POSTPONED-Crossroads Book Group: It Was All a Lie hosted by Stuart Stevens and Marvin King

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 5:00pm

This event has been postponed until futher notice.


The Crossroads Book Group is a monthly Square Books-sponsored book discussion.  This activity is an outgrowth of the broad concerns that emerged as a result of, among other things, the murder of George Floyd, and books selected for discussion will be to relevant to these concerns.  The titles are selected by guest hosts who will exchange views, then open the floor for questions and comments. Any Square Books Constant Reader may participate.  

Our October meeting will be via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17th at 5:00 pm CST. You must RSVP to attend the event by emailing

The hosts for November are Stuart Stevens and Marvin King, who will be discussing It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump by Stuart Stevens. This title will be 15% off with the coupon code CROSSROADS.

About the Book:
From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal exposé of how his party became what it is today

Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new book he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass.

This is not a book about how Donald J. Trump hijacked the Republican Party and changed it into something else. Stevens shows how Trump is in fact the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion, dating all the way back to the civil rights legislation of the early 1960s. Stevens shows how racism has always lurked in the modern GOP's DNA, from Goldwater's opposition to desegregation to Ronald Reagan's welfare queens and states' rights rhetoric. He gives an insider's account of the rank hypocrisy of the party's claims to embody "family values," and shows how the party's vaunted commitment to fiscal responsibility has been a charade since the 1980s. When a party stands for nothing, he argues, it is only natural that it will be taken over by the loudest and angriest voices in the room.

It Was All a Lie is not just an indictment of the Republican Party, but a candid and often lacerating mea culpa. Stevens is not asking for pity or forgiveness; he is simply telling us what he has seen firsthand. He helped to create the modern party that kneels before a morally bankrupt con man and now he wants nothing more than to see what it has become burned to the ground.

About the Hosts: 
STUART STEVENS is the author of seven previous books, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, and Outside, among other publications. He has written extensively for television shows, including Northern Exposure, Commander in Chief, and K Street. For twenty-five years, he was the lead strategist and media consultant for some of the nation's toughest political campaigns. He attended Colorado College; Pembroke College, Oxford; Middlebury College; and UCLA film school. He is a former fellow of the American Film Institute.

MARVIN KING is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Mississippi. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 2005.

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It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658450
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - August 4th, 2020