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Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian
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Saturday, 4 February 2017 | Donald Trump doesn’t read books. He leaves that to his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the man rapidly emerging as the true power behind the gaudy Trump throne. Given Bannon’s influence – he is the innermost member of the president’s inner circle and will have a permanent seat on the National Security Council, a privilege Trump has denied the head of the US military – it’s worth taking a good look at the books on his bedside table.
Close to the top of the pile, according to this week’s Time magazine, is a book called The Fourth Turning, which argues that human history moves in 80- to 100-year cycles, each one climaxing in a violent cataclysm that destroys the old order and replaces it with something new. For the US, there have been three such upheavals: the founding revolutionary war that ended in 1783, the civil war of the 1860s and the second world war of the 1940s. According to the book, America is on the brink of another.
Jonathan Freedland is a weekly columnist and writer for the Guardian <>. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and presents BBC Radio 4's contemporary history series, The Long View. In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell special prize for journalism.
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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 2: Barack Obama Expanded The Presidential War Powers He Once Vowed To Limit, Jessica Schulberg, the Huffington Post
- Now he's handing them over to Donald Trump.
- This piece is Part 2 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest will be publishing over the next weeks.