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Lead book review

Is Gone with the Wind to blame for Trumpism?

Selfish, acquisitive, ignorant and vain, Gone with the Wind’s heroine not only resembles Donald Trump – she may even be his role model, says Greg Garrett

2 July 2022

9:00 AM

2 July 2022

9:00 AM

The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells Sarah Churchwell

Apollo, pp.368, 27.99

‘America is merely a story the nation tells itself,’ the historian and cultural critic Sarah Churchwell writes in The Wrath to Come. Of the many American stories, few are more disturbing than the complex one represented by the rioter Kevin Seefried inside the Capitol on 6 January 2020. He carried the Confederate battle flag to a place it had never before been: the hall outside the United States Senate chamber.

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