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I read the books because they validate reality as I understand it, at a time

when people are screaming that things that are true are fake.

Also, some of us really care about the "Why"? For us, it's not enough just to know Trump is crazy and corrupt. We need to know everything we can possibly know to help us have a sense of control over a reality that is difficult to comprehend.

And the different books cover all different aspects.

Trump and His Generals covered Trump's relationship with the Pentagon
Fear and Stable Genius and Fire and Fury covered some things.
The Apprentice covered very specific aspects of the RussiaGate.
House of Trump, House of Putin goes way back and traces Trump's involvement with Russian gangsters.
Then there are the memoirs, and they are what they are.
Dangerous Case of Donald Trump and Dangerous Charisma have psychiatrists examining Trump's mind.

Sometimes, I think people don't like the books because they don't read the books. Maybe they don't like the idea of there being so many books about one person they can't stand.

I get that. There are hundreds of books on Stalin. I'm not interested in Stalin, so I'm not interested in books about him.

He got lucky. In the 90s he met a group of corrupt Russians who needed an ignorant patsy

just as badly as he needed their laundered money. Otherwise, he'd be living beneath a freeway overpass.

The rest is history.

Also, running as an angry populist if what you do if you if you're the opposite of a mastermind. Look at history's tyrants.

I hate to be so cynical, but some of these governors, I suspect, appreciate

when citizens die because they think of citizens in terms of what they cost the state. They see social security checks, medicaid payments, food stamps and pensions, jail cell space, reduced crowding in prisons, the homeless problem. Especially when members of marginalized communities perish.

I'm not an expert on the Trumps but I've read a little bit about it.

Most of the psychiatric profiles I've read agree with the first part, that Fred Sr. tried to groom Fred Jr but that Fred Jr had his own aspirations separate and apart from what his father planned for him, and that he was squeezed out as Fred Sr set his sights on Donald, who was willing and didn't want to be subjected to the treatment his older brother received from their father. It's a very tough thing to go against your father and live with constant rejection from the dominant male influence in your life, which undoubtedly contributed to his alcoholism.

You might be getting a little bit ahead of yourself by accusing Mary Trump of omitting this, since your theory is by your own admission a hypothesis, and it's one that other books by psychiatrists on this subject (The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, Dangerous Charisma and likely the longer biographies) don't really back up. That's kind of a tough charge to make when the evidence so far is that she's brutally honest and experiencing great discomfort and assuming great personal risk by coming forward. Of course new facts could come out that could change that.

I'll be reading her book this weekend and maybe there will be additional clues.

But what you are saying is interesting conjecture.

That family dynamic was set in stone by Fred Sr. Donald Trump didn't actually have to do anything to Fred Jr. except to fall in line with his father for Fred Jr. to experience the interpersonal catastrophe that followed once he distanced himself from his father. One brother resisted the father; the other brother did not.

'Putin's People' Documents the Ruthless and Relentless Reach of Kremlin Corruption (NYT Book Review)

New York Times Book Reviews
Jennifer Szalai
July 16, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET


Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West
By Catherine Belton
Illustrated. 624 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $35.

In the years that it took the journalist Catherine Belton to research and write “Putin’s People,” her voluminous yet elegant account of money and power in the Kremlin, a number of her interview subjects tried various tactics to undermine her work. One of them, “a close Putin ally” apparently alarmed by her questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s activities as a K.G.B. agent in Dresden in the 1980s, emphatically insisted that any rumored links between the K.G.B. and terrorist organizations had never been proved: “And you should not try to do so!” he warned.

Another source, defending Putin’s tenure as the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, took a cooler approach. Asked about a local politician named Marina Salye who found evidence of corruption in the so-called oil-for-food scheme that Putin oversaw in the early ’90s, he didn’t bother to deny her findings; he just rejected the very idea that her findings mattered. “This all happened,” he smugly acknowledged. “But this is absolutely normal trading operations. How can you explain this to a menopausal woman like that?”

Belton suggests that this is the kind of two-pronged strategy the Kremlin has used to pursue its interests at home and abroad: Deploy threats, disinformation and violence to prevent damaging secrets from getting out, or resort to a chilling cynicism that derides everything as meaningless anyway.


“Putin’s People” ends with a chapter on Donald Trump, and what Belton calls the “network of Russian intelligence operatives, tycoons and organized-crime associates” that has encircled him since the early ’90s. The fact that Trump was frequently overwhelmed by debt provided an opportunity to those who had the cash he desperately needed. Belton documents how the network used high-end real estate deals to launder money while evading stricter banking regulations after 9/11. She’s agnostic on whether Trump was a witting accomplice who was aware of how he was being used. As one former executive from the Trump Organization put it, “Donald doesn’t do due diligence.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/books/review-putins-people-kgb-catherine-belton.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage

"This is our wartime president today": Anderson Cooper incinerates Trump in opening monologue

Wonderful news.

I've ordered her book, but it might be worthwhile to hear her narrate her own work.

This is a great anecdote. Thanks for sharing.

The authors of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump theorized that it's Trump's unwillingness to experience emotions like humiliation and shame that led to his aberrant character development. So I find this fascinating.

What gets lost in the discussion of Trump's narcissism and psychopathology is that he also has a

lot of traits of Borderline Personality Disorder, like (as you are pointing out) building people up until they receive more attention, acclaim or respect than he receives, or realizing they are smarter than he is, and then proceeding to tear them down. Tillerson, Mattis, Kelly, Gary Cohn, Cohen, Scaramucci, Bannon, Sessions, Omarosa, etc...

I've been saying, The only thing more dangerous than being Trump's opponent is

being one of his supporters. By November, MAGAts are going to wish they'd never heard of Trump.

So unbelievable. Is THIS what Trump is paying Brad Parscale the big bucks for?

Brad "Death Star"/"We're just getting warmed up" Parscale in action.

Desperate hours.
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