Summer Books and Films of Interest by clroberts

Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever 

by Rick Wilson

You know this is going to be good when the title of Part One is “The Road to this Shitshow” ! Wilson,  whose jacket by-line identifies him as, amongst other things,  ” a seasond Republican political strategist and consultant, infamous negative-ad maker,  is brutally frank, and funny, in this analysis of the Trump candidacy and administration. He does not hesitate to point fingers at those he calls “Vichy Republicans” and others whom he feels have betrayed our country.

In a chapter he calls “Running with the Devil”, Wilson opens with “American evangelicals sold themselves to Trump for 40 pieces of silver. A degenerate,unrepentant man who represents everything evangelicals have railed against for generations bought their loyalty for nearly nothing.”

A great, end- of- summer read whose claims are supported by copious endnotes.  While it can’t completely ameliorate the daily tragedy that is Trump America, it will fire you up for the midterms and give you some laughs at the expense of Trump and Company.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

by Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans

This is an important book if for no other reason that Landrieu’s name is coming up as a potential Democratic, presidential candidate in 2020.   Landrieu is currently President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and served New Orleans as both lieutenant governor and now has a second, four-year term governor.  He is notable for being a Dem in a state whose 8 electoral votes went to Trump and  for successfully working with GOP legislators.  Landrieu’s father was a state legislator and then New Orleans’ mayor during the 60’s and 70’s integration of the South.  In his book, Mitch Landrieu discusses both his decision to have four Confederate monuments removed from his city last year and the experiences and lessons that inform his attitudes toward race and inequality in America.

NO is NOT Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

by Naomi Klein

I’m going to recommend not only this book but the interview with Klein in England’s The Guardian newspaper, link below.   Klein has written a number of books which she now sees as forewarning of  the ascension of a Trump.   She is well-known as a Canadian activist, journalist and filmmaker who views capitalism and corporate globalization critically.   As Klein states in her introduction, “This book’s argument, in a nutshell, is that Trump,extreme as he is, is less an aberration than a logical conclusion-a pastiche of pretty much all the worst trends of the past half century.Trump is the product of powerful systems of thought that rank human life based on race,religion,gender,sexuality,physical appearance, and physical ability-and that have systematically used race as a weapon to advance brutal economic policies since the earliest days of North American colonization and the transatlantic slave trade. Heis also thepresonification of the merger of humans and corporations-a one-man megabrand, whose wife and children are spin-off brands, with all the pathologies and conflicts of interest inherent in that.”

MOVIES- Had enough of politics, worry, frustration and rage for awhile?  The movies listed below will allow you to relax, laugh, and escape to places where worry consists only of choosing the best beau or escaping a prehistoric shark !

The Meg- Aww, come on. Who doesn’t like a summer shark movie?  Lots of fun !

Mamma Mia 2- ABBA !  Cher!  Pierce Brosnan!  Colin Firth! Greek beaches and sunsets! Amanda and Dominic ! That lovely Lily James from Downton Abbey!  What’s not to like?

Mission Impossible 57- Ok, so, it’s only number 5 or 6, but it’s still action-packed and mindless entertainment.

BlackKKlansman- Spike Lee’s latest based on a true story of two Colorado policemen, one  Black and one Jewish!- who successfully infiltrated their local Ku Klux Klan Chapter in 1972.  It’s serio-comic, like most of Lee’s works, so you can still enjoy yourself.