Magazine May 28, 2018, Issue

Understanding the Upheaval

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The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics, by Salena Zito and Brad Todd (Crown Forum, 320 pp., $28)

Over the past decade, Pittsburgh-based syndicated columnist Salena Zito has carved out a niche for herself in political journalism. In her travels across the states bordering the Great Lakes, she has reported on the lives of men and women who do not normally make the headlines. Small-business owners, restaurant managers, bartenders, bus drivers, hunters and fishermen, contractors, technicians — these are her sources. What she learned from them in the years after Barack Obama’s reelection clued her in early to the Trump phenomenon.

Based on her extensive interviews with Trump supporters, Zito not only had a keen understanding of the voters

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