News day / The other books provide background information in understanding how elections are won.

Check out the following books: The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston – This biography is written by a journalist who has been covering Trump for almost 30 years.

Each chapter showcases an event in Trump’s life. My favourite chapter deals with a Japanese businessman who won millions of dollars at a Trump casino.

Here, we see how Trump goes into action to protect his assets. Sometimes shocking, always revealing, this biography offers details behind the headlines you are reading. It provides a broader picture of Trump as a businessman A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Carl Bernstein – This Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, who became famous for his part in exposing the Watergate breakin of the Democratic headquarters, has written the definitive biography on Hillary Clinton. Finely nuanced and often quite sensitive, Bernstein shows how Clinton’s early life, her relationship with her father and her marriage to Bill Clinton have shaped her as a leader.

Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority by Steve Phillips – This fascinating book shows how elections are won by understanding demographics. It explains much about how it was even possible for Barack Obama to have become president of the US. Demographics are important in all elections and this book shows why. The US is now understanding the role of its Spanish and Chinese populations in voting. Does Trinidad and Tobago have any hidden demographics that it should be looking at? There’s much food for thought in this book.

The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe – The mastermind behind the election of President Barack Obama explains how he used demographics to create a victory for Obama. There has never been a better book written about how an election was run and ultimately won. If you want a step-by-step guide to how to win an election, read this. It shows how crucial planning is.

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard – Although this book looks at how ethnicity and migration shaped different parts of the US and resulted in 11 separate nations that are conveniently ignored for the myth of one nation, this book serves as a model and a reminder of how ethnicity and migration create an impact on any country. Readers can better visualise the history of the issues that shape any given country – including Trinidad and Tobago – because of the collision of cultures and the creation of subcultures that result from the presence of different ethnic groups.


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