The Gilded Rage

The Gilded Rage

A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America

Book - 2016
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Perseus Publishing

2016 continues to be the most surreal and unpredictable election year in recent memory and this is due in large part to one Donald J. Trump and the millions of Americans who made him this year's Republican nominee for president. As Trump continues to succeed despite behavior that would cripple any other politician, whether it is questioning the patriotism of the Gold Star Khan family or banishing a baby from one of his press conferences, it is imperative to understand why so many continue to support him. And this is what makes The Gilded Rage so important; it provides insight into the forgotten Americans that continue to befuddle pundits and "experts" on CNN and FOX alike.

This grippingly intimate and heart-breaking book provides a portrait of the walking wounded who make up the base of the Trump movement. 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. These are coal miners, out of work construction workers, and small business owners, who have watched their fortunes dwindle with each passing year. They have no illusions about the grandstanding billionaire and his glaring flaws. But these men and women feel forgotten and screwed over by political, corporate and media elites...and they feel that Donald Trump, despite his flamboyant demagoguery, might well be their last chance for salvation. Reminiscent of Studs Terkel's Working, with a dash of Hunter S. Thompson, Alexander Zaitchik in this important book takes us deeper into the ravaged soul of America than any other chronicler of our times.

Selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten picks for Politics & Current Events of Fall 2016

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

“A sharp and informative smackdown. For Zaitchik, [Glenn] Beck is just one more American con artist in the P.T. Barnum tradition, a shameless pseudoconservative bottom-feeder who will say anything to keep the spotlight on himself while the money rolls in.”
—Mark Lilla, The New York Review of Books

“A sensational book… This is a beautifully written and insightful biography—thoughtful, considered, and very intentional about the need to understand Beck both as a symbol of something larger going on in America and as a person.”
—Susan Gardner, Daily Kos

“A scathing profile that follows the powerful pundit from a single-parent home in rural Washington state to conservative superstardom.”
The Boston Globe

“A great political book. Zaitchik tells [Beck’s story] well and nobody has told it more soberly.”

“An informative study.”
—Sean Wilentz, The New Yorker

“A gripping and thoroughly researched biography.”
—Joe Conason, Salon

Publisher: New York, NY : Hot Books, 2016
ISBN: 1510714286 (print)
9781510714281 (print)
Branch Call Number: 973.932092 ZAI
Characteristics: xiii, 127 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 03, 2016

// But these men and women feel forgotten and screwed over by political, corporate and media elites \\ Nothing about feelings, Zaitchik, suggest you read David Dayen's Chain of Title and Ellen Schultz's Retirement Heist - - straight facts, dude!

I heard this dude in an interview and consider him, his writings, his OPINIONS, not thought out, to be fallacious and specious and lacking in serious cognitive reflection.
Now I'll explain why I suspect many are voting for Trump [as a protest vote]:
Inspector General Report states that the DHS is filled with crooks!
Inspector General Report states that the State Department is filled with crooks!
Inspector General Report states that the SEC is filled with crooks!
Inspector General Report states that the Department of the Army is filled with crooks!
Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera . . . .
It is 2016 and American new business is at the lowest formation in the past 80 years; new bank formation is at the lowest in the past 80 years; and, home ownership is at the lowest in the past 50 years - - so how did we end up here?
From 1997 to 2007 $23 trillion in securitized debt was sold, and between 2007 to 2009, US households lost $17 trillion in assets and value, while European households lost $6 trillion - - due to that selling of securitized debt!
In 2003, Manpower, then the largest temporary service agency in America, closed 1,000 offices throughout the USA and opened up over 900 offices throughout China.
The majority of large loans in the past some years have gone to major corporations for their stock buybacks - - not to new business startups.
Yet home prices and rents continue to rise, and an example of price drivers, in the city of Seattle, for instance, are: over 50% of homes in King County at $500,000 and above are purchased by mainland Chinese - - both individuals and consortiums; and, an influx of Amazon new hires, and since 50% of Amazon new hires don't last beyond the first year [they don't become vested in Amazon stock until they've been there at least 4 years], this causes a constant churn: they leave their apartments and the landlords jack up the rents each time!


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