Revenge of America's Unemployed

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
282 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2017
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Revenge of America's Unemployed by Richard S. Sloan gives us a more realistic and truer look at how Donald Trump was able to snatch the presidency away from a much more competent and better candidate. The reason behind it is so simple that many of us did not even consider it at first. The unemployed were looking for a reason or some way out of their depressed lives, and looking for some hope for a better and brighter future. I had no idea that things were so bad.

Because of the great recession, 30 million or maybe more are unemployed, and the unemployment rate is even worse for the rest of the world. This is the one thing that made the voters vulnerable and this is the reason why Donald Trump was able to sway people and make them vote for him. This is one of the main reasons why Trump was able to become president; however, there were some other contributing factors too that aided his win.

Richard S. Sloan is not just writing his thoughts; he did his research and made sure that he had backing for every claim. Another thing that I really admired about the way Sloan wrote this book is that he is not being vindictive or abusive. He is writing his thoughts and what he thinks is right. At the same time, he is being respectful to everyone who will read this book. Even Trump supporters would not find anything offensive in this book. Very well-written, constructed and eloquent, So, a job very well done, Richard S. Sloan!

Arya Fomonyuy

Until today, many months after the US Presidential elections have been done with and a new president sworn in, millions of people are still flabbergasted and surprised by Donald Trump’s victory. How could he have done it? How did someone who has never held public office, who appeared so inadequate and ill-prepared for political office outwit millions of Americans and ascend to the highest political position in the country. In Revenge of America's Unemployed, Richard S. Sloan captures the essential elements that defined the Trump conundrum, opening the eyes of readers to a reality he played to his favor.

Revenge of America's Unemployed is a succinct analysis of the current American situation and the political and economic landscape that brought Donald Trump to victory. It’s a book from an observant, critical, and analytical mind that has understood the suffering and pain of 30 million Americans who were unemployed, working part-time involuntarily, or hadn’t looked for a job in a year during the period of the elections, and with whom Donald Trump managed to connect. The author points out that “Candidates running for president hone their stump speeches in the living rooms and kitchens of supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Their answers to the neighbors' questions often come across as genuine, completely responsive and deeply thoughtful. And yet, like their stump speeches, those answers are little more than a rote recitation of their talking points.” But how much did they connect with voters? Richard S. Sloan’s book is an eye-opener, a very salient explanation of how Trump happened, a book that will be a meaningful read for fans of politics and history.

Divine Zape

Donald Trump has been one of the most controversial candidates for the highest office in the United States and his election came as a surprise, not only to the Americans, but to the entire world that stood by, watching the unfolding drama. Until today, millions of people are still at a loss over what to make of the historical event. In Revenge of America's Unemployed, Richard S. Sloan explains, in beautiful and compelling prose, how Donald Trump happened, how he was able to become a game changer and win the hearts of millions of American people. In the book, the author explores themes like the Great Recession, the high unemployment and underemployment rate, and a lot more, showing how these factors favored the rise of Donald Trump. But what catapulted his rise to power was the more than 30 million unemployed Americans. This book explains how.

Revenge of America's Unemployed is a non-fiction read, a collection of powerfully worded, well-researched essays that throw a luminous light on the political landscape in the US. Readers will get to understand where the most favorable candidate, Hillary Clinton, went wrong in her campaign. Richard S. Sloan writes with confidence, and the simplicity of his language indicates that he has done his homework, researched well on the subject, and is convinced of his facts. The social and political commentaries that are featured in this book are powerful and readers will understand the mood of the millions of people who voted for Donald Trump. They wanted change, but it was a change that many people didn’t understand. This book spells it out in clear and lucid terms.

Ruffina Oserio

Although I am not an American, like millions of people across the world, I followed the events leading up to the Presidential elections in 2016 in the USA, and like millions of people across the world I felt it strongly unlikely that Donald Trump could win the Presidential Elections. But then he did. And the shock reverberated throughout the world. The multi-million dollar question has been: How did he manage to do it? How could the American people vote for someone who is so ill-prepared for the office? Revenge of America's Unemployed by Richard S. Sloan offers an answer that many didn’t and couldn’t anticipate: the frustration, anger, and hopelessness of those who have supported their parties and who felt left behind, suffering unemployment and underemployment.

Revenge of America's Unemployed is well-crafted with powerful examples and statistics that support the author’s position. The reader is left in no doubt that Richard S. Sloan speaks from first-hand knowledge and that he has done his research pretty well. I loved the analysis he makes of the social and economic situations that gave Donald Trump a huge following. The analysis of the Great Recession and its political implications come across neatly and compellingly throughout the book. The author succinctly captures the mood of the electorate and points out how the Democrats failed to give voters the answers they needed to hear, a thing that Donald Trump used to his greatest advantage. This is an interesting read for anyone who wants to understand why Donald Trump became the US President. Yes, he is the symbol of the despair into which more than 30 million Americans had sunk.

Sefina Hawke

Revenge of America's Unemployed by Richard S. Sloan is a non-fiction book on government and politics that focuses on President Donald Trump's election. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of politically aware readers interested in learning about how and why Donald Trump won the election. This book describes the impression that households without jobs have had on politics in the United States of America since 2007. The mood of these households caused them to become the surge voters in 2008, swing voters from 2010 to 2014, and surly voters in 2016. This book describes not only how the lives of unemployed Americans intersected with Hilary Clinton's presidential campaign, but also the author's own attempts to create a virtual union and change America.

Revenge of America's Unemployed by Richard S. Sloan opens with a prologue called “Be Their Champion” and in this section the author shares his intent behind writing this book, as well as a letter he sent to Hilary Clinton beseeching her to be the champion that the jobless of America needed her to be. I personally found Sloan’s analysis of the presidential campaigns and elections to be both easy to understand and factually accurate. The author did not waste time or space with political jargon; instead he wrote the book in concise, understandable English. I liked how the author wrote some of his personal experiences into the book as it gave a unique perspective. Overall, I feel that after reading this book I can truly understand what happened with the election and, more importantly, why it happened.