The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump’s America by Alexander Zaitchik

By Alexander Zaitchik

Selected as one among Publishers Weekly's best Ten alternatives for Politics & present occasions of Fall 2016

A grippingly intimate and heart-breaking portrait of the jogging wounded who make up the bottom of the Trump circulate. determined and offended, those are the boys and ladies of the vanishing commercial heartland and the depressed Appalachian coal nation and the drug-running, no-man's land alongside the Southwestern borderlands. they've got no illusions concerning the grandstanding billionaire and his obtrusive flaws. yet they think forgotten and screwed over via political, company and media elites...and they suppose that Donald Trump, regardless of his flamboyant demagoguery, may perhaps good be their final likelihood for salvation. half Studs Terkel, half Hunter S. Thompson, Alexander Zaitchik takes us deeper into the ravaged soul of the United States than the other chronicler of our times.

Praise for Alexander Zaitchik's Common experience: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance:

"A sharp and informative smackdown. For Zaitchik, [Glenn] Beck is only one extra American con artist within the P.T. Barnum culture, a shameless pseudoconservative bottom-feeder who will say whatever to maintain the highlight on himself whereas the money rolls in."
--Mark Lilla, The long island assessment of Books

"A sensational book... this can be a superbly written and insightful biography--thoughtful, thought of, and intensely intentional in regards to the have to comprehend Beck either as an emblem of whatever greater occurring in the United States and as a person."
--Susan Gardner, Daily Kos

"A scathing profile that follows the strong pundit from a single-parent domestic in rural Washington country to conservative superstardom."
--The Boston Globe

"A nice political e-book. Zaitchik tells [Beck's tale] good and no-one has informed it extra soberly."
--Slate

"An informative study."
--Sean Wilentz, The New Yorker

"A gripping and punctiliously researched biography."
--Joe Conason, Salon

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My back is in constant pain. The VA only gives me ibuprofen. I take my mom’s Percocets so I can move around and function. ” I recognize the Slavic word for “family” tattooed down the length of Holston’s right forearm—Rodzina in block script—and ask him about the surrounding images spilling out from under his black T-shirt. “Everything on this arm has got to do with my family. They came forever ago to Ellis Island from Warsaw. For holidays, we still do sausages and perogies, spinach with soft pork, sour cream.

I’m kind of on the fence about that. I’m thirty-two. I’ve done McDonald’s since I was sixteen. I’ve worked at fifteen different McDonalds all over Phoenix. In a sense, it would be nice if McDonald’s workers could make $15 an hour, but there has to be stipulations on it. If you’re making $15 an hour, you should be with McDonald’s for more than five years. You should have the training. You don’t have to be a manager. ” I asked Holston what he thinks of Trump’s foreign policy views and the ban on Muslims.

As in Racine, thousands were already in line several hours before doors opened. ” A half dozen of them were on the trail full-time, living off a political merch version of the old Grateful Dead parking-lot drug-and-tie-dye economy. Several worked both Trump and Bernie rallies. “They buy the most stuff,” said one traveling vendor. ” I joined the line and fell into conversation with a local couple and their teenage daughter. Kathy, the mother, was a friendly woman with bright red hair. When I mentioned I was a reporter, she told me to turn on my recorder.

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