The Populist Explosion by John B. Judis

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John B. Judis was born in Chicago, US. He is the author of seven essays, among them The Populist Explosion (2016). Get more information about the author through a short biography and discover his book, as well as ratings and reviews on it.

John B. Judis is an author and a journalist, an editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo, a former senior writer at The National Journal and a former senior editor at The New Republic.

He attended Amherst College and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Between 1969 and 2009 he was an editor of Socialist Revolution, which he founded, later renamed Socialist Review and Radical Society, until he ceased publication in 2009.

In the 1970s he was also a founding editor of the East Bay Voice.

In December 1976 he moved to Chicago to become the foreign editor of In These Times, a democratic socialist newsweekly. Six years later, in 1982, he moved to Washington. In 1984 he began writing for The New Republic, becoming a contributing editor in 1989 and joining the regular staff in 1995. He left in December 2014 along with other editors in protest of the owner Chris Hughes’ firing of the editor.

He has written articles for GQ, Foreign Affairs, Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post.

His book titles are:

  • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives (1988)
  • Grand Illusion: Critics and Champions of the American Century (1992)
  • The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of the Public Trust (2000)
  • The Emerging Democratic Majority (with Ruy Teixeira) (2002)
  • The Folly of Empire : What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (2004)
  • Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict (2014)
  • The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics (2016).

Let’s discover the latter.


“Far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. Superb.” — Thomas Edsall, New York Times columnist

What’s happening in global politics? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union ; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win elections in Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece.

John B. Judis, one of America’s most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to learn about the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s, the politics of which have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. Populism, on both the right and the left, champions the people against an establishment, based on issues–globalization, free trade, immigration–on which there has been a strong elite consensus, but also a strong mass discontent that is now breaking out into the open.

The Populist Explosion is essential reading for our times as we grapple to understand the political forces at work here and in Europe.





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  1. John B. Judis’ book is an insightful review of both the US and the European left and right wing populist movements and their history. It raises many interesting points and explains the controversial election of Trump. A very informative and relevant reading I highly recommend.

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