Donald Trump's America

Reviews of The Gilded Rage:

The Gilded Rage offers 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  

“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 by freelance journalist Alexander Zaitchik 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.”   —

Selected Recent Articles

“Letter from Standing Rock,” The Baffler, Spring 2017

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

Inside the DNC ‘Unity’ Fight,” HuffPost, March 2017

The Airbnb Lie,” The Guardian, October 2016

The Clinton Basement Tape,” The Guardian, October 2016

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

“Wage-Theft & the Rebuilding of New Orleans,” TakePart, August 2015

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

“Illusions of Grandeur,” Foreign Policy, May 2015

“Chevron Vs. Ecuador,” Rolling Stone, August 2014

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