The Truce: Progressives, Centrists, and the Future of the Democratic Party (Hardcover)
An inside story of the Democratic Party at a moment of great peril.
Even before the cataclysmic 2016 election, the Democratic Party had long been at war with itself—yet Joe Biden’s narrow victory in 2020 bridged the divide. Facing the dire threat of a second Trump administration, Democrats forged an unlikely but effective coalition that stalled Trumpism at the ballot box and enacted a raft of consequential legislation. But how long can the uneasy peace hold, and can Biden win again?
The Truce is a definitive history of a half-decade of upheaval in the Democratic Party in which a new generation aggressively pursued their progressive ideals while the powerful, centrist establishment adapted to remain in command. Journalists Hunter Walker and Luppe B. Luppen illuminate this story of backroom maneuvering and political strategy with new revelations about pivotal events and exclusive, on-the-record comments from activists, campaign operatives, and members of Congress.
The Truce explores the major fault lines that define Democratic politics today and asks big questions about the future of the party. Will economic or social justice hold primacy at the top of the Democratic agenda? Who will lead the major wings of the party after two defining figures, Biden and Sanders, exit the stage? The Truce surveys the major shifts underway, from the rise of the Squad and new Democratic leadership in the House to a complete overhaul of the primary process. By digging into the divide between left and center, Walker and Luppen expose the creeping generational and political tensions that Biden has—for the moment—kept at bay.
An engrossing work, and a surprising page-turner, The Truce grapples with the dangers that threaten American democracy and the complicated cast of characters who are trying to save it.
About the Author
Hunter Walker is an investigative reporter at Talking Points Memo, a former White House correspondent, and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Breach. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
Luppe B. Luppen is a lawyer, reporter, and commentator who lives in New York City. He can be found on social media as @nycsouthpaw. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Yahoo News, and his newsletter, Pawprints, among other publications.
A riveting account of the recent past and present of the Democratic Party, The Truce is an absolute must-read for anyone concerned about its future.
— Kevin M. Kruse, professor of history, Princeton University
A fascinating and brisk journey through the last half-dozen years of the history of the Democratic Party and a detailed explanation of how the progressive and establishment wings of the party managed a remarkable degree of unity under the improbable presidency of Joe Biden. Here the key moving pieces and moments each get their due. This isn’t ‘takes.’ It’s a deeply reported story. Hunter Walker and Luppe B. Luppen appear to have talked to basically every key player. I recommend this book without reservation.
— Josh Marshall, founder and editor in chief of Talking Points Memo
Everything you need to know about the state of the Democratic Party.
— Brian Stelter, author of Network of Lies and former host of CNN’s Reliable Sources
[G]imlet-eyed analysis . . . A good choice for politics watchers, especially as the 2024 presidential race heats up.
— Kirkus Reviews