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Book Nook: Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda, by Jean Guerrero

Stephen Miller is one of President Trump's main advisors and one of his principal speechwriters. In her book "Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda" Jean Guerrero examines how this relatively young man has been able to become so powerful and the issues that motivate him.

Miller's conservative activism dates back to his school days. By the time Miller was in high school he was already very outspoken about subjects like immigration and he made numerous appearances on right wing talk radio when he still a teenager. The author shows how Miller has been able to ingratiate himself with President Trump and even more amazingly, how he has been able to survive in an administration that has had incredibly high staff turnover.

During the summer of 1988 Vice President George H.W. Bush found himself lagging far behind Michael Dukakis, the Democrat's presidential candidate, in the polls. Bush was hoping to succeed his former running mate Ronald Reagan in the White House. The Bush adviser Lee Atwater devised a very effective campaign strategy based on key issues and negative campaigning. By the time Dukakis realized that he needed to start fighting back it was far too late. Right now President Trump is struggling to ignite a reelection campaign that has been floundering due to a number of factors. If Donald Trump can reverse those trends by finding some divisive issues that can propel him to another term it will probably be largely due to the counsel of advisers like Stephen Miller. Can Miller duplicate Atwater's feat? We'll know the answer in a few months.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.