Waiting on Wednesday [11]: Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James


Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

That Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency.
Enter the philosopher Aaron James, author of the foundational text in the burgeoning field of Asshole Studies: the bestselling “Assholes: A Theory.” In this brisk and trenchant inquiry into the phenomenon that is Donald Trump, James places the man firmly in the typology of the asshole (takes every advantage, entrenched sense of entitlement, immune to criticism); considers whether, in the Hobbesian world we seem to inhabit, he might not somehow be a force for good i.e., the Stronger Asshole; and offers a suggestion for how the bonds of our social contract, spectacularly broken by Trump s (and Ted Cruz s) disdain for democratic civility, might in time be repaired.
You will never think about Donald Trump the same way after reading this book. And, like it or not, think about him we must.”

Because I will take advantage of the chance to go on a political rant.

Because this man has it coming.

  • If he becomes President… The world is going to fall apart! I swear! This sounds like a fun read though Joy!

  • Hahahah this is absolutely hilarious that you’re looking forward to this one Joy! It’s so annoying seeing him on my feed all the time, imagine if he was president.

  • Oh this book just sounds good. And exhausting. Lately, I have felt like I must avoid Trump related material at all costs. He just makes me too mad. I can’t even deal. I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this one though.

  • I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. LOL

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Melliane

    lol well not sure I would read that but that’s fun

  • LOL! Wonderful pick.

  • Great pick! I can’t wait to see your review, Joy 🙂

  • I think it would be a good way for all of us to be able to know the “Real” Donal Trump and i have a feeling that this book is going to hit the bestsellers. Everyone knows he’s a douche, so I’m interested to know your thoughts on this and to figure out a little bit more about….eh… him.

  • I am so sick of this pig! Definitely looking forward to that rant.

  • shootingstarsmag

    haha! I’d be curious to see your review on this one!


  • *spit take* I have to say I do like that title… but I’m so tired of that narcissistic man! :p Ugh… and I’ll stop there. Would be curious to know what you think.

  • What a great pick! This is my first hearing of it – definitely going to find a copy asap. I doubt it will change my opinion of the man, but perhaps it could help me understand his questionable methods of action.

  • Jasprit

    Hhahah you make me laugh Joy with your book choice this week, but I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one! 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    LOL! It would be interesting to see what this was all about. If you read it, I want details! 😛

  • Jazmen

    I’d honestly be interested in seeing your opinion on this if you get it.

  • Haha omg! That cover. Honestly, I’m so scared if he’ll become elected – I wish the elections were before I started school in the US! I didn’t think he would make it that far, but my goodness … what are Americans thinking?

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    HA! The cover of this book made me laugh out loud, but it’s so not funny anymore. His rise is downright scary in my opinion. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!

  • Heh. I look forward to reading your rant. This book looks hilarious as well. Trump is just so immensely mockable.

  • lol. Best of luck with this book sweetie 🙂 Seems pretty interesting. But ah. It came out on my birthday. Hmph 🙂

  • I couldn’t agree with you more! America will be a very scary place if he wins.

  • I really, really liked your two sentences explaining why you want this book. And girl, please rant away. I’ll be RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. And can anybody but him win… please >.>

  • If he wins…ugh

  • I can’t wait to hear your rant, Joy. Trump is a moron who reduces the country’s problems into a catchy bumper sticker line, IMO. I can’t believe he got so far. I think we’re looking at World War III if that idiot gets elected.