A Very Stable Genius

A Very Stable Genius

Donald J. Trump's Testing of America

Book - 2020
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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: New York : Penguin Press, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984877499
1984877496
Branch Call Number: 973.933 R828
Characteristics: xii, 465 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Leonnig, Carol - Author

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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?

debwalker Jan 31, 2020

The horror. Continues.

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Dangator31
Jan 26, 2020

This is a very well written book and reads very easily. There are many episodes that have been previously reported and this book adds more detail which clarifies what happened. To me the most interesting portion was on the final Mueller Report and the actions which happened after. It seemed to highlight how botched and out of touch the Process was.
My only criticism is that there was not much of a conclusion by the authors of all these episodes that are described in the book. Well worth reading and I recommend it highly.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jan 22, 2020

So happy that the library has ordered lots of copies of this book.

I couldn't wait to read it and ordered it from Amazon who delivered it last night. I've been reading it while watching the impeachment "trial" in the Senate.

A Very Stable Genius is brilliantly and masterfully written, researched, and edited. Every word packs a punch, and the book reads like a political thriller. The authors chronicle the Trump administration. It appears the f-bomb might be the most favorite word in the White House.

I read hundreds of books each year, and I rarely give a book 5 stars. This one deserves 10. It's that good. As I read this quote from former Chief of Staff John Kelly in the wee hours this morning, I wished I could compel every Senator listening the the "trial" to read it:

"This is the eleventh time I've taken this oath to defend the Constitution and I want everybody here to know I'm here to defend the Constitution and to defend the rule of law. . .[the oath] doesn't say anything in there about being loyal to the president. It doesn't say anything in there about the GOP being more important than your integrity."

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shields4321
Jan 20, 2020

Please order A Very Stable Genius on CD for those of us visually impaired. Margie Shields 21551o034720000 and, if you can, please put me on the list for a hod. Tks MS

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