How We Win the Civil War

Securing a Multiracial Democracy and Ending White Supremacy for Good

The bestselling author and national political commentator pulls no punches on what America needs to do to strengthen its multiracial democracy

“We face opposition as intractable as the Confederate leaders whose statues they so passionately defend, as feverishly as those leaders defended their way of life. Trump is not sui generis. Robert E. Lee sought to make America great again and his ideological successors have continued that fight all the way to the present day.”
—from the introduction

Steve Phillips’s first book, Brown Is the New White, helped shift the national conversation around race and electoral politics, earning a spot on the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists and launching Phillips into the upper ranks of trusted observers of the nation’s changing demographics and their implications for our political future.

Now, in How We Win the Civil War, Phillips charts the way forward for progressives and people of color after four years of Trump, arguing that Democrats must recognize the nature of the fight we’re in, which is a contest between democracy and white supremacy left unresolved after the Civil War. We will not overcome, Philip writes, until we govern as though we are under attack—until we finally recognize that the time has come to finish the conquest of the Confederacy and all that it represents.

With his trademark blend of political analysis and historical argument, Phillips lays out razor-sharp prescriptions for 2022 and beyond, from increasing voter participation and demolishing racist immigration policies to reviving the Great Society programs of the 1960s—all of them geared toward strengthening a new multiracial democracy and ridding our politics of white supremacy, once and for all.

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New York Times Bestsellers

The New Press has made history – for a second time – having two titles in the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestsellers list, simultaneously:

Brown Is the New White Hits the New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller Lists

Books by Steve Phillips

Brown Is the New White
How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority

Steve Phillips

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