Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

by Sarah Churchwell

Hay Festival November Book of the Month

Signed copy

"The American dream is dead," Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How would he revive it? By putting "America First".

The "American Dream" and "America First" are two of the most loaded phrases in America today – and also two of the most misunderstood. As divides within America widen, historian Sarah Churchwell looks to the past to reveal what the surprising history of these two phrases can tell us about today.

"Churchwell's thoroughness in delineating America's decade-by-decade bigotry through primary sources from speeches to newspapers to novels is a marvel. But it is more than a history lesson. She's constructing the case for how the US elected Donald Trump, a catastrophe many of us struggle to understand" – Prospect Magazine.

Price: £9.99