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The definitive insider narrative and the most fully characterised account yet of the chaos, scandal and destruction of Trump's first term, from two Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists.

Drawing on nearly three years of reporting, hundreds of hours of interviews and more than 200 sources, including some of the most senior members of the administration, friends and firsthand witnesses who have never spoken before, Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig take us inside some of the most controversial moments of Trump's presidency. They peer deeply into Trump's White House - at the aides pressured to lie to the public, the lawyers scrambling to clear up norm-breaking disasters and the staffers whose careers have been reduced to ashes - to paint an unparalleled group portrait of an administration driven by self-preservation and paranoia.

Rucker and Leonnig reveal Trump at his most unvarnished, showing the unhinged decision-making and incompetence that has floored officials and stunned foreign leaders. They portray unscripted calls with Vladimir Putin, steak dinners with Kim Jong-un and calls with Theresa May so hostile that they left her aides shaken. They also take a hard look at Robert Mueller, Trump's greatest antagonist to date, and how his investigation slowly unravelled an administration whose universal value is loyalty - not to country but to the president himself.

Grippingly told, A Very Stable Genius is a behind-the-scenes account of Trump's vainglorious pursuit of power in his first term - the rages and the frenzies, the dishonesty and the depravity - as his remaining loyal staffers eye the exits and he stares down the reality of impeachment.

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

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Just the Facts

This book presents the facts through the timeline of Trump's presidency. It doesn't present opinion, speculation, or alternative facts but details actions and conversations. Despite the neutrality in which it is written, it demonstrates one ridiculous blow after another to the Rule of Law and The Constitution of the U.S. by the Trump Administration. This audiobook was fascinating yet disheartening. I thoroughly recommend it not because of the pleasant story, but because of its important documentation of history and as a warning of the trajectory of the U.S. if there isn't a return to the values of honesty and integrity by the voting public.

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Insightful

It has the feel of good, honest journalism and factual ness. It seems to jump around but overall they got good sources and it’s believable. 🙏

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Horrifying and fascinating at the same time.

I enjoyed the facts and details but would have appreciated more back and forth between the two authors.

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A very important & timely book!

If you are at all interested in pulling back the curtain and getting the inside scoop of the preceding events that culminated in the clusterfuck that is the current American political and economic landscape, which let's be real has always been the leading indicator of the global political and economic landscape, then you need to pick up this book. I just finished it and the level of narcissism, incompetence, malevolence, nepotism, corruption, authoritanianism, back-door dealing and outright criminal behaviours displayed by the Trump administration is still leaving me reeling. Trump, and his brand of Trumpism, is one of the most divisive and dangerous political forces in the history of American politics and the destructive impact that it has had and is continuing to have on America and its people, and by extension the rest of us, cannot be understated. Just take a look at the rapidly escalating situation in Chicago, Portland and Oregon right now (all Democratic-run cities by the way) and I'm sure you can appreciate the gravity of the situation. A very timely and important book about one of the most morally-bankrupt and manipulative leading figures the free world has ever seen. And that is no hyperbole.

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  • 18-07-2020

Excellent

This real life horror story is addictively entertaining even though you can’t help recoiling from the continuous stream of ghastly revelations about Trump, his family and associates. Excellent narration. Highly recommended.

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Carol Leonnig Phil Rucker, Pulitzer Prize winners

As usual, excellent reporting! Big fan of both of these reporters, well researched and nonpartisan reporting. Their story points out how President #45 is unhinged, corrupt and incapable of the job he's been elected to do. Disinformation, lies, manipulation and obstruction of justice, are absolutely confirmation of this 'Unstable Idiot'

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Excellent insight into Trump's (very small) mind

Well worth listening to. Great insight into Trump's mind using lots of damning first-hand evidence.

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Terrible Narration

Detailed account, much of which is published elsewhere. It’s well researched and sourced, and may be well-written but it’s hard to tell from the audiobook due to the appalling narration. Sounds like an automated telephone message “dial 1 for...”. Baffling how it got published in this state.

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  • 20-09-2020

Poor narration

I appreciated the content, especially in listening for the second time in the autumn of 2020. However, I had problems with the narration - I have heard better computer-generated reading. Very sad for a good book.

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  • 06-03-2020

Narrator is awful

Have been waiting for this to be released for ages, audible UK only had the German version! The narrator in this version is terrible- she sounds like a text to speech robot.

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  • 07-03-2020

Terrible Narration. Sounds like text to speech.

This may be a good book but the narration is appalling. It really is like listening to a computer read text to speech. It does seem to get better as the book goes on but it's still pretty bad.

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  • 25-04-2020

Trump hating rubbish.

Biased journalistic nonsense. A disgrace to the authors. Typical one eyed Democrat bad loser rubbish. There fair criticisms to make of Trump as there are of many Democrats but they are lost here in hateful bile.

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  • Badger
  • 01-04-2020

Fascinating

Brilliant bit of insight into the general ambience of the White House under Trump, full of first-hand accounts, the sources are first-rate. I disagree with other reviewers complaining about the narration, I positively like the measured delivery. Can't stand over-acting and over-emphasis, have sadly sent back some books where the narrator went OTT.

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  • 11-03-2020

So left wing & biased it hurts

Written with no objective views in place. Glad to return this one. So unbelievably one sided.

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  • 18-08-2020

Gripping.

A well written, highly engaging narrative of the last few years of US politics. Illustrates just how fragile all democracy is and why opposition must be so carefully balanced when those in power so clearly are not. Well worth reading.

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  • 17-08-2020

Insight

It is an insight into the petty, selfish and outright dangerous attitude this man has about how the presidency should benefit him first and then his friends. How he will happily throw loyal servants under the bus to keep himself safe.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-06-2020

Be afraid, be very afraid!

The Trump adminstration, comes across as a vicious I win you must lose crèche without any adult supervision. Trump is very strong on loyalty, but just can't spell it. The only hope for the USA political system is if Trump does not to get re-elected. This is a truly damning indictment.

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  • Jim W
  • 05-06-2020

Riveting and important

Read it faster per page than anything else I can think of. It lays out brilliantly that Trump is not a partisan issue. He will blunder America out of democracy if he is left in charge for too long. It was both sad and fascinating at every moment, a heartbreaking story of the American decline.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-2020

Very frustrating

The dumbness of trump is mind boggling, says heaps about the American people for electing him & the Republican party for falling in line behind the dumbest person I have seen in public life, not only dumb but sociopathic, evil & narcissistic. And also, so frustrating that the Dem party dropped the ball or missed open goals on so many occasions..how he is still in power, I'll never understand it.😱

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