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----- Original Message -----
From: Andonis Violaris
To: <readingliberally-saltlake@johnkarls.com>
Sent: Sat, 02 Jun 2018 12:06:00 +0100
Re: Suggested Answers to the Short Quiz -- "The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics” -- June 13

Dear John

I just wanted to say that I think you’ve put together well reasoned grounds (supported by book review quotes) that promises to make this a fascinating, interesting and very worthwhile meeting. Sorry I won’t be able to attend by Skype - way past my bedtime :)

Your friend in Meghanised London

Tony Violaris

On 02/06/2018, 10:54, "readingliberally-saltlake@johnkarls.com" <readingliberally-saltlake@johnkarls.com> wrote:

Dear Friends,

Our next meeting is Wednesday evening, June 13th, at the Salt Lake Public Library (210 East 400 South).


"The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics” by Salena Zito and Brad Todd [Crown Forum 5/8/2018 – 320 pages].

Amazon.com -- $16.80 Hardcover + Shipping or $14.99 Kindle.
Salt Lake Public Library – no copies have arrived yet.
Salt Lake County Library – 0 of 5 copies currently available with 8 holds.


The Suggested Answers to the Short Quiz are contained in the attachment to this e-mail.


“Most of the national pundit class has tried to explain the rise of Trump voters by pointing to racism, or economic resentment, or racism, or cultural change, or even, you know, racism as an explanation. But Salena Zito and Brad Todd tried something different: They went to those voters and asked them….in two ways: Face to face, in a series of deep and sensitive interviews, and en masse in a large opinion survey. Both inquiries produced a lot of useful material that both Democrats and Republicans would be well advised to study and internalize.”
—USA Today

"Syndicated columnist Salena Zito and GOP strategist Brad Todd find well-educated voters were more likely to shift left if they lived in communities that had disproportionately high levels of education...Zito and Todd argue that disparity is evidence that social pressures are driving both groups toward political homogeny."
—The Hill

“While Donald Trump's election shocked the Washington establishment, Salena Zito and Brad Todd show that his coalition was hidden in plain sight. Far from a ‘basket of deplorables,’ they're the forgotten men and women of America, people who work with their hands and on their feet, and who want a government that rewards their work and respects their communities. Zito and Todd tell their story, and anyone interested in American politics would do well to listen.”
—Senator Tom Cotton

“Salena Zito picked up on a political phenomenon long before polls or pundits had any idea of what was happening. Her drives from Pittsburgh to Cleveland opened her eyes about the rise of Trump and her shoe leather reporting and skills as a journalist helped her understand why. Her voice channeling and explaining these voters is invaluable for the Trump era.”
—Jake Tapper

“If you want a fuller understanding of the political moment we’re in, and you should, you read Salena Zito. I mean this both literally and seriously.”
—Peggy Noonan

"Reading the words of the farmers, gun-toting women, former union bosses and others who found their way to Trump, you get the feeling that Zito's and Todd's blue-collar, flyover country roots opened doors and hearts that might have remained closed to some big city reporters. The revealing conversations peel back the layers of a complicated American onion."
—Courier Journal

"Ms. Zito and Mr. Todd have done a service by portraying Trump Nation in a way that goes beyond either academic data-crunching or breathless coverage of presidential rallies."
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Empathy might be what Zito and Todd convey best, profiling voters in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin to bring President Trump’s oft-misunderstood coalition to life. Relying on survey data, Zito and Todd outline seven archetypes of the ‘most surprising’ voters Trump attracted, fleshing out each category with compelling voter interviews that make the numbers easier to understand.”
—Washington Examiner

“The mighty Trump voter gets some significant analysis...revealing the authentic spirit and iron-willed determination of some 63 million voters who brought President Trump victory”
—Washington Times

"Reading the words of the farmers, gun-toting women, former union bosses and others who found their way to Trump, you get the feeling that Zito’s and Todd’s blue-collar, flyover country roots opened doors and hearts that might have remained closed to some big city reporters.”
—Bowling Green Daily News

“Salena Zito is unique: a truth-telling reporter who found the America that elected Donald Trump. She listened to them. Understands them. Respects them. Not only did she get the election right, but by employing the lost art of shoe-leather journalism, she uncovered an amazing national political realignment that was—and still is—completely invisible to the Wizards of Smart who inhabit our distant capital. Whenever I see her byline, I stop and read. I know it will be that good. You should, too. Don’t doubt me.”
—Rush Limbaugh


Although we have enough RSVP’s to satisfy our minimum quorum of six, please RSVP if you are planning to attend in case it is necessary to contact you for any reason.


Non-SLCounty residents (and residents who are out of town) are invited to participate in our meeting via Skype.

If you would like to do so, please press your reply button and type “request participation via Skype” and we will contact you to make appropriate arrangements.

We hope to see all of you on June 13th.

Your friend,

John K.

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Whether I Am A Newbie

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To All It May Concern,

After I posted the foregoing e-mail to John Karls, he received a number of queries whether I was new to the ReadingLiberally-SaltLake weekly e-mail list.

Although I have just registered to post on http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org, I have been a recipient of the weekly e-mails for many years, probably “present at the creation” 12.5 years ago.

Indeed, John posted on the face of the bulletin board for the 1/8/2015 meeting 3.5 years ago a comment which contained my e-mail containing Holiday Greetings which I intended for everyone!

Tony Violaris

Reference Materials - Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the U.S., and An Epic History of Misunderstanding – Jan 8th
This section includes book reviews of “Magnificent Delusions” appearing in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, as well as interviews of the author occurring on the PBS Newshour (aka MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour) and in the New York Times.

Drinking and Driving During The Holidays

Since the preparation period for our January 8th meeting spans the holidays, the following e-mail is also offered as a Reference Material, albeit on a different topic. [Its sender is one of the London recipients of our weekly Reading Liberally e-mail -- Tony Violaris is a long-time friend and fellow opera devotee, and a life-long composer of music for West End/Broadway plays and musicals (his children, Eleni and Adam, have also begun careers as WE/B composers).]

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Drinking & Driving During The Holidays
From: Andonis Violaris
Date: Sat, December 14, 2013 9:11 am GMT
To: John Karls

Dear John,

With the Holidays upon us I'd like to share a personal experience about drinking and driving.

As you may know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a "social session" out with friends.

Well, two days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly, I still had the sense to know that I might be slightly over the limit. That's when I did something that I've never done before - I took a cab home.

Sure enough on the way home there was a police road block, but since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident.

This was a real surprise as I had never driven a cab before, I don't know where I got it and now that it's in my garage I don't know what to do with it.

Be safe this holiday season!

Best wishes,
Tony Violaris

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