978-1-77244-030-0 • $19.95 • Paper, 268 pp, 5.5 X 8.5
• Includes new introduction by Professor Robert Bothwell
Publication: June 2016
“Not only [Lewis's] most important book but one of the most important books ever produced in this country.”
—The New Yorker
Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel remains jaw-droppingly readable with its tale of populism, politics, and power in America. It is a novel that will make you believe in time travel, so surprisingly does it foreshadow the rise of Donald Trump.
This 2016 edition features a lively preface by one of North America's top historians, Robert Bothwell. Bothwell draws some fascinating parallels between the political atmosphere of 1935 and that of 2016. The connections are striking: so-called politically incorrect “everyman” rhetoric, Revolutionary War symbolism, and even the nervous belief that “It Can’t Happen Here.”
“It really can happen here: The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal … It’s a chilling historical lesson, even though it didn’t actually happen.”
—Malcolm Lewis, Salon
“Sinclair Lewis, the first American to receive the Nobel Prize For Literature, wrote this satirical political novel in 1935, a time when the United States and Western Europe had been in a depression for six years. … What if some ambitious politician would use the 1936 presidential election to make himself dictator by promising quick, easy solutions to the depression - just as Hitler had done in Germany in 1933?”
—Jodey Bateman, Motherbird
“chilling and uncanny”
—Garry Boulard, Huey Long Invades New Orleans: The Siege of a City, 1934–36.
ROBERT BOTHWELL is a professor of history and author at the University of Toronto. He is a foremost scholar on Canda-US relations, the Cold War, and diplomatic history.