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The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump Audiobook

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by Alex Hyde-White, William Dufris, Hillary Huber, Nanette Gartrell, Leonard L. Glass, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, Elizabeth Mika, P. J. Ochlan, Jennifer Contarino Panning, Thomas Singer, Rosemary Sword, Michael J. Tansey, Betty P. Teng, and Steve Wruble.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

This is not normal.

Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule", which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, 27 psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin speaks about pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

It's not all in our heads. It's in his.

Expertly compiled by author and editor Bandy X. Lee, this insightful audiobook is mental fuel for the concerned, contemplative listener.

Chapters written by Noam Chomsky, Jennifer Contarino Panning, Howard H. Covitz, Lance Dodes, William J. Doherty, Edwin B. Fisher, Henry J. Friedman, John D. Gartner, Nanette Gartrell, James Gilligan, Leonard L. Glass, James A. Herb, Judith Lewis Herman, Diane Jhueck, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, Robert Jay Lifton, Craig Malkin, Elizabeth Mika, Dee Mosbacher, David M. Reiss, Tony Schwartz, Gail Sheehy, Thomas Singer, Rosemary Sword, Michael J. Tansey, Betty P. Teng, Harper West, Steve Wruble, and Philip Zimbardo.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Bandy X. Lee; Foreword copyright 2017 Robert J. Lifton (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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  • Nancy Keogh Graham
    Washington State
    13/11/17
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    "Crucial Information for Every American"

    Everyone needs to listen to this fascinating series of essays! Those of us who have been appalled by observing Trump's crazy behavior during the presidential campaign and since his election are aware of the bizarre and frightening aspects of his personality. This book not only confirms what we know, but also gives us the professional perspective we need to articulate our concerns. Individual essays address his malignant narcissism, sociopathy, pathological lying, delusions of grandeur, etc. For those of us who have had great difficulty in adjusting to life in the Trump era, I can't recommend this book highly enough. We are not wrong and we are not alone!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CBeaverford
    12/11/17
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    "Frightening"

    Interesting book. Brought up some very good issues. Especially the idea of requiring testing to prove suitability for such an important job. Well worth a read or listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Adri
    8/11/17
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    "Good Information from the pros"

    Overall, this is a very insightful book. The only thing is some of the narration seemed... flat. I absolutely appreciate the mental health professional involved, as they put their necks and careers on the line to answer the "duty to warn" call. It's also scary to gain insight on how they see the mental health of the president. I recommend this book to anyone who can concerns or questions regarding the Trunk presidency. I hope it encourages you to get involved, whether it's consistently voting, volunteering, donating, etc. We must, on both sides, restore order to our democracy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jim stengel
    7/11/17
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    "Trump is a Moronic Mental Menace, Do We Need 27?"

    A well prepared, definitive confirmation of what many laypeople suspect about Donald Trump.

    Donald Trump is deeply flawed. Unfortunely he has never overcome his many short comings. He just lacks the remedial characteristics of a fully functioning social individual.

    Each contributor establishes an understandable foundational argument for their particular theory of mental instability. They easily develop the central premise of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.

    Easy to follow & understand. The reader is left with only one real question. Are 27 mental health experts really necessary to make the case? Couldn't the same conclusions be reached with, say, 15 experts?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. Cody
    North Carolina
    5/11/17
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    "A Must Read or Listen too Book"

    I won’t say I learned much more but it make me even more scared of this Trump Presidency with their agreement on the mental deficiencies of this man.

    With regard to one complaint of the slowness of the reading you can increase the playback speed.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James
    3/11/17
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    "Shocking"

    It is and has been right under our noses this whole time. I highly recommend giving this book a read.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mitchel Modine
    3/11/17
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    "Good Information; Audio Performance Awful"

    I have seen other reviews of other books make this same point: it is risky for an author to read her/his own work. Sometimes it can be good, other times it’s awful. This book unfortunately falls into the awful category. The performance was uneven at best. A couple of the readers sounded (to my admittedly untrained ears) like bad computerized voice simulators. Others were monotonic and emotionless.

    Now for the good news: the book is informative, and would still be so were it not for the pressing political and societal topic. In the early going, I found myself saying, “Wow, that fits Pres. Trump...Wow that REALLY fits Pres. Trump,” etc., but once I became aware of these thoughts I banished them. I instead focused on the education I was getting about such topics as narcissism, the Goldwater rule, professional ethics, and so on. As for politics, this book—as others have pointed out—probably will only convince the like-minded, but that isn’t any reason to avoid it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia M. Owen
    Spring Hill, FL United States
    2/11/17
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    "Should be required reading for all"

    This is a book of 27 essays by mental health professionals. After a Yale conference, a Duty to Warn, these professionals, despite the constraints of the Goldwater Rule decided to advise of the clear and present danger posed by the current occupant of the Oval Office. Citing current and historical references regarding the type and examples of his neurosis/psychosis, the authors felt obligated to warn of the danger posed by this man. It is not a ‘light’ read, but it is not so technical that it rules out the layman from understanding it. No matter your political persuasion, this book contains important information which should be considered seriously. The future of the world may rest on how this warning is heeded or ignored.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • J Williams
    30/10/17
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    "Is The Train Running Without A Conductor? "

    Excellent analysis issued. I am glad that others are observing and more importantly reporting their observations. I can only hope that others will
    have the courage to do what is necessary before a breakless train continues
    to move full steam ahead.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don Boots
    Iowa
    28/10/17
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    "All too relavent to our present world"

    This publication provides medical and scientific clarity to the feelings that most Americans have for this bewildering moment in history.

    So many must agree with this list of notable contributors but seem powerless to act on their recommendations. This is why It deserves the complete, non-partisan, attention of the nationwide members of our legislature. Following hearing, they should carry out the suggestions therein if they contain an ounce of true patriotism.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • C. Cooney
    1/11/17
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    "I may never sleep again."

    Everything you need to know about why we’re in more danger than we’ve been since the Cold War.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Westcyde23
    San Diego, CA
    14/10/17
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    "Informative Read"

    This book was very informative. I've always wanted to know what the experts though about Trump. The book did leave me feeling worried after listening each time because the subject matter was heavy and the realities of what was written was setting in.

    The narration wasn't my favorite. I think it was the authors themselves who did the narration. Some were better than others, but overall it was just okay.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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