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The Gilded Rage - A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America - cover

The Gilded Rage - A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America

Alexander Zaitchik

Publisher: Hot Books

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“A series of fascinating Studs-Terkel-style long-form interviews with” Trump supporters from Pennsylvania to California “who defy easy categorization” (BillMoyers.com).   In 2016, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign succeeded despite behavior that would cripple any other politician, from questioning the patriotism of the Gold Star Khan family to banishing a baby from a press conference. It is imperative to understand why such behavior was either cheered on or shrugged off by his base. To find out, Alexander Zaitchik traveled the country, attending Trump rallies, meeting their attendees, and listening to their stories, thoughts, and perspectives. In The Gilded Rage, he provides essential insight into the forgotten Americans who befuddled pundits and “experts” on CNN and FOX alike.   This book provides an intimate portrait of the walking wounded who make up Trump’s base. Desperate and angry, these are the Americans of the vanishing industrial heartland, depressed Appalachian coal country, and the no-man’s land along the Southwestern border. They have no illusions about the grandstanding billionaire and his glaring flaws. But these men and women feel screwed over by political, corporate and media elites . . . and they believe Donald Trump might be their last chance for salvation.   Reminiscent of Studs Terkel’s Working, with a dash of Hunter S. Thompson, Alexander Zaitchik takes us deeper into the ravaged soul of America than any other chronicler of our times.  A Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick for Politics & Current Events of Fall 2016

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