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Nick Bryant in Conversation

Nick Bryant in Conversation

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Nick Bryant’s When America Stopped Being Great: A History of the Present takes a deep dive into the history of America to explain how the seeds of Trumpism were sown in the decisions of past administrations, and how the historical clues – unseen by many – paved the way for an outsider to take power.

Spanning six presidents and narrated in Bryant’s engaging autobiographical style, When America Stopped Being Great takes the long view, combining storytelling with hard facts to show how the country moved from the optimism of Reagan’s ‘Morning in America’ to Trump’s ‘American Carnage’. The epilogue considers the fall-out from COVID-19 and the 2020 election.

Nick Bryant is the BBC’s New York correspondent. His several books include Confessions from Correspondentland and The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality. He blogs regularly for the BBC where his recent posts on America have had millions of hits. @NickBryantNY

Bryant is a genuine rarity, a Brit who understands America.
-Washington Post

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