Everything Trump Touches Dies

Everything Trump Touches Dies

A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever

Book - 2018 | First Free Press hardcover edition.
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A respected, long-time Republican strategist, ad-maker, and contributor for The Daily Beast , skewers the disease that is destroying the conservative movement and burning down the GOP: Trumpism.

In Everything Trump Touches Dies , political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst President in American history.

No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right. A leader of the Never Trump movement, he warns his own party of the political catastrophe that leaves everyone involved with Trump with reputations destroyed and lives in tatters.

Wilson unblinkingly dismantles Trump's deceptions and the illusions to which his supporters cling, shedding light on the guilty parties who empower and enable Trump in Washington and the news media. He calls out the race-war dead-enders who hitched a ride with Trump, the alt-right basement dwellers who worship him, and the social conservatives who looked the other way.

Everything Trump Touches Dies deftly chronicles the tragicomic Trump story from the early campaign days through the shock of election night, to the inconceivable trainwreck of Trump's first year. Rick Wilson provides not only an insightful analysis of the Trump administration, but also an optimistic path forward for the GOP, the conservative movement, and the country.

Combining insider political analysis, blunt truths, and black humor, Everything Trump Touches Dies is perfect for those on either side of the aisle who need a dose of unvarnished reality, a good laugh, a strong cocktail, and a return to sanity in American politics.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2018.
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781982103125
1982103124
Branch Call Number: 973.933 TRU WIL
Characteristics: viii, 327 pages ;,24 cm

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dirtbag
Jan 05, 2019

Made it to page 111 and couldn't see the point in finishing it. Not really my thing.

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breemu
Jan 03, 2019

One of the better "Trump is an a--hole" books. Both wickedly funny AND horrifying. Not for the faint of heart (graphic language, etc).

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bhg0010
Dec 18, 2018

The book's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. The Trump Presidency has been an unmitigated disaster for the country in multiple ways, and picking up the pieces will likely take years upon years if not decades. The author's snark-filled observations are often wickedly funny and frequently show some major insight. Overall, though, the book feels exhausting.

Wallowing in the negativity that Trump spews out, attempting to wing it right back, makes for reading that honestly causes one to want to take a shower. Everything seems so dirty. It's still recommended reading to get a handle on these troubles times, but readers are likely to find themselves skimming things.

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pmaison
Dec 09, 2018

4-STARS -- Add this to the "Must Read" booklist if trying to understand the Trump phenomenon. The author, Rick Wilson, worked many years as a PR strategizer / attack dog for various GOP politicians but apparently got burned in a very personal way by Steve Bannon and other alt-right Trump-enablers. By Wilson's own admission this book is his serious-chip-on-the-shoulder reply to them and their (now former) boss. But this book is not a rant. Rather, it's ascerbic / very funny / very on-target and spares no one, the ordinary Trump voter, Hilary and Nancy P. included. But foremost it pillories The Donald and his ridiculous nightmare coterie.

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mswrite
Nov 30, 2018

The told-you-so delight I take in (nearly) every page of this book is tempered somewhat by Wilson's admission that as a GOP "hitman" he was part of the problem--his specialty was stoking and feeding the resentments of voters (especially those euphemistically known as "low information" voters) disenchanted with the American political system generally and Washington politics in particular.
And frankly it's a bit rich when Wilson criticizes the presidency of Barack Obama, as he does to some degree here, declining to acknowledge that from Day One of the Obama presidency, the Republican political strategy was to refuse to work with Obama on any public policy (even the ones they championed) of any kind in hopes of guaranteeing a return to the White House in 2012.

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Memawrayne
Oct 16, 2018

Excellent book by a conservative. As the inside back flap says, "a perfect read for those on either side who need a dose of untarnished reality, a good laugh and a return to sanity in American politics."

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mighty_mom
Oct 12, 2018

Clever title and commentary from a Republican strategist about Trump's election and presidency. Interesting to see behind the scenes of current affairs. The comedy is dark and wickedly funny, but I found his glib attitude off-putting, almost as if he was trying too hard to entertain the reader. Otherwise, a fun read.

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winston16
Aug 26, 2018

Rollicking, raunchy, and real! This former Republican doesn't pull any punches and I found myself shaking my head (how did we get into this mess?!), laughing (descriptions of Bannon and others worth the read all on their own) and agreeing with the author's overall thesis. Title says it all!

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bbb1771
Aug 16, 2018

Given the author's lifelong career as a Republican strategist famous for his negative ad attacks on opponents, you might expect the majority of his attacks to be at the expense of Democrats (and they do not escape unscathed here). But what was unexpected (and if nothing else, refreshing) was to hear a lifetime tribal leader hold his own tribe to account. From the alt-right to the Christian-right, no one that enabled Trump is spared Wilson's condemnation.

By being willing to accept some of the blame for the current state of affairs in the US, Wilson earns some credibility in his criticisms of both friends and foes.

This is not a 'tell-all' book like so many that followed on the heels of "Fire & Fury". Instead it seems to be an attempt to provide a candid accountability of the players and peons on the author's side of the fence.

Politically incorrect on multiple levels, it's an unexpectedly fun read. Should be read back to back with Ken Stern's "Republican Like Me". More books candidly discussing the faults from within one's one party instead of lashing out and blaming others first would serve both sides.

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