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House of Trump. Ritratto di una presidenza privata (House of Trump. Portrait of a Private Presidency)

A¬†reckless¬†entrepreneur,¬†television¬†star, and¬†finally¬†president¬†of the first global¬†superpower:¬†the¬†parable¬†of¬†Donald¬†Trump¬†is¬†a¬†unique¬†one¬†that¬†has¬†marked¬†a break in US¬†political¬†history. The¬†ostentation¬†of¬†his¬†narcissistic¬†personality,¬†his¬†private¬†ideology, the¬†populist¬†construction¬†of¬†his¬†figure¬†as¬†an outsider¬†against¬†the establishment are¬†summed¬†up in¬†Trump\’s¬†inclination¬†to¬†move¬†everything¬†to the \’private\’, in¬†wanting¬†to solve¬†every¬†problem¬†from¬†this¬†point of¬†view,¬†even¬†in¬†terms¬†of international relations. The¬†result¬†is¬†a management of power¬†halfway¬†between¬†the¬†screenplay¬†of the reality-show The¬†Apprentice¬†and¬†that¬†of the TV¬†series¬†House of Cards, a¬†paroxysmal¬†and¬†riotous¬†form¬†of public-private governance of the¬†nation¬†in¬†which¬†members¬†of the Trump family,¬†exponents¬†of the¬†political¬†establishment,¬†figures¬†belonging¬†to the high¬†military¬†hierarchies¬†and¬†Wall¬†Street¬†representatives¬†participate. With a narrative¬†approach,¬†this¬†volume¬†retraces¬†the events of the Trump¬†presidency,¬†proposing¬†a¬†critical¬†and¬†original¬†reading: a \’private¬†presidency\’.


Giovanni Borgognone is associate professor of History of Political Doctrines at the Torino University. He is a member of the board of directors of the journals Passato e presente e Storia del pensiero politico. He is author, among others, of La destra americana. From isolationism to neocons (Roma-Bari 2004), Tea Party. La rivolta populista e la destra americana (with Martino Mazzonis, Venice 2012) and Storia degli Stati Uniti (Milan 2016).