A book for this moment: Both an assessment of our current political leadership and a vision of those who can bring substantive change.
Who are the new progressive leaders emerging to lead the post-Trump return to democracy in America? National political correspondent and award-winning author D.D. Guttenplan's The Next Republic is an extraordinarily intense and wide-ranging account of the recent fall and incipient rise of democracy in America. The Next Republic profiles nine successful activists who are changing the course of American history right now: • new labor activist and author Jane McAlevey • racial justice campaigner (and mayor of Jackson, Mississippi) Chokwe Antar Lumumba • environmental activist (and newly elected chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party) Jane Kleeb • Chicago’s first openly gay Latino public official Carlos Ramirez-Rosa • #ALLOFUS co-founder Waleed Shahid • young architects of Bernie Sanders amazing rise, digerati Corbin Trent and Zack Exley, founders of Brand New Congress • and author and anti-corruption crusader Zephyr Teachout. Additionally, the introduction to The Next Republic ties in the election and first year of the Trump presidency to the current rise of populism of the left, and there are three historical chapters that describe key moments in American history that shed light on current events: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Lincoln Republic, and the Roosevelt Republic. Guttenplan understands the magnitude of the problem of democracy, and at the same time the great possibilities for its resurgence. Like a cross between George Packer's The Unwinding and John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, The Next Republic is both unyielding and deeply hopeful, the first book to come out of the Trump ascendency that stakes a claim for seeing beyond it.
About the Author
As the lead Nation election correspondent throughout the 2015-16 election season, D.D. Guttenplan set the highest standard for election reporting, traveling across the country throughout the primary season, present at the major speeches and rallies of all the candidates, offering deep as well as topical coverage in dozens of articles including many that graced the Nation magazine's cover. Guttenplan's first book, The Holocaust on Trial, was highly praised in The New Yorker and elsewhere. His biography of I.F. Stone, American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone won the Sperber Prize for Biography. Guttenplan wrote and presented two radio documentaries for the BBC, Guns: An American Love Affair, and War, Lies and Audiotape, about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, as well as producing an acclaimed film, Edward Said: The Last Interview. A former editor at Vanity Fair, senior editor at the Village Voice, and media columnist at New York Newsday, Guttenplan's reporting on the Happy Land Social Club fire in the Bronx won a Page One Award from the New York Newspaper Guild. His investigative reporting on New York City's fire code was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He divides his time between homes in the U.S. in Vermont and London, England.
"It’s high time that someone resurrected authentic 'populism,' activism from below, and showed how it can be the path to a better future. That’s done very convincingly in D.D. Guttenplan's fine book, The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority, introducing us along the way to some wonderful people and their achievements, interspersed with carefully executed and pertinent historical interludes. A timely and instructive call to action." —Noam Chomsky
"Don Guttenplan has written a profoundly subversive book. He briefly touches base with a few notable progressives (like the Bern and Zephyr Teachout), but at a moment when Trumpism, cynicism, and corruption seem to reign supreme in our politics—in the modest guise of a report on the battles of a series of quasi-anonymous, persistent anti-establishmentarians and political loners—he has made a compelling case for hope and optimism about the future of our democracy, and en passant he has put the meaning of our republic in its historical context." —Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation
"At a moment when history and truth are under attack, and the survival of our republic is once again in doubt, The Next Republic is a timely, humane, and forceful narrative of our insurgent political moment—and a deeply reported contribution to the fight for a progressive future in America." —Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation
“Nation political reporter Guttenplan details a cautiously optimistic prognosis for a progressive American future, grounded in a resurgence of populism and inclusive, intersectional, anti-corporate 'majoritarian revolt.' ... The profiles [of contemporary activists] are smoothly interspersed with chapters analyzing moments in American history when the needs of everyday people came into conflict with moneyed interests and existing power structures and 'our ancestors confronted and overcame the dominant oligarchy of their day' ... Progressives will find this a hopeful and inspiring book.” —Publishers Weekly