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Rising Star: The Meaning of Nikki Haley, Trump’s Unlikely Ambassador
by Jason A. Kirk
University of Arkansas Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-61075-756-0 | Paper: 978-1-68226-182-8
Library of Congress Classification E901.1.H35
Dewey Decimal Classification 327.730092

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Nikki Haley has been an emerging force in American politics, her star power burnished over a decade that has seen her move from the national spotlight to the global stage. In Rising Star, political scientist Jason A. Kirk analyzes her ascendance in the Republican Party, from her governorship of South Carolina—during which she faced extraordinary challenges in a state reckoning with tragedy, race, and its own history—to her elevated profile as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, where, as the daughter of immigrants and a woman of color, she became the face of his America First policy to the world. In considering a wide range of perspectives, Kirk illuminates how the combination of Haley’s political talents and her identity as an Indian American, Christian, southern woman has made her an unlikely bridge between the Trump years and the GOP’s embattled path forward.

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