"Award-winning historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson explains how a celebrity businessman with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified Republican rivals, a Democrat with a billion-dollar war chest, and a hostile media and Washington establishment to become president of the United States--and an extremely successful president. Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America's interior, whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn. And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad. We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump's. But after decades of drift, America needed an outsider like Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do--a fact that explains the furor directed at Trump by the political and media status quo."--Jacket.