In this work of daring and immersive contemporary anthropology, Carl Hoffman, who has written about the most dangerous and remote corners of the world, journeys deep inside Donald Trump's rallies seeking to understand the strange and powerful tribe that forms the president's base.
'Joining the infatuated at campaign rallies from Minnesota to Texas, Hoffman brilliantly evokes both the hypnotic cadences of a demagogue and the misguided faith of his followers. He plunges with them down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, grievances, and alienation-without ever losing sight of their humanity. It is trenchant, surprising, and profound.'
Joshua Hammer, bestselling author of The Falcon Thief and The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu
'Liar's Circus is a brilliant, riveting, funny, terrifying journey into the beating heart of Trumpland. Carl Hoffman has built an extraordinary career based on his willingness to literally go there. With the same zest, curiosity and deep humanity that has drawn him to immerse in cultures all over the world, he waits in line, finds a seat, and transports the reader to the front row of a succession of signature Trump rallies. Along the way he connects (and camps out) with a cast of fanatic rallygoers who are by turns surreal, odd, lonely, friendly, scary, sympathetic, awful- and important. The travelling Trumpshow matters; it's affecting all of us; and there is no better guide. The book reads like a dream. You will consume it whole at a single sitting.'
Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls
'Liars Circus is a wildly entertaining road trip into the belly of the beast that is Trump rallies. A reader comes away knowing more about the Trump supporters who equate belief in Trump with belief in America. Hoffman never condescends or dismisses and brings these Americans to life with fascinating subtleties and contradictions. Many of us have wondered "who are these people" and Hoffman answers that question with great grace and understanding. It's a hell of a trip you'll be glad you took.'
Stuart Stevens, legendary GOP strategist and author of It Was All A Lie