Megalomania & Small-Mindedness How America Lost Its Identity

Reporter Holger Stark spent the past four years as DER SPIEGEL's Washington correspondent during a time in which the country changed radically enough to elect Donald Trump as its president. What led this once mighty nation into decline?
Donald Trump at a rally in North Carolina in October

Donald Trump at a rally in North Carolina in October

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NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland

NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland

Foto: Patrick Semansky/ AP
Supporters of then presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008

Supporters of then presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008

Foto: REUTERS / JESSICA RINALDI/ Reuters