Joe Biden, albeit a low profile US president, can be very successful, but his predecessor, Donald Trump, continued to grab headlines. books have been published in record numbers, some of which are particularly noteworthy.
Ironically, Trump’s influence inspired the worst fiction last year, the fabricated résumé of one of New York’s newly elected congressmen, George Santos. He seems to have fabricated nearly every element of his self-proclaimed biography. The unprecedented level of shamelessness and disrespect for truth modeled by Mr. Trump has reached the apotheosis of Mr. Santos. Confirming this new spirit of zero standards, the Republican Party seems to have happily accepted him into Congress, and its silent leaders have won elections by presenting voters with wholly fictional characters. lighthearted indifference, behind which lurks real unattained mediocrity.
Returning to the most harsh and realistic non-fiction, Report of the Task Force to Investigate the January 6 Attacks on the United States Capitol, Arguably one of the most important volumes in US history. The Commission has accomplished her two obvious goals admirably. Creating the first, and perhaps only, official account of Mr. Trump’s attempted coup that erupted into violence, and essentially presenting a case of criminal charges against the former president and several of his associates. Aides including his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, attorneys John Eastman, Jeffrey Clarke, Rudy Giuliani and others.
The work of the report and related committees is enormous. 800 pages, plus numerous appendices and valuable copies of deposits that the Commission has made available online. The report itself, without a doubt, establishes that Mr. Trump personally accepted and understood that he lost the election, and in striking detail the numerous illegal schemes he orchestrated to remain in power anyway. is outlined in
For example, at 2:44 p.m., a breast pocket card was placed in front of Mr Trump stating that a civilian (almost certainly one of Trump’s supporters) was shot in the chest outside the main doors of the Capitol. It was written. Card remained there for almost two hours before he did anything to quell the riot.
Still, the report is a political document, not journalism or history. It’s not objective, but it claims to be fair in nature. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Trump and his supporters dismiss it as “worthless” partisan propaganda, but they have no credible counterargument and are unlikely to deploy it. The work of the Society is far more likely to be grounds for criminal prosecution, if not the ex-president, at least for those who enabled his worst coup conspiracy.
Unfortunately, as shocking new testimony reveals that Mr. Meadows was seen illegally burning piles of government documents in his office on at least a dozen occasions, the record never seems to exist. It may not be perfect.
The past year has seen some excellent efforts in journalism as a rough draft of the history of the Trump administration. divider This book by husband and wife team Peter Baker and Susan Glasser is the finest and most comprehensive single-volume account of his turbulent four years in power.
At first glance, it looks like a simple, detailed 752-page chronology. But as the title suggests, the authors slowly allude to how Trump was a provider and a creature of divisiveness. He recklessly divides the country to take power, constantly divides his staff to run his administration, and is eventually revealed to be divided against himself.
of confidence man, Maggie Haberman reads Mr. Trump’s presidency through his previous incarnation as a brash young New York City suburban affluent kid trying to invade the arrogant world of Manhattan’s social elite. . Much of his dissatisfaction was clearly shaped by his continued failure to gain such acceptance. We are ahead of everyone in researching how it’s done. His father, Fred Trump, was the two main influences that shaped and distorted his character and worldview.Haberman’s book is primarily useful for those who know little about Trump’s life before the hit TV show aired. apprenticebut there is still a lot of work to be done to link different periods of his life.
thank you for your service Mark Leibovich is arguably the most entertaining book ever written about this dark political episode. He believes that no matter how clearly Trump’s minions have achieved and no matter how earnestly they began, they almost inevitably remained rotten or degraded, or both. Causes uncontrollable laughter.
The guiding metaphor is the “joke” that every Insider is sure to “get”. That means they won’t be taken in by Mr. Trump, or perhaps Washington’s absurd masquerade, which is often better than the professional “wrestling” routine. With rare exceptions, eventually they realize that the “joke” is on them. The American voting majority seems to have come to just that conclusion. Not yet.
of why did we do thatTim Miller, a former Republican insider who backed out of Trump’s anti-democracy crusade, tries to explain why this happens so often, not how. His experience as a true believer in the increasingly frustrated right wing. Too many traditional conservatives believe Trump is an extremist, quasi-authoritarian political party whose politics bear little resemblance to, say, the business-oriented policies associated with Ronald Reagan. Think about what allowed it to turn into an ideological and often racist faction. Miller doesn’t reveal many rational answers, and feels the explanations are mostly inadequate. A fascinating, highly intelligent, and reliable first attempt at deciphering a conundrum.
Some major gaps remain in the early literature on Trump’s disastrous presidency. For example, there has been no serious and successful assessment of the QAnon phenomenon, which remains highly dangerous and is being increasingly backed by Mr. Trump. That said, these books and a few others are great starting points.
But while Trump’s chapter in American politics may be turning the last page, there are certainly many chapters in the Trump story yet to be written. A lot of ink is still spilling from the president.
Published: January 3, 2023, 5:00 AM