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Trumpism explained in Spencer Ackerman’s ‘Reign of Terror’

Tucker Lieberman
5 min readNov 23, 2022

A soldier dressed in tactical gear, partially obscured by a bright red cloud of gas. Detail from the cover image of Spencer Ackerman’s book REIGN OF TERROR
Detail from the book cover of “Reign of Terror”

“The post-9/11 era,” Spencer Ackerman says, is “nothing other than a reign of terror,” and it is “increasingly difficult to see America as anything more than its War on Terror.” That’s from his 2021 book, Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump.