What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era

April 26, 2021 | Virtual

Carlos Lozada The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic and author of “What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era” joins Dan Balz, chief correspondent for The Washington Post for a conversation on his latest work, “What Were We Thinking.”

As the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada has read some 150 volumes claiming to diagnose why Trump was elected and what his presidency reveals about our nation. In What Were We Thinking, Lozada uses these books to tell the story of how we understand ourselves in the Trump era, using as his main characters the political ideas and debates at play in America today.

Lozada’s argument is provocative: that many of these books—whether written by liberals or conservatives, activists or academics, Trump’s true believers or his harshest critics—are vulnerable to the same blind spots, resentments, and failures that gave us his presidency. But Lozada also highlights the books that succeed in illuminating how America is changing in the 21st century.

Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2019 and was a finalist for the award in 2018. Previously he was the Post’s Outlook editor and has overseen news coverage of economics and national security. He received the 2015 National Book Critics Circle's citation for excellence in reviewing. Previously, he was managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine and a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at Columbia University.

Dan Balz is chief correspondent at The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 1978 and has been involved in political coverage as a reporter or editor throughout his career. He is the author of several books, including two bestsellers. He is a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week” and is a frequent guest on public affairs programs. This event is free and open to the public.

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April 26, 2021 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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