American.Breakdown

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I think Bromwich is one of the best critics/public intellectuals currently working - right up there with James Grant, Nicholas Lemann, Gordon Wood, David Stockman, Louis Menand & some others.

I'm curious to know how he (or his publisher) determined which of his essays should comprise this short book, since many of his best essays published over the last decade (denoted below) are actually better, more noteworthy than those included herewith.

Chapter 1: The Cheney Co-Presidency
5400 words
New York Review, Nov. 20, 2008

Chapter 2: What Went Wrong: The Obama Legacy
7300 words
Harper's Magazine, June 2015

Chapter 3: Act One, Scene One
6300 words
London Review of Books, Feb. 16, 2017

Chapter 4: The Age of Detesting Trump
5200 words
London Review of Books, July 13, 2017

Chapter 5: American Breakdown
6400 words
London Review of Books, Aug. 9, 2018

Chapter 6: Midterm Fever
5200 words
London Review of Books, March 7, 2019

Appendix A: On the Election
1050 words
New York Review, Nov. 10, 2016

Appendix B: Bomb First
2000 words
New York Review, April 10, 2017

Appendix C: The Making of Donald Trump
1500 words
The Guardian, May 18, 2017

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These noteworthy essays, not in American Breakdown, also catalogue The Trump Years and How They Befell Us.

Obama's Delusion (great essay)
4700 words
London Review of Books, Oct. 22, 2009

Obama's Oslo Speech: A Caption-Summary With Excerpts
2000 words
Huffington Post, Dec. 12, 2009

Diary: Obama & healthcare (great essay)
4400 words
London Review of Books, May 13, 2010

The Curveball of Karl Rove
4000 words
New York Review, July 15, 2010

The Dying Art of Political Explanation
1500 words
Huffington Post, October 16, 2010

The Fastidious President (great essay)
4800 words
London Review of Books, November 18, 2010

Rush Limbaugh: The Rebel Germ
4700 words
New York Review, November 25, 2010

The Historic [Midterm] Election
800 words
New York Review, December 9, 2010

Obama's Peculiar Custom
1500 words
London Review of Books, December 10, 2010

Obama on Civility and Lincoln on the Rule of Law
2600 words
Huffington Post, January 15, 2011

Obama, Incorporated
2800 words
New York Review, January 28, 2011

Obama's Mental Bookkeeping
1700 words
London Review of Books, May 27, 2011

Obama: His Words and His Deeds
4300 words
New York Review of Books, July 14, 2011

Pity The Billionaire (a great, short essay)
1600 words
The Guardian, Jan. 13, 2012

Diary: David Maraniss's Obama biography
3200 words
London Review of Books, July 5, 2012

Short Cuts - Rep. Paul Ryan, the Tea Party, & Ayn Rand
Two of Bromwich's lines on Ryan are uncharacteristically cruel, unfair, a glimpse of his dyspepsia unbound.
1000 words
London Review of Books, August 30, 2012

Saying It Straight in October (great essay)
1000 words
The Huffington Post, October 12, 2012

The Election
1700 words
New York Review, November 8, 2012

Now the Democrats Must Lead
1500 words
Huffington Post, November 14, 2012

Torture and 'Zero Dark Thirty' (great essay)
3400 words
Huffington Post, January 19, 2013

The Crossroads on Syria
2300 words
Huffington Post, August 29, 2013

Diary: Obama & Syria
3100 words
London Review of Books, September 26, 2013

Ukraine and Iraq: A Reminder (great essay)
2400 words
Huffington Post, March 27, 2014

Obama: The World's Most Important Spectator (great essay)
4900 words
London Review of Books, June 20, 2014

Actions and Intentions in Gaza (great essay)
3300 words
Huffington Post, August 2, 2014

What Went Wrong-Assessing Obama's legacy
7300 words
Harper's Magazine, June 2015

Short Cuts - Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary vs. Trump (very good)
1700 words
London Review of Books, v38n6, March 17, 2016

The Soul of the Tea Party
3800 words
The Nation, May 17, 2016

The Roots of Hillary's Infatuation with War (great essay)
2500 words
The National Interest, June 29, 2016

Donald Trump's Ruling Passions
1200 words
The Nation, January 12, 2018

The Limited Virtues of Adam McKay's 'Vice'
2,000 words, no paywall.
New York Review, January, 5, 2019

Trump House-Cleaning
5200 words
London Review of Books, v41n5, March 7, 2019

Short Cuts: Robert Mueller's Report
1800 words
London Review of Books, April 18, 2019

What It Means to be "Great" on a Planet Going Down (great essay)
3600 words
June 24, 2019


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