Though I have nothing in common at all with Jon Ronson, I like him. His writing and detailled recall is captivating, mesmeric and occasionally hilariously funny. Unlike the majority of 'liberal' commentators, who are all virtue and "cause" righteous, Ronson seems to see everybody else's point of view as well as his own. I'm sad that I've now read everything he's written so far. 'Elephant..' is a great read, at one and the same time critical and fair, easy to read in one sitting, and filled with both dark and light observations. Looking forward to Ronsons next.
Jon Ronson’s often first-hand view of Donald Trump’s rise to the white house and his association with Alex Jones whom he met whilst infiltrating the forests of Northern California called Bohemian Grove, where it was claimed powerful men like George H.W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Henry Kissinger were rumoured to undertake an annual ritual in which a human effigy was thrown into the fiery belly of a giant stone owl. Excellent eye-opening reading and amusing reading of a popular topic in true Ronson style. Pat McDonald British Crime author
I would consider this a horror novel written with Ronson's usual wit and understatement. The people involved are made more human by the even handed approach but ultimately the message they are delivering and the way it has been consumed is terrifying. Events depicted in here have escalated to the point where honest journalism and reasoned debate are under significant threat. The prediction that Trump won't win mirrors my own hope at the time. Ronson articulates my feelings on the whole thing much better than I ever could and in a much fairer fashion than I can muster. Definitely worth a read or two just don't expect to emerge from the pages feeling optimistic.
Laughed out loud more than a few times. A very serious subject tackled in Mr Ronson's unique 'serio-comic journalist' way. I gained new insight into the Trump campaign's Modus Operandi from reading this. The book demonstrates how the right wing lunatic fringe was strategically harvested to strengthen Trump's bid for the presidency.
You can trust Ronson to come up with a fresh angle every time. He doesn't disappoint!
While the book doesn't reveal anything we are not aware of (particularly now post election), it is useful in building up a picture of those involved in getting trump into power and reminds ding us how it happened. So hopefully it will never happen again.