Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slaver In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts ...

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Title:Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution
Author:Ben Fountain
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062688766
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution Reviews

  • Beth
    Dec 26, 2018
    I read this because of a review that said that this was the book that people in the future would read to discover what happened in (to?) America in 2016. I was RIVETED. My husband was, too, since I read about 30% of it to him out loud. ...
  • Will
    Sep 04, 2018
    Brilliant mind, acerbic wit, dark humor, inspiring calls to action, reads like a modern play on Hunter S. Thompson's Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail. ...
  • David
    Oct 21, 2018
    Fountain posits that our country has burned twice: the Civil War and the Great Depression. He wonders if Trump?s election and the many decisions that led up to it might be a first step to a third burning. We?ve elected charlatans in the past. We?ve had both political parties play...
  • Andy
    Nov 18, 2018
    I appreciate Mr Fountain as an author. A very good writer. Sadly, though, another blow by blow of the last three years is exhausting. ...
  • Noelle
    Jan 05, 2019
    If you can ignore the well-worn, misogynist attacks on Hillary, and the ironic pairing of a suggestion that electing Bernie was "the will of the people" with the recitation of actual primary vote tallies, it offers an interesting view of what it might be like to be a campaign reporter ...
  • Ingrid
    Oct 18, 2018
    This book was kinda a hot mess in the way it was written and organized. I had wanted to learn about/hear the author's reflection of the country's state today - as in his analysis and opinions. But 50% of the book were just recounting events that happen (literally listing out facts) in ...
  • David Yoon
    Dec 17, 2018
    Ben Fountain, at the behest of The Guardian, is sent out on the campaign trail in the lead-up to the 2016 US Presidential election and finds himself at the Quicken Loans Arena for the Republican National Convention. Here he finds stern warnings against tennis balls. Tennis balls are de...
  • Jeff J.
    Oct 25, 2018
    I must confess I didn?t make it past the foreword. Anyone who ascribes Trump?s election victory to ?white identity politics? is mistaken on a fundamental level, making all subsequent arguments moot. ...
  • W Varley
    Jan 12, 2019
    The tone & pace is a bit staccato, especially as Fountain recounts headlines during the 2016 Presidential election, but the research and distillation of the underlying issues and controversies raised during the campaign is exceptional. This book is an excellent primer for anyone in...
  • Barbara
    Jan 03, 2019
    Jam-packed with insight, humor (thank God) and clear thinking. Discouraging and inspirational. Highly readable - my copy was a library book and I actually hated to part with it. This author has also written novels and brings his talents to non-fiction here. It will make you grind your ...
  • John Lamb
    Nov 08, 2018
    Insightful and sharp. I need to memorize sections so that impress people with my astute observations about American politics. ...
  • Rachel
    Nov 17, 2018
    Yes he is a great author but that sweeping sensationalist garble tends to be a bit much after awhile. I was also deeply perplexed and offended that such a ?progressive? book would use the word ?spaz? (pg. 31) maybe hoping the sensationalism and shock of it would fit with his hy...
  • Dan Downing
    Dec 12, 2018
    We have been given a reportorial masterpiece. Mr. Fountain follows the 2016 Presidential race (note that word) from January to December. The months are marked by chapters recounting news stories that month from around the world, including numerous quotations from those running for offi...
  • Paul
    Dec 12, 2018
    Terrific book about the state of America in the Trump years, centered on the events of 2016. I can't recommend it highly enough. Well written, insightful, full of pitch-perfect descriptions of people, politics, and policy. Fountain takes a look back at how the New Deal saved American ...
  • Megan
    Dec 19, 2018
    Very honest look into US history and some of the reasons why we're here. Also, every random negative thing and person in US history...it was A LOT of jumping around and he didn't do a good job of drawing it together in a coherent timeline throughout or wrap up the argument at the end. ...
  • Amy
    Nov 04, 2018
    Fountain utilizes historical context alongside a writer's eye for detail to create an incredibly compelling analysis of how we arrived at Trump and everything that goes with him. If your library doesn't have this book immediately available, buy it. You won't regret it. ...
  • John
    Oct 25, 2018
    Ben Fountain's reflections on the process and candidates of the 2016 election, but also a colorful but intense critique of how the American election process functions, using the last presidential election (2016) as example, and how the American people think and feel about the people wh...
  • Caroline
    Jan 02, 2019
    This book is a collection of essays written as the year 2016...unfolded is the wrong word...decomposed? As such there is not a coherent narrative to live up to the title. Once you let go of the idea that there is a single argument being made, and take it on its own terms, he eloquently...
  • Sue Wakula
    Nov 13, 2018
    "Profit proportionate to freedom; plunder correlative to subjugation." These words echo throughout the book and their simple truth wears away at you. You don't want to believe it, but, deep down, you know it's true. America was built on white supremacy. As a people, we must confront...
  • Camille McCarthy
    Dec 24, 2018
    I did enjoy this book, although I think the cover has some false advertising. This book is really an analysis of the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, putting into context with historical background. The first hundred pages or so were just the author describing four rallies he went to...
  • T.L. Blankenburg
    Nov 10, 2018
    Fountain Delivers Again Journalists completely failed to capture the American psyche during the 2016 election. Although I disagree with many of Fountain?s observances, he writes his conclusions with such excellent craft that they demand recognition. ...
  • Michelle Lancaster
    Sep 17, 2018
    POLITICS/GOVERNMENT Ben Fountain Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution Ecco Books Hardcover, 978-0-0626-8884-2 (also available as an e-book, audiobook, and large-print paperback), 448 pgs., $27.99 September 25, 2018 ?Nautonomy: the asymmetrical pr...
  • Jan Soller
    Jan 05, 2019
    This is a book of possibility, at a time when the daily news brings a sense of hopelessness. Ben Fountain writes beautiful sentences and paragraphs and essays. It is a joy to read his work. The clear pov will cause some to overlook this work. I encourage you to embrace your discomfit a...
  • Dan S
    Nov 08, 2018
    Huge fan of Mr Fountain and his writing story thus far. This is a collection of articles written for the Guardian, so it suffers from that just in terms of not having an overarching narrative or conclusion that connects it all together. Where it excels is in its language, uncompromisin...
  • Gopal Vijayaraghavan
    Nov 19, 2018
    This is another book bemoaning Trump's victory in US Presidential election. In his book, Ben Fountain lays the blame on the rise of Trump squarely on Democratic party abandoning new deal welfare policies and the party becoming pro rich. He also traces a latent feeling of white supremac...
  • Melinda
    Oct 11, 2018
    Great collection of essays and articles of the sad state of affairs created in 2016 and following. Some excellent analysis of what has happened to get us to this place. A bit depressing.... ...
  • Randy
    Jul 08, 2018
    Ben Fountain, author of the excellent, prize-winning novel "Billy Lynn?s Long Halftime Walk," takes us back to the absolute clusterfuck of the presidential campaign year of 2016. A gifted wordsmith who combines the detailed observational qualities of Tom Wolfe (minus the tons of excl...
  • Mrs. Danvers
    Nov 18, 2018
    Beautifully written with a clear eye and commitment to facts. Also, we're fucked and I'm super depressed now. ...
  • Jonathan Tennis
    Oct 27, 2018
    Whether you?re Pro or Anti-Trump, 2016 was an interesting year in American politics. Ben Fountain attempts to capture that with a series of essays about that year and what they could mean for the US of A. Great read. Highly recommend. ...
  • Ashley Nicole
    Jan 15, 2019
    Few things before I start this review. First I picked this book up off a take one, leave on bookshelf in an airport. Secondly, this copy is an uncorrected proof. Lastly, I have never before felt it necessary to write a review before finishing a book, (I finish all the books I start des...