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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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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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  • Anthony
    Dunnellon, FL. United States
    22/11/17
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    "Scary, uh yeah!"

    What to say really....”Damned if you do, damned if you don’t comes to mind.”
    Is it so difficult to understand those who will say this Audible book is just another attempt at dividing our nation? Is it so difficult to understand those who will say this Audible book is a powerful call to the American people’s to pull their heads out of the sand and heed the warnings? Well yes to both questions.

    I believe that the people who elected this president and continue to support him will do so no matter what he does. As Trump said himself, “I could shoot someone in the streets in New York and still not lose support.” (Paraphrased) it seems for now, he was correct.
    Can or will rational thinking adults even listen to this book with an open mind? Or perhaps linking rational thinking with Trump supporters is a stretch. I don’t think it is entirely because many were and still are my friends. It’s given new meaning to my allegiance however to understand and accept friends who I now know think so differently from me.
    Is it unreasonable to ask, indeed require the president to undergo rigorous psychiatric evaluation. Police officers have to have evaluations before the hiring process because you will be carrying a weapon and have authority to temporarily take away someone’s freedom. Yes, there are flaws in as much as we know there are police officers who somehow slipped through, but the important difference is that we (I am a retired law enforcement officer), don’t have the nuclear arsenals at our disposal should we have a severe psychotic moment(s). Same goes for military intelligence personnel and many other employees in high risk positions.

    We can only hope that the instability of this president that is so obvious to millions of people yet somehow disbelieving of millions others, will not have to take us to the precipice of a nuclear holocaust before we finally agree on “The Dangerous Case of Donald J. Trump”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BJ
    Erie, Pennsylvania United States
    21/11/17
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    "Frightening Accurate"

    What these professionals point out are accurate. Although I refuse to call this person my president,he is a clear and imminent danger to the safety of this country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gil
    18/11/17
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    "Excellent insight a must read!!"

    The book was very revealing in many ways, it was a true eye-opener and an intriguing read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    2 of 6 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
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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
  • Michael Allen
    West Wimbledon
    19/11/17
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    "Bipartisan Propaganda."

    Donald Trump is without doubt a genuine threat to humanity. I bought this book in the hope of hearing supportive arguments based on the discipline of applied psychiatry.

    Instead I was served up with a series of blunt psychiatric labels (i.e. malignant narcissism) backed up not by science but by Democratic/DNC and deep state hit pieces along with worn out and unproven accusations previously made through mass media.

    This is exactly how psychiatry was usurped in Stalinist Russia and therefor proves the desperate need for measures like the Goldwater rule.

    A chance has been missed to have a serious and urgent conversation about a very unstable president because the only thing this book lacks are the words "My name is Hillary Clinton and I endorse this publication" on the inside cover.

    A chance missed... Meanwhile a madman is still on the lose in the White House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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