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    The amount of coverage in published written works about Trump over time is due to his fame prior to his 2016 presidential campaign. Biographer Michael D'Antonio observed in Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (2015) that Trump "has been a topic of conversation in America for almost 40 years. No one in the world of business – not Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett – has been as famous as Trump for as long." Almost one year after his inauguration as president, The Guardian noted that more than 4,500 English-language books about Trump had been published since he took office, compared to just over 800 works about predecessor Barack Obama during his first year in office. Due to the sheer volume of books about Trump, the titles listed below are limited to non-fiction books about Trump or his presidency, published by notable authors and scholars. Tertiary sources (including textbooks and juvenile literature), satire, and self-published books are excluded.

    If you scan the list, you'll notice that the vast majority are NOT complimentary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Donald_Trump

    I've had "A Very Stable Genius" on hold at the local library since early March. Now that the local library has re-opened, I was able to pick up my reserved copy a couple of days ago.

    Being "re-opened" does not mean that I can actually go inside the library. I had to send a text to the number posted on the door, verify that I was outside, send them my name and card number, and wait for them to bring my book outside. "Browsing the shelves" is definitely not possible for now.

    The book listed above was written by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonning, both of whom have won Pulitzer Prizes for writing about Trump. You don't have to get very far into the book to realize that Trump is completely bonkers.

    I read 5 books about Trump in 2019, 4 in 2018, and 2 in 2017. "A Very Stable Genius" is the second book I've read about Trump this year.

    The common theme for all of them is precisely that "completely bonkers" description.

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    You don't have to read books about Trump; any "schrink" will tell you he's not the type you want as "leader". If you observe his way of doing things, then looking at his upbringing in an KKK family who "milked" tenants and was associated with the NY mafia; then you know enough. The "spoiled bullying brat" never worked a day in his life, neither received an proper education and only needed to hold up his hand for Daddy and got millions to waste on stupid things. His relationship with Epstein and the underage girls says enough. All his marriages were an disaster.

    So you don't need many books to learn what the guy is all about. But yeah the stupid people elect such "me alone" absolute asshole.

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    This book certainly qualifies as a "quick read", since I finished reading it this afternoon.

    The time frame covers is between the Republican convention in Cleveland up to just before Trump gets impeached.

    Although the book covers Trump's many mistakes, what impressed me the most is that nobody in their right mind would ever work for this guy, since loyalty is strictly a one way street with him.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    This book certainly qualifies as a "quick read", since I finished reading it this afternoon.

    The time frame covers is between the Republican convention in Cleveland up to just before Trump gets impeached.

    Although the book covers Trump's many mistakes, what impressed me the most is that nobody in their right mind would ever work for this guy, since loyalty is strictly a one way street with him.

    Arizona, the point is that this country "allows" all of this craziness. Where are the laws to prevent all of this? As well that Kentucky runs the world with King McConnell. Sorry this country will never learn. Oh, yeah I forgot it is only a couple of hundred years old and they vote via an total corrupt "electoral college" system and totally outdated laws and are missing an instruction book on how to run an "impeachment", so no wonder. Are you really that surprised?

    In the meantime the stock market "tanks" (Nasdaq for now, at least the major stocks) due to the "fact" some people start to realize "reality" related to the "real" economy is starting to sink in. Sorry, but it will get worse before getting better, because our "leader" is loosing it in his head and the corruption on all fronts is taking over. Dem's put your "life jackets" on and load your "guns" because the ship is been taken over by pirates and is sinking.

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    the point is that this country "allows" all of this craziness. “

    Disavow the craziness. Limit personal wealth to 10 million dollars.. Regulate with a tax code that spends and rewards jobs producers.

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    The "genius" already got an new fight with "twitter" about that he with his words promotes violence.

    So he must be upset; especially this afternoon he likely will launch his anger during the "press" conference about China.

    I'm still thinking about what Pelosi said: He will "impeach" himself. ( Let's hope so)

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    Carl Bernstein just published a damning article about Trump's incompetence in the Mercury News.

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/29/report-trumps-calls-with-foreign-leaders-alarm-officials/

    It's a very lengthy article, but here are some of the key points:

    In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

    The calls caused former top Trump deputies to conclude that the President was often “delusional

    The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest.

    By far the greatest number of Trump’s telephone discussions with an individual head of state were with Erdogan, who sometimes phoned the White House at least twice a week and was put through directly to the President on standing orders from Trump, according to the sources. Meanwhile, the President regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was “stupid.”

    Trump incessantly boasted to his fellow heads of state, including Saudi Arabia’s autocratic royal heir Mohammed bin Salman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, about his own wealth, genius, “great” accomplishments as President, and the “idiocy” of his Oval Office predecessors, according to the sources.

    In his conversations with both Putin and Erdogan, Trump took special delight in trashing former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama

    Next to Erdogan, no foreign leader initiated more calls with Trump than Macron. Macron usually got “nowhere” on substantive matters, while Trump became irritated at the French President’s stream of requests and subjected him to self-serving harangues and lectures that were described by one source as personalized verbal “whippings,” especially about France and other countries not meeting NATO spending targets, their liberal immigration policies or their trade imbalances with the US.

    But his most vicious attacks, said the sources, were aimed at women heads of state.

    In his phone exchanges with Putin, the sources reported, the President talked mostly about himself, frequently in over-the-top, self-aggrandizing terms: touting his “unprecedented” success in building the US economy.

    In numerous calls with Putin that were described to CNN, Trump left top national security aides and his chiefs of staff flabbergasted, less because of specific concessions he made than because of his manner — inordinately solicitous of Putin’s admiration and seemingly seeking his approval — while usually ignoring substantive policy expertise and important matters on the standing bilateral agenda, including human rights; and an arms control agreement, which never got dealt with in a way that advanced shared Russian and American goals that both Putin and Trump professed to favor, CNN’s sources said.

    Throughout his presidency, Trump has touted the theme of “America First” as his north star in foreign policy, advancing the view that America’s allies and adversaries have taken economic advantage of US goodwill in trade

    Two sources described the President as woefully uninformed about the history of the Syrian conflict and the Middle East generally, and said he was often caught off guard, and lacked sufficient knowledge to engage on equal terms in nuanced policy discussion with Erdogan. “Erdogan took him to the cleaners,” said one of the sources.

    In one of the earliest calls between Putin and Trump, the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were in the room to listen — joining McMaster, Tillerson, Hill, and a State Department aide to Tillerson.

    “The call was all over the place,” said an NSC deputy who read a detailed summary of the conversation — with Putin speaking substantively and at length, and Trump propping himself up in short autobiographical bursts of bragging, self-congratulation and flattery toward Putin.

    The Kushners were also present for other important calls with foreign leaders and made their primacy apparent, encouraged by the President even on matters of foreign policy in which his daughter and her husband had no experience.

    “Trump’s view is that he is a better judge of character than anyone else,” said one of CNN’s sources. The President consistently rejected advice from US defense, intelligence and national security principals that the Russian president be approached more firmly and with less trust.

    The common, overwhelming dynamic that characterizes Trump’s conversations with both authoritarian dictators and leaders of the world’s greatest democracies is his consistent assertion of himself as the defining subject and subtext of the calls — almost never the United States and its historic place and leadership in the world, according to sources intimately familiar with the calls.

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    Lengthy story,but correct. What is this country doing about it? Nothing at all. Looking at what is happening here without any foreign policy the results will be that the world will turn its back to this country. Now he's busy destroying the whole country with his Gestapo club. The latest is that the "black lives matter" club started their own "militia" in Kentucky, fully armed and ready. So the "mess " is getting only worse. I would not be surprised that around September more "militia's popup and create an like civil war in this country. Especially if McConnell does nothing to stop evictions of homes and no longer people have any income. Crazy times are looming on the horizon.