Hiding in Plain Sight - Sarah Kendzior

Hiding in Plain Sight

By Sarah Kendzior

  • Release Date: 2020-04-07
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 122 Ratings


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New York Times bestselling author Sarah Kendzior documents the truth about the calculated rise to power of Donald Trump since the 1980s and how the erosion of our liberties made an American dema­gogue possible.

The story of Donald Trump’s rise to power is the story of a buried American history – buried because people in power liked it that way. It was visible without being seen, influential without being named, ubiquitous without being overt.

Sarah Kendzior’s Hiding in Plain Sight pulls back the veil on a history spanning decades, a history of an American autocrat in the making. In doing so, she reveals the inherent fragility of American democracy – how our continual loss of freedom, the rise of consolidated corruption, and the secrets behind a burgeoning autocratic United States have been hiding in plain sight for decades.

In Kendzior’s signature and celebrated style, she expertly outlines Trump’s meteoric rise from the 1980s until today, interlinking key moments of his life with the degradation of the American political system and the continual erosion of our civil liberties by foreign powers. Kendzior also offers a never-before-seen look at her lifelong tendency to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – living in New York through 9/11 and in St. Louis during the Ferguson uprising, and researching media and authoritarianism when Trump emerged using the same tactics as the post-Soviet dictatorships she had long studied.

It is a terrible feeling to sense a threat coming, but it is worse when we let apathy, doubt, and fear prevent us from preparing ourselves. Hiding in Plain Sight confronts the injustice we have too long ignored because the truth is the only way forward.


  • Fascinating read

    By Teague R.
    Sarah has a way with words (it often spills over into her podcast) where she can both gut you and make you feel cuddled in one sentence. Her raw realness is what attracted me to her as an author and this book did not disappoint. It is not full of conspiracies or half truths or false hoods like a lot of Trump books are. Instead it gives the gut wrenching story of Trump, his rise to power, and what this could potentially mean for all of us. Would recommend everyone read this book to get a better grasp on our current reality and the danger we still face as a nation in the post Trump era.
  • Stark and Somber

    By CheezitTerminator
    Well written with heart. Well researched narrative of how, as a nation, we created a system, that while openly manipulated, paid lip service to popular mandates, was gamed by a group that callously employed jingoism and misery into a weapon of mass derailment. So many astute and pithy observations. So many times I hi-lighted quotes. But the author does not use her observations to call for action. Quite correctly, she brings to our attention that listening to one person, one party, one small group and expecting deliverance is how we ended up in this mess to begin with.
  • Necessary reading!!

    By BigBreeze33
    Incredible work and mandatory information prior to November 3rd. Thank you, Sarah!!
  • The singularly most important book in the last 15 years.

    By Devoted2Mariah
    If you are confused about the current state of affairs in American politics- you’re not alone. This book makes it stunningly easy to digest decades of RELEVANT information. This book may stun you, but the unvarnished truth is better than a comforting (or discomforting) lie. The way out of this darkness is enlightenment. Can’t recommend this enough!