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A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America (2020)

af Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig

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"From Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker, both winners of the Pulitzer Prize, shocking new reporting on Donald Trump's unique presidency and its implications. Rucker and Leonnig have deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., and for the past three years have chronicled in depth the ways President Donald Trump has reinvented the presidency in his own image, shaken foreign alliances and tested American institutions. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for pure chaos. But Leonnig and Rucker show that in fact there is a pattern and meaning to the daily disorder. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with first-hand witnesses and rigorous original reporting, the authors reveal the 45th President up close as he stares down impeachment. They take readers inside Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and the Trump legal team's scramble for survival, behind the curtains as the West Wing scurries to clean up the President's mistakes and into the room to witness Trump's interactions with foreign leaders and members of his Cabinet, and assess the consequences"--… (mere)
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Unfortunately, this mostly went over ground that has been covered in many other books; the Mueller probe and some other events. Yes, there were some new stories but they just showed more of the horror of what is already known. I'm looking forward to some different political books in the future.
  amyem58 | Dec 31, 2020 |
Donald J. Trump is anything BUT "a very stable genius," which is supported by the many anecdotes detailed in this book by two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. Absorbing and frightening read. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Aug 27, 2020 |
When two Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winning reporters team up to write a book defining the Trump presidency; it is bound to be a disturbing read. Anecdotal records from those who laboured under Trump’s irrational leadership, plus on the record statements from those aghast at Trump’s bizarre behaviour, combine to make compelling reading. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jul 27, 2020 |
If you listen to the news - all the news, not just Fox news - you can't help but question some of the antics of our POTUS. Still, after reading this book and learning about the behind-the-scene-shenanigans being carried out by our politicians in the White House, I believe this book is scarier than any Stephen King novel I've read to date. Congrats to Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig (both Pulitzer prize winners) for laying this out in clear and irrefutable terms. DJT is not fit to be running our country, and yet he has survived a two-year FBI probe into collusion with a foreign power, proven obstruction of the investigation, and impeachment for blatantly using his office for political gain. What else is our republican party going to allow him to get away with? As quoted in the book by William A. Galston, "We haven't seen anything like this in my lifetime. He (Trump) appears to be daring the rest of the political system to stop him—and if it doesn't, he'll go further. What we're discovering is that the Constitution is not a mechanism that runs by itself. Ultimately, we are a government of men and not law. The law has no force without people who are willing to enforce it." Where are our enforcers, and where is this going to end? ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Jun 3, 2020 |
Rucker, Philip, and Carol Leonnig. A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America. Penguin, 2020.
If you are a regular reader of The Washington Post, not much in A Very Stable Genius will be new to you. That should be no surprise because the authors are star reporters covering the White House. Nor is there any breaking news, because the book’s epilog gets us only so far as the beginnings of the impeachment hearings. But that does not mean that even a regular reader of the Post will not find this book valuable. In a clear way, it explains some of the havoc the mercurial personality of the president has wrought on the governance of defense, foreign policy, and justice. Trump predictably called the book all lies, even though none of the information or quotations in the book were challenged. Most of the information in the book comes either from Trump’s own speeches and tweets or from people who were in the room when the disasters were being hatched. The result is excellent explanatory journalism. There are no rants or polemics from the authors. Like the Mueller report, they leave the readers to draw their own conclusions. For this reader, the evidence they have assembled and the story they tell provides a chill to the bone, as the only people I can admire are the ones who had the guts to quit and tell Trump why. But the downside is that all those folks were, in fact, forced out. An exception is Chris Christie, who had the good sense to turn down the chance to be Trump's chief of staff, a job that could have damaged his reputation even more than Bridgegate. ( )
  Tom-e | May 6, 2020 |
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By now, four years into Donald Trump’s nearly-inconceivable first term in the Oval Office, the pattern of such books is well-known. ... Those cycles are the fuel for all such Trump books, and the combustion is the simmer of impotent outrage felt throughout the country every minute of every day by the majority of the population who correctly see Trump as an existential threat to the survival of the idea itself of the United States. ... But a noteworthy Trump book is still a Trump book, and by now one other thing is known about them: they’re every bit as sordid, opportunistic, and money-grubbing as their subject. They can’t help but be; if you touch the pitch of a lifelong grifter and conman like Trump, for a book contract, no amount of credentials will save you from being defiled.
 
Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post offer A Very Stable Genius. As befitting Pulitzer winners for investigative reporting, their book is richly sourced and highly readable. It sheds new light on how the 45th president tests the boundaries of the office while trying the patience and dignity of those who work for or with him. It is not just another Trump tell-all or third-party confessional. It is unsettling, not salacious. ... Leonnig and Rucker quote Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, who says Trump “appears to be daring the rest of the political system to stop him – and if it doesn’t he’ll go further. The law has no force without people who are willing to enforce it.”
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerThe Guardian (UK), Lloyd Green (Jan 23, 2020)
 
Rucker and Leonnig offer lots of gory details about the president. He blusters about, desperately solipsistic, relentlessly ignorant. His gaffes are breathtaking. And yet, gradually, despite the consternation of his aides (and the authors’ narrative intent), Trump emerges as more than just a needy adolescent throwing spitballs at the deep state. He has a definite worldview and a strategy, a feral brilliance that has cracked the political code in the digital, postmillennial era. ... Rucker and Leonnig’s sources make much of the need to keep guard rails on the president, but Trump has his own rigorous set of boundaries: He will always appear tough. He will always be crude. He will be relentless in his pursuit of his agenda. The problem is, ultimately, that the world is more complex than any ideology, especially one so simple as Trump’s.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerThe Washington Post, Joe Klein (pay site) (Jan 16, 2020)
 
Rucker and Leonnig have composed their book, they write, out of a desire to step out of the churning news cycle and “assess the reverberations” of Trump’s presidency. The result is a chronological account of the past three years in Washington, based on interviews with more than 200 sources. ... It reads like a horror story, an almost comic immorality tale. It’s as if the president, as patient zero, had bitten an aide and slowly, bite by bite, an entire nation had lost its wits and its compass.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerNew York Times, Dwight Garner (pay site) (Jan 16, 2020)
 
Rucker and Leonnig's mission is manifest in their title, a sarcastic jab at one of Trump's more memorable moments of self-congratulation. Accused of being either unthinking or unstable, Trump at the time denied being either. He was, he said, "a very stable genius." Whether the president meant that with a touch of self-deprecating humor or not, it functions here as the epitome of self-delusion. ... Older readers may recoil from much of this assessment — not only because the behavior described is repellent, but also because its depiction in such relentlessly damning detail is disturbing. People naturally ask: How much of this can be true? ... there is something unsettling about the evolution of this genre. Is it purely a matter of Trump's excesses or has he occasioned a sea change in journalism as well?
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerNPR, Ron Elving (Jan 15, 2020)
 

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"From Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker, both winners of the Pulitzer Prize, shocking new reporting on Donald Trump's unique presidency and its implications. Rucker and Leonnig have deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., and for the past three years have chronicled in depth the ways President Donald Trump has reinvented the presidency in his own image, shaken foreign alliances and tested American institutions. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for pure chaos. But Leonnig and Rucker show that in fact there is a pattern and meaning to the daily disorder. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with first-hand witnesses and rigorous original reporting, the authors reveal the 45th President up close as he stares down impeachment. They take readers inside Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and the Trump legal team's scramble for survival, behind the curtains as the West Wing scurries to clean up the President's mistakes and into the room to witness Trump's interactions with foreign leaders and members of his Cabinet, and assess the consequences"--

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