The Resource A very stable genius : Donald J. Trump's testing of America, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig

A very stable genius : Donald J. Trump's testing of America, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig

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A very stable genius : Donald J. Trump's testing of America
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A very stable genius
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Donald J. Trump's testing of America
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Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig
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very stable genius
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Donald J. Trumps testing of America
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  • Washington Post reporters Rucker and Leonnig deliver a granular critique of the Trump presidency, from Michael Flynn's ill-fated tenure as national security advisor to the release of the Mueller Report. Contending that "two kinds of people went to work for the administration: those who thought Trump was saving the world and those who thought the world needed to be saved from Trump," Rucker and Leonnig argue that the latter group served as "human guardrails" before they either quit in frustration or were fired. White House insiders lament everything from the preponderance of TVs ("It was like running a meeting in a Buffalo Wild Wings") to Trump's insults ("You're a bunch of dopes and babies," he once told senior military commanders) to the meddling of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The book's brief epilogue links the departure of Trump's most experienced advisors to his pressure campaign on Ukraine and calls on Republicans to consider "the fate of history" as impeachment unfolds. Rucker and Leonnig try to account for their sources' private agendas (though Chris Christie comes off suspiciously well) and reveal new details about well-known events, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's plans to protect the Russia investigation if Trump fired Mueller. The president's critics will find their worst suspicions confirmed by this doggedly reported account. (Jan.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/27/2020) (Publishers Weekly, vol 267, issue 4, p)
  • Two Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists deliver an almost day-to-day chronicle of the first three years of the Donald Trump presidency, and it's a wild ride. Disparaging accounts of presidents remain a publishing staple, and many close to Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama were happy to reveal unflattering details. However, "unflattering" does not describe this portrait of Trump; "horrific" would be a better fit. Sadly, it's entirely familiar. Marching through these pages is the same loose cannon who delighted audiences on The Apprentice. Trump made the rules, and those who didn't measure up were berated, humiliated, and dismissed; no one questioned his authority. As president, the authors amply demonstrate, he still feels his word is law. When officials explain that an order—e.g., to "shut down" the border to keep out immigrants —would force them to break the law, his response was that he would pardon them. He admires dictators such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un and expresses contempt for democratically elected European leaders. Trump knows little history or geography and has no interest in learning. Aides quickly recognized that listening to others at conferences bored him, and he refused to read briefing materials. Flash cards got his attention. He hated to be contradicted and publicly reviled those who irritated him, from personal assistants to elderly statesmen and generals, and he fired advisers with abandon. Eventually, they adapted. "Trump began the year 2019 as a president unchained," write the authors in a highly depressing, meticulously documented chronicle. "He had replaced a raft of seasoned advisors with a cast of enablers who...saw their mission as telling the president yes." Readers as dismayed as the authors should read one or two anti-Trump diatribes—as one of the best, this one will do nicely—and then swear off the genre and get to work. A significant, deeply reported portrait of the madness that continues to grip the White House. (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2020)
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Rucker, Philip
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973.933092
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.R83 2020
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non fiction
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Donald J. Trump's testing of America
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A very stable genius : Donald J. Trump's testing of America, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-442) and index
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25 cm
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xii, 465 pages
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9781984877499
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A very stable genius : Donald J. Trump's testing of America, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-442) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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on1135358000
Dimensions
25 cm
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xii, 465 pages
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9781984877499
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bl2019037444
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1135358000

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