Ellis Cose is the author of a dozen books on issues of national and international concern, including the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class. He has served as a columnist and contributing editor of Newsweek, editor page chief for the New York Daily News, and contributor and columnist for numerous major publications, including USA Today and Time. He has received fellowships at the National Research Council/National Academy of Science, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University, among others. In Race and Reckoning: From Founding Fathers to Today’s Disruptors (Amistad), Cose addresses chattel slavery and the New Deal to the COVID pandemic, exploring how pivotal decisions have established and perpetuated discriminatory practices. Meanwhile, the rise of disinformation and other modern advertising techniques has plunged democracy into an ever-deepening crisis. American politicians have waxed eloquently and endlessly about bettering the nation. But improving it for whom? asks Cose. This is a story grounded in history, one that demolishes the myths that ultimately allowed one of the most ill-prepared, unethical, vindictive, and truth-challenged politicians in the country’s history to present himself as a savior by tapping into America’s darkest tendencies.