CARL HOFFMAN is a former contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler and Wired. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Savage Harvest, which was a New York Times editors' choice and one of the Washington Post's 50 notable works of nonfiction for 2014; The Last Wild Men of Borneo, an Edgar Awards nominee and finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Awards and the SATW Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition; and The Lunatic Express. He lives in Washington, D.C.
'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
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