Whodunit? Trump. New Books dig Into the Crimes we all saw him commit


As if living through 2020 wasn’t enough, now we have to read about it. Seriously, though, some of these books about Trump and the pandemic are actually worth the pain.

The thing about these yuge Trump books dropping now is that, unlike the ones that appeared in 2017, they’re not only re-telling a story we just lived through, but one that was widely understood as it happened as a chronicle of an inept and overwhelmed administration.

In Trump’s final year, there were fewer and fewer alleged “adults in the room” to watch over a crew of climbers and toadies more or less making it up as they went along in service of an emotionally mercurial, morally crass, and intellectually limited president—who, despite all that, lost narrowly enough, in his mind at least, to deny that reality and could easily have not lost at all if events had played out a little differently.

These accounts will be valuable to historians, but tearing through these books right now feels an awful lot like binge-watching a show that you’d just finished binge watching.

And a show is certainly how Trump saw it. At the end of Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker’s thorough and well-framed new book, I Alone Can Fix It, which The Daily Beast obtained ahead of its release next week, Trump sits down with the authors for an exit interview of sorts while holding court at Mar-a-Lago—which, as it happens, is the same way that Michael Wolff closes his sometimes overlapping (presumably in part because their sources overlap) and much thinner account of the same events, Landslide.  Read more…


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  1. The movie Idiocracy comes to mind. I think the folks that embraced Trump held on to some weird false narrative; that they kept despite all evidence to the contrary.

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