A Very Stable Genius

A Very Stable Genius

Donald J. Trump's Testing of America

eBook - 2020
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The instant #1 bestseller.

"This taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump's shambolic tenure in office to date."
- Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump's unique presidency with shocking new reporting and insight into its implications.

"I alone can fix it." So went Donald J. Trump's march to the presidency on July 21, 2016, when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, promising to restore what he described as a fallen nation. Yet over the subsequent years, as he has undertaken the actual work of the commander in chief, it has been hard to see beyond the daily chaos of scandal, investigation, and constant bluster. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for one of pure and uninhibited chaos, but there were patterns to his behavior and that of his associates. The universal value of the Trump administration is loyalty - not to the country, but to the president himself - and Trump's North Star has been the perpetuation of his own power, even when it meant imperiling our shaky and mistrustful democracy.

Leonnig and Rucker, with deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., tell of rages and frenzies but also moments of courage and perseverance. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with some of the most senior members of the Trump administration and other firsthand witnesses, the authors reveal the forty-fifth president up close, taking readers inside Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as well as the president's own haphazard but ultimately successful legal defense. Here for the first time certain officials who have felt honor-bound not to publicly criticize a sitting president or to divulge what they witnessed in a position of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history.

This peerless and gripping narrative reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished and exposes how decision making in his administration has been driven by a reflexive logic of self-preservation and self-aggrandizement - but a logic nonetheless. This is the story of how an unparalleled president has scrambled to survive and tested the strength of America's democracy and its common heart as a nation.
Publisher: 2020.
ISBN: 9781984877505
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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kclslouise
Apr 20, 2020

Finished on 4/6/20

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redtayres
Mar 19, 2020

Being an avid listener of MSNBC and shows like Hardball, The Beat, and All In, there wasn't a lot of new material here but if you don't often follow those shows this is a great read. That it's written by two Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winners lends gravitas to the story and what a story. As we barrel from one crisis (or media-created crisis) to the next we forget the news of the previous day. It's all laid out here, for better or worse, right up to the "perfect call" but stopping short of Trump's impeachment and Covid-19. I personally can't wait to get back to having a quiet president, one who doesn't tweet.

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 19, 2020

Excellent summary of the last days of the Trump campaign for the presidency to the whistleblower's revelation of Trump threatening bribes of two consecutive Ukrainian presidents -- From the Mueller Report -- "Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through "Russian efforts."

👤 In America, anyone can become President. That's the chance you take.

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naturalist
Mar 11, 2020

also see:
"The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism"
Henry A. Giroux 1943-
Routledge 1st edition, 2017
ISBN: ISBN-10: 9781138719033, ISBN-13: 978-1138719033
and,
“Trump's darkness: White supremacy, Christian nationalism and the coronavirus -This pandemic has brought out the worst in Trump — and in his most racist and fanatical followers”
by Chauncey Devega, posted April 15, 2020, at Salon
https://www.salon.com/2020/04/15/trumps-darkness-white-supremacy-christian-nationalism-and-the-coronavirus/

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betsymarzoni
Feb 28, 2020

Carefully researched and footnoted, well written, a terrifying look at an insecure, uneducated, bully.

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cknightkc
Feb 26, 2020

Based on hundreds of hours of insider interviews, A VERY STABLE GENIUS chronicles the Trump Administration from the beginning to shortly after the “perfect” call with the Ukrainian president. Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig have written a remarkably detailed and factual account that is very readable. Like Bob Woodward’s FEAR, GENIUS presents a portrait of the current administration that is both objective and damning. Oh, how I wish it was a work of fiction!

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knobbyknees69
Feb 25, 2020

Found this book to be very interesting information, with more completion to the news bits. I will advise the reading of this …

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StarGladiator
Feb 18, 2020

Personally, I believe anyone who voted for Trump -- or Clinton - - or the Bushes - - to be complete lunatics! That said, I do recommend this book, although I am directly challenging the narrative of the WaPo authors.

Firstly, I am in full agreement with Trump's insults to the Pentagon staff! Only one lone voice [Gen. Robert Spalding - forced out by the Obama Administration] raised disagreement with the Obama Administration's transfer of state-of-the-art nuclear technology to the Chinese Communist Party, after they committed the worst breach of US national security in history!
Secondly, it was only one lone voice, then DIA Director/Gen. Flynn, who sounded the alarm on ISIS. Flynn's predecessor at the DIA, Gen. Patrick Hughes, claimed that al Qaeda was not threat shortly prior to 9/11/01 - - and indeed fired the one DIA analyst, Julie Sirrs, who sounded the alarm on al Qaeda. Gen. Hughes would later claim that China posed no threat to American national security.
So the Pentagon staff Trump insulted certainly did not inspire confidence with their national security-be-damned attitudes!
Also, it was both the Bush Administration -- and especially the Obama Administration -- who reneged on past US government promises not to encircle Russia with NATO -- and how in perdition could anyone in the Obama Administration believe Russia would ever allow Crimea to fall under NATO authority or influence?! This truly beggars belief! That would be akin to the US government allowing Russia to take over Key West or all the West Coast ports!
Real journalists would have reported extensively on Trump's shortcomings before he was elected president - - NOT afterwards. Journalistic economic opportunism DOES NOT equate to journalistic integrity. It is precisely because of the lack of any real news content that when real journalists and reporters - - like David Dayen and Greg Palast - - report on blockbuster items such as completely invalidated securitization contracts [Dayen] or the memo on credit derivatives' inclusion in the WTO Financial Services Agreement sent by Timothy Geithner to Larry Summers [Palast] - - the public cannot comprehend their incredible importance - - no content means no context and without any context there is little to no comprehension!
Overall, I agree with the authors' assessments of Trump, simply that these authors aren't qualified, nor have the moral cache, to pass such judgment.

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Traynham
Feb 17, 2020

Good explanations of the inside story of stuff you remember being in the news. Would have been better if they had been more complete with their dates. Often would give "on October 1 this happened" never specified the year and sometimes would go back to pick up an event, so I was often wondering what year, 2017, 2018, 2019?

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Feb 26, 2020

“Others noticed that the president was obsessed with knocking down as inferior what his predecessors had built. ‘His whole DNA is, whatever anybody else has done is stupid, I’m smarter, and therefore that’s why he goes around breaking glass all the time,’ one senior Republican senator recalled. ‘He’s torn a lot of things. He likes to break things. But what has he put together yet?” - pp. 151-52

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