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A Warning I am pleased to report that this book is NOT a simple chronological blow by blow of Trump s campaign, inauguration, and presidency Honestly, it s bad enough to live through it in real time It was painful to read through it in Michael Wolff s Fire Fury , and it was something close to torture to read it again in Bob Woodward s Fear Instead, A Warning uses Cicero s criteria for leadership to run through various events in Trump s presidency like a time traveler One minute, staff membe I am pleased to report that this book is NOT a simple chronological blow by blow of Trump s campaign, inauguration, and presidency Honestly, it s bad enough to live through it in real time It was painful to read through it in Michael Wolff s Fire Fury , and it was something close to torture to read it again in Bob Woodward s Fear Instead, A Warning uses Cicero s criteria for leadership to run through various events in Trump s presidency like a time traveler One minute, staff members are pacing a room thinking how they re going to defend Trump clearly defacing a weather map the next, Trump is insisting that there are very fine people on both sides of the Charlottesville incident The benefit of this approach is that the author is able to lump similar events together to show a clear pattern in Trump s behavior and decision making process The book is intelligently communicated and is far less salacious than other Trump books I ve read, but nevertheless paints a clear picture of a man who doesn t really have any interest in government, no knowledge of how government works, and even less interest in learning how government works He s an old man who s spent his entire life with subservient staff who jump at the chance to do whatever he wants As a result, he doesn t know or care what anyone s role is they re all just there to do what he demands, even if it means asking the press secretary to wash his socks A Warning, which seems to have been written specifically for republicans, comes off less like the warning it says it is until the very end andlike a sincere plea The plea is a simple one being a good president isthan simply appointing conservative judges willy nilly, and Trump has none of those good qualities, so please, pleeease, pleeeeeeeease do not vote for him in 2020 The most surprising thing about this book is how little of it wasn t already in the public domain I m pleased with that while the book does sometimes give us a look into the foul life of our president, the book doesn t rely on things we can t prove Instead, it groups similar patterns and events together so that we can clearly see Trump s cruelty, ineptitude, and incuriousness at every level Most of the private interactions between the author and the president simply involve a bitswearing than what we see in public He hates mistrusts notetakers, often stopping halfway through a meeting when he finally notices someone taking minutes and shouts something to the effect of WHAT THE F CK ARE YOU DOING All of the nicknames terms of endearment he has for women are plastered across one awful, cringeworthy page All in all, this was a great, quick read It s damning, but with a somber tone and an underlying plea that we decide we deserve better than him While I don t think it will change the mind of even a single Trump supporter, I do think it s the closest thing out there to accomplishing that This book blew me away Sure, for the message, but absolutely for the writing.For something purported to be so hastily written, this work was positively eloquent In A Warning we have relevant literary references, intelligent insight and truly artful phrasing And yes, we also have a cautionary message from someone in Trump s own camp that few can or should ignore But back to that delivery a very educated someone totally nailed it.We aren t supposed to distract from the message by trying to This book blew me away Sure, for the message, but absolutely for the writing.For something purported to be so hastily written, this work was positively eloquent In A Warning we have relevant literary references, intelligent insight and truly artful phrasing And yes, we also have a cautionary message from someone in Trump s own camp that few can or should ignore But back to that delivery a very educated someone totally nailed it.We aren t supposed to distract from the message by trying to guess who the messenger may be, but the talent is telling I would not be surprised to find out this book comes to us through the pen of a White House speech writer Overall this was a worthy read, and I am recommending to every one of my reader friends And if I ever find out who wrote it, I will be buying everything else s he has written I challenge all Senate Republicans to read this book Preferably before the next round of hearings. He was like a 12 year old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport This was not how it was supposed to be In the history of American democracy, we have had undisciplined presidents We have had incurious presidents We have had inexperienced presidents We have had amoral presidents Rarely if He was like a 12 year old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport This was not how it was supposed to be In the history of American democracy, we have had undisciplined presidents We have had incurious presidents We have had inexperienced presidents We have had amoral presidents Rarely if ever before have we had them all at once Given the spate of news reports and expos s in newspapers, magazines, TV, and in social media, it is impossible to keep up, as the outrages revealed last week are topped by the revelations brought forth this week, which will, of course, be topped by the revelations coming out next week in the book by whichever former Administration official or government whistle blower is next up What makes any of them any different from any other We know that Trump lies incessantly, so it is no shock to anyone with a functional brain when yet another lie is shown to be just that What makes this book different and, having read only a few of these things, I may be omitting similarities to books I have not taken in is the view, fueled by observation, of just how bad things actually are In September, 2018, The New York Times published an op ed by the author I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration , which caused a stir The notions expressed there were developed into a book, A Warning, which was published in November 2019 The administration was only a few weeks in, and already the mayhem made everyone look foolish Internal whispers grew louder This was not a way to do business As a result, people who d previously been outsiders to Trump World grew closer to one another and developed a bizarre sense of fraternity, like bank robbery hostages lying on the floor at gun point, unable to sound the alarm but aware that everyone else was stricken with the same fear of the unknown The author, who purports to be a Senior Trump Administration Official, divides the book between references to classical sociopolitical looks at leadership, and his or her first hand observations and second hand reports of Trump s behavior, with a bit of analysis of the groups and competing interests within the Administration Anonymous looks at what the ancient Greeks considered the ideal traits of a leader, using Cicero s De Officiis On Duties as the measure Point by point, the author contrasts the qualities thought desirable in a leader to the traits of Donald J Trump Things like Wisdom, Sense of Justice, Courage, and Temperance It will come as no surprise that Trump presents the exact opposite traits from what one would want Duh uh But it is nice to see it spelled out in reference to a classic perspective This is mostly a been there, done that listing of the awfulness of Trump, delineated by type and sub type of awfulness Yawn In aalarming reference, Anonymous looks at Friedrich Hayek s The Road to Serfdom, a right wing screed which sees in most state intervention in an otherwise unfettered feral economy enslavement by the state It is much loved by right wing grad students, the same folks who read Ayn Rand with one hand But there are some pretty good passages on totalitarianism, which is far likelier from the right than from the left, particularly in the USA A quote from Hayek and some summaries of Hayek s points sound just about right re what an aspiring autocrat needs He must gain the support of the docile and gullible, who have no strong convictions of their own, but are ready to accept a ready made system of values if it is only drummed into their ears sufficiently loudly and frequently Hayek said authoritarian types need to weld the group together by appealing to their basic human weaknesses It seems to be easier for people to agree on a negative program on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of the better off than on any positive task The contrast between the we and the they is consequently always employed by those who seek the allegiance of huge masses Of course, Hayek goes too far, an autocrat needs a group with questionable morals, which will also tend to be undereducated Sorry, this is pure class bias, presuming as it does that the well educated, who tend to be wealthier, are of a higher moral character than the poorer, less well educated rabble Are the Kochs well educated The Republicans in the Senate The thieves on Wall Street The CEOs of oil and gas transnationals If anything, the middle, working and poor classes might be said to be of superior moral quality to those in power, who often seem selected by their degree of disregard for everyone else The primary benefit to reading A Warning is to get a you are there sense of just how much of an idiot Trump truly is A man of unparalleled venality, inflated self regard, uninterested in learning, believer that all knowledge is to be found inside his tiny brain, a thief, liar, life long criminal, and legend in his own mind, convinced from birth that rules do not apply to him, and now empowered to surround himself with a rotating cast of sycophants who serve to reflect back to him his vastly inflated sense of his own infallibility Quoting the Boss, Badlands, Poor man want to be rich Rich man want to be king And a king ain t satisfied till he rules everything Continuing on, King wants to be god It worked for the Roman emperors It is not at all shocking that Trump is encouraging the lunatics who proclaim him the second coming Without, of course, all that messiness on Calvary Even for those of us who tend to regard him as the epitome of the inherent evil of entitlement plus money, it becomes quite clear that those in the asylum with him have a much darker view of his mental competence than the general public The secondary benefit is to get some detail on how the Madness or is it criminality of King Donald manifests We can tell when Trump is preparing to ask his lawyers to do something unethical or foolish because that s when he begins scanning the room for note takers What the fuck are you doing he shouted at an aide who was scribbling in a notebook during a meeting His paranoia is the best evidence of a guilty conscience If you wonder why the man who criticized Obama for playing too much golf spends such an incredible amount of time away from the West Wing, one reason not to minimize Trump s aversion to actual work is that his staff schedules him for as much time as possible out of town to reduce the likelihood of major screw ups It is not news that the man made famous for the line You re Fired, on TV is too cowardly to fire anyone in person, preferring to do the job by tweet or by having another underling do the deed.What Anonymous calls The Steady State is comprised of like minded individuals, die hard Republicans, who favor GOP policies, but are concerned about the behavior of the president They do what they can to siderail, dissuade, or ignore presidential wishes that fall afoul of the law, common sense, or human decency in that order However, even Anonymous admits that the Resistance in the White House has seen its numbers drop and its hopes fade Not sure if that means Anonymous is now a lone voice or not, but if resistance to foolishness is a lost cause, what is Anonymous still doing there Anonymous presents clear Republican ignorance, or dishonesty, certainly bias on many occasions For example, Anon lauds the wisdom of the founders in choosing a representative rather than a direct democracy, as the mob is too subject to flattery and demagoguery, and will overwhelmsedate reason While there certainly is some basis for this concern, this manages to put the responsibility for such danger entirely on the people, ignoring that it is business, the business of Fox News and lobbyists, for example, that create these groundswells, and which the Republican Party has beenthan happy to exploit to get its way He lauds Trump for installing a Stronger conservative bench The installing of right wing judges on SCOTUS would have happened under any Republican president, and was made possible in part by Mitch McConnell refusing to bring Obama s nominee to the Senate, essentially stealing a seat Great guys, those Republicans He also lauds the burdensome red tape that has been slashed on his watch, closely matched by the resulting degradation of our environment, which is somehow not mentioned Add to it the changes to our insane tax code Oh, you mean adding over a trillion dollars to the federal debt by giving money away to the wealthy and to corporations Now, that s crazy And on it goes Excerpts from A Warning were released in The Washington Post a few weeks before publication One highlight was of a possible midnight self massacre to let the public know of the chaos that reigned in the White House But they didn t, did they Which is a lot like watching Jeff Flake or Susan Collins twisting themselves into pretzels before the cameras to avoid admitting they would toe the party line, only to apply all ten toes to that line when it came time to vote So, aside from dividing Trump s lackeys into Sycophants shirts and Silent Abettors skins , how much do we actually learn here Primarily the value of A Warning is in showing us the depth of the morass, just how venal, just how criminally inclined, just how ignorant, just how egotistical, just how intolerant, just how cruel and mean spirited, just how resistant to knowledge, and just what an absolutely awful human being Trump is And to portray a White House staff that has to wonder, every bloody day when they wake up, what has he done now Yeah, and A Warning does not really tell us much that we did not already know It is entertaining in a dark way at times, but sometimes also feels loaded with filler It is not a bad book, but in a world lousy with better books about Trump and books about the issues which Trump has impacted like cruise passengers fed bad sushi, I would look elsewhere You have been warned We learned that, given enough time and space, Donald J Trump will abuse any power he is given Review posted January 10, 2020Publication date November 19, 2019.PS If we still have a republic after Donald Trump walks out of the Oval, orlikely, is carried out in a body bag after a third or fourth secret heart attack, or, my personal favorite, is frog marched out of the office in the custody of armed law enforcement or military officers, we will owe him a debt of gratitude Donald Trump has given the United States an invaluable lesson By his total disregard for social, legal, and political norms, by his willingness to thumb his nose at the rule of law, he has shown us where our fault lines lie He has shown us what can happen if we put a malignant narcissist or even a sociopath into the presidency And we should use this lesson to construct a stronger union, one that does not rely on the good will of decent people to lead our nation, but enshrines into law mechanisms that assure that another Donald Trump can never again happen here EXTRA STUFFItems of Interest De Officiis by Marcus Tullius Cicero on Gutenberg Springsteen Badlands NY Times September, 2018 I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek Other Trumpian books worth a look Tyrannical Minds by Dean Haycock The Plot to Destroy Democ racy by Malcolm Nance Fear by Bob Woodward Collusion by Luke Harding Trumpocracy by David Frum Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff Unbelievable by Katy Tur The Case for Impeachment by Allan J Lichtman Truth in Our Times by David E McCraw I wish I could put a copy of this in the hand of every American It is a rather bleak and sobering look at the presidency of Donald J Trump, andthan anything makes me pray that he is ousted from the office in 2020 The author points out all the reasons we need a new president, whether it s another Republican or Democrat, we really can t afford another 4 years of this man in the office. As the political circus in the United States continues to reach its five ring splendour, many people look on and shake their heads There is another incarnation soon to come in the form of a presidential election by the end of this year, which will surely be as intense and full of mud slinging, as well as a peppering or racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic sentiments in the guise of saying what everyone is thinking But, what can you expect when the purported leader of the Free World has no se As the political circus in the United States continues to reach its five ring splendour, many people look on and shake their heads There is another incarnation soon to come in the form of a presidential election by the end of this year, which will surely be as intense and full of mud slinging, as well as a peppering or racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic sentiments in the guise of saying what everyone is thinking But, what can you expect when the purported leader of the Free World has no sense of decorum I approached this book with the same trepidation I have many of the other tell all Trump books over the past few years Will something come to light that I can seriously credit to being useful to better understanding how things are being run into the ground as the world watches Many other tomes have been attempted smears or sour grapes, which I do not deny, while also understanding that there are truths buried in the narratives This book left me feeling differently and perhaps a littleworried The author, who chooses not to reveal themselves for well founded reasons discussed in the introduction, offers the reader insider views of the West Wing and Oval Office, particularly when it comes to the way Donald J Trump runs his show Much of it will not shock the reader he does not read, he changes his mind hourly, his views are expressed in Tweets rather than formal policy announcements though coming from the inside and not someone who has been scorned on the outside makes it a littleworrisome Additionally, there are other areas the public is not privy to know about that have turned into major gaffes, saved only by aides and cabinet officials steering the train back on track with a moment s notice The author purports that much of the comments made in and by media outlets are true, well grounded, and not jaded at all The real Donald J Trump, as his Twitter handle says, is the one we know so well Coming into the election cycle, people need to know this and that it is not some mirage or fakenews There are solutions, the greatest of which rests in the hands of the electorate, which cannot be ignored I can only hope enough people heed these warnings and think ahead of November 3, 2020 Told in a balanced manner with many examples, the author uses historical studies and research to substantiate some of these authoritarian traits, as well as the direction the country is headed should they not be nipped in the bud A great read for those who want fact over smear, as well as a sobering look by someone inside the Storm who is trying desperately to hold things together I have never hidden my disdain for Donald J Trump or his Administration While some criticise me for speaking out, as I do not live in the United States, I simply remind them that this is a man whose stupidities cause waves all over, especially above the 45th Parallel The shenanigans that come from the horrible things that are said and done cannot be a slip of the tongue or pen on occasion, this is the real deal The author supports that and keeps the reader enthralled with examples and comparisons to historical rules as they relate to power, control, and democracy This is not a study of the man, but of how one man and his sycophants have taken the Office of the President and turned it into their own plaything Suckling at the teat of Mother Russia, finding new ways to divide the country, and distant the world from this country on the verge of social collapse seem to be on the checklist of this Administration for as long as they are permitted The author uses these strong examples and a handful of well crafted chapters to show that this is not a nightmare, but a full on disaster scenario that cannot be ended with one election Like a child on a full tantrum, the mess will take a long time to fix, but that kid needs OUT of the store right now I marvel at how this tome was rushed to be written , as it is so well done and thought out It substantiates where there is a need and dismisses some of the rhetoric that some will use to deflate it The choice to not reveal themselves was brilliant and the reasoning, while it irks supporters and some reviewers who are entranced with Donald Jerk Trump, keeps the spotlight on the man who is banging pots Americans have a choice this November and I hope they use it wisely We, in the outside world, await to see what happens, but we are far from unaffected Kudos, Anonymous, whomever you may be I hope your words reach the electorate in time and that much of what you say sinks in.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge This book didn t tell me a thing that I didn t already know about Trump, and the author is no better than the other mealy mouthed apologists and enablers who are willing to work for him and support him, despite the fact that they know what a despicable human being he is and what ruin he is bringing to the country His only solution is that we should all vote for someone else next time That s a big help What we need is someone with the courage to make a huge, noisy exit from this administration This book didn t tell me a thing that I didn t already know about Trump, and the author is no better than the other mealy mouthed apologists and enablers who are willing to work for him and support him, despite the fact that they know what a despicable human being he is and what ruin he is bringing to the country His only solution is that we should all vote for someone else next time That s a big help What we need is someone with the courage to make a huge, noisy exit from this administration and expose the dirt that has not already been revealed, because we all know there sThis president hasn t met a law or ethical standard that he is not willing to break, and Anonymous is still helping him to do it Really weak This is one of the most frightening books that I have read in a long time Stephen Kings has got nothing on Anonymous At least King writes fiction The author doesn t reveal anything that we don t already know about Donald Trump he just puts it all in context, especially in terms of his being POTUS His impulsivity, his lack of knowledge about how governments run his sense of entitlement, his vulgarity, his lack of a moral center, his refusal to have intelligence briefings, his making decis This is one of the most frightening books that I have read in a long time Stephen Kings has got nothing on Anonymous At least King writes fiction The author doesn t reveal anything that we don t already know about Donald Trump he just puts it all in context, especially in terms of his being POTUS His impulsivity, his lack of knowledge about how governments run his sense of entitlement, his vulgarity, his lack of a moral center, his refusal to have intelligence briefings, his making decisions based on his instincts instead of information, his alienation of our allies and courting of despots These are just a few of the traits he describes from an inside s vantage point At one point he writes We learned that, given enough time and space, Donald J Trump will seek to abuse any power he is given After citing chapter and verse about the dysfunction of this administration, he then goes into what kind of people support or enable him in the administration A kind of psychological evaluation of them He also explores what it will take to remove him from power, which he contends is the only way to restore America s own moral compass If we look within ourselves and undertake the arduous task of moral repair, America can restore the soul of its political system We can once again illuminate a pathway for others onto the vaunted plazas of open society If, however, we shrink from the task, our names will be recorded by history as those who didn t pass the torch but let its light expire That is my warning Every American generation before us faced and passed this test Our charge is to do the same, proving that the United States can do what other civilizations could not survive the ages and bend the arc of the moral universe toward the value that is the real sinew of civic life freedom I realize that I refer to the author as he , but realistically, DJT does not surround himself with strong women, so I assume that the author is a man The book is surprisingly well written, much better than Michael Wolff s book or Bob Woodward s book were The author is clear eyed as to what the problems are, how they came about and what can realistically be done to end this nightmare of an administration He understands his own complicity in remaining in the White House, but feels this may be the only way he can try to preventdisasters I honestly don t care who the author is, and he makes a good case for maintaining his anonymity, at least for now I have decided to publish this anonymously because this debate is not about me It is about us It is about how we want the presidency to reflect our country, and that is where the discussion should center Some will call this cowardice My feelings are not hurt by this accusation Nor am I unprepared to attach my name to criticism of President Trump I may do so, in due course But when the sitting president prefers to focus on distractions, we need to focus on his character and his record Removing my identity from the equation deprived him of an opportunity to create a distraction What will he do when there is no person to attack, only an idea This is an important, yet frightening book to read, but a must read as we approach the coming election We need to weigh what we know about the current president against those who will campaign to replace him, and make an informed, moral decision about who and what we want our country to be History has its eyes on us An unprecedented behind the scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation s capital The book is well written The basics of the book provide no new information, but there are new insights about the inside workings of the Trump White House I must admit I attempted to unmask Anonymous as I read, but to no avail The author uses the rules of leadership and compares Trump to the standard rather than write a chronological accounting I came away with the feeling things are much worse than I thought and will not be easy to correct The book is well worth the read.I read this as an a The book is well written The basics of the book provide no new information, but there are new insights about the inside workings of the Trump White House I must admit I attempted to unmask Anonymous as I read, but to no avail The author uses the rules of leadership and compares Trump to the standard rather than write a chronological accounting I came away with the feeling things are much worse than I thought and will not be easy to correct The book is well worth the read.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is eight hours and fifty seven minutes Robert Fass does an excellent job narrating the book Fass is an actor He was nominated for the Audie Award eight times and won it two times He also has won multiple Earphone Awards

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