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I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year Book Review

No one is an island. Whether in our personal lives or in our professional lives, we need other people. This is specifically true when one is at the helm of a major organization. Without the effort of those who are on the lower tiers, the purpose and/or goals of the firm will never be met.

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker (authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America), was published back in July. The book explores the final year of you know who’s time in office and how destructive it was. Between Covid-19, a nail-biting Presidential election, and a chaotic administration led by an egotistical conman, let’s just say that it was far from smooth sailing as it could have been. Telling the story of 2020 via a blow-by-blow account, it’s a deep dive into what went wrong and what we must do to never repeat the year again.

This book is incredibly good. It is a compelling non-fiction narrative with the fast heartbeat of a thriller and the underbelly of investigative journalism that makes you really think. If nothing else, it is a reminder of why it is so important to fight for democracy and never forget how easily it can crumble.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America Book Review

The label of “genius” is rarely used in self-descriptive terms. It is usually given to someone by another person.

Several years ago, you know who declared that he was “a very stable genius”. A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America is the title of the new book written by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. Published back in March, the book takes the reader through the last few years of the current Presidential administration. Pushing through the chaos, the noise, and the uncertainty, the writers reveal that somehow, there is some analytical thinking going on. But, it is curtailed by those with big egos, big plans, and the inability to see beyond one’s perspective.

Like all books about the current state of politics, the book has the tendency to be partisan. Questions can and will go come up about the legitimacy of the information and if someone involved in the writing process has an ax to grind.

This book is quite a read. The takeaway that I got is more proof that the current administration is a hot mess. What is worse, it is led by an egotistical, used car salesman man-child whose is only interested in number one. He does not have the inclination to lead, nor is he willing to listen to those who are well versed in the the job of President of the United States.

I recommend it.

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