How Obama Lost America

Politics and society in the twilight of democracy

Barack Obama stormed into the White House in 2008 and, within weeks, became the most popular political figure anywhere -- except his own country. There, his approval ratings ebbed, his opponents thwarted him at nearly every turn, and his own supporters grew restive.
What went wrong? In a witty and heart-felt account, Donald Morrison, a veteran journalist and author, describes his growing perplexity with America's first black President. He examines Obama's background, personality and governing style and finds the hidden flaws that undermined his presidency. He also identifies recent changes in American society and politics that set the stage for the era of Donald Trump.

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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. and the U.K. in 2010. Mr. Morrison holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

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Selected Works

The Berkshire Eagle, February 6, 2018. Longing for something to hold onto in this dishonest, insubstantial era? Consider the typewriter. It's making a comeback.
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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