Tucson Festival of Books

Soothsayers’ Guide to Election 2024


As we head toward November's presidential election, we'll be consumed by what promises to be a brutal campaign. Will there be debates? Will the vitriol of the ads make us want to destroy our TVs? Will the barrage of coverage actually persuade potential voters to change their position? These Washington insiders give us their predictions, based on their in-depth reporting and research about candidates and voters.


Panelists
Franklin Foer

Franklin Foer wrote “The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future” which focuses on the more polite form of politics that the president practiced during his first two years in office, beginning with his 2021 inauguration and concluding with the midterm elections of 2022 when what the “red wave” pundits had predicted failed to materialize....

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Tina Nguyen

In 2008, Tina Nguyen was a politics-obsessed college student unwittingly drawn into the world of conservative college activism. In 2015, when she went to Vanity Fair, the world of the far right chased after her as Donald Trump rose to power....

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Patrick Ruffini

Patrick Ruffini is a Republican pollster and one of the country’s leading experts on political targeting, technology and demography. He is a cofounder of Echelon Insights, a polling and analytics firm, and he has advanced the digital and data-driven transformation of American politics in numerous roles over nearly twenty years....

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Books:
The Rebels
Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Struggle for a New American Politics
Joshua Green
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Penguin
January 2024
ISBN 9780525560241
400 pages
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Party of the People
Inside the Multiracial Populist Coalition Remaking the GOP
Patrick Ruffini
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon and Schuster
November 2023
ISBN 9781982198626
336 pages
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The MAGA Diaries
My Surreal Adventures Inside the Right-Wing (And How I Got Out)
Tina Nguyen
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Atria/One Signal Publishers
January 2024
ISBN 9781982189693
272 pages
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