I understand this book is having a bit of a moment again, long after its original publication in 1935. And why wouldn't it, given what's happening in America today? Sinclair Lewis seems more than a little prescient in this sardonic view of how America could go from democracy to Fascism quite easily. Two years ago, I might have read this and yawned a little, and talked about the uneven pacing of the book, some of its cornier characters and dialogue, that sort of thing. Now it's much easier to overlook those trivial concerns and face the bigger picture that looks, more than 80 years later, like what's happening now, with the bonus of the internet.
If you want to know how prescient Lewis was, here are just a few examples from the book:
"The conspicuous fault of the Jeffersonian Party...was that it represented integrity and reason, in a year when the electorate hungered for frisky emotions, for the peppery sensations associated, usually, not with monetary systems and taxation rates but with baptism by immersion in the creek, young love under the elms, straight whisky, angelic orchestras heard soaring down from the full moon, fear of death when an automobile teeters above a canyon, thirst in a desert and quenching it with spring water--all the primitive sensations which they thought they found in the screaming of Buzz Windrip [Fascist president]."
Or this, from a section about President Windrip (what a great name, yes?) after he's been in office for a bit:
"And daily he wanted louder, more convincing Yeses from everybody about him. How could he carry on his heart-breaking labor if nobody ever encouraged him? he demanded. Anyone...who did not play valet to his ego he suspected of plotting against him. He constantly increased his bodyguard, and as constantly distrusted all his guards and discharged them, and once took a shot at a couple of them, so that in all the world he had no companion save his old aide...to whom he could talk easily."
"The men of ritual and the men of barbarism are capable of shutting up the men of science and of silencing them forever."
So. If you are looking for a fictional way to deal with what's happening these days, you could do far worse than to revisit this classic.