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Trump and the Puritans


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James Roberts has been a foreign news journalist for more than 30 years. He is currently Assistant Editor of the London-based international Catholic weekly, The Tablet, where he has covered Foreign News since 2004. Before joining the Tablet he spent 12 years on the Foreign News desks of the Independent and Independent on Sunday, where he became Foreign Editor. Martyn Whittock is the author of forty-seven books, including When God Was King (Lion Hudson 2018) which explores the lives and beliefs of rebels and radicals of the British Civil Wars and Mayflower generation, both in the British Isles and North America.


"James Roberts and Martyn Whittock have produced a timely, stimulating and sometimes provocative analysis of perhaps the most important and certainly the least understood section of Donald Trump's base." - Donald Macintyre, Journalist "This is an essential handbook for 2020, the anniversary of the Mayflower landing and the year Trump bids for re-election. Consistently overlooked and belittled by political commentators, his considerable power base of evangelical Americans hails Trump as the unlikely instrument appointed by God to revive the shining 'city on a hill' of the early settlers. This is a readable, timely and revelatory insight into a dangerously neglected aspect of America's cultural identity." - Clare Asquith, scholar and author "James Roberts and Martyn Whittock in Trump and the Puritans trace the source of Donald Trump's appeal and some of his policies back to the religious convictions of the Puritan pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. Fascinating reading, and essential for an understanding of the influence of today's evangelical Americans on the US President." - Piers Paul Read, historian and novelist "This engrossing book offers a unique take on Donald Trump's presidency, tracking America's Puritan legacy from the Mayflower Pilgrims to his White House. In the process its authors explain the significance of Mike Pence, Brett Kavanaugh versus Christine Blasey Ford and Benjamin Netanyahu in the age of the Donald." - Cristina Odone, broadcaster and journalist "Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, you will be helpfully informed by reading Trump and the Puritans. If you've wondered why so many evangelicals, African-Americans and women seem to support Donald Trump in ways that puzzle his critics, this book will do a lot of explaining. What the authors provide are an array of substantiated quotes and pieces of information that will provide insights seldom found in one place." - Tony Campolo, professor emeritus of sociology, Eastern University and former spiritual adviser to Bill Clinton "What connects Hillary Clinton's infamous 'basket of deplorables' with the Puritans who arrived on the Mayflower on America's shores 400 years ago? In this fascinating study of the Trump phenomenon, James Roberts and Martyn Whittock lift the lid on a rarely examined part of his core vote: why, in 2016, 81 per cent of US evangelical Christians backed a man often characterised by his deep flaws. An essential and riveting read as Trump limbers up for his bid for a second term in the White House." - Julie Etchingham, journalist and broadcaster

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