Everything Trump Touches Dies

Everything Trump Touches Dies

A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever

Book - 2018
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30-year Republican political campaign strategist, ad maker, columnist, and commentator Rick Wilson confronts the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly takes down Trump and exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party Wilson served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst President in American history. Wilson is no left-winger. He's a lifelong conservative who delivers his critique of Trump from the right. A founder of the Never Trump movement, he takes on his own party to warn them of the political catastrophe Trump has caused and concludes that everyone involved with Trump leaves with their reputation destroyed and their life in tatters. Wilson dismantles Trump's deceptions and the illusions to which his supporters cling. He sheds light on the causes of the Trump phenomenon and identifies the guilty parties who empower and enable Trump in Washington and the news media. He calls out the social conservatives who looked the other way, the race-war dead-enders who hitched a ride with Trump, and the alt-right basement dwellers who worship him. But he also offers an optimistic path forward for the GOP, the conservative movement, and the country.
Publisher: New York :, Free Press,, 2018
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982103125
Branch Call Number: 973.933 WIL
Characteristics: viii, 327 pages ; 24 cm


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A tip of the Observer's hat to the author, for his use of vulgar language, which is actually rather sparse. I just read five pages as a test, with no examples, unless you count "jackassery." As Mark Twain pointed out, when most people try to swear, it falls flat, because they know the words, but not the music. Wilson knows the music. Not for unusually suggestible children, or prudes, but what children read politics books these days?

Mar 18, 2019

The shelf of Trump books keeps growing. Wilson's book is not essential--we already know this stuff--and his style is often too trashy for comfort. There is no four-letter word he disdains to use, no cliche he won't recycle: it's often a struggle to get through these pages.
At random: "Her arc... could only ever end in one way: hot, angry tears and a morning after binge of chain-smoking Marlboro Reds... and devouring the souls of orphans." (Ann Coulter). Really, this is too sophomoric for words.
Can't be recommended (and I am a Trump detester).

Feb 16, 2019

The single most important metric explaining the health of the U.S. is how polarized the wealth of the country is. Until we see a trend of wealth away from the 1% and being shared with the rest we will continue to see a polarized political system and the likelihood of more politicians like Trump. This is a warning to other industrialized democracies. As well, it makes me cringe when media and pundits of both sides refer to Trump as the 'leader of the free world'. This is definitely a thought provoking book well worth the read.

Jan 29, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed Rick Wilson's "Everything Trump Touches Dies". Wilson is a Republican political strategist, media consultant, and this book incandescent howl of rage, anguish and righteous fury aimed at what Donald Trump has done to the cause of "Conservatism" in America and what he is doing to our country. Wilson makes his points with a wicked, take-no-prisoners sense of humor that had me absolutely howling with laughter. Whatever side of the political spectrum you are on, I urge you to read this book. If nothing else, you will thank your lucky stars that you are not an administration official working in the Trump White House.

Jan 08, 2019

Couldn’t get past the first chapter. The author clearly thinks very highly of himself!!

Jan 05, 2019

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

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).

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.

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.

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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