The election victory of Donald Trump was a shock to many, both in the USA and elsewhere. The aggressive electoral campaign, the attacks on the media and minorities, the obvious support of the extreme right, the contradictory or patently false proclamations: none of these factors seem to have diminished his appeal, judging by the result. Why is American society so torn in two? Did mainstream media adopt a superficial attitude, underestimating the Republican candidate? What is the state of health of American democracy? Alan Friedman and Andrew Spannaus will attempt to answer these questions taking as their starting point the books they have devoted to the subject, Questa non è l’America (Newton Compton, 2017) and Perché vince Trump (Mimesis, 2016) respectively. The translation of Andrew Spannaus's book title is Why Trump will win. The book was published in June 2016.