two of America’s most polarizing figures. . . . Green is nothing but prescient.” —The Guardian