A Loose and Even Enjoyable Reading List to Help Explain How We Got HereSince the November election of Donald Trump, the question “How did we get here?” has bounced around the internet and through print media. Despite the emerging genre of “this writer predicted Trump,” there is no single answer, no one text or prescient writer, there is no single book that predicted Trump’s election or the anger and disillusionment of those who voted for him. Instead, there is a range of potential answers, of histories and experiences from which to draw, often broad and conflicted. Collected below is a somewhat arbitrary collection of books and essays that attempt to provide a bit of critical understanding of how we got here. It also includes books that demand a critical assessment of American culture, asking questions with impossible answers.