'In America: Tales from Trump Country' by Caitríona Perry, published by Gill Books, on October 27th 2017.
As RTÉ's Washington Correspondent, Caitríona Perry has earned a reputation as a reliable source of truth as the world tries to make sense of the maelstrom of shocking headlines emanating from Donald Trump's America. In her first book, she goes beyond the news reports and delves into the American heartland where she witnessed his rise at first hand, while others were blindsided by his victory. Bringing to the table the voices of those who voted for President Trump, Hillary Clinton's so-called 'basket of deplorables', the ones whose opinions didn't coalesce with acceptable mainstream discourse, Caitríona Perry reveals just what is really happening in America right now. This is the story of the American people who were angry and disillusioned by traditional politics. It is the story of the workers of the industrial heartland, of the women of America, of immigrant communities, of the people who viewed a wealthy businessman from the city of New York as 'one of us'. This is the story of the people who shook the world. More at Gill Books: https://www.gillbooks.ie/current-affairs/current-affairs/in-america
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Praise for In America: Tales from Trump Country
'A fresh perspective on the supporters of Donald Trump....A clear-eyed portrait of Americans’ bitterness, hope, and fear.' Kirkus Review.
'Impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "In America: Tales from Trump Country" is a timely and much
appreciated contribution to the growing library ofTrump Era political science studies'. Midwest Book Review.
'A revealing and insightful piece of reportage by a journalist who refuses to become part of the story'. The Sunday Business Post.
'Perry treats Trump supporters with a degree of respect that is sometimes absent from other commentaries'. The Sunday Independent.
'In America is a worthwhile and eminently readable book...The version of Trump’s America that Perry presents brings many essential and revealing factors into sharp focus.' The Irish Times.
'It’s an eye-opening read that concisely demystifies the complex and baffling politics of America, no mean feat.' Irish Country Magazine.
'A tour-de-force analysis of the current state of play in American politics. '
Larry Donnelly, political commentator and Lecturer in the School of Law at NUIG.
'Spellbindingly good. Journeying across America, Caitríona Perry masterfully takes us into the hearts and minds of those who voted for Donald Trump. A triumph of a book. '
Prof. Gary Murphy, Head of the School of Law and Government, DCU.
'In America brings us right into the heart and soul of Trump’s presidency, seen through the prism of decent Americans as they sip coffee in diners or make tea in Irish centres. From the Mexico border to the Oval Office, Caitríona Perry brings us to the coalface of one of the most tempestuous and extraordinary opening periods of any presidency in modern memory. '
Ryan Tubridy, Irish broadcaster and author.
'This entertaining and insightful travelogue, through its attention to detail of both place and people, lays bare both the death and residual power of the American Dream. ' Liam Kennedy, Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD.
'Bringing us vivid voices from Trump country, and exploring the emotional landscape in which his campaign took root, this book deepens our understanding of the Trump phenomenon. ' Anne Anderson, former Irish Ambassador to the US 2013-2017.
'The hopes, contradictions and beliefs of Trump voters brilliantly told – a necessary and insightful book! '
Joe Duffy, Irish broadcaster and author.
'In my visits to Ireland since the 2016 election, the most frequent question I get is how could that happen? Caitríona Perry answers it honestly and candidly as only someone who takes the time to understand could. '
Cody Keenan, Chief Speechwriter to President Barack Obama.
'A genuinely fascinating chance to meet the most and least likely Trump voters and find out why his election was ultimately bound to happen. '
Rick O’Shea, Irish broadcaster and curator of Ireland's biggest book club.