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    The instant number-one best seller.

    “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 presidency

    “I alone can fix it.” So proclaimed Donald J. Trump on July 21, 2016, accepting the Republican presidential nomination and promising to restore what he described as a fallen nation. Yet as he undertook the actual work of the commander in chief, it became nearly impossible to see beyond the daily chaos of scandal, investigation, and constant bluster. In fact, there were patterns to his behavior and that of his associates. The universal value of the Trump administration was loyalty - not to the country but to the president himself - and Trump’s north star was always the perpetuation of his own power.

    With deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, DC, Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker reveal the 45th president up close. Here, for the first time, certain officials who felt honor-bound not to divulge what they witnessed in positions of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history.

    A peerless and gripping narrative, A Very Stable Genius not only reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished but shows how he tested the strength of America’s democracy and its common heart as a nation. 

    ©2020 Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig (P)2020 Penguin Audio

    Commentaires

    "[Rucker and Leonnig] are meticulous journalists, and this taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date.... Their newspaper’s ominous, love-it-or-hate-it motto is ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’ A Very Stable Genius flicks the lights on from its first pages." (Dwight Garner, New York Times)

    "Richly sourced and highly readable... It is not just another Trump tell-all or third-party confessional. It is unsettling, not salacious." (Lloyd Green, The Guardian)

    "Imagine, for a moment, a high-octane courtroom prosecutor summing up for the jury a case built on the vivid testimony of multiple eye-witnesses.... You could scarcely ask for more capable advocates. Leonnig won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the U.S. Secret Service in 2015, then joined Rucker and others on a team awarded the Pulitzer for stories on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Their new, collaborative account...walks readers step by step through the first 30 months or so of a presidency like no other. They leave little doubt that they and many of their sources regard that presidency as an unmitigated and deepening disaster - a threat to American government as we have known it. Whatever may happen to that impeachment effort in the weeks and months ahead, it creates a moment of intermission in the Trump saga and a chance to consider how the landscape has already been altered by this president. A Very Stable Genius offers a harrowing companion narrative to be read during intermission." (Ron Elving, NPR)

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    We've heard it before.

    No new insights or shocking revelations. DJT is a monster and a sociopath. The US is a banana republic. All true. All sad.

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    • Troy
    • 25/01/2020

    Great unbiased account of events

    A great telling of the facts regarding this presidency. It changed my mind about some key events and gave me a better understanding of the people involved. I think it's hard to tell a political story in this polarized day and age without our own opinions coloring the lens through which we see the events, but these incredible journalists are able to do it.

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    • geokelley
    • 22/01/2020

    This is a well researched book, very shocking

    But even more shocking was how terrible the narration. It literally sounded like AI robo-reading the book. Absolutely horrible.

    Which is a shame, because this is a book to read if you are on the fence about Trump, and honestly I cant understand how anyone could be on the fence.

    But this books documents the psychosis, the lues, the denials and delusions. Read it, dont listen.

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    • DCNow2014
    • 21/01/2020

    Fascinating story, but poor narration

    I got this book after reading segments in another setting. Brilliantly written, but the narration is not very compelling. The woman reading it--Hillary Huber--sounds like a robot, giving virtually no inflection. It's almost as if Audible is using a simple text-to-speech application. Unfortunate. I'm still in the early stages on the book and hope I'm able to continue. Odd because Ms. Huber does a good job narrating other books.

    Be aware--the sample of this book does NOT include the voice of the actual narrator of the book. The book opens with an Authors' Note, read by Carol Leonnig, and a Prologue, read by Philip Rucker, so customers are not able to hear how the reading of the book actually sounds.

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    • Chris
    • 25/01/2020

    Thorough

    This was a great book. It was non-partisan, fair and thorough. I recommend this book to those who insist on blindly following this president. This book sheds light on what potential disasters await this country if he is re-elected.

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    • Aurianna Reigh
    • 23/01/2020

    An eye opener!

    A chronological, factual telling of Trumps chaotic actions, paranoid ideologies and spastic blunders. Bravo to the writers.

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    • Sarah
    • 21/01/2020

    Well researched and well presented

    A chronology of incidents you may wish you could forget - and that were actually worse than you thought, plus some new revelations. It begins with a brief introduction by Carol Leoning about the methods used in collecting the material, followed by a more lengthy discussion by Philip Rucker which amounts to a summary of the first three years of Trump's presidency.

    The book is a journalistic telling of events, not an assessment of the Trump administration, but the events are such that they are in effect an assessment. Leoning and Rucker did hundreds of interviews in order to give intimate accounts of meetings, conversations, and often familiar incidents.

    I wish the authors had read the whole book, not just the introductions, but Hillary Huber does a good job of reading it, in my opinion. Although I see some reviewers were critical of the narration, it didn't really impress me one way or the other. It certainly would not keep me from listening to the book. Her voice and intonation are clear and her reading is smooth. I looked her up and see that she has narrated many other books and that her ratings are quite positive for those. In a Very Stable Genius her delivery is straightforward, which to me seems appropriate. I definitely did not find it robotic. I am baffled by so much negativity.

    I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be well informed about the reality of the Trump presidency and can stand to hear even more chilling details than were previously available in news sources.

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    • Jin R.
    • 05/03/2020

    Prejudism and partisanship.

    Totally biased! Prejudism and partisanship drench all descriptions of Donald Trump, our current President. This author is still weeping over the loss in 2016.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 30/01/2020

    Total Hit Job

    Does a good job describing the west wing chaos, but is a total hit job on Trump. It side steps anything positive about his presidency and offers nothing new.

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    • HenryB
    • 23/01/2020

    Written by a couple of democrat HACKS......

    'Enough said. A Very Stable Genius Written by a couple of democrat HACKS...... are you sure this wasn't written BY A MENTALLY CHANGED JACK ASS?

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    • 12/03/2020

    Bias

    A hack job from the first sentence. these two are not journalists.

    Don't wasted your time or money.

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    • Vize75
    • 30/05/2020

    Akribisch zusammengetragen, kritisch, aber (zu) viele kleinteilig Informationen für Außenstehende

    Ein akribisch zusammengetragenes und kritisches Werk, das sich leider in sehr kleinteiligen Erzählungen verliert. Außer, dass es bestätigt (was man eh schon weiß), dass die Position des einstmaligen Anführers der freien Welt von einem rassistischen, engstirnigen und narzistischen Edelproleten bekleidet wird, der der Demokratie massivst schadet, ist der Erkenntnisgewinn überschaubar. Lediglich das ohnehin große Unverständnis für die US-Wähler steigt. Ich habe das Hören vorzeitig abgebrochen (passiert nicht oft).

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    • Ferdinand Van Heerden
    • 05/02/2020

    Very little new perspective

    We are all punch drunk from the outrage of this presidency. The two journalists have done a great service in compiling all of these facts but the pattern that emerges is that a disgusting tyrant succeeds in spite of the facts. There is no real analysis or insight to take us further than other books that have covered this ground. The net effect is almost feeling sorry for trump in the face of all the failed attempts to save us from his instincts and power fueled excess.

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    • Reiner W. Ein
    • 27/04/2020

    Extrem unaufgeregt, enlarvend, präzise

    Sicherlich eines der besten Bücher, wenn es darum geht, den Scharlatan und Egomanen im Weißen Haus zu entlarven.

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    • Ewet
    • 24/04/2020

    mindless usurper?

    Gut geschrieben. Sprecherin ist mE zwar gut, aber aufgrund ihres Akzents (?) bzw. Sprechweise manchmal mehr zum gedanklichen Wegdriften geeignet. Wenn man den amerikanischen Nachrichten folgt, ist im Prinzip alles schon bekannt. Die Bewertung bezieht sich auf die amerikanische Ausgabe u englisch ist meine Zweitsprache, daher kann es gut sein, dass eine Muttersprachlern das ganz anders empfindet. Ich plane, es in 10 Jahren nochmal zu hören. Mal sehen, wie sich das alles dann anfühlt.

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    • Tracy Huffman
    • 24/01/2020

    Very scary. Almost like a horror story.

    I am scared about the future. In many ways this book only confirms suspicions that have been lurking in my mind. I can only pray about the future (and vote).