Author: Alexander Zaitchik
Title: The Gilded Rage A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump’s America
Print Length: 144
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch
Format: PDF, ePub, mobi, azw, kf8, txt, ibook, Kindle
The once unimaginable emergence of Donald Trump as the 2016 Republican nominee has left the country scrambling for answers and explanations. Of the questions driving anxious discussions in diners, news studios, and political strategy meetings, as many concern his loyal legions as do the candidate: Who, exactly, are these people? Where are they coming from? What are they thinking, and what do they want? There is no shortage of articles and segments attempting to answer these questions. But rarely do they rise above generalizations about a monolithic white working class, spiced with a quote or two by the people they purport to understand. In The Gilded Rage, journalist and author Alexander Zaitchik (Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance) travels the country in search of quality time with Trump voters, whose stories he invites them to tell at length, without interruption, in their own words. With respectful nods to Studs Terkel and Joseph Mitchell, Zaitchik collects long-form biographical interviews with a broad range of people, from coal miners in West Virginia, to wounded veterans in Phoenix. The interviews are mortared with on-scene reporting and analysis, but the books true authors are its subjects, whose voices provide a gripping, often surprising, and all-too-rare counterpoint to election-year data journalism, chin-stroking Beltway think pieces, and daily dispatches focused on process and personality. The Gilded Rage revives an old form to achieve a deeper understanding of the men and women who want to Make America Great Again and who may herald the emergence of a rightwing movement without precedent in our history.