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Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost (Hardcover)

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Michael C. Bender, senior White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, presents a deeply reported account of the 2020 presidential campaign that details how Donald J. Trump became the first incumbent in three decades to lose reelection—and the only one whose defeat culminated in a violent insurrection. 

Beginning with President Trump’s first impeachment and ending with his second, FRANKLY, WE DID WIN THIS ELECTION chronicles the inside-the-room deliberations between Trump and his campaign team as they opened 2020 with a sleek political operation built to harness a surge of momentum from a bullish economy, a unified Republican Party, and a string of domestic and foreign policy successes—only to watch everything unravel when fortunes suddenly turned.

With first-rate sourcing cultivated from five years of covering Trump in the White House and both of his campaigns, Bender brings readers inside the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One, and into the front row of the movement’s signature mega-rallies for the story of an epic election-year convergence of COVID, economic collapse, and civil rights upheaval—and an unorthodox president’s attempt to battle it all. 

Fresh interviews with Trump, key campaign advisers, and senior administration officials are paired with an exclusive collection of internal campaign memos, emails, and text messages for scores of never-before-reported details about the campaign. 

FRANKLY, WE DID WIN THIS ELECTION is the inside story of how Trump lost, and the definitive account of his final year in office that draws a straight line from the president’s repeated insistence that he would never lose to the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol that imperiled one of his most loyal lieutenants—his own vice president.

About the Author

MICHAEL C. BENDERis the senior White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal whose coverage of President Trump has been recognized for its deep sourcing, balance, and valuable behind-the-scenes portraits of Trump’s administration and presidential campaigns. Bender was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2019 for work that “set a consistently high standard of reporting” and “provided a valuable chronicle of the president, his team, and the movement that has reshaped American politics and national policy.” In 2020, he received the National Press Club award for political analysis for a series of stories that detailed the sights, sounds, and inner workings of Trump campaign rallies. Since 2000, Bender has covered local, state, and national politics for the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado, Dayton Daily News, Palm Beach Post, Tampa Bay Times, and Bloomberg News. He joined the Journal in 2016 and published more than eleven hundred stories about Trump in the next five years. He has also served as an on-air political analyst for CNN. Born and raised in Cleveland with his six younger sisters, Bender graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000 with a degree in history and now lives in Washington with his wife, Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker, and their two daughters. 

Praise For…

“Bombshell of a book.”—Jake Tapper, CNN

“Belongs with the best of a rising group of Washington reporters.” —Bob Woodward, The Washington Post

"Great new book."—Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC

"Well-written and well-informed. [Bender] captures both the infighting in Trump's world and the surrounding social tectonics."—Lloyd Green, The Guardian

"A blockbuster book."—Kasie Hunt, MSNBC

"Highly anticipated book."—Hallie Jackson, MSNBC

"The reporting is extraordinary."—Adam Goldman, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting

"Endless revelations."—George Conway III, Washington Post contributing columnist

"A well-respected journalist."—Anderson Cooper, CNN

"A very reputable journalist."—Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard founder

“He's set the highest standards for the rest of us to follow."—Peter Baker, co-author of THE MAN WHO RAN WASHINGTON

“This book came out and pointed out…things that were more ugly than we thought.”—Mia Love (R-UT), former congresswoman

“I’ve never seen or heard anything like it…This is really shocking.” —Paul Begala, former White House counselor to President Clinton

“He’s one of the tough ones, but such beautiful hair.”—Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States

“Bender debuts with an immersive, blow-by-blow rundown...he paints a credible portrait...he enriches the narrative with a sharp sense of humor...Political junkies will gobble this one up.”—Publishers Weekly

"A thoroughly revealing account of a spectacularly inept presidential campaign that politics junkies will eat up."—Kirkus (starred review)

“Bender’s deep dive will make a splash."—Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781538734803
ISBN-10: 153873480X
Publisher: Twelve
Publication Date: July 13th, 2021
Pages: 432
Language: English

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