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Publisher Description


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.

Politics & Current Events
July 13
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

EarlOfAH ,

Good. . .

But not as good as I, Alone Can Fix It. Notwithstanding some of the same info, this book seemed to want to tell the abridged version, which is fine, but was also choppy. Jumping back and forth can be a bit confusion. Nevertheless, it was a good book.

queenmimileigh ,

Great Book!

Very interesting, fast paced and insightful look at the last days of the chaotic Trump campaign and election!

Inda Pendent ,

The cure for cancer is to read the book

Book released: July 13, 2021
320 pages
First critical review: July 14, 2021

I’ve always wanted to be a speed reader myself.
Second review: Not a review, I average only about 40 pages a night. It will take me over a week to read if I can keep up the pace.

I’ll give 4 stars because the site requires a rating, but based on the The Bulwark Podcast with the WSJ author, i wouldn’t be surprised that it will be a very good read. Can’t wait to dive in.