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Author: Ben Fountain Narrator: Ron Butler Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9780062864727
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In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis

Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the establishment of America as a social-democratic state. In a sequence of essays that excavate the past while laying bare the political upheaval of 2016, Ben Fountain argues that the United States may be facing a third existential crisis, one that will require a “burning” of the old order as America attempts to remake itself.

Beautiful Country Burn Again narrates a shocking year in American politics, moving from the early days of the Iowa Caucus to the crystalizing moments of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and culminating in the aftershocks of the weeks following election night. Along the way, Fountain probes deeply into history, illuminating the forces and watershed moments of the past that mirror and precipitated the present, from the hollowed-out notion of the American Dream, to Richard Nixon’s southern strategy, to our weaponized new conception of American exceptionalism, to the cult of celebrity that gave rise to Donald Trump.

In an urgent and deeply incisive voice, Ben Fountain has fused history and the present day to paint a startling portrait of the state of our nation.  Beautiful Country Burn Again is a searing indictment of how we came to this point, and where we may be headed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A memorable and unique portrait of…an American moment which is likely to shape us for far longer than any of us would like to contemplate.”

    Jon Meacham, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “The fearless fictionwriter’s foray into politics places 2016’s surreal election alongside America’s formative existential crises—slavery and the Great Depression among them—to suggest that from the ashes, a better nation can rise. Forget the eagle; maybe our true mascot is the phoenix.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Fountain’s vivid prose shows the novelist’s knack for revealing character through gesture and physicality…Whip-smart and searching in its indictment of cant and falsity, this is perhaps the best portrait yet of an astounding election.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Pithy and profound, Fountain’s political observations fly off the page in a torrent of mantra-worthy quotes, while his historical analyses stun with their depth of research and relevance.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Covers events much like an especially woke journalist…The author’s masterful original phrasings make the book worthwhile, urgent, and timely.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “What a masterpiece of a book, the true story of American possibility. It is so smart, so morally honest, that I hope every word will find its way into the coarsening minds and hearts of every American.”

    David Finkel, author of Thank You for Your Service

  • “The force and beauty of Fountain’s writing, his clear-eyed fury, his commitment to what is great about the American idea, make for exhilarating reading. A book for right now, and for all the fires next time.”

    Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution

  • “Thank God for Ben Fountain. He reminds us of another American Ben F.: Franklin. Here is a quirky truth teller, a creative, who is attempting to steer America on a path that will bring some goodness to the most of us. Beautiful Country Burn Again is funny and fair, written with a novelist’s skill of heart and with a researcher’s expertise.”

    Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

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About the Author

Ben Fountain is a New York Times bestselling author and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award as well as the O. Henry and Pushcart Prizes, among other honors. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Paris Review, and Zoetrope: All-Story. He is the fiction editor of Southwest Review and lives with his wife and their two children in Dallas.

About the Narrator

Ron Butler is a Los Angeles–based actor, Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and voice artist with over a hundred film and television credits. Most kids will recognize him from the three seasons he spent on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. He works regularly as a commercial and animation voice-over artist and has voiced a wide variety of audiobooks. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and an Independent Filmmaker Project Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People.