How Obama Lost America

Politics and society in the twilight of democracy

When Barack Obama became America's 44th President, the world rejoiced. Obama became the most popular political figure anywhere, except perhaps in his own country. There, his approval ratings plummeted after those heady first days, his opponents thwarted him at nearly every turn, and his own supporters grew restive.
What went wrong? How did Obama squander so much popularity and promise? In a witty and heart-felt account, Donald Morrison, a veteran journalist and author, describes his growing perplexity with Obama. He examines the President's background, personality and governing style and finds hidden flaws. He also identifies recent changes in American society and politics that undermined the Obama's effectiveness set the stage for Donald Trump. Critics as well as admirers will find much to learn from this book -- and much to enjoy.

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Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME, he wrote and edited in every department of the magazine. He was Editor of its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. A frequent lecturer and conference moderator, he has taught at New York University in London, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Mr. Morrison is the European Editor of the London-based magazine PORT and a regular commentator for The Berkshire Eagle and NPR's Robin Hood Radio. He has written for The Financial Times, The New York Times, Le Monde, Le Point, The New Republic, Smithsonian and Quartz. He is the author, co-author or editor of books on subjects as diverse as Chinese democracy and photojournalism. His "The Death of French Culture," a 2009 French best-seller, was published in the U.S. in 2010. His contemporary political history, How Obama Lost America, appeared in France and the U.S. in 2012. Mr. Morrison holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

Follow him on Twitter @​donaldmmorrison

Selected Works

The Berkshire Eagle, April 17, 2017. We're all horrified by images of a passenger being dragged off United flight 3411. But that's just a taste of what the Trump administration has in store for American consumers.
The New Republic, January 8, 2015 France is waking up to the lousy job it has done of assimilating its immigrants.
The Berkshire Eagle, April 6, 2017. The President should have known better than to pick a fight with the wrong woman. Or women in general.
The Berkshire Eagle, February 27, 2017 Banning and harassing foreigners is the wrong way to make America great.
Smithsonian, April 2011 If the Internet is dumbing us down, how come I've never felt smarter?
Tales from the golden age of magazine publishing, when men were men and the drinks cart arrived at seven.
Le Monde, November 16, 2016 The new president has always been a pariah. That explains a lot.
Why the world's most popular leader almost lost it all.
How France squandered its historic role as the world's cultural superpower.

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