Donald Trump's America

The Gilded Rage is a sharp corrective to the glib demographic explanations-cum-dismissals of Trumpism that are now fashionable among liberals in the Northeast corridor. Zaitchik’s close-up portraits of the Trump insurgency offer up complicated, often self-questioning accounts of his subjects’ idiosyncratic paths to ardent Trump support. The overall effect of these unrushed, painstaking interviews is to show a Trump electorate whose members—much like the rest of us—are deeply anxious and concerned about their precarious standing in a political and economic order that hasn’t given them any grounds for hope.”    — The Nation  

“If you want to know what really happened in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan in 2016 to vault Mr. Trump to the White House, this book is about as invaluable as they come.”    — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“One of the most important and overlooked books of the campaign season.”                                                                                            — The Sacramento Bee

“We need [journalists] who can walk into a factory without guilt fogging their glasses. One such journalist, Alexander Zaitchik, spent several months on the road getting to know people he wisely describes as ‘blue-collar middle class’, mostly white people who have worked hard and lost a lot, whether in the market crash of 2008 or the manufacturing layoffs of recent decades. The Gilded Rage conveys the human complexity that daily news misses.”     — The Guardian

 “On Nov. 9, residents of blue districts across the country peered outward with the same questions that had been asked many times over the last 18 months: What had the pundits, the prognosticators and Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff all failed to understand? Who are these people? … Some answers can be found in The Gilded Rage, a book that received far less attention than it probably deserved. That last question — ‘Who are these people?’ — is Zaitchik’s jumping-off point for a series of fascinating Studs-Terkel-style long-form interviews with voters who defy easy categorization.”    —

The Gilded Rage provides intimate insight into why the Trump campaign has become a beacon for so many Americans. It should be close reading for Hillary Clinton’s campaign team and policy advisers.”    — The Winnipeg Free Press

Selected Articles

Letter from Standing Rock,” The Baffler, Spring 2017

Let’s Talk About Nukes,” Vice, March 2017

“Trump Vs. Warren,” The New Republic, March 2017

Letter from Colombia,” TakePart, October 2016

Letter from Cleveland,” The New Republic, July 2016

“American Shaman,” Men’s JournalMarch 2016

A Little Campaign Music,” The Guardian, January 2016

“A Hijacker in Havana,” Thrillist, January 2016

“The Rebuilding of New Orleans,” TakePart, August 2015

“Letter from Gulfport,” The New Republic, July 2015

“Illusions of Grandeur,” Foreign Policy, May 2015

“Larry the Gun Guy,” Rolling Stone, July 2014