Troll Nation: How the Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set on Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself

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About the Author
Amanda Marcotte is a Senior Political Writer for Salon. Before this, she spent a decade as a freelance journalist, writing regularly for Slate, the Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, USA Today, Talking Points Memo, and the Los Angeles Times. Marcotte's expertise is in covering the American right, a beat she was drawn to after growing up in a conservative Texas household with Fox News and Rush Limbaugh-loving parents. She got her start covering reproductive rights, which further familiarized her with the organizing and rhetorical strategies of the Christian right. Since then, she's expanded her reporting on right wing politics, covering everything from climate change denialism to the activities of the gun lobby.

David Talbot is the New York Times bestselling author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and The Devil's Chessboard. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon and has written for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Time. He lives in San Francisco.
"Peering darkly through the mirror of our modern tech-driven, alt-right-friendly culture, Marcotte skillfully illuminates the ascendance of our worst impulses both on the Internet and in the real world. Troll Nation is simultaneously disturbing and insightful."
--David Neiwert, author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump

"Donald Trump is, among many awful things, the prototypical Internet troll a master of using social media to hype his business exploits and slag his enemies - most notably President Obama, the black president Trump insisted was born in Kenya. In 2016, Marcotte shows us, he enlisted an army of sad-sack white male keyboard warriors, from the battlefields of the men's rights movement, Gamergate, the bowels of Reddit and white nationalist message boards, to conquer the White House, where he is now the Troll-in-Chief, the undisputed head of Troll Nation. Where traditional conservatism sought to best its enemies with ideas and policies, Troll Nation bullies, demeans and subjugates the other side. And where the traditional right couched its anti-feminist policies as designed to protect women, troll conservatism strips off that veneer: Uppity women are ruining the country, they believe, and they must be used, abused, mocked, subordinated; the pussy-grabbing president got that right. Troll Nation also reminds readers that the angry mob is just a very noisy minority. The trolled majority has truth, reason and numbers on its side - but it needs to wake up and fight for a democracy that's been degraded by this assault on the very notion of truth itself."
--Joan Walsh, national correspondent at The Nation and CNN

"Trumpism is not an anomaly caused by one man. It's the continuation of decades-long right-wing efforts to exploit racial and cultural resentments. Amanda Marcottee knows this, and in Troll Nation, she deftly and sharply explores the dark and troubling currents that have led to the current crisis. Her book is a disturbing but valuable guide to what's happening in American politics."
--David Corn, Washington bureau chief, Mother Jones

"Ever feel like you've been cheated? Amanda Marcotte drains the swamp and reveals a Republican Party hijacked by grifters and frauds. Honest conservatives who want their party back must read this -- as should anyone outraged over how easy it has been for right-wing con artists to hijack our democracy."
--David Daley, author of Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count