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The Hardhat Riot by David Paul Kuhn
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The Hardhat Riot

Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution

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Narrator Bob Souer
Length 12 hours 26 minutes
Language English
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In The Hardhat Riot, David Paul Kuhn tells the fateful story of when the white working class first turned against liberalism, when Richard Nixon seized the breach, and America was forever changed. It was unthinkable one generation before: FDR's "forgotten man" siding with the party of Big Business and, ultimately, paving the way for presidencies from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump.

This is the story of the schism that tore liberalism apart. In the shadow of the half-built Twin Towers, on the same day the Knicks rallied against the odds and won their first championship, we experience the tumult of Nixon's America and John Lindsay's New York City, as festering division explodes into violence and Nixon's advisors realize that the Democratic coalition has collapsed, that this is their chance, because "these, quite candidly, are our people now."

In this riveting story—rooted in meticulous research, including thousands of pages of never-before-seen records—we go back to a harrowing day that explains the politics of today. We experience an emerging class conflict between two newly polarized Americas, and how it all boiled over on one brutal day, when the Democratic Party's future was bludgeoned by its past.

David Paul Kuhn is an author, reporter, and political analyst. He has served as a senior and chief political writer across the political-media landscape, from Politico to RealClearPolitics to CBS News, as well as written for the Atlantic, Washington Post Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Review, New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and regularly appears on networks ranging from BBC to Fox News. He has covered four presidential campaigns and reported on events from the epicenter of the collapse of the World Trade Center to North Korean backroom nuclear negotiations. Earlier in his career, he covered the eastern United States for the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Shimbun, the world's most widely circulated newspaper. Kuhn is the author of, most recently, The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution-a "riveting book" (Jill Lepore, The New Yorker), "perhaps the best book ever on how Democrats lost the white working class" (political strategist James Carville), a "truly captivating read" (Robert Guest, The Economist), that is "crucial for anyone seeking to understand the politics of 2020" (Tom Edsall, the New York Times).

Bob Souer is a full-time professional storyteller and narrator. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, as well as broadcast and nonbroadcast projects for corporations and ministries across North America. You've heard Bob's voice on CBS, PBS, the History Channel, the Military Channel, Audible.com, iTunes, and many other networks and sites. Bob is married to Cinda. They have four children and live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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